Check here to see if we are canceling classes due to snow!
If we need to cancel classes, the snow day date and class times will be listed here. A decision will be made 1 hour prior to classes beginning. All missed classes due to poor weather will be made up in better weather. Extra days off have been built into our calendar over Memorial Weekend. Most snow days will be made up during that week.
Today is Wednesday February 20, and due to the coming snow and ice we will not be holding classes tonight. We will make these classes up in better weather.
In case of bad weather and the need to fully cancel classes, D&MDS makes the missed classes up in better weather. You may check for snow closings 3 ways: Call the studio and press 2 for our weather update. Check your email for our snow closing letter. Visit our web site and look under the ‘studio news’ link located in the upper right of the home page screen. Have a great snow day!
If you have a dancer in your life, you know the difficulties of dance tights. Easily ripped or snagged, fading caused by washing, and misshaped waistbands. Every parent wishes tights would last longer and every dancer wants their tights to be soft, supple and well fitted. How do you keep your tights in toe tapping shape? Here are some suggestions from Continue reading →
When Mariam Pare was paralyzed in a gun shooting, she thought her dreams of being an artist were over. But with determination and many hours of practice she taught herself to hold her paintbrush in her mouth. She now paints masterpieces of famous people (among other things) and is living her dream as an artist.
Tap dancing while wearing pointe shoes is an old Vaudeville tradition. Filled with great rhythms, tricks unique to toe tapping and winning smiles; toe tapping is a crowd pleaser.
Today you can rarely see toe tapping except in old movies or on YouTube. This video comes from the WB pictures movie, “The Gem of the Ocean” Starring Jeanne Aubert. The dancers are Dick and Edith Barstow.
Many Dance Design School parents have asked me about summer ballet intensive programs since Thane attended on in the summer of 2014. I don’t generally recommend my dancers below age 13 audition and attend a professional ballet summer intensive. It can be so stressful for young students that they will quit ballet upon returning from the program. Continue reading →
I own a small dance studio in a quiet town in upstate NY. My son, Thane, is one of the few boys we have in our ballet program. He lives a charmed life at the dance studio; all the teachers love him and the girls want to be his friend. At school he’s a good student and makes friends easily.