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Welcome to Our Blog

April 27, 2017

Welcome to our blog!  We will be posting information about upcoming performances, competition results and other fun studio information.  We will also post articles and other fun informational tidbits!  Enjoy!

DanceKAR Competition

April 28, 2017

Four  of our dancers performed at the Dance KAR competition and we could not be more proud of their dancing skills, personality and the show they put on.  Our jazz soloist danced to "Good to Be Alive" and received a Top First Award and an additional award.  Our jazz duet danced to "Better When I'm Dancing" and received a Top First Award and an additional award.  Our contemporary/lyrical soloist dance to "Walking on Broken Glass" and  received a first place award.  Our hip hop duet danced to "Swagger Jagger" and received a Top First Award and ranked fifth in the overall high points for their age group!  We could not be more proud of all of our dancers and how fantastic they did!

Did you know that we offer Ballroom, Martial Arts & Fitness?

May 1, 2017

Did you know that our studio offers Ballroom, Martial Arts and Fitness classes?  Not only do we offer individual or couple ballroom dance lessons on Friday nights but we also offer a mixed martial arts class that will knock your socks off on Thursdays at 8:00 PM.  In addition, we have a constantly growing array of fitness classes from Zumba to Fitness at the Barre (cardio that is a blast!)  For our complete schedule, check out our homepage and click "Schedule and Tuition."  Punch cards are available for fitness classes.

Our Picture Day is Quickly Approaching!

May 4, 2017

Picture Day is quickly approaching.  On May 20, we will be doing individual and group shots of all dances from our upcoming show! New this year, no sitting fees! We will be releasing the schedule soon.  Please make sure your dancer is in costume and that all costume parts have your dancer's name on them.

Why Summer?

May 9, 2017

Instructors most common questions in May of each year are "You probably don't offer summer dance classes, do you?" and "Well, we are going to take the summer off.  That doesn't matter anyway, does it?"  The answers to both of these are yes.  We absolutely offer a full schedule of summer classes and NEW THIS YEAR, we are offering an in-studio competition AND great intensives for virtually all ages and abilities.  The answer to whether or not summer classes matter is a resounding YES!  Here's why.....

Your dancer has worked incredibly hard over the past few months to master new skills.  Over the time they've spent practicing, they have gained strength, coordination, flexibility, and muscle memory.  "But they don't lose over that just by taking time off, do they?"  Yes, they absolutely do.  Studies show that dancers that take one or more months off can lose an average of 70% of their muscle memory alone!  Returning in the fall, dancers are often in a position of having to work even harder to regain those skills and fall behind in class more quickly than dancers that take summer classes.  Conversely, dancers that take a full summer of classes (even if they miss a week here or there for vacation, etc) are able to gain even more of these skills AND advance more quickly.  Dancers that work over the summer with us are often able to progress to the next level of classes much more quickly and make an easier transition. 

Additionally, dancers that work over the summer get the full benefit of fun, technique-filled, no deadline classes.  While we may run a routine in class, our biggest focus in the summer is skill-building and improving technique, muscle memory, strength and coordination!

Join us for the summer and see what a difference a summer of Destination Dance fun can make.

Positive Attitudes

May 12, 2017

The movies and media often portray dancing as a cutthroat sport.  While there is definitely a competitive drive within all of our dancers, we encourage our dancers to exercise positive attitudes.  What does that mean?

Positive attitudes are a threefold concept.  1-Be positive about your own abilities.  Remember that you're still learning and Rome wasn't built in a day.  The only way to hone your craft is to practice and make mistakes.  2-Be positive about corrections.  Our staff is focused on encouraging our dancers and improving their technique.  Corrections are not criticisms.  I'll repeat that:  Corrections are not criticisms.  Corrections are an opportunity to adapt a movement in order to improve your technique.  3-Be positive to those around you.  While respect for teachers is important, positive reinforcement is important with your fellow dancers.  Encourage each other.  You're in this together and it can be the most wonderful ride of your life if you keep each other in a good mindset.  Remember, you are not competing against each other; your only competition is how good you were at your previous practice. 

Picture Day is Upon Us

May 17, 2017

 Picture Day is upon us here at Destination Dance and we want to make sure that everyone is there, prepared, and with smiles on their faces.  Here are some tips to help make picture day run as smoothly as possible....

*Come in costume with makeup and hair as recommended by teacher.

*Try to be there ten minutes early

*Have your best smile ready!

*Have fun!

