"At age 4 Alexis watched D'Ann Danse perform at the mall. After the performance she looked at me and said "Mommy I want to do that." As a young teen and adult I remembered watching D'ann Danse perform at different venues locally and having those same thoughts. So needless to say there was not a question about where Alexis would take dance class. Four years later I have not regretted our family's decision.
Ms. Debbie's passion for dance and desire to share her gift with her students is as strong now as it was 26 years ago. Being a teacher I have watched Ms. Debbie's teaching technique in the classroom…and I must admit that I have borrowed a few. At times she is a silent observer…patiently waiting for the dancer to accomplish the task. She is always watching, but gives the dancer a sense of independence and space as they are trying to learn. When students get "stuck" Ms. Debbie allows them the opportunity to work together to figure it out. It brings me joy to watch the girls talk and listen to each other. They transition through the role of leader and follower effortlessly and seamlessly as they give pointers and work as a team to figure out the combinations. Ms. Debbie watches the dancers and works at a variety of levels within the classroom to challenge each of them. She is willing to teach them whatever they are willing to learn.
Ms. Debbie takes the traditional approach to dance by stressing proper technique and safety. She will not allow them to do something their bodies are not prepared or conditioned for. Her dance curriculum for each level of dancer has been in practice and enhanced for 26 years. Through her thought-out plan she has trained recreational dancers, local, state, and national champions, dancers that have traveled the world dancing, and Broadway performers. Whatever your dance desires are Ms. Debbie finds a place for you to spread your wings.
I am amazed when I see the growth Alexis has had in the past few years. Alexis has learned more than just how to dance at D'Ann Danse. She has learned how to listen, problem-solve, work together to accomplish a goal, trust, push herself, how to take constructive criticism, and has developed a positive sense of herself in the process. Our family made a choice four years ago to join D'Ann Danse and we are happier and more confident with our choice today then we were four years ago."