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Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at ADC. This season, not only are we having our traditional Frankenstein’s Frolic event, but we’ve turned it into a Descendants dance party too! We feel there is no better way to get in the spooky spirit!  Here’s why:

  1. Spooktacular performances!  From black cats twirling their tails to showgirls in spider hats, there is something for everyone to enjoy! Dancers from SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, ADC’s ART Company, and the Foster-Schmidt Dance Company will all be putting on an incredible show. You’ll be on you feet ready to move to your favorite Descendants songs with us during our dance party. Learn a few moves from the movies and show off some of your own!
  2. Tons of candy and Halloween fun!  We have so many games and treats you may not even need to go door to door on the 31st! With games like candy corn bowling and bean bag toss you’ll be raking in the prizes. The parking lots will be filled with cars ready for trunk or treat and a hot dog truck for when your sweet tooth has been satisfied. We’ll also have a photo opportunity with the Frankenstein monster!
  3. Bonding with the ADC family!  We are so lucky to have such a wonderful group of people here at ADC. Through events like these we hope to continue to strengthen the community you have helped us build. We can’t think of a better group to celebrate this wacky, wonderful holiday with!

Join us this Sunday October 15th from 1-3! Costumes are encouraged but not required. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per family and if you mention this blog post we will take 50% off. We’ll see you there!

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Last week, we received an email from one of our dance parents that gave us all of the warm, fuzzy feelings we live for as teachers. Alexis Smith, one of our Mini Company members, has created a beautiful solo to enter in the state-wide Reflections art competition. Their theme for this year is “Within Reach” and we certainly think that her goals are just that!

Alexis chose the music and choreographed this entire piece herself, which is a huge undertaking for a seven year old. We were seriously impressed by her creativity and unsurprised by her confidence. (If you haven’t met Alexis, she’s quite the firecracker.) The piece is full of heart and showcases her skills beautifully.

Her mom, Tara, added along with the video, “This is proof of how much inspiration you all give her every time she steps in the studio.” It is heart-warming to have made such an impact on Alexis, and she has no idea how much this has inspired us in return. We are so proud of her hard work and wish her the best of luck in the contest! Take a look at her solo in the video below!

We all want to be inspired.  It’s a wonderful thing to wake up feeling alive, ready to conquer the day, and to truly love what we are doing.  For the most part, that’s how my life goes and I am so thankful that I followed the path to owning a dance studio.

I am inspired in many ways by the families at ADC.  It’s motivating to see an alumni offered a great job opportunity from another ADC alum or when the three-year old tells me that she wants to be a dance teacher when she grows up.  It’s heartening when a teenager starts taking dance for the first time and is out-of-her-mind excited or when my student teachers can’t sleep the night before recital because they are so excited to watch their students onstage.

I also find inspiration from the parents of our students.  The way each family commits to all the shuttling, quick meal times, and creative budgeting to give their child the opportunity to discover their passion.  Families take care of other families when it’s needed and I’ve watched friendships grow within the walls of the studio.

We certainly are an inspiring bunch!

The way I see it anyone at any age can be inspiring and why not aim to be?  What a better world we would have if that was everyone’s daily goal: just to inspire others to grow and thrive.

“To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible.”

For the ninth season of ADC, the faculty and I can’t wait to see what happens when our ADC families and students commit to this challenge:  Aspire to Inspire.  I know it will be truly incredible!

– Charlotte Foster Williamson, ADC Studio Owner

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We cannot believe that summer is already wrapping up!  We had so much fun with all of the camps, intensives, and technique weeks. Our studios were filled with students who just couldn’t stop moving!  Here are our favorite moments from this summer:

Our awesome Hip-Hop Superheroes saved the day!

Our Summer Aerial dancers soared on the silks!

We celebrated Ms. Leah’s birthday at Be Our Guest camp.


Elsa and Anna came to visit Disney Princess camp!

 

The Micro Minis got crazy with some tutus!

Jazz Technique Week dancers showing off their “jazz hands”.

One of our adorable fairies showing off her new wings!

We had a great time this summer with these amazing students.  Our fall season officially begins on Tuesday, September 5th and we are SO ready to see all of our students back in the studio soon!

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A couple of weeks ago I was working with a student on her tap skills. This particular child was very timid in classes during the year. I could barely hear the sounds coming from her feet, and she would physically back away from me when I would move in closer to listen. In this private lesson we took the time to break down steps that had been giving her trouble and suddenly a new confidence started to show. I saw her eyes light up as she accomplished skills that had just moments earlier seemed so far out of reach. It gave me goosebumps seeing this transformation not only in her tapping but in her whole demeanor.

Private lessons may seem intimidating at first. But just like tutoring can greatly improve a student’s grades in school, these one on one sessions can really make a difference in one’s dancing.

Lessons are uniquely yours! 

No two students are alike, therefore no two private lessons are the same. Because there is just one dancer, the teacher is able to address specific details that there may not be time for in a larger classroom setting. The individualized lesson plan they are able to create for the student can cater to their needs allowing them to have maximum potential for growth.

In a regular classroom we focus on teaching technique to an entire room of students and the goal is to get these concepts across to everyone. With just one dancer we can dig into what they need to improve and find some strategies for them to use while they are in their normal classes.

Trying out something new! 

Private lessons can be a great place to take a new discipline of dance on a test run. The dancer can decide if it is something they want to pursue without any pressure. Instead of coming to class feeling self-conscious because they don’t know the terminology or how to execute the movements, they are able to start at the beginning with a teacher who knows what building blocks they will need to excel in the fall classroom.

Time to get serious.

For some dancers, private lessons are the place to get really serious about their training. This means it is a chance to hone in on their technique and really perfect their skills. Most students with these aspirations in mind want to maintain what they have already learned and push even farther. Fine tuning like this is hard work, and isn’t the right thing for every student, but some crave this extra challenge.

Thinking about the goosebumps I got with my tapper gives me so much hope. Seeing such a dramatic change in only 45 minutes is inspiring. I cannot wait to see her continued growth as well as the growth of all of the other students this summer! If your dancer is interested in a private lesson please contact us!

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