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Beautiful Feet Academy of the Dance Arts Interview with Julie Oliver

Julie Oliver, the Owner and Director of Beautiful Feet Academy of the Dance Arts in Caspar, Wyoming, describes her studio as dedicated, fun, and a little bit crazy! Their dance team is called “Beautiful Feet” based on Isaiah 52:7 in the Bible, which says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news.” According to Julie, they exist to bring the good news through dance that God sent us a Savior in Jesus Christ. “Let them praise His name with dancing . . .” Psalm 149:3a

 

Julie’s proudest moment as a dance coach is seeing their dancers be brave enough to stand on their convictions in the midst of extreme pressure.

In Julie’s opinion, all dancers have their own technique mistakes or “flubs,” but she believes that one of the most pervasive and common problems is simply allowing their nervousness to show. She believes that the dancers can look the judges and audience in the eye and really step out of their comfort zone to present and perform, that makes a HUGE difference and also tends to draw attention away from other technical mistakes.

Their student’s value to Beautiful Feet does not depend on his or her dancing skills (more…)

Kent Boyd

Kent Boyd, a professional dancer and choreographer, describes himself as energetic and passionate about life. He will never say “no” to a group game or activity. Kent loves expressing himself in many different ways and making people feel comfortable is important to him. In his opinion, his cat is the best cuddle partner in the world, but he is a dog person. 

In Kent’s opinion what separates his teaching style from others is the fact that his Musical Theatre class is more of a commercial style dance but takes a step further into character development. He loves creating “a moment” before the dance and setting a loose structure at the beginning, middle, and end. Kent encourages students to fill it in with how they would actually react to the story in their own life, which is extremely enjoyable because he gets to watch different variations of his choreography. It’s like a bunch of mini movies. 

According to Kent, his proudest moment teaching dance is just the feeling he gets when he allows a space for kids to be weird and a space for himself to be weird. He feels a big responsibility to lead these kids in a genuine, authentic way; (more…)

The Dance Zone

The Dance Zone in Henderson, Nevada, is a dynamic environment where children ages 2 to 18 years old come to be nurtured and to learn in the art of dance. They offer programs to their youngest dancers designed to engage and develop their love of movement.  They continue the growth and development of their dancers through the use of a curriculum that allows them to provide consistency and progress in the classroom.  They share that progress with their students’ parents several times a year through their “Parent Watch Weeks,” and encourage open communication between teachers and parents.  Above all, they cherish their students as people and love watching them grow into amazing people.

In the opinion of Jami Artiga and Kaydee Francis, Owners, what separates their dance studio from other studios is “inclusion.” At The Dance Zone, they truly feel that they have developed programs that give every dancer an opportunity to feel amazing about themselves.  They take great pride in the fact that their faculty and staff provide the same level of service and teaching whether the student dances once a week in a recital class, twice a week on a beginning level team or 5 to 6 days a week (more…)

Studio of The Month – Showcase Dance Studios

The culture of the Showcase Dance Studio in Manassas, Virginia, is based on Misty Lown’s More Than Just Great Dancing model. They take pride in their family atmosphere that encourages academics while offering age appropriate curriculum’s, costumes and music. Their caring staff fosters a lifetime love of dance, confidence, and healthy minds and bodies. Most importantly they make it their mission to give back to their community! Showcase’s classes include Acrobatics, Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Leaps & Turns, Lyrical, Modern Dance, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Pom, and Tap.

In the opinion of Crystal Carfagno, the Artistic Director and instructor of Showcase Dance Studio, the studio’s culture, staff, attention to detail and facility separates their studio from other studios in the area.

Crystal’s proudest moment as teacher occurred when her Company dancers received the “Technique Award” from On Pointe’s dance competition last year. This prestigious award is bestowed to the highest technique award out of the whole competition. Crystal said she was so happy she could cry! According to Crystal, it is hard to explain, but when you teach dance you lay your heart and soul on the dance floor . . . you want to teach your dancers everything you know. Some days you (more…)

Broadway Performing Arts Interview with Elisa Heinsohn

Elisa HeinsohnElisa Heinsohn, Owner of Broadway Performing Arts (BPA), located in Bloomfield, New Jersey, BPA is an all around learning facility.  They teach everything having to do with the Performing Arts to develop the ultimate well rounded musical theatre performer.  Broadway requires not just triple threats these days, but performers who can do it all; sing, dance, act, tumble and play an instrument . . . all at the same time, by the way!

BPA, New Jersey’s foremost performing arts school, offers expert training for ages 2 through adult in a wide variety of subjects by some of the most highly skilled teachers in the industry.  It is not just a dance studio. If you are looking for the best, this is the right place for you!  You will not find better training anywhere else in the following categories:  Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Acrobatics, Belly Dance, Private Voice lessons, Acting classes, Piano and Guitar lessons.

