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Getting to Know You: Miss Arial!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on November 17, 2017

Today we are featuring Miss Arial in our latest edition of “Getting to Know You”!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a little bit more about them.   In her free […]

Through the Studio Looking Glass

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on November 14, 2017

Being a dance parent can be a challenge. Standing at the windows, you become accustomed to attempting to lip read, using hand signals to remind your dancer to pay attention to the teacher and not stare (or wave) at you during class, and are constantly trying to decipher body language and generally what exactly is […]

A Day in the Life of Dance Connection

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on November 10, 2017

Every day at Dance Connection is different. Even though we have the same set of classes every week, you wouldn’t necessarily be able to say any given week is routine. Every week our students feel differently, we work on different skills, and we add more counts of eight to our recital choreography. We might be […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Tara!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on November 7, 2017

Today we are featuring Miss Tara from our office staff  in our latest edition of “Getting to Know You” for our 2017-2018 dance year!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a […]

All About Costume Measurement Week

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on November 3, 2017

The music has been chosen and the costumes selected, so now it’s time to get everyone measured! Here’s a quick primer for Costume Measurement Week which happens November 6th – 11th. Dancers will be measured during class time for their recital costumes. Parents will be invited in for the measurements to be taken, and our […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Donna!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on October 31, 2017

Today we are featuring Miss Donna in our latest edition of “Getting to Know You”!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a little bit more about them.   In her free […]

This is Halloween!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on October 27, 2017

We just had another spook-tacular Halloween party week here at Dance Connection! Halloween is one of our favorite holidays at the studio, and it’s definitely easy to see the minute you walk through the door. Our staff members including some of our teacher trainees and family members of staff members work for an average of […]

Did you know Dance Connection runs an official chapter of the NHSDA?

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on October 20, 2017

Here at Dance Connection we believe that the arts are an essential part of any education. A commitment to and a love for the art of dance should be celebrated, and that’s why we were honored to become an official chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. The National Honor Society for Dance […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Susanne!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on October 17, 2017

Today we are featuring Miss Susanne from our office staff  in our latest edition of “Getting to Know You” for our 2017-2018 dance year!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Jenn!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on October 13, 2017

Today we are featuring Miss Jenn in our latest edition of “Getting to Know You”!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a little bit more about them.   In her free […]

Start the Music!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on October 10, 2017

This past Saturday our teachers got together after classes to spend the day choosing the music for this year’s recital. If you’re wondering if I said “recital” in October, I did! Our teachers and studio staff kick off preparations for June’s recital this month not only choosing music for our classes to perform to, but […]

Less is More

By Michelle Jones Wurtz in In Step With DC on October 6, 2017

Reprinted from Dance Studio Life   After years of studying and teaching dance at various schools and institutions, The Tortoise and the Hare, one of Aesop’s famous fables has taken on a deeper meaning in my life.  Many American dance students are being pushed to execute fouette turns, tour-jetes, and multiple pirouettes in order to […]

Are You Ready For World Ballet Day?

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on October 3, 2017

Ballet is one of the world’s most beautiful art forms. It takes not only talent, but dedication, drive, and an amazing amount of work to create the seemingly effortless movements that professional dancers perform daily. Every October the entire world celebrates the beauty of ballet on World Ballet Day. The best part is the all-day […]

The Perfect Ballet Bun with Miss Christina

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on September 29, 2017

Today we have a special guest, our very own Miss Christina, to show us how to give our dancers that perfect ballet bun for their classes. She has all of the best tips and techniques to make it simple, painless, and dance ready!   Thank you to Aine Sforza and Miss Emily Civitella for being […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Nikki!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on September 26, 2017

Today we are featuring Miss Nikki in our latest edition of “Getting to Know You”!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a little bit more about them.   In her free […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Ava!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on September 22, 2017

Today we are featuring Miss Ava from our office staff  in our latest edition of “Getting to Know You” for our 2017-2018 dance year!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a […]

Miss Mary’s Words to Dance By

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on September 19, 2017

You may have noticed that there is no shortage of inspiration on the walls at our Studio. In fact, the door to Miss Mary’s office is completely covered in words of wisdom and inspiration. That’s because our Artistic Director, Miss Mary Naftal is a firm believer that a positive attitude is the most important part […]

Setting the “Barre”: Goals for a New Dance Year

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on September 15, 2017

A New Year, whether it starts in January or September, can make you think of setting new goals and looking to the possibility of new achievements. The optimism of new beginnings can work against you though if you set the “barre” too high. Here are some guidelines that may help you on your way to […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Mary!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on September 11, 2017

Today we are featuring Miss Mary in our first edition of “Getting to Know You” for the 2017-2018 season!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a little bit more about them. […]

Welcome Back Dance Connection Families!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on September 8, 2017

It’s that time of year when I begin to really get excited because in less than 24 hours we will be opening our studio doors to the first classes of the year! There definitely is a sense of excitement, and so much to look forward to in the year ahead. It can be a little […]

How to prepare for your very first dance class!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on September 5, 2017

A young dancer’s first dance class is a very exciting day!  It’s an important step in their educational and social development, likely being their first classroom experience and perhaps even being one of the first times they are separated from their parents.  Some dancers may cry or be apprehensive about entering the class – know […]

Mr. Joe Energizes Dance Studio Owners in Chicago

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 29, 2017

Our Marketing Director and Lighting Designer Joe Naftal was invited to be a presenter and share his insight and talents with studio owners from around the world at the Energize 2017: Tools for Studio Success conference held in Chicago August 25th – 27th. His presentation was titled “Stand by in the Wings: Producing the Perfect […]

Dance Connection FAQ: Why Do I Have to Take Ballet?

