Ashley R.

"I have been dancing with the Dance and Music Academy for 6 years, and I have been part of Company for 4 years.

I love to dance because it has greatly improved my self-confidence, both in the dance studio as well as outside of it. My teachers and friends are my dance family, and they always support me in a way that pushes me to dance at a higher level to achieve my goals.

Dance has taught me so many life lessons and skills! Not only has dance given me the confidence I need, it has helped me physically. I have more flexibility, extension, grace and control in all my movements, which also helps with my gymnastics and cheerleading! Dance has also taught me that dedication and practice can pay off! My Trio recently won the Platinum Award at a competition. My dance teachers have taught me the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and the effects of healthy foods on my body. Dance has also been important in developing my musicality, not only for dancing but for playing piano and singing. I have learned so much about myself when I dance, it makes me feel free and great about myself because I feel that I have found my talent and I don't feel so alone anymore. Just hearing music and starting to dance makes me feel good, and so I dance everywhere I go!

I would tell future Dance and Music Academy students what I told my little sister. Come and try a class! I promise that you will learn something new, make new friends, and most