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IMG_0592copyLets face it, most experiences are more fun when you have someone to share them with!  Think of how many things are better with a friend:

  • Going out to ice cream
  • Riding on a roller coaster
  • Playing on a see saw
  • Shopping for something new
  • A nice game of tennis

The list could really go on forever!  Next week, we’re inviting all friends to participate in Bring A Friend Week at Atlanta Dance Central!  Students can bring a friend their age to any class, absolutely free.

Bring A Friend Week is Monday, October 13 – Saturday October 18.  You aren’t going to want to miss out on bringing your friend to dance, and creating new memories with them.  Friend forms are available at the front desk today!  Simply have your friend fill out a participation waiver, and we will take care of the rest.  We look forward to seeing all of our students and their friends next week!

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Fall classes are just over a month away, but we have a lot going on before they start!  Our summer has been packed with summer camps, intensives, and drop in classes.  We can’t wait to see our students back in the studio, and wanted to let everyone know what we are doing before then.

We kick off August with our Ballet Intensive!  This is an extremely fun week with classes taught by our own faculty members as well as guest faculty members.  The ballet intensive is a great way to get back in shape and get technique back on track.  We are looking forward to challenging classes and new variations. It is sure to be a blast!

For students between the ages of 3 and 7, we are hosting an American Girl Tea Party on August 6 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Ms. Andrea and Ms. Charlotte are busy getting their dolls ready for this morning filled with fun and dancing.

SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, directed by Ms. Charlotte, is holding auditions for their annual performance of Once Upon A Holiday.  You’ve probably heard rumors that Once Upon A Holiday is coming to Roswell this year, and we can confirm that those rumors are true!  Once Upon A Holiday will be performed at Blessed Trinity the weekend of November 21-23.  While SIDEWAYS is an adult professional company, they always need children in their shows to help spread more holiday cheer.  The auditions are Saturday, August 9 at 10 a.m.  Stop by and you could be performing for all of Roswell as a confused snowman, a cute elf, or even a happy present! Auditions are open to any and all dance students ages 7 and up!

We can’t wait to see old faces and meet new faces at our Open House on Saturday August 16.  From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. you can stop by the studio to meet or say hi to teachers, register for fall classes, and even shop for your dress code items.  This is going to be a fun morning and we look forward to seeing everyone then!

Our last week of drop in classes is August 18 – 21.  If you’re trying to figure out what to register for, or might want to add a class in a new genre, it is the perfect week to drop in!   We’ll have beginning and intermediate classes Monday – Thursday of that week.

As your summer comes to a close, don’t forget about all of the fun activities we have going on at ADC.  See you soon!

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2014 ADC Dancer of the Year

Wow!  What a performance! We are extremely proud of all of the dancers that put on such an amazing recital.  This was Atlanta Dance Central’s fifth recital, and it was definitely the best recital we have had so far.  It is always a rewarding experience to watch our dancers get on stage, have fun, perform their hearts out, and reach their goals.  All of the faculty members at ADC have truly enjoyed working with each and every one of our dancers, from ages 2 to 18.

It was our honor to announce our Dancer of the Year at recital!  Every month, each of our faculty members nominates one student to be selected as the “Student of the Month.”  All nominees for Student of the Month are eligible to be selected as our Dance of the Year!  The 2014 Atlanta Dance Central Dancer of the Year is Michalina Florio!

Michalina started dancing at ADC this past fall, and we fell in love with her work ethic.  She took six classes per week and was up for any challenge we threw at her.  As the year progressed, we watched Michalina set goals for herself, push herself in class, apply corrections, and most importantly we watched her grow as a dancer.  Michalina is a wonderful student who is always respectful to her teachers and welcoming to all of her classmates.  She has been a great addition to our ADC family and we can’t wait to continue to work with her in the future.  As always, we interviewed Michalina so you could get to know her!

How old are you? 15 years old.

When did you begin dancing and in what class?  I started dancing when I was three years old in a Ballet/Tap/Jazz combination class.

What is your favorite style of dance?  I like ballet because it is beautiful and graceful.

What do you do outside of dance?  Outside of dance I am a member of the National Charity League and I love spending time with my friends.

Why do you love dance?  I love dance because it is fun, and I enjoy performing!

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LPerry1Atlanta Dance Central has officially launched into recital-mode!  Students and staff are busy rehearsing, perfecting choreography, and practicing for performance by sharing their dances with other classes.  As we continue to prepare for the upcoming recital, it is important to prepare for the busy weeks ahead!  We have a created a recital survival guide just for you!

1. Double (and triple!) check your rehearsal schedule!  Recital rehearsal schedules can be a little bit overwhelming, especially if you are new to the dance scene.  It is important that dancers get as much practice as possible so they feel confident on stage!  Unlike most other physical activities, dancers practice for months without ever sharing what they do with their families.  Recital is the only day of the entire year that dancers get to share their hard work and talents! Dancing on a stage is a lot different than dancing in the classroom, because the stage has extra wings (curtains), and no mirror!  Missing one rehearsal could cause a dancer to miss out on an important detail that will help them prepare for the performance.  Make sure you double check your rehearsal schedule, and get to all rehearsals on time!

