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Studio of The Month – Broadway Training Center

Broadway Training Center (BTC)   in Hastings on Hudson, New York is celebrating their 25th season this year. Located in a historic landmark building, BTC has a small town feel with big time professionals. They have comprehensive training in dance techniques at every level plus acting, voice, and Musical Theater departments for Kindergarten through 12th graders and adults! They offer classes 6 days a week throughout the school year and summer performing arts programs Kindergarten students through Adults. Their classes include various levels and combinations of Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Voice, Music, Improv, Hip Hop, Drama, Acting, Musical Theater, Broadway Jazz, Vocal Performance Cabaret, and Storyteller Theatre.

Their mission is to inspire, nurture, challenge, amaze, educate and empower artists and audiences. BTC is a not for profit 501c3 organization run by a board of directors and a small administrative team.

Broadway Training Center of Westchester, under the artistic direction of Jason Brantman and Fiona Santos, was recently awarded Best Theatre Classes in Southern Westchester by Westchester Magazine.  This premier performing arts school provides children, teens, and adults with Broadway oriented performing arts training focusing on the joy of accomplishment and the enrichment of personal expression through classroom and performance work.

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Idaho Rhythm School of Dance and Music Interview with Robbie Walker

team photoIdaho Rhythm School of Dance and Music in Nampa, Idaho, is not just in the business of teaching dance moves and music theory.  They are passionate about inspiring people to go for their dreams; to feel confident and valued as they work to improve their talents by setting and achieving goals, working consistently towards their better self.  They recognize that most families are not aiming for professional experiences on Broadway.  The families are looking for a loving and safe environment where their kids are free to explore and discover their unique abilities.  Idaho Rhythm is honored to assist in that process.

Robbie Walker, Director of Idaho Rhythm, believes that their studio is different from other studios because not only is it their mission to be More Than Just Great Dancing™, their dance moves, music, and costumes are extremely family friendly.  You will never see their dancers in sports bras and booty shorts on the stage dancing provocatively to music with a negative message.  All of what they do seek to support, lift and create confidence of the dancer while grandma and grandpa are able to enjoy the show.

Another way they are different is that they save families time and extra money by (more…)

The Scripps Performing Arts Academy Interview with Miah Nwosu

Angela Drew MiahThe Scripps Performing Arts Academy (SPAA) has two locations in San Diego, California.  For this article, we interviewed Miah Nwosu, the Academy Principal of SPAA and the Artistic Director of their Youth Company in Residence, Scripps Ballet Theatre, the Academy. Miah describes SPAA as a training facility that places equal value on technical, artistic and whole person development of each and every student that walks through their doors, regardless of the student’s long term goals.

Scripps provides strong, diverse training in a familial atmosphere where students feel comfortable to explore their boundaries and receive positive feedback. They care about their students as individuals and tailor their schedules and training programs to their needs. They recognize that each dancer is an individual and an invaluable part of their studio family.

According to Miah, it is very hard for her to narrow her proudest moments as a coach down to just one moment. In the class or rehearsal sense, she says it has to be when she sees a student working on applying a correction, artistic or technical instruction, have that moment where it clicks. It is a wonderful thing to see them recognize that their hard work has paid off! In the long-term sense, (more…)

Westbrook Dance Academy Interview with Julie Reed-Russo

getPartJulie Reed-Russo is the Owner, Director, Teacher, and Choreographer of Westbrook Dance Academy (WDA) in Westbrook, Connecticut. She describes their studio as a big family where everyone cares about each other and goes out of their way to support each other on and off the dance floor. Also, they do their best to help each student achieve their personal best and have a great dance experience. At the same time, they strive to provide age appropriate curriculum, choreography, costumes, and music.

In Julie’s opinion, WDA stands out from other studios because they pride themselves on giving all of their students a complete dance education, whether beginner or advanced, recreational or competition. This is done by stressing technique, terminology, and the mastering of steps in their fun, exciting, and challenging classes.

They offer a wide variety of classes for all ability levels from beginner to advanced, 2 years old to adult, recreational dancers and competition dancers, in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Irish Step, Hip Hop, Acrobatics, Boys Hip Hop, and Ballroom. They also offer Voice lessons and Technique Workshops.

Julie does not have a “proudest moment” in her coaching career. For her, every moment has been a proud moment for her. Watching the students perform (more…)

High Definition Dance Interview with Amanda Allyne

Female DancersAmanda Allyne, Studio Owner and Artistic Director, describes High Definition Dance’s studio as a second home to their dancers.  High Definition Dance (“HDD”) in New Windsor, New York, is a child friendly environment that nurtures the inner spirit and provides a strong dance education. They aim to give their students the necessary resources to reach their potential and to achieve the unthinkable! High Definition offers classes in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Fosse Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Acro, Boys dance classes in Ballet and Hip Hop, Leaps & Turns, Combo Classes, Adult dance classes, Competition Dance, Glee and Voice. They also have private lessons and birthday parties available.

