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Our philosophy of dance and fitness instruction focuses on offering a friendly and relaxed environment which allows students to have fun while achieving fitness. In addition, we place an emphasis on teaching correct technique to students of all ability levels. Class size is limited so instructors are able to provide individual attention. All fitness and …

Gail taking class with Miranda Weese

Time to Take a Dance Class

It’s a paradox, but as a fitness and dance instructor, I don’t get many chances to take a class. When I teach a class, I’m focused on my students. Instead of perfecting my technique, I’m watching everyone in the class to give corrections. And I must make sure that I challenge and entertain you all. …

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Spring Melt

As much as I would love to have a massage every day, I just can’t afford the time or the expense. It is possible to administer a self-massage to help to loosen tightness and relieve sore muscles. I find I do some form of self message almost everyday. My go to tools for self message …

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ADF Goes Hollywood

When I dreamed of opening my studio, I had strong opinions about how it should look and what I wanted to offer there.  I had danced and taught in numerous studios over the years and I knew what I wanted in my space. I’m really happy with how it turned out and given the wonderful …

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Two New Dance Books

I’ve been enjoying reading Where Snowflakes Dance and Swear, by Stephen Manes ever since my husband got if for me for Christmas… back in 2012! It’s not that I’m a slow reader, it’s just so darn big and heavy, at over 800 pages. Still, I need to pick up the pace and get it finished …

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My First Attemp

The hustle-bustle of the holidays prevented me from sewing the ribbons on my new pointe shoes, but fortunately I checked it off my New Year’s to-do list. I then headed to the studio to give them a try. I wasn’t sure how it would go after not dancing en pointe for thirty years. I was …

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On My Toes!

Whether watching the Nutcracker as an audience member or participating in the performance as part of the cast, just about every young ballet dancer looks in awe at the Sugar Plum Fairy. From the sparkling tiara on her head to those pink satin pointe shoes she is spinning around on, it’s easy to be mesmerized …

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Gifts for Dancers

If you are looking for a holiday gift for the dancer or dance enthusiast, here are some ideas (most of these are on my list): Dance Calendar – The Dancers Among Us wall calendar is new this year, although it does have some of the photos that were used in the popular book. Each month …

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First Time at the Barre

I recently encouraged one of my Balletone students, Gina, owner of Ampersand Editing, to try a Barre Blast class. Here’s what she has to say about the class (next we have to get her in a Ballet class): As someone without a dance background, the idea of taking a fitness class inspired by ballet moves …

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Healthy Treats

It’s that time of year again; it’s cold and dark and the holiday season is upon us. Soon many of us will be baking up a storm. Unfortunately, most baked goods don’t offer a lot in the way of healthy eating and all those treats can easily get us away from good eating habits. I …