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It’s a New Dance Year!

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With temperatures still in the 90s, we can’t quite tell that fall has rolled around.  Fall brings cooler temperatures, new school years, pumpkin spice lattes, and most importantly, a new dance year!

The start of a new dance year brings exciting changes, opportunities, and a renewed love for dance.  It’s not that we really lose our love for dance throughout the year, but by the end of the year the teachers and the students alike are really tired of hearing their recital or competition songs for the 100th or more time.  Throughout the summer, the teachers search and search and then search some more to find the perfect song for each of their classes.  They then begin thinking about choreography and costumes and creating their visions for the recital.  As they get to know their dancers, they make adjustments to their choreography to make sure each dancer is feeling both confident and challenged.  It’s exciting!

From our youngest to our oldest dancers, the new dance year brings opportunity for growth as a dancer as well as the opportunity to make new friends.  We love watching our youngest dancers come into the studio with their pink tutus and huge smiles!  We also love watching our older dancers hanging out with their dance friends in the lobby talking about what they did over the summer.  We watch our new company dancers coming in with a bit of nervousness, but those nerves soon turn to smiles as they get to know the other dancers on their team.  It’s exciting!

This year we have added new teachers as well as an office manager, Monica.  You all will see Monica around the studio.  She is looking forward to getting to know all of our Center Stage families.  You will also see some new faces as we have added three new teachers –  Cornesha, Alissa, and Emma.  These ladies are all excited to be a part of the Center Stage family.  You can read a little more about their backgrounds on our website.

We thank you all for choosing Center Stage!  We look forward to a great new dance year together (and cooler temperatures too)!

Loving Our New Dance Home in Leander

It’s been quiet on the blog lately.  We have been really busy getting all settled into our new dance home.  We finished up the studio and passed all our inspections in just the nick of time.  You know how they rush around to make all the final touch ups on those home improvement shows.  Well, it was exactly like that.  My husband and I along with friends and family spent many long days and late nights in the studio getting it ready to open on time.  Somehow, to our surprise, we did open on time!  We had a wonderful open house celebration, and then our doors opened in September to all of our amazing dance families.

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Grand Opening of Center Stage in Leander! 

Halloween at the studio was a lot of fun.  Students and teachers came dressed in costumes.  It was a fun week seeing all of our dancers come to class in all of their cute costumes.

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At Center Stage, we have the cutest kitties, fairies, and princesses in all of Leander.

Some of our competition teams performed at the Living Leander Expo at the end of November.  We love having a chance to perform for our community.  This was their first performance of the year.  They are looking forward to performing their dances several more times as competition season is approaching.

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Some of our company dancers at Center Stage performed at the Living Leander Expo.

In December, we hosted a Tumbling Toy Drive to collect toys for A World for Children foster/adoption agency.  Our students brought wonderful toys to donate.  Then we had fun working on tumbling skills.  It was a fun event, and we collected a lot of toys to donate.

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Our Center Stage Tumbling Toy Drive was a great success.  Our students did dance and tumble classes and brought toys to donate to kids in the Cedar Park/Leander/Round Rock area.

The new studio is definitely starting to feel like “home”.  When you walk in, you can see students hanging out together in the lobby waiting for class to start or gathering on the front porch on nice days after class.  You can see parents talking in the hallway as they watch their children in class.  And, of course, you can see lots of dancing going on in the dance studio rooms.  A feel of energy and community and friendship has already found its way into the walls.  Yes, we most definitely are loving our new dance home.


Voted Best Dance Studio in Cedar Park/Leander!
Providing quality dance classes to the Leander/Cedar Park/Liberty Hill area since 2004


Almost There!

We aren’t quite to all the fun finish out yet, but we are getting there!  A couple of weeks ago we went to select all the flooring for the studio.  We had to make 3 trips back to the flooring store to pick up all the flooring in my husband’s truck.  That’s a lot of flooring!  We also received our shipment of new dance flooring.  We will have Harlequin Allegro dance floors in our largest room, Stagestep Dancestep floors in Studio B, and Stagestep Bravo marley dance floors in Studio A and Studio D.  Our dancers are going to love dancing on our new dance floors!

Aug. 14 012I did have a lot of fun choosing light fixtures.  We will have some pretty wall sconces in the hallway.  They will dim to create great viewing through our large mirrored windows.  I also got to select ceiling fans for the studios and for the patio.  Our dancers and teachers are going to love the ceiling fans in the dance rooms, and the parents are going to love the patio fans!  I also selected a beautiful chandelier for our front entrance from The Green Door in Leander.  It was custom painted, and it is magnificent!  You will have to come by to see it when we are open.  It’s too beautiful to reveal in a photo. 

July 14 162It’s starting to look a little more like the finished building.  We will be painting the columns white and adding dark gray stucco under the canopy.  I can’t wait to get our sign made and see our Center Stage logo sitting beautifully above the canopy centered in the light gray area.  We are waiting to get our parking lot and patio poured.  After that, they will be able to work on the landscaping.

Aug. 14 185A sneak peek inside:

This is the waiting area looking out onto the covered patio.

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This is the changing room and front desk area with an office and dance shoe closet in back.

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A look at Studio C.  Now we just need to add mirrors, barres, ceiling fans, and dance floors.  Then we will be able to dance!

Aug. 14 193A look into Studio B. 

Aug. 14 194Our little assistants helping Daddy and Grandpa lay the tile floors in the bathroom.

Aug. 14 196I have to send a shout out to my husband and father-in-law for the work they have done and will do to make the studio look beautiful.  My husband and nephew did all of the trim work, and my husband and father-in-law will be laying all of the 3 truckloads of flooring plus all the dance floors!  I’m sure glad my husband comes from a family who owns a construction business and that he has a degree in construction science.  It sure comes in handy!

Aug. 14 198We are getting so close to the finished product.  I can’t wait to see it all come together.