2.  Make sure you are eating healthy and drinking plenty of water.  Recital time is much more exciting than when dancers are on their regular class schedule, which can mean that dancers are using extra energy.  Extra rehearsals can mean abnormal meal times.  It is important that dancers have all of the energy they need to be able to perform and look their best!  Make sure you are eating healthy meals, and most importantly drinking enough water to keep you hydrated!  It is always good to pack healthy snacks in your dance bag just in case your energy decreases.  Some great snack options are carrot sticks, fruit, and trail mix!

3.  Be sure to get enough sleep!  Crazy rehearsal schedules can really throw off our sleep patterns!  Make sure when you get home from rehearsal you find time to let your body relax so you can get to sleep on time.  When a dancer’s body is tired, it is more prone to injury.  You want to make sure you are in tip – top shape for your performance!

4. Double check your dance and costume bag. It is a great idea to keep a checklist of all costume items needed.  Make sure you have all costume pieces, head pieces, shoes, props, tights, make up, etc.  Check that you have everything before you leave the house, and once you get to the theater.  If you find you are missing something as soon as you get to the theater, there is a good chance you can go get it, or someone can bring it to you.  If you find out you are missing something two minutes before the dance begins, there isn’t much you can do about it.  Be sure to check to make sure you have absolutely everything you need so you can have a stress free recital day!

We can’t wait for our fifth recital, The Sky is the Limit!  Our students and faculty have been working hard to make sure this is the best recital ever!   What are your tips for surviving recital week?  How do you make sure you will have a relaxing a fun week?   Let us know in the comments below!

ART UGA 2This past Friday, members of Atlanta Rising Talent took a special field trip to the University of Georgia!  After taking the trip last year, we couldn’t pass up another opportunity to take class on the college level and tour one of Georgia’s beautiful schools.  Ms. Charlotte and Ms. Mary Ann both graduated from the University of Georgia’s dance program.  They have a wonderful faculty, and the program features strong modern and ballet technique.

Members of Atlanta Rising Talent were given the opportunity to spend the day as a college student. They started their day with ballet and jazz class. They also got to see a brief performance by members of the ballet ensemble, who performed professional and historical variations. Lunch was a real college lunch, in the dining hall! After lunch, the students took a contemporary class.

Next, we surprised our ART dancers by telling them they were putting on a show of their own. They showed ballet faculty members a preview of their upcoming performance of Swan Lake. The preview turned into a thirty minute rehearsal, filled with wonderful feedback and encouragement for our beautiful ballerinas! After the rehearsal, our dancers walked around campus, took a short campus bus ride, and ate in the university center.

The day ended with an amazing performance by the CORE Concert Dance Company! The trip was a wonderful experience, and the girls were able to experience what dancing at the college level is like. We plan on continuing this annual tradition. Thank you to everyone at UGA who made this trip a memorable one! We can’t wait to come back!

JimAnderson2Jim Anderson contacted us at Atlanta Dance Central in August of this year. He wanted to take private ballroom lessons as a surprise for his wife, Stacey, who grew up dancing and loves to get out on the dance floor. Jim says in the past he could never pick up the steps very well and his wife would get frustrated with him – inevitably, they would leave the dance floor. So we started Jim with some basic Swing and Rumba steps, moving at a pace that worked for him. Jim and Stacey had a wedding to attend in September so his plan was to surprise her with his new moves.

Jim told his wife that he was doubling up on his guitar lessons each week, but eventually the cat got out of the bag and Stacey found out he was actually taking dance lessons! Surprised, she attended his last lesson before the wedding and got caught up on the moves that Jim had learned.
After the wedding, Jim and Stacey wanted to keep dancing. They came back and told us that they had a great time at the wedding, and Jim said his wife stayed on the dance floor the whole time with him! What a success – congrats student of the month Jim! He has since learned more Swing and Rumba moves and is doing great!

Frankenstein'sFrolicDancers from Atlanta Rising Talent and the Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome will be performing in SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company’s “Frankenstein’s Frolic.”  Frankenstein’s Frolic is a fun-filled haunted carnival and dance performance.  The haunted carnival will include appearances from characters in the dance performance, games with fun prizes, and refreshments!

The Frankenstein’s Frolic dance performance will primarily feature dancers from SIDEWAYS Contemporary dance company.  They will be performing quirky jazz and contemporary pieces, with comedic costumes and choreography.  Atlanta Rising Talent will be performing “Haunted Mansion”, a contemporary dance they have brought back to life!  The Foster-Schmidt Dance Company will perform in “Thriller” alongside members of SIDEWAYS.