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 25, 2017

It’s well known that everyone has their own gifts, and everyone has their own preferences, so I know it won’t come as a shock to many parents when I say Ballet may not be for everyone. For some of our students Ballet doesn’t move at the same pace as Jazz or Tap, and struggles to […]

A Return to “the Norm”

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 18, 2017

As summer begins winding down, every family has their own way of gradually readjusting to the reality that another school year is on its way, and soon our time will be consumed by drop-offs and pick-ups, homework, projects, holiday celebrations, spirit week, and a bevy of after-school and weekend activities. At the studio, we are […]

Camp Carnival Campers Had a Lively Time!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on August 16, 2017

Campers had a blast at this week’s Camp Carnival – the second one-night camp in our  Adventures in Dance Camp series.   They played carnival games, learned dances, and crafts with Miss Melinda, Miss Nikki, Miss Emily, Miss Ashley, Miss Nuomi, and Miss Camryn.  Our next Adventures in Dance Camp is “Pajama Party” next Monday […]

Opportunities for Development: The Teacher Training Program

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 11, 2017

Dance isn’t just about learning technique and choreography, it can help students develop a multitude of different skills that they can carry into their everyday lives. At Dance Connection our students have the opportunity to take that learning experience even further adding leadership skills and mentoring young dancers by becoming a part of our Teacher […]

Summer Beach Adventure

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on August 9, 2017

Campers had a blast at this week’s Summer Beach Party – the first one night camp in our  Adventures in Dance Camp series.   They played beach themed games, learned dances, and made sand art or bracelet crafts with Miss Melinda, Miss Donna, Miss Emily, Miss Sarah, Miss Ally, and Miss Camryn.  Our next Adventures […]

Summer Minute to Win It was a Success!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on August 1, 2017

Dancers and their friends & family had at Dance Connection’s  Summer Minute to Win It Night of Fun last Friday night.  Based on the hit television game show, the event consisted of team challenges using common household items to complete a task in 60 seconds or less!  Participants met new friends and won cool prizes throughout the night. […]

Happy National Dance Day!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on July 29, 2017

It’s National Dance Day! A day of giving back through the art of dance. Giving back to our community through our passion for dance is something that Miss Mary and the Dance Connection family love to do. Our Competition Team has partnered with the Suffolk County Make-A-Wish organization for a number of years, performing at […]

The Schedule Is Ready!!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on July 25, 2017

We are back from Nationals and Summer Classes are up and running so it’s about that time to find out when you’re scheduled to spend time with us in the studio this year! Everyone who Pre-Registered should have received an email that details the days and times that they are scheduled for class. Classes this […]

Dance Beyond the Recital…

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on July 14, 2017

Now that the dust has settled and the lights have dimmed it can seem that dance will step aside for the summer, but it certainly doesn’t have to. There are tons of opportunities to keep “in step” with your dance training over the summer, many of them right here at Dance Connection! You can take […]

Which DC Teacher are You?

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on June 30, 2017

What’s your DC Dance Teacher persona? We’re proud of all of our Dance Connection Teachers. Find out which Dance Teacher you’re most like by taking this short quiz.  

Ducks Game Rehearsals are Underway!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on June 27, 2017

Our Competition Team and Ducks Company dancers are rehearsing each day for their upcoming performance at Long Island Ducks Stadium on Sunday, July 2nd.  Dance Connection has been bringing pre-game performances to Ducks Stadium for the past eight years.  The Dance Connection events at Long Island Ducks Games are always a fun night for the whole family, […]

Summer Playlist: Ultimate road trip tunes

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on June 22, 2017

Vacations abound during the summer months, and there’s nothing better than a road trip with friends or family—the journey is often just as important as the destination. We put together a summer playlist from some of our favorite summer road trip recital songs! Roll your windows down, turn the volume up, and enjoy the drive: […]

Paint Brushes, Hammers, and Refreshments

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on May 19, 2017

On Thursday, May 19th, two dozen volunteers attended our second Paint Night/Beer Build of the year.  The volunteers worked on the crazy colored columns for “Just Like a Rockstar”, the castle for “Happy Working Song”, the stairs for “NYC”, the train for “Santa’s Choo Choo Boogie Train”, the marquee signs for “Broadway Banana, the haunted […]

Our Volunteers: In Their Own Words

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on May 16, 2017

Dance Connection’s annual Recital is a huge production and a labor of love for our teachers and staff. There are countless hours spent prepping, designing, choreographing, organizing, and the list goes on, but one of the most essential and important parts of our Recital preparation and the success of the recital itself are our amazing […]