If you haven't gotten your email detailing the picture day schedule, please email us as soon as possible.  We want to see all of your bright, smiling faces :)

It's Crunch Time!

May 23, 2017

 First of all, thank you so much to all of our dancers and parents that came out for picture day! Pictures are currently being edited and will be available for viewing soon!  Thank you to all of the staff that helped the day run smoothly.  We are so proud to have such a wonderful dance family!

It's crunch time at the studio.  The Spring  Recital is only 17 days away! Please make sure that your dancer is at every class to make sure those dances get polished and look amazing for the show!  We are also going over the finale in all classes.  Please make sure that the front desk has your shirt size and that you have paid for the finale costume.  Again, thank you for being such a great dance family!

The Importance of Being at Every Class

May 29, 2017

We are so grateful to have a studio of amazing dancers that are dedicated to learning and having fun.  Being so close to recital time, you might hear your teachers talk about the importance of being in every class.  Here are some of the reasons behind that....

1.  In the weeks before the show, teachers make final decisions on placement throughout the dance.  It is essential to know your spot on stage so you have your chance to shine!

2.  Muscle memory is built on a regular basis by being in class.  Muscle memory is key to advancing to the next level.

3.  Cleaning up routines is crucial to making them as beautiful as possible on stage.

4.  Dance classes are similar to team sports.  Everyone shows up and works hard and a beautiful routine is created.  Consideration for your fellow dancers is absolutely essential.

and finally....

5.  Last minute changes are incredibly common in order to tweak and perfect a routine.  Missing class means missing important information.

Thank you to every student whose dedication shines through and through!

We're in the Home Stretch

June 1, 2017

We are in the home stretch!  Our Spring Show is only 9 days away! We are so proud of each of our dancers and what they've accomplished.  What should you be doing in the last week before the show?

1.  Practice.  Rehearsal week schedule is in the studio and under the Current Student tab. Practice, practice, practice.  

2.  Make sure that your costume and shoes all have your name in them.  Put them into a large baggy and label the baggy with your name.  

3.  Make sure that you have your recital tickets!

4.  Have fun!  Recital week is hectic but wonderful and our Destination Dance family always has fun with it!  

Thank you to each and every dancer for being so great!

Spring Season is Almost Over

June 5, 2017

The Spring Season is almost over!  It seems like just yesterday, we were celebrating the new year.  Our final day of regular Spring Session classes is today!  We will be having rehearsals Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and the show is FRIDAY NIGHT!  For more information on our Spring Show, click here.

Beginning on Monday, June 12, we will be starting the SUMMER OF SELF!  The Summer of Self is a great time to celebrate unique, wonderful YOU!  Bring a friend and celebrate together!  Try a new class! Build muscle memory, strength and skill while exploring all the wonderful things that make you unique!  We can't wait to see you!  For more information, click here.

Summer Session Starts Tomorrow

June 11, 2017

The Summer of Self begins tomorrow at the studio and we couldn't be more excited! The qualities we strive to invest in you on a weekly basis are persistence, kindness, self-worth, patience, knowledge, strength, confidence, sportsmanship, teamwork, and loving the amazing fabulous YOU! Continue to grow your investment during the Summer of Self!  Continue your spring classes and try a new one at a discounted price!  We can't wait to see you!

Summer of Self:  Persistence

June 14, 2017

We kicked off the Summer of Self with a quality that is absolutely essential to success as a dancer: persistence. Persistence is defined as "firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition." In short, it means continuously working toward a goal.

Why is persistence important as a dancer?

Persistence is key to learning anything new in dance. There will always be challenging steps and combinations. There will always be weeks that make a dancer feel as if he/she can't get the hang of it. This is where persistence comes in. Persistence makes a dancer practice it over and over until they can't get it wrong. Persistence makes a dancer continue to practice, even after they've mastered it, to build muscle memory for the next step. Persistence makes a dancer keep working until they've achieved their goal and then set the next goal.

Persistence + practice = Greatness!

Let's set a goal together this summer and work with persistence toward that goal! Summers are the best time to build technique, strength, muscle memory and stamina.

Join us for the Summer of Self!

Summer of Self:  Kindness

June 19, 2017

On our journey to be the best that we can be, it's only natural to make a pit stop at an important, but often overlooked concept: kindness. I know what you might be thinking....how does kindness apply to dance? Technique, yes. Balance, yes. How does kindness apply to being the best dancer that you can be.