She believes that their dance studio is different from other dance studios because they have professional experience that most studios do not have.  Elisa and her husband were performers on Broadway with 16 Broadway shows between us.  They have also done television and film work as (more…)

Intempo Dance Interview with Rocio Braggiato

Team PhotoIntempo Dance in Katy (West Houston area), Texas, offfers dance styles like Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics, Musical Theatre and more. When Rocio Braggiato, Owner and Artistic Director, opened the studio about 4 years ago they wanted it to not only be a legacy, but be a family business and for their customers to not only feel at home but to feel like part of the family. They want their students to enjoy coming to dance class every day no matter what kind of dance it is.

Continuing a prestigious legacy that started in 1963 at the “Estudio de Danza Paloma Bernal” in Mexico City, Intempo Dance is proud to bring fine dance instruction to the West Houston/Katy area. The founders of Intempo have been involved in the Ballet and Dance Arts world for over 40 years with literally thousands of students. Their school is based on and accredited by the world renown Royal Academy of Dance located in London, England . They offer dance classes of all levels from classes for beginners to classes that prepare dancers for professional careers. At Intempo Dance their goal is to help students achieve their goals in dance and to give them the self-confidence to become (more…)

Moore Than Dance Interview with Angela Mannella-Hoffman

Special StarsMoore Than Dance (MTD) in Fridley, Minnesota, offers triple threat training for the whole performer. They offer classes in singing, dancing and acting for students ranging from those with special needs through professional dancers. It is More Than Dance’s mission is to provide exceptional training for all of their students, from those with special needs to professionals.  By focusing on the dignity of each person, MTD’s nurturing environment will allow students to reach beyond their known potential.

Angela Mannella-Hoffman, Owner and Artistic Director, believes their studio stands out from other studios in part because they offer classes in all of the performing arts, not just dance, in an effort to train their students to be working artists. Also, they are very conscious of age-appropriateness and modesty with all of their costuming and song selection. MTD is unique in the fact that they will find a way for anyone to dance, even those in wheelchairs. This award winning studio was named the Readers’ Choice for Best Dance Studio and again for Best Place for a Children’s Party by Sun Focus readers.

Another way they stand out is they are now an official certified studio of Acrobatic Arts!  Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is (more…)

Centre for Dance Interview with Susan Armijo

susan (1)According to Susan Armijo, the Centre’s Owner, Centre For Dance (CFD) is Dallas’ premier dance studio for children and adults. They provide dance training of the highest quality, allowing dancers to reach their full potential in a positive environment. Whether for fun or intensive training, CFD has a class tailored to fit anyone’s needs. Their goal at CFD is to provide dancers of all ages with the best dance education possible. Classes start for children at 18 months old! Featured in Dallas Child Magazine, on Fox 4’s Good Day and WFAA Channel 8’s Good Morning, Texas!

In Susan’s opinion, their studio is different from other studios for a number of reasons. For instance, they limit their class sizes at CFD to make sure every student gets the hands on attention they need to progress and reach their dance goals. Also, Susan is a very active owner. She runs her own office; she teaches classes; she helps clean dances for their competition teams; and she attends every convention and competition with her students. Her wonderful husband helps her in the office, and their families know they can reach Susan and her husband anytime they have a question or concern.

Susan is very proud of (more…)

The Dance House of Brooklyn Interview with Nichole Ventura

NicoleThe Dance House of Brooklyn (TDHB) in Brooklyn, New York, is a state of the art facility that offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, musical theatre, gymnastics and more. They offer both recreational and company level programs taught by professionals in the industry. The Dance House’s focus is fundamentally on technique; however, they also value and encourage artistry, teamwork and perseverance from their students. The faculty at The Dance House aims to create a warm, safe and versatile environment for children to grow and experience the art of dance and is committed to giving their students the best education possible. They offer the best of both worlds – teachers who grew up in a dance studio with a family atmosphere and teachers who have international performance experience in both theaters and films. Their teachers have taught students from preschool to professionals. Many of their faculty are recognized and honored with awards for their performances and choreography. TDHB is committed to giving their students every opportunity possible.  If a parent gets the “bug” while watching their child dance, they can join The Dance House’s two adult classes – Kickboxing and Zumba classes!

It is the viewpoint of Nicole Ventura, TDHB’s Director (more…)

The Dance Warehouse, LLC Interview with Dr. Cheryl L. Sington

Team PhotoAccording to Dr. Cheryl L. Sington, the Owner and Executive Director of The Dance Warehouse, LLC (TDW) in Fort Meyers, Florida, their studio is Lee County’s Premier Performing Arts Training Facility. They provide Pre Professional Training in all genres of the Performing Arts for students starting at the age of 18 months old. They are a family friendly, student focused studio with a 12 to 1 teacher student ratio. They offer over 6,000+ square feet of space, with a comfortable, oversized lobby, dressing rooms, vocal studios, boutique, and personalized service for all!

From Cheryl’s point of view, their dance studio stands out from other studios by the teaching they offer. Not only does their studio bring a family friendly feel to the environment, they are also able to offer multiple teachers so that students can train with various teachers in all genres. They also offer Master Classes each month so that their students are consistently exposed to dance beyond their studio and the industry of commercial dance, dance programs, artists as well as history and the legends that have paved the way for the world of dance today!

Cheryl says her proudest moment coaching was making the decision to separate from a partner (more…)