Dancers perform at Make-A-Wish Gala

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on May 12, 2017

On May 11th, dancers from the Dance Connection Competition Team performed at the Suffolk County Make-A-Wish Foundation’s annual “Bouquet of Wishes” gala at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook. This year’s gala celebrated 17 year old Rory, who’s wish was to visit Abby Road. As an homage to Rory’s wish, the gala was Rock ’n’ Roll themed. […]

Kids had a blast at Minute to Win It!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on May 9, 2017

Dancers and their friends & family had at Dance Connection’s Minute to Win It Night of Fun last Friday night.  Based on the hit television game show, the event consisted of team challenges using common household items to complete a task in 60 seconds or less!  Participants met new friends and won cool prizes throughout the night. […]

The History of Ticket Sale Day

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on May 8, 2017

The day recital tickets go on sale is always very exciting for everyone at Dance Connection.  It’s a clear signal that the recital is on it’s way and an official start to the peak of “recital season”.  This morning, hundreds of parents logged onto our website to purchase their recital tickets, completing their ticket transactions […]

Looking Forward to Beach Weather, Sunshine, Ice Cream, and Camp!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on April 29, 2017

Sometimes it seems as if warm weather will never get here, but the days are getting longer and every now and then we get a day that breaks 60 degrees and lets us know beach weather is on its way. I always look forward to the summer especially being here on Long Island with all of […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Ginny!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on April 22, 2017

Today we are featuring one of our fantastic staff members (and DCCT parents), Miss Ginny!   In her free time Miss Ginny loves to craft, cook, and bake and you’ll see some of her handiwork in the form of the Competition Team T-shirts! Miss Ginny was a dance student until she was about 15 years old. […]

How Pre-Registration creates a Fall Class Schedule

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on April 21, 2017

Ever wonder how Dance Connection creates its Fall Schedule or what the point of Pre-Registration really is?  Joe Naftal, Dance Connection’s Marketing Director, walks us through an insider’s look at how the Pre-Registration process works and the work that goes into creating the fall schedule. In the midst of priority pre-registration week, you may be […]

Getting to Know You: Mr. Joe

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on April 18, 2017

Today we are featuring a member of our Studio Management Team, Mr. Joe!   As a college student, Lighting Designer and our Marketing Director, Mr. Joe doesn’t have a lot of free time, but he loves to spend it traveling (mostly to Europe), going out to eat with friends, and binge-watching his favorite TV shows. […]

Why I Pre-Register For Next Year…

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on April 14, 2017

I know that right now we’re really up to our ears in recital planning, but behind the scenes we’re also prepping for next year’s classes as well. That may seem a little crazy, but when recital is all done for the year and the last piece of scenery has been lovingly tucked away, we’ll only […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Tiffany!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on April 12, 2017

Today we are featuring another amazing teacher, Miss Tiffany!   Miss Tiffany is happy to be home spending time with her two kids, but also loves going to see shows locally and in NYC with her daughter! She has a dog named Dug that is a rescue from Babylon Shelter who is very sweet. He […]

Are you ready for Recital Costumes??!!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on April 8, 2017

It’s that time of year again! The recital costumes have begun to arrive and we are getting so excited! Every day we get shipments of costumes for our classes and are busy checking to make sure they have all of their accessories and their tights. Once we have costumes ready for the whole class, they’ll […]

Recital Company Rehearsals Are Underway!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on April 2, 2017

I know, it’s hard to believe but Dance Connection is in full “Recital Prep” mode already! We’re cutting music, monitoring costume orders, picking out props and scenery, beginning choreography in classes, and we’ve begun Recital Company rehearsals. The start of Recital Company is always exciting because every year has a different theme, the costumes are […]

Getting to Know You: Miss Amanda

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on March 31, 2017

Today we are featuring one of our amazing staff members, Miss Amanda!   Miss Amanda loves to spend her free time with her family and friends or binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix. She danced for 15 years at another studio (Roseland) and then came to DC and was a student teacher in out Teacher […]

Did you know Dance Connection runs an official chapter of the NHSDA?

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on March 29, 2017

Here at Dance Connection we believe that the arts are an essential part of any education. A commitment to and a love for the art of dance should be celebrated, and that’s why we were honored to become an official chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. The National Honor Society for Dance […]

A New Series for In Step With DC: Getting to Know You!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on March 1, 2017

Today we are starting a new series of blogs that will help you get to know your DC Teachers and Staff better as we get closer to recital. Today’s featured teacher is Miss Molly!   In her free time Miss Molly loves to catch up on her recorded TV shows (she loves reality TV!) and […]

Competition Team – The Thrill of Victory, the Hours of Dedication

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on February 14, 2017

By now I’m sure most of our DC families are familiar with at least some of the members of our Competition Team, but you might not know how much dedication these amazing young dancers possess. Competition Team begins with the first official rehearsal of the year in August, preceded by a parents meeting for new […]

Setting Goals

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on January 5, 2017

Happy New Year and welcome to Dance Connection’s brand new blog, In Step With DC! The arrival of a new year has always been about improvement on the prior year. People vow to become healthier, to spend more time with those they love, to achieve in their given profession, or any number of personal goals […]