The event will be held at (but is not affiliated with) Atlanta Dance Central on Sunday, October 27.  The carnival will be open from 11:30 – 4 p.m., with performances at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m.  The dance performance is approximately 30 minutes long and the cost for the performance is $5.  SIDEWAYS is a not-for-profit organization that is separate from Atlanta Dance Central.  They have generously donated 1 ticket to be used toward their performance, or a carnival game, to all students of Atlanta Dance Central.

We would love for you to join us in supporting  the ART Company, the Foster Schmidt Company, and local artists! Come out to Frankenstein’s Frolic to enjoy a wonderful afternoon filled with games, prizes, refreshments, dance, and most of all, fun!

FS3We’re crossing our fingers and hoping the weather in Atlanta holds out this weekend, because Atlanta Dance Central will be out an about performing around the community!  Atlanta Rising Talent’s performance at the Roswell Arts Festival a couple of weeks ago was rained out, so Roswell has a second chance to see us kick off our season!

This Saturday, October 12, Atlanta Rising Talent and the Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome will be dancing their way through the streets of Roswell in the Youth Day Parade!  This year’s theme is “Hats off to Roswell.”  The parade will make it’s way from First Baptist Church in Roswell, down Historic Canton Street, and will end in Roswell Area Park.  We will be dancing and tossing candy!  If you come, support Atlanta Dance Central by standing near our Scarecrow for the Boo Ya’ll Scarecrow Contest.  Her name is Odette and she can be found on the corner of Canton and Norcross Streets.  We’d love to see you there.

Odette1The Foster-Schmidt Dance Company has a big weekend ahead of them!  Not only will you be able to spot them at the Youth Day Parade in Roswell, but on Sunday they will also be performing at the DSAA Buddy Walk.  The Buddy Walk is Sunday, October 13 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta.  Our lovely dancers will be performing a dance from last year’s recital!  If you are in downtown Atlanta on Sunday, you don’t want to miss this wonderful event.

You can catch both Atlanta Rising Talent and the Foster-Schmidt Dance Company again in SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company’s “Frankenstein’s Frolic.” The haunted carnival and dance performance will take place at Atlanta Dance Central on Sunday, October 27. Congratulations and best of luck to all of our students who are performing!

Dance_0224Atlanta Dance Central’s performance company, Atlanta Rising Talent, will be kicking off their 2013-2014 performance season at the Roswell Arts Festival this weekend!  The Roswell Arts Festival will be celebrating it’s 47th year and the festival is held on the Roswell square.  The ART Company is excited to share their passion for dance with the community at this event!

Our Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior companies are performing dances from last season, as well as debuting new choreography they learned during camp this summer.  They will be performing a variety of styles including jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and even a sneak peek of the ballet they have been working on: Swan Lake!  All of the students have been working hard in choreography camp and in class to grow as artists and performers, and can’t wait to share what they have been working on with their Roswell family and friends!  Atlanta Rising Talent will be performing at 2 p.m.

Up next: You can also find the ART Company in October at the Roswell Youth Day Parade on Saturday, October 12.  The theme this year is “Hats off to Roswell.”  Both the Arts Festival, and the Youth Day Parade are fun, free events for the entire family to enjoy.  We can’t wait to see you there!

photo 1Social media is a great way for us to keep up with our clients, our students, and share what we are doing with the local community.  Through the use of social media we are able to promote the dance programs we love throughout the community and the nation.   We are also able to share exciting news, celebrate students who are working hard, and let people know what is going on with the studio quickly and easily.  Social media helps us stay connected with each other – but there are certain things for students, and adults, to remember when using social media, that keep it safe and smart.

It is important to always use social media in a positive way.  Bad mouthing or bullying only reflects back on the person who is doing it, and can hurt our friend’s feelings.  Complimenting and congratulating friends on accomplishments lets our friends know we support them!  Posting negative comments or inappropriate language can also create a reputation that isn’t necessarily accurate of your true self!  When using social media, you should always keep things positive and clean.  I like to tell my students, “If you wouldn’t want Grandma or Grandpa to see it, you probably shouldn’t post it.”

The popularity and increase in social media use has decreased privacy.  The internet now serves as a permanent record of sorts, and even things that have been “hidden” or “deleted” can resurface.  Younger users should be honest about their age when using social media, because some sites add extra privacy for users under the age of 18.  Make sure to set profiles to private so only friends have access to your personal information, and be sure not to “overshare.”  Oversharing includes posting pictures of Driver’s Licenses or debit cards, posting that you are away on vacation, and giving any personal information away that you wouldn’t want a stranger to know.

Remember that you are in charge of your online reputation, so why not make it the best it can be?  Stay smart and in control by keeping your profiles private, and always stay positive and encouraging.  Social media can definitely be a positive thing when we use it the right way!

What kind of social media is your favorite?  Do you use facebook, twitter, or instagram the most?  Let us know what you think is the next social media trend!

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