The dance community, overall is a gigantic extended family. We come in all shapes and sizes, all colors of the rainbow, and from all cultures and backgrounds. While competition is natural, kindness is necessity. Whether we are talking about friendly competition between studio or official dance competitions, you never know when you will see these "new" faces again and how you might interact.

Our studio makes a point of creating an environment of kindness. We are centered around creating an environment of fun, kindness and inclusivity. We believe that everyone should have a chance to dance. We are our own little extended dance family and we love our dancers! Every dancer should feel welcome and every dancer should feel like they are in a safe space to be themselves and be completely free to express their hearts in their dance.

But how does kindness make me a better dancer?

Kindness is a quality that creates a sense of peace. Kindness, as they say, is contagious. When you are feeling positive and energetic within your core, you are able to concentrate on learning new techniques and focus with precision. Kindness gives you a feeling of happiness that is conveyed every time you put your emotion into your dancing. Most importantly, though, spreading kindness will create a sense of accomplishment and love within you.

Practice kindness today and join us for the Summer of Self!

Summer of Self:  Know Your Own Self-Worth

June 26, 2017

What makes you special?  What makes you unique?  What are your gifts and talents?  The dictionary's definition of self-worth is "confidence in one's own worth or abilities."  All too often, we underestimate ourselves.  We are critical of ourselves in ways that we would never think to criticize others.  We are too hard on ourselves.

You are unique and wonderful exactly as you are.  You were born with gifts and talents within you that simply need to be explored and practiced.  Some of these gifts are ones that you may already know.  Some of them might not have even bubbled to the surface in your life yet.  You should always feel proud of the things that make you special.  You should always know that you are worth so much more than you can even dream of giving yourself credit for.

Summer is going by so quickly.  Come join us for the Summer of Self and we can explore together what makes you wonderful and YOUnique!

Summer Intensive Week

June 28, 2017

Dance instructors are constantly being asked what a student can do to improve.  The answer is simple:  practice.  Even to the most naturally gifted dancer, practice is essential to build and improve technique, increase stamina, and build muscle memory.  We are excited to present an intensive opportunity like no other.  From July 17-21, we will be presenting five different styles of dance (one for each day) and teaching intensive students about the style as well as improving their technique and education in that style and allowing them to explore their creativity through self-choreography.  We encourage each and every one of our students to come and participate.  More than that, we encourage you to register with a friend!  For more information, click here.

Summer of Self: Patience

July 10, 2017

Patience is incredibly important in all areas of your life and no less important as a dancer. Studying dance can be a frustrating experience some days as you struggle to learn a new step, improve your technique, or master a combination. There are days that you feel as though you will never "get it."

In those moments, you need to stop and take a few deep breaths. Focus on what you have accomplished already. It may seem like small steps to you but those small steps build to something huge. Those small steps,when combined, create something amazing and beautiful. Now use that mindset and be patient with yourself. Work through those obstacles understanding that goals are called that fora reason. It's not something you necessarily master in one day; it's something that you work patiently toward for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years (depending on the difficulty). Being patient with yourself is key to helping you be persistent and become the best dancer that you can be.

Let us also not forget, though, to be patient with our fellow dancers. The dance community is a big beautiful family and we are all intertwined throughout our lives. Taking the time to be patient as a fellow dancer learns a new step that you have already achieved can make all the difference in your overall dance life. Take the time to patiently wait on someone who is learning something new and encourage them to be the best that they can be. We achieve so much by patiently working with others.

You will achieve great things when you put patience and persistence together to master all of the goals that you have set for yourself! Keep dancing!

NOTE: An amazing time to master something new is through our Dance Intensive Camp July 17-21. Value priced at just $85 for the WHOLE WEEK (similar camps are that much for just one day), dancers get to experience hip hop, jazz, acro/tumbling, ballet/lyrical, and tap with concentration on one style per day. In a fun but challenging environment, dancers work together to achieve greatness. Ages 6-10 are from 9:00am-12:00pm. Ages 11-17 are from 12:30pm-4:00pm Book now to hold your spot. 

Summer of Self: Knowledge

July 17, 2017

Wisdom is important as a dancer just as it is important in life. The reasoning for this is multi-faceted.

1. Learning the background of your style of dance, the life of a choreographer, and so on can help you to better understand and perform as a dancer.

2. Learning proper diet and care of your body, muscles, feet, and more will help you to better care for yourself when you are going through rehearsals and such.

3. Learning about what your teacher is trying to express within a particular routine will help you express and convey the emotions necessary to make your routine pop.