She believes it is their genuine love for children, people and the relationships they have make along the way that sets HDD apart from other dance studios.  HDD cares deeply about their clients – both the dancer and family.  Children rise to their potential when their families are able to support them.  HDD’s goal is to help families support their children and create an environment of trust.  In Amanda’s opinion, the ability to dance is a gift and she believes in sharing that gift through their relationships and through kindness.

Amanda’s proudest moments coaching have (more…)

Performing Arts Limited Interview with Kate Kinyon

PAL-BallerinasPerforming Arts Limited (“PAL”) opened in 2000 in West Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois. Since that time, PAL has been providing Chicagoans of all ages with high-quality performing arts education and professional training. Their studio has a strong neighborhood presence in Chicago’s diverse Northside communities, with multiple community performances and staged productions annually, and caters to students of all traditions and walks of life. In partnership with Donna’s Good Things, underprivileged students are provided with scholarships to pursue their performing arts studies at PAL each year.

Under the direction of Kate Kinyon, their Owner and Director, PAL is one of Chicago’s top performing arts studios for Dance, Music, Theater, and Fitness! They offer classes for children and adults of all ages and experience levels.  PAL has been with the neighborhood for 15 years with its studio serving the area for 50!  In Kate’s opinion, their facility design offers the best environment for student learning and achievement.

PAL’s programs are divided in four different areas – Dance, Music, Theater (including Musical Theater) and Fitness. PAL’s Dance Program\ offers instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern Dance, Lyrical, Ballroom, a program Just for Boys, and Creative Movement for their littlest dancers. Their Music Program (more…)

Melody Lane Dance, Music & Drama Academy Interview with Tony Akin

tonyMelody Lane Dance, Music & Drama Academy in Yakima, Washington, is a dynamic academy that focuses on the performing arts. Students ages 3 to 18 can take dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary and pre-dance. They also provide instrumental piano and guitar instruction among other instruments, as well as vocal instruction. Their studio is home to The Akin Center Theatre where drama and musical theatre classes are offered for ages 6 to 18. For the little ones, they have a daily performing arts preschool, as well.

For more than 25 years, Melody Lane has been serving the performance arts community of the Yakima Valley. Owners and artistic directors, Tony and Amy Akin, are the visionaries who inspire students to achieve more than even they thought possible. With an expansive 10,000-square-foot facility designed for dancers, actors, musicians, and singers, students are only limited by their imaginations. Whether it’s performing in the 1,600-square-foot Akin Center Theatre or the historic Capitol Theatre, or touring with the Melody Lane Singers or Melody Lane Ballet Company, every opportunity to shine and grow is given to the students of Melody Lane.

Their mission is to provide the highest quality of instruction in the performing arts. Their (more…)

Gainesville Ballet Company & School Interview with Elysabeth Muscat Hegab

AwardElysabeth Muscat Hegab is the Managing Director of Gainesville Ballet in Gainesville, Virginia. They are a professional company led by a dynamic Artistic Director and Choreographer, a school offering Vaganova Ballet classes, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, character, as well as piano and voice lessons and Special Needs dance classes. They perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center and often bring in superstars of ballet and supplemental guest dancers.

In her opinion, what separates their dance studio from other dance studios is the fact that the Artistic Director (Rafik Hegab) is amazingly talented, both as a choreographer and as a teacher. Additionally, the Managing Director (Elysabeth) is his wife, so they have a real family atmosphere at the studio, within the professional company and school system. Students have the opportunity to learn in a professional environment and perform on the same stage with famous superstars of ballet, and the pre-professionals have multiple professional performance opportunities. Their music program is also unique for dance studios in the area. Elysabeth is a former professional opera singer, and she has been on the Voice Faculty of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University since 2001. She has had great success with her music students here in (more…)

Studio 4 the Arts Interview with Tammy Anthony

Studio 4 the Arts has two locations – one in Powder Springs and one in Hiram, Georgia. DancersBoth The Powder Springs Studio and the Hiram Studio have three dance studios, a Tumble Center, a dressing room, a break/homework room, a lobby and an office. However, only the Powder Springs Studio has three music rooms.

Tammy Anthony is the owner and the Director of Studio 4. Tammy began her dance training at the age of three in Alabama. She became an assistant teacher at 13 years of age, while continuing her dance training in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. She was a competitive dancer at Bobbies School of Dance. During this time she trained in the Dance Masters of America conventions in Georgia and Alabama where she received training from several tap legends such as Gregory Hines. She has performed at various fine arts events including the Panoply of the Arts. While continuing her classical dance training, she was also a member of her high school and college dance teams, winning awards such as Overall Star Dancer and various choreography awards. She also earned a Business Management and Marketing Degree from the University of North Alabama.

Studio 4 offers classes in (more…)