WHY WE CHOOSE TO NO LONGER ATTEND DANCE COMPETITIONS:
Several years ago we decided to stop attending dance competitions which is when we created our INTENSIVES PROGRAMS. Dance is a visual art. We do not view dance as a sport. It is a physically demanding visual art, but we see it as an art. After many many years of being involved in the dance competition circuit earning many high score trophies and special awards, we noticed more and more that children were losing their innocent love and passion for dance-that spark that set them off in the first place. The pure joy of movement combined with talent that needs to be shared and appreciated. To do well and get the high scores at dance competitions, many hours of training and many sacrifices need to be made. If you truly want to excel and be the best at something, that has to be your main focus and goal. The amount of training required to do well at dance competitions often prevents the competitive dancer from being able to do sports, school play productions or other extra curricular activities. We also noticed as years went on, the atmosphere at dance competitions became more frantic and sometimes negative and tense. It certainly doesn't seem to bring out the best in people. People from other studios seem to think their time and space is more important than others both in the dressing room areas and out in the audience. Everyone gets a trophy of some sort and instead of leaving inspired to work harder, dancers were leaving feeling let down. We started thinking "Is this worth it? Why are we doing this?" Dance competition entry fees are quite expensive for the parents, the cost of travel adds up quickly and we teachers do not get paid to be in these auditoriums putting in 10-12 hour days for multiple days.
That is when the concept of year round Intensives came to us. We will train dancers who have the desire to be pushed harder in their training as if they were going to compete, but instead of competitions we will do public performances and exhibitions where the dancers can enjoy themselves and give back to the community. In addition to the performance opportunities, we offer optional trips to NYC to take classes on Broadway at nationally renowned studios where people come from all over the world to train-studios where the stars in Broadway shows are training. We've also offered the Rockette experience where every few years we see the Radio City Christmas Spectacular then train and dance with some of the Rockettes in their rehearsal hall. We also offer the option to see Broadway shows on some of our NYC trips. Oh and the train rides always seem to bring some sort of entertainment :)
We feel this is a much more positive dance education experience, money better spent at a fraction of the cost, much much less time demands, dancers can partake in other activities and we're creating really cool dance memories to last a lifetime. If this sounds like something your dancer would be interested in, please click on Fall Intensives Program on the menu to the left and read the entire description and requirements. *Summer Intensives is mandatory in order to be considered for Fall Intensives.
Our mission is to empower students with confidence and pride. Our goal is to challenge each student to realize their full potential. Our hope is that this confidence and pride can be applied in all you do. We are teaching more than dance- we are teaching life skills through dance such as self-confidence, self-respect, self-discipline, respectful interaction with peers and instructors, time management, how to graciously accept praise and accolades and how to handle disappointment, how to set goals and work hard, how to pay attention to details, how to take a correction in a positive way and hopefully with all of that, they will carry themselves with pride and be able to navigate through many situations in life.
It is important to know that everyone gets treated equally at The Studio no matter if you take one class or 10 classes, whether you are a new family or a long time studio family member. We value all of our dance families and each one of our students deserves 100% of our time and attention.
At The Studio, we believe in using music, costumes & dance movements that are family friendly and age appropriate. We want The Studio to be a place the whole family can go whether it be to dance, box, tumble or have a party!
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