4. Learning from other dancers will help you to better relate to others in your craft and become a better dancer, as a result.

and so much more.....

Wisdom is as important and necessary as technique to being a successful dancer. Learn from your teachers and more experienced dancers. Learn from your own mistakes. Read and research your favorite style of dance. Drink in every critique you are offered and put that knowledge into play every time you dance.

Knowledge is power and you will be a more powerful dancer by learning something new every single day.

Summer of Self: Self-Discipline

August 2, 2017

Self-discipline is a skill that every dancer must master for many reasons....

1.  Self-discipline is the key to overcoming obstacles.  Pushing through those feelings of defeat will make the difference between stopping at the obstacle and learning that new skill or routine.

2.  Reminding yourself that you are the only one that controls your behavior.  You are the only one that can decide whether you contribute all of your attention and focus to class.

3.  You are the best judge of how hard you can push yourself in class.  Work a bit harder to get that extra flexibility for those splits, plie more deeply for those high leaps, tighten that core just a little more for those solid pirouettes!

You are capable of great things!

Summer of Self:  Focus

August 9, 2017

Focus is necessary, and more than that helpful, in many areas of a dancer's life. Within class itself, focus helps a dancer to truly learn the technique being shown. In addition, dancers are able to fully comprehend the teacher's corrections and use the corrections to improve. Dancers that exhibit focus are able to achieve more within class and advance more quickly. Focus works with self-discipline to create an environment within the mind that helps you to grow and thrive both as a dancer and as a person.

How can you improve your focus?

1. Set your mind to a goal within class. Before you even set foot in the studio or at the performance, consciously take time to decide to focus in class. Going in with an attitude of positive energy will help you achieve focus more efficiently.

2. Meditate on what you want to achieve. When you have goals within your heart that you are set on achieving, focus will come more naturally.

3. Take some calming breaths. This will allow you to center yourself and create focus from the inside out.

4. Redirect. When you feel yourself starting to get distracted, take time to stop and redirect your thoughts. While it may be a challenge at first, it will ultimately begin to become habit.

5. Celebrate your victories. When you have worked hard on focused and achieved something because of it, celebrate! Take the time to look at your accomplishments and be proud!

Though focus can be difficult, the extra effort is worth it to achieve. Come celebrate the last month of the Summer of Self and work on achieving those goals you are focused on!

Thank you

September 13, 2017

We would like to issue an enormous thank you to all of our dancers that built their technique, skill, stamina, and muscle memory with our Summer of Self.  Each of you will be getting an end of summer evaluation from your teachers telling you how great you did and recommending classes for the fall.  You all did incredible and we are so proud of you.


We would also like to thank and congratulate our in-house competition winners: Christina Mulryan, Maya Burke, Drew Avila, Marysa Salas, Mackenzye Fifield, Sydney McCullum, and Sydney Templeton.  You all did an amazing job and we could not be more proud of you!


A third enormous THANK YOU goes out to our participants in this year's Demo Day!  We loved seeing all of your smiling faces and we hope to see you in classes this fall!


From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to each and every one of you for being part of our Destination Dance family!

Welcome to the Fall Session!

September 11, 2017

Our Fall session has officially begun!  What does that mean?  

*Annual registration fee ($30/dancer or $50 for 2 or more dancers from the same family) are due.  These fees help us to make the fun experiences we get to participate in and help with studio maintenance.  The fees cover September 2017-August 2018.

*CREATIVE MOVEMENT HAS MOVED.  Creative Movement is evolving with the times.  We will now be welcoming crawling infants into our class (7/8 months old-2 years old) and moving to Saturdays at 9:00 (9:00-9:45).  We will still be doing the same fun large motor skills, pre-tumbling, pre-ballet and silly songs and, as always, parents are encouraged to stay in the room and join in the fun!

*NEW CLASSES:

Mondays 5:15-5:45 Pre-Hip Hop (ages 3.5-6 starting in October 2017)

Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm Teen/Adult Master Class (rotating styles weekly)

Saturdays 9:45-10:30am Pre Tiny Tot Ballet/Tap (ages 3-4)

Saturdays 10:30-11:30am Beginner/Intermediate Lyrical/Jazz/Tap (ages 6-10)

*FALL SHOWS/WINTER SHOWS

Our upcoming performances are listed here.  Not all dancers will need to be at both Highlands Haunt shows, however, we encourage all dancers to plan to be at our Winter Show, if possible.  It is a great time for families to see their dancer's development and for dancers to show off their stuff!