Monday, December 10, 2012

Atlanta Dance Central Students in Professional Performance!

    This weekend, December 14-16, 25 students from Atlanta Dance Central will be performing in SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company's "Once Upon A Holiday: A Festive Twist on the story of Alice in Wonderland."  The students auditioned for this professional performance in September, and have been preparing for the show ever since!

    SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company is directed by Charlotte Foster, a.k.a. Ms. Charlotte, who is also the owner of Atlanta Dance Central.  Even though a lot of familiar faces participate in SIDEWAYS - Ms. Andrea, Ms. Mary Ann, Mr. Jeremy, & Ms. Audrey, SIDEWAYS is a separate organization from Atlanta Dance Central.  SIDEWAYS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

    Featuring characters such as Alice, Mrs. Claus, the reindeer, snowmen, and even a cameo from the Grinch, Once Upon A Holiday is fun for the entire family, and is a great way to get into the holiday spirit!  The performance is at 7 Stages Theater in Little Five Points.  Show times are December 14 and 15 at 8 p.m., and December 15 and 16 at 3 p.m.

   If you are looking for a fun holiday event to share with your family, make sure you come out to Once Upon A Holiday this weekend!  You won't want to miss it!

For more information on SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, or to purchase tickets for the show, visit their website!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Student of the Month: Cate Busquets!

November's Student of the Month is Cate Busquets!  Cate just started dancing at Atlanta Dance Central this year, and is in one of our 3 year old ballet classes.  She is always enthusiastic in class, and ready to try new things.  Cate picks up on new ballet skills and moves very easily, and remembers them the next week.  Best of all, Cate always dances with a smile on her face.  Congratulations Cate!

How old are you?

When did you start dancing and in what class?
This year in Ballet for 3's!

What is your favorite color?
Pink & Purple

What do you like best about dance class?
Freeze dance!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving From Atlanta Dance Central!

Thanksgiving is definitely an exciting time of year.  It's the kick start to the holiday season where we get to step back, look at all of the great things this year has brought us, and most importantly spend time with our families.  This year Atlanta Dance Central celebrates it's 4th Thanksgiving.  Needless to say, we have a lot to be thankful for.

1. We are thankful for our extremely supportive ADC family.  But seriously, we could NOT do it without you!  We truly appreciate all of our dancers and families.  We know how much time you put into getting to the studio to study dance with us, and we are extremely happy that you value dance as much as we do.  Each and every member of the ADC faculty loves spending time with you, and your students to share our passion and pass it on.  Thank you for always being supportive of what we do!

2. We are thankful for our awesome faculty members.  Here at ADC we are truly a team.  Each of our faculty members works together to build each other up and share each other's knowledge of dance!  We are thankful for all of our past and present faculty members for helping build ADC into the studio it is today.

3. We are thankful for our parents.  Have you ever met Ms. Sharon?  She comes on Tuesday and Saturday to help keep this studio on track!  Thank you to all of our Moms & Dads, for always supporting our dream and encouraging us to make it a reality!

4. We are thankful for our amazing students!  Our students continue to inspire us every day.  Each of our students puts a lot of effort into each class.  Whether they are just learning first position, or mastering their triple pirouette, we are thankful for each of our students who commit to working hard in class.  We continue to learn new things from our students each day, and use that to challenge them in each class we teach!

These are just some of the few things we have to be thankful for.  We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving full of joy, laughter, and family!  

Get to know Mr. Jeremy!

This is Mr. Jeremy's second year teaching at Atlanta Dance Central, but he has been behind the scenes since it's build out!  Mr. Jeremy teaches a fierce Dance Conditioning class to provide cross training for the dancers here.  If you haven't taken the class you should definitely try it out!

1. Where are you from?
I was born in Hackettstown, NJ but I grew up in Stone Mountain, GA.
2. When did you start dancing?
I started dancing in my junior year of college at UGA. One of my roommates convinced me to take a P.E. ballroom class and I like it so much I auditioned for the Ballroom Performance Group at UGA. I spent a semester as an apprentice before joining the company as a full member.  I was "recruited" from there into the ballet pas de deux class. That class piqued my interested enough to push me into taking an introductory ballet class my senior year. After college, I continued with ballroom dance in Contact Dance Theatre out of Athens. I eventually guest performed with Ms Charlotte's professional company SIDEWAYS before joining them as a full-time member.

