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Beck Center for the Arts Interview with Melanie Szucs

Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, is more than a non-profit organization that combines professional theater with arts education. They./x create art experiences. They are committed to creating art experiences as individual as the people they serve with eclectic performances to suit many tastes, education opportunities for all ages and abilities, community outreach programs, and free art exhibitions. They believe that the arts can be transformative and strengthen their community.

Beck Center offers over 200 award-winning classes, programs, and lessons for children, teens and adults in dance, voice, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, outreach, and Creative Arts Therapies, serving 3,000 students each week.

In the opinion of their Associate Director of Dance Education, Melanie Szucs, Beck Center’s Dance Education program is one of the most comprehensive and well-respected in Northeast Ohio. Beck Center’s highly qualified and caring dance faculty has a combined 310 years of experience in the classroom! For eight consecutive years, Beck Center’s Dance program has been recognized as Best of the West by West Shore Livewell Magazine.

The success of dance at Beck Center is greatly due to their fabulous staff. Each of their instructors is highly talented as well as committed and devoted to their students. Melanie (more…)

Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance Interview with Dana McGuire

Team PhotoPriscilla and Dana’s School of Dance in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area, is a place to learn, grow and have fun. They provide dance instruction for dancers of all ages and abilities. According to Dana McGuire, Co-Owner of Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance, dancing and owning their own studio runs in the family especially, when you consider that Priscilla is Dana’s mom.

Dana believes that every studio is unique in its own way. She believes that P and D has an unbelievable staff.  They all love what they do, and truly want what is best for each dancer.  In addition, their dancers are very well-rounded.  One of the most common (and rewarding) compliments they get from judges is how versatile their dancers are. They excel in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop.

Since 1969, Priscilla and Dana’s School of Dance has provided professional dance instruction in both recreational and competitive classes in tap, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz and hip hop for children ages 3 and up.

They provide their dance classes in two formats – Combination Classes and Technique Young Girlclasses. All combination classes (i.e., ballet/tap/jazz) perform a routine in P and D’s annual recital. P and D’s specialized technique classes are (more…)

Tooele Valley Academy of Dance Interview with Sarah Westhora

At Tooele High SchoolTooele Valley Academy of Dance in Tooele, Utah, is 100% ballet! Established in 2009 as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, they are able to reach their mission and goals through both private and public support. Both the City of Tooele and the State of Utah have funded their programs throughout these last few years. Additionally, individuals and corporations have donated to their cause. This enables them to produce high caliber performances and gives them the opportunity to offer scholarships to those in need. They are run by a board of directors. Sarah Westhora, the Ballet Director, sits as the Vice President on the board.

Their Academy produces two full-length ballets per year. She has personally directed Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Giselle and Sleeping Beauty. They also created their own ballet in 2012 based off Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. For each ballet they produce, they cast approximately 200 roles. They offer open auditions for the solo and demi-solo roles.

Tooele Valley also auditions a “company” of dancers for the season. These company members are encouraged to attend as many classes as they are able throughout the year and are given service and team building opportunities. They dance in every production as the corps de (more…)

Colorado Conservatory of Dance Interview with Julia Wilkinson Manley

Group PhotoAccording to Julia Wilkinson Manley, CEO & Artistic Director, Colorado Conservatory of Dance (CCD) in Broomfield, Colorado, believes in a better life through dance. Colorado Conservatory of Dance serves a broad spectrum of students every year and is committed to every student regardless of age, ability, aspiration, or socio-economic status. CCD students regularly win top honors at area ballet competitions and gain entry into some of the nation’s most respected college dance programs and summer dance programs. CCD provides its students with high-quality performance experiences that include a year-end Gala performance and CCD’s annual production of The Nutcracker, which brings students together with professional dancers. The school’s Student Company gives upper level students a pre-professional company experience that includes community education performances and culminates in an annual production at the end of each school year. Additionally, CCD provides a summer dance program, which attracts students from across the nation. Additionally, CCD is a non-profit dance education organization.

The Colorado Conservatory of Dance provides the highest quality dance education in both contemporary and contemporary styles.  CCD uses dance to foster community, create positive influence and inspire the individual.

