That Moment...

This is the hardest part,
waiting for our turn,
when I can hear my heart pound,
and feel my blood burn.

Right before we take the stage
standing in the wings, deeply engaged,
watching the competition dance
while our legs grow antsy, longing for their chance.

Though it's only seconds before our music is queued
it feels like we're left with a lifetime to review.
I remember when the steps stopped being a confusing mess,
when my feet linked them together in glimpses of progress.
Soon after, the lyrics began to make sense
and a story emerged to share with the audience.

With every practice the tale came into sharper relief,
the costume and music and moves creating a magic motif.
And like chasing the sun on a path crooked and bent,
we strove to be better, even when our bodies were spent.

A palpable energy swirls throughout the theatre,
like a dam about to burst matching my pulse in meter.
It's time to put aside the nerves and let everything flow,
a last look at my costume, ensuring my hair is just so.
This is what we've worked for and it feels like home,
take a deep breath, exhale...

that moment has come.

Good luck to all of our competitive dancers!!
Dance with pride. Dance with confidence. Dance with joy in your heart.


Registration for the Winter semester is now available!  Classes fill up quickly, so don't wait.

Classes begin Saturday, April 6, 2019!

Recreational dance classes run in 8-week semesters.  All dance students will have the opportunity to perform their choreographed dance routine in an on-stage recital at the end of term!

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Triple Threat is designed for young dancers who cannot decide which discipline to follow or just want to do it all! Students will be given a foundation in Ballet, Jazz and Tap.

Triple Threat classes are available for ages 2 1/2 to 14 years

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The Cecchetti method of ballet is a style of classical, theatrical dance based on the teachings of the great Italian Ballet Master, Enrico Cecchetti. Graded examinations are scheduled, and qualified examiners are provided for the students. The purpose of these examinations is to give teachers and students specific goals to work towards and to maintain standards of development consistent with international standards.

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The YAA Intensive Dance Program offers technique and competitive classes running from September through June. We offer a high standard of dance education for students ages 6 to 18 and dancers of every level.

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