Growing up, I loved playing sports and being active but I never "worked out" at a gym until college. I quickly found joy there in setting and achieving goals and finding different ways to work and push my body. I continued working out through and after college, experimenting with different methods and styles, and working towards various goals. I discovered CrossFit in 2009 and was immediately hooked. I received my CrossFit Level 1 certificate in October 2011 and have been coaching since then. I plan on getting my CrossFit Kids certificate in January 2013.
3. Why do you love teaching?
There are 3 major reasons why I love teaching.
  1.  I love being able to share information that I've spent time and effort accumulating and coalescing with people who are willing and eager to receive the information.
  2. 2. When it comes to fitness, I love the positive influence that exercise can have on peoples' lives and the impact on their physical, mental, and even spiritual and emotional well-being.
  3. 3 - I love seeing students' progress over time and the joy they get in accomplishing something they previously thought impossible for themselves.
4. What do you like to do outside of dancing?
CrossFit, of course. Outside of that, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, playing softball, working in the yard/garden, cooking a good meal, reading, spending time with my friends, and spending time with my fiance Ms Charlotte!

So there you have it!  Mr. Jeremy is passionate about dance and fitness, and we love having him as a part of our team to help share his knowledge with our dancers.  For more information about our instructors, or our programming visit

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Luigi Jazz- An Inspirational Story!

If you haven't ever heard of the famous jazz teacher Luigi, you've missed out on quite an inspirational story.  Luigi has danced among and taught some of the greatest jazz dancers of all time, including Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Michael Kidd, and many more.  In fact, it was Gene Kelly who gave him the nickname Luigi!  Even more fascinating than who he danced with and taught is his inspirational story.  So if you haven't heard of Luigi, keep reading.

Luigi grew up in a large family, and in his young life danced, acted, sang, and performed in vaudeville theaters.  He was drafted during World War II, and when he returned home he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a movie musical career.  Shortly after he moved to L.A., Luigi was in a fatal car accident, which fractured his skull and caused paralysis down one side of his body.  His doctors said he would never walk again.  During his coma, a voice told Luigi to "never stop moving," and when he woke up, he was determined to dance again.

In order to rehabilitate himself, Luigi developed stretching exercises that helped him control his body.  He taught himself how it felt to be in correct placement, and after just one year had developed enough strength and control to start attending dance classes.  He then auditioned for "On the Town," starring Gene Kelley, and got the job!

Luigi continued to create stretches and exercises to keep his body in shape, and to execute while waiting on film sets.  These exercises became popular with the other dancers that were also on set, who would follow along with him.  Eventually he began teaching his own jazz style and jazz classes, all the while maintaining his musical theater career.  Luigi was one of the first people to develop a codified jazz technique, which he has taught all over the world and still teaches today!

This summer, Ms. Charlotte and Ms. Andrea got a chance to take class from Luigi, and ever since then the Luigi jazz technique has been incorporated in the jazz classes at Atlanta Dance Central.  Luigi's story is an inspirational one, one that teaches everyone to follow their dreams, and to most importantly never stop moving!

October Student of the Month: Amy Hamrick!

October’s Student of the Month is Amy Hamrick!  Amy is in the Atlanta Rising Talent Senior Company, and has been dancing with ADC since we started.  Amy has really blossomed in her dancing this year.  She works consistently hard in all of her dance classes, applying corrections and pushing herself to become a better dancer.  We are proud of her work and the focus that she is applying to her technique, and are looking forward to seeing how much her dancing grows this year!  Congratulations Amy!

How old are you?

What school do you go to?
Roswell High School

When did you begin dancing?
 5th grade

What is your favorite style of dance, & why?
Jazz because it is upbeat and happy

What do you do outside of dance?
I am on the math team

Why do you love dance?
It makes me feel better when I am having a bad day.  I come here and I have a much better day.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Frankenstein's Frolic - October 28th!

SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, along with the Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome, and Atlanta Rising Talent are hosting “Frankentstein’s Frolic,” a Halloween themed carnival and performance on Sunday, October 28, at Atlanta Dance Central.  The carnival will be from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. with performances at 12:00, 1:30 and 3 p.m., and is fun for all ages!
Students from the Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome, directed by Charlotte Foster, have been working hard in their weekly dance classes to learn choreography and develop their characters for the performance.  Students from Atlanta Rising Talent will also be performing two Halloween themed numbers for this quirky show. 
Join us for Halloween family fun with games, prizes, pumpkin decorating and dance!  Costumes are encouraged!