They serve more than 400 students per year and are committed to every student regardless of (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…)

Dawn Crafton Dance Connection Interview with Dawn Crafton

Three Young DancersDawn Crafton Dance Connection (DCDC) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, is considered a second home to most of their students. It is a warm, welcoming and supportive environment and they are just a big dance family. They have been around for more than 60 years and have taught generations of families in their community during that time.  The younger dancers look up to the older dancers and the older dancers take the little ones under their wings to mentor them.  Graduates and their families make it a point to come back for recitals, competitions and other activities to say hello and support the younger students.

Dawn Crafton Dance Center’s professional faculty offers classes for all ages, all levels and all genres. The Dance Connection offers recreational to intensive programs for dancers of all ages and abilities in a wide variety of disciplines: Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Conditioning, Leaps and Turns, Pom Technique, Creative Movement, Pre-School Combo Tap/Ballet, ZUMBA! and Yoga.But, according to Dawn Crafton, their Founder and Executive Director, what really sets DCDC apart from other studios is the unique wealth of life lessons, actual experiences, a great combination of backgrounds and extensive connections they can, and do, pass on and (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…)

Artistic Fusion Dance Academy Interview with Jennifer Jarnot

Ladies DancingArtistic Fusion Dance Academy in Thorton, Colorado, is co-owned by two sisters, Jennifer and Julie Jarnot. They are also co-Artistic Directors. Jennifer describes Artistic Fusion as a studio that instills their dancers with the proper training of dance and dance technique while providing life tools to help them grow in their own personal development, to create the power of self and to nurture each dancer’s spirit individually and creatively.

Artistic Fusion is a nationally acclaimed dance studio that trains students in the art of dance and the beauty of life. Their goal is for each dancer to experience life lessons as they grow in an artistic atmosphere.  No matter what age the dance student is or what level they are at, there is a place for them at Artistic Fusion.

Artistic Fusion Dance Academy’s recreational dance program is second to none. Their amazing faculty provides recreational dance classes in ballet, pointe, contemporary, tap, jazz, hip hop, leaps and turns, and pilates. Their state of the art dance facility serves the entire Front Range and North Denver Metro area. They offer a variety of classes for students of all skill levels and ages from 18 months to 18 years of age. Their faculty consists (more…)

The Dance Studio of Fresno Interview with Sue Sampson-Dalena

At StudioThe Dance Studio of Fresno (TDS) in Fresno, California, is a dynamic, eclectic and always evolving sanctuary for young artists hoping for a well-rounded dance education.  Home to the beginning, intermediate and advanced dancer of all ages, TDS Fresno has been in the forefront of dance education in California’s Central Valley since 1982. The state of the art facility built from the ground up in 2000 is 12,000 square feet. It houses seven dance rooms, spacious lobby, snack bar, one-way viewing, floated hard-wood floors and plenty of parental viewing. Their faculty boasts over 250 years of combined experience. Many of those teachers have been with TDS for over 15 years!

In the opinion of TDS’s Owner and Artistic Director, Sue Sampson-Dalena, the difference between their dance studio and other dance studios is their versatility! Every department in the studio trains students at a high level and has dancers who have gone on and worked professionally in that genre.

Sue has been teaching dance since 1978 and has been lucky to experience proud moments on a daily basis for over 35 years! She says that she would have to say that last season watching her Elite dancers awarded Studio of the Year at the (more…)

Jersey Cape Dance & Gymnastics Academy Interview with Stina Smith

Star Systems 2016The Jersey Cape Dance & Gymnastics Academy is located in Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May is located on the southernmost tip of New Jersey surrounded on three sides by water. Consequently, their studio draws from a very small area. Thus, the reason for their motto – “Small but Mighty.” According to Stina Smith, the owner and artistic director, they have about 180 students, with 17 of them on their competition team, ranging from 6 to 18 years of age. Despite their location they have been on three National television shows, America’s Got Talent, season four and seven and Paula Abdul’s Live To Dance.  The dance studio offers classes in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Jazz, Acro, Musical Theater, and all forms of dance gymnastics and contortion. They have All Boy Hip Hop Classes, Mommy and Me Class and Pre-School class.

Stina believes that what separates their studio from other studios in their area is their total dedication to high quality dance and gymnastics education. No matter the level of their students’ noncompetitive or competitive desires, their staff teaches with the same focus on good quality technique in all areas of dance and gymnastics. In the competitive world, Stina thinks (more…)