Saturday, May 29, 2010

Updates soon

Stay tuned. Next week we'll be posting FALL INFO!

Congratulation to our 2010 Award Winners

Student of the Year- Madison Hopkins
Most Improved- Katie Messina
Young Dancer- Delaney Toale

Congratulation to our HighSchool graduate
Kirsten Nelson

Friday, May 21, 2010

Spring Concert

*May 24th (Mon) is TDAC's last official day of scheduled classes.

*May 25th (Tues) select classes will have an extra rehearsal.

4:00-4:30: Tap 3
4:30-5:30: Jazz 1
5:30-6:30: Jazz 3 & Tap 2
6:30-7:30: Modern 1 & Teen Ballet

* May 27th (Thurs) DRESS REHEARSAL

ALL students to arrive at Independence High School 5:30 PM
*Mommy & Me AND Creative Movement - Meet in Lobby where your child's teacher is standing waiting for you.
You will attend a 30 minute tour with Ms. Howell then be dismissed. Students do NOT need to be in costume.

*Combo, Pre Ballet, Pre Jazz and ALL LEVEL classes go straight to the check in and start preparing for Dress Rehearsal.
Come fully prepared for dress HAIR, MAKE UP, and COSTUME. (unless noted)

* Lobby Volunteers- Please meet in lobby at 5:45-6:00 (after you check in your student) for a brief meeting.

*Parents are more than welcome to hang out during Dress Rehearsal. Food will be sold in the parking lot.

* Dress Rehearsal ONLY- Students will be dismissed after their dance is finished. They must CHECK OUT. Can not leave from
auditorium seat.

*May 28 & 29th (Fri & Sat)

ALL students to arrive at Independence High School 5:30 PM
*Class moms arrive around 5:15. Please go to the head of the check out line.

* Doors will open at 6:45. We ask that children that did not purchase a ticket only sit in parents laps.

* INTERMISSION: ONLY CREATIVE MOVEMENT IS DISMISSED. We encourage you all to stay and watch the wonderful show!

* After the show please line up at the check out to pick up your child. You will receive a "parent pick up pass" to turn in
when you pick up your child.

We will be selling the following items in the lobby. (Cash or Check only)

Flowers $5.00 (Roses for your ballerinas!)
Food & Beverage
Raffle Tickets for FREE SUMMER CAMPS AND FALL CLASSES - $1.00 a ticket
Spring Concert T-Shirts $15.00
Last Minute DVD orders $20.00

We are so proud of all our students! If you have any other questions please let us know.
The show is SOLD OUT. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Friday, May 14, 2010

DanceLife TV | Nan Giordano in Set Your Barre High

DanceLife TV | Nan Giordano in Set Your Barre High

Nan Giordano is a well respected women in the dance teaching industry. TDAC believes in her philosophy of raising the barre in dance education. Please click on the link above to listen to her speak a bit on dance education. plus see some cool dancing in the background.

An article telling a little bit more about Nan.

Imagine growing up with dance as a family business. That's what happened to Nan Giordano, who was "very little" forty years ago when her father, now a legendary teacher, started the school and unique concert dance company that came to be called Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. Performing more than ever with Nan at the helm, the company has gone in new directions while maintaining her dad's vision. [] "I grew up just in awe of my father," she says. "It was such a wonderful upbringing. We were always going to performances. We lived in Paris for three months. We went to Germany. And the dance company--I thought it was the coolest thing in the world."
Internationally known and respected, the troupe founded and has sponsored the Jazz Dance World Congress since 1990 and this spring was negotiating on performances in China, Italy, and Brazil

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Interview in the Informer

Christian Values in Dance Schools?
May 10, 2010 ⋅

Concerned parents sometimes wonder if they can trust a dance school to respect their Christian values in the choice of movements, music and costumes. Spring Hill does not have a dance school specialized in worship and liturgical classes but the dance schools in town are far from a big city, anonymous school where usually the only thing that counts is the survival of the fittest.

What do they offer Christian schools aside from worship classes? The first thing that comes to mind is to provide a safe and loving environment. Respect towards the teachers and towards each other is also essential. Teaching children, no matter what the subject is, should always be done with the goal to nurture the student’s spirits and their self-esteem.

Those are goals, which are pursued by the Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory and Stegmann’s School of Performing Arts. Megan White, owner of the classical based TDAC, “My goal is to provide the students with good technique, classroom etiquette, and knowledge of dancers past and present.” Then she points out, “Our training goes beyond just dance education. As a teacher I believe that we are not only teaching children with the steps we show them or the words we use, but by our actions and interactions in the classroom.”

Bruce Stegmann, co-owner of SSPA, “The teachers in our school are gracious people with a kind and patient attitude. All of us are reaching for excellence in character and are motivated to be role models for our students. It is a grateful position to be in as a dance teacher when you can teach every student how to use their gift and talent and develop each one of them to their potential.”

White continues, “All children have the right to learn equally to be accepted and nurtured as individuals. We encourage our students to respect their instructors, their fellow classmates and themselves. I hope that the lessons learned in the classroom also translate into their everyday lives.”

The dance studios have a fun, relaxed atmosphere for families, providing structured classes and proper technique. A healthy and inspirational environment encourages and motivates students to reach their personal best. The movement and clothing is age appropriate in all dance styles. Music with questionable lyrics is not tolerated. White, “Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory has a strict conservative dress code that honors traditional ballet attire but also keeps its students classically dressed and modest. All music and dance styles are appropriate and represent classical technique in its purest form. I hope and believe we are a positive outlet for children in the Spring Hill community.”

As dance teachers, we are not only dedicated to teach dance but also dedicated to be knowledgeable in early child development, psychology, and anatomy. Many times, we have to guide the students to make the right choices and steer their perspective from the individual to the group.

Being part of both, a great city and a growing dance community, we are proud to incorporate Christian values into our teachings and relations.

SSPA recital is May 23 at 7:00 PM at Father Ryan High School, TDAC recital is May 28 & 29 at 7:00 PM at Independence High School.

Their Talent Shows

This past month as school is wrapping up students are participating in Talent Show, Choir performances, and other school functions. Last week Haley Wilder performed a tap solo at Longview's 4th & 5th Choir Performance. Her broadway style solo to "Sunshine Lollipops and Rainbows" was perfectly executed and wrapped up with a giant round of applause by her peers. Haley was the only student to perform a tap number in the mostly singing performance.
TDAC Jazz students Madison Gambill and Julianna LeRoy performed a high energy jazz number in their middle school's talent show. Their moves we're sharp and very together. Reagan Boone though she didn't perform a dance sang a beautiful song while playing guitar at that same talent show.

Katie Messina, performed her solo for the Spring Concert at the Spring Hill library in front a bunch of 3-4 year old adoring fans. This coming Saturday May 15th 10:00, more of our students will be debuting Spring Concert originals at the Spring Hill Library.

We are dancers. We come to class to perfect our technique and craft. We are performers. Class is practice for performance.

Congrats ladies. Job well done!

Article in the Informer :


Local dance students pursue community Musical Theater productions.
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This spring multiple students from the Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory were on stage performing!

David Moore a regular at The Old School Theater and Maury County Arts Guild was casted as Jeff Thatcher in Tom Sawyer this past month. David says, “I loved it and was able to use my dance technique that I learned. It made it so much easier to learn the dance rountines needed for the play.” “Old School Theater’s Tom Sawyer proved to be a great success. I had an absolute blast in this show! I was so encouraged by our director, fellow cast members, and the massive amounts of people who came to see the show!” says Laura Irvine.

The Maury County Arts Guild’s musical “Singing in the Rain” featured Kirsten Nelson an advanced pointe and modern dancer cast as a “Broadway Melody” lead dancer. Kirsten says, “It was a wonderful first time experience in theater. I loved my part and hope to be involved in community theater again in the future.”

Madison Hopkins a young pre professional studying dance five days a week at the TDAC debuted on stage as an extra with professional company Trey McIntyre Project. Madison spent a week rehearsing with the company, taking class, and learning what it means to be a professional dancer.

Bravo to local students for taking on the Arts!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sneak Preview of Spring Concert at Library

We will be showing a few selections from the TDAC Spring Concert at the Spring Hill Library Saturday May 15th, 10:00 AM.

Performing Swan Lake, Hungry Caterpillar, Flightless Bird of Asia, and Rain!

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Photo Shoot with Joey Ciccoline

Students at Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory got to experience a professional dance shoot with photographer Joey Ciccoline. Here are some of my favorite images. Check more of Joey's work at