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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)!

Fall at the Studio

The crisp breeze and the falling leaves tell us fall has arrived.  It seems like we were just having open houses and enrolling students for the dance year.  Now, it’s almost time to break out the leg warmers! 

Spring at the studio means recital pictures, dance competitions, cheer competitions, workshops, rehearsals, and finally the year-end recital.  So, what does the fall look like around here?  Preparation.  Many of our students have already had a chance to see what their costumes will look like for the big show.  Their faces light up as they see the sparkly costumes and imagine themselves wearing them on the stage.  Several of our competitive dancers have already received their costumes.  The day each dancer receives their recital costume is a little like Christmas morning around here!  Just as torn pieces of wrapping paper are strewn about your living room floor on Christmas morning, sequins and glitter cover our studio floors, and smiles abound.

Our company dancers are busily preparing their routines for competition season.  For all of our other classes, teachers are choosing the perfect song and perfect costumes that will make each dancer shine on the stage.  The teachers are busy editing music and choreographing for those recital pieces.  Teachers are preparing students by teaching technique, new dance steps, and combinations.  All of this goes into a recital dance long before the dancers even learn the first step.

 

In addition to the fun of preparing dances and costumes, fall is fun around here for several more reasons like:

1.  Halloween dress-up week – You can check out all of our adorable dancers in costume on our Facebook page.

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2.  new cozy Center Stage sweatpants

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3.  leg warmers!

4.  Most importantly, hanging out with your old dance friends and forming friendships with your new dance friends!

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Center Stage Dance Intensives

As a dance student in college, my favorite day of the week was Wednesday.  Wednesdays were “alternative day”; every other day of the week was ballet technique.  I loved taking ballet every day, but we all looked forward to doing something different on Wednesdays.  Usually our alternative class was Pilates since one of the instructors held Pilates certification, but we also got the chance to take several other dance classes including Broadway Jazz, Hip-Hop, and even Hawaiian dance, African dance, and Kabuki (Japanese dance).   Our dance program at Sam Houston State University was great about exposing us to various styles of movement and dance cultures.   

Although we don’t have the luxury at Center Stage of seeing our dance students every day, we do offer the opportunity to experience vaious dance styles without having to sign up for five classes per week (or more)!  Through our Saturday Dance Intensives, students have the chance to take Musical Theater, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Leaps/Turns in addition to their regular weekly classes.  From October through March, we offer one intensive each month.  The intensives are 2 hours long allowing enough time for proper stretching, across the floor work, and a dance combination.  The intensives are all taught by different teachers so students are not only exposed to different genres of dance but also different styles.  Each teacher brings his or her own unique style and expertise to the intensive.  

Below is a picture of our Ballet Intensive with the lovely Ms. Karen.  The students are working on their turnout and strength with the use of Therabands.

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Our next intensive is our Hip-Hop Intensive coming up Jan. 26th with Ms. Ally.  Students 5-9 years old will dance from 10-noon, and students 10-up will dance from 3-5PM.  Intensives are only $15 per student!  Call the studio at (512) 259-0445 to sign up for the Hip-Hop Intensive or any of our other upcoming intensives.  Intensives are open to all students.

Below is a picture of our Mini Hip-Hop Co. last year.

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   Upcoming Intensives:

Jan. 26th – Hip-Hop

Feb. 16th – Jazz

Mar. 23rd – Lyrical/Contemporary