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Getting to Know You: Miss Ava!

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on September 10, 2019

Today we are featuring Miss Ava 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. Why do you love […]

First-time Parent FAQ

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on September 6, 2019

It’s almost time to begin another exciting year at Dance Connection, and we are busily preparing to welcome our dancers, parents and siblings back into the studio! The start of a new year brings a lot of anticipation, and sometimes our new families have some questions about all of the fun that is to come. […]

TTP Case Study: Ann Flick

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on September 1, 2019

What ages did Victoria participate in the program?The Teacher Training Program was extremely popular, so her name was put on a waitlist at the age of 7 .  By the time she was 9 (the age you were allowed to begin the program) there was an opening and she started right away. She continued in this program every year until the age of 18 when she was eventually […]

TTP Case Study: Nicole Mogil

By Joe Naftal in In Step With DC on August 25, 2019

What ages did you participate in the Teacher Training Program? I don’t remember the exact age I started as a student helper, but I know that it was as young as Miss Mary would let me! I couldn’t wait to get in that studio! What classes did you teach? Being in the Teacher Training Program […]

Mr. Joe Presents at the Energize 2019 Conference

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 23, 2019

This past week from August 16th – 18th Our Miss Mary, our Artistic Director, and Mr. Joe, Dance Connection’s Marketing Director and Production Manager was in Chicago at the Energize 2019 “Tools for Studio Success” conference. This conference brings together dance studio professionals from all over the world for training seminars, panels, and networking events […]

Miss Nyomi kicks it with the Rockettes!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 22, 2019

During the summer, the Radio City Rockettes offer summer intensive classes that give dancers a behind the scenes look at what it takes to be a part of one of the most famous shows on Broadway. They offer two types of intensive, a 3-day mini-intensive for ages 13 and up with a minimum of 5 […]

DC Behind the Scenes: Making The Lion King – Scenery

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 20, 2019

The largest undertaking besides costumes for this production was scenery. Scenery gives a performer a sense of the world in which their character lives and helps them to find or create that character by interacting with the other performers and the “world” that has been built around them. Our studio has been incredibly fortunate to […]

Living Our “DanceLife” to the Fullest

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 16, 2019

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean school is out for our staff! This past weekend a group of our teachers attended the DanceLife Teacher Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is an opportunity for them to take classes and attend seminars that allow them to renew, refresh, and add to their dance knowledge, as […]

DC Behind the Scenes: Making The Lion King – Backstage

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 14, 2019

Managing the backstage area of any production or performance can be daunting, even when working with top notch professional teams and professional performers. Our stage management team of Brenna Skinnon and Shannon Keane were tasked with managing a large scale production with eager and wonderful students ( a lot of them!) complete with props, set […]

DC Behind the Scenes: Making The Lion King – Costumes

In the next part of our Lion King series we get to find out what goes into building and creating the costumes that allow the performers to become their animal counterparts. Some of these costumes have been around since the first staging of Dance Connection’s Lion King, some were repaired and refreshed, and some were […]

DC Behind the Scenes: Making The Lion King – Lighting and Projections

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on August 13, 2019

In the next part of our Lion King series we get to take a look at the lighting and projections that helped to transport our audience to the African savanna. We’ll check in with our very own Mr. Joe who designs the lighting for our entire recital each year, and Laura Scheving, our projection designer […]

DC Behind the Scenes: Making The Lion King – Choreography

By Erin Sforza in Uncategorized on August 2, 2019

This year’s Recital Company production of The Lion King was an immense undertaking! From sets, to costumes, to choreography, it took our staff, students, and volunteers many long hours of dedication to put everything together. In this summer series we’ll be taking a look at each aspect of our recital production number to give you […]

Congratulations to Miss Emily!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on July 30, 2019

Miss Emily Civitella has been a part of the Dance Connection family since before she was born. She has grown up in our studio and gone from a Preschooler all the way to a teacher and this past June she graduated from Deer Park High School. She will begin studying Dance at University of the […]

Congratulations to Miss Victoria!

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on July 26, 2019

This summer we celebrated Miss Victoria finishing her degree in Teaching at St. Joseph’s University. Miss Victoria received a Bachelor of Arts in Child Study on May 29, 2019 graduating with Cum Laude honors distinction. This completed a long journey of hard work and dedication to becoming the best teacher she could be. Miss Victoria […]

Dance Connection’s Competition Team Finishes Another Great Year

By Erin Sforza in In Step With DC on July 23, 2019

This past week Dance Connection’s Competition Team competed at the Dancer’s Inc. Nationals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and capped off a fantastic year with 14 Elite Awards, 12 Prestige Elite Awards, 10 2nd-10th Place Overall Awards, 5 Special Awards, 5 Final Showcase Invitations, 4 1st Place Overall Awards, a Title Award, Studio Technique Award, Judge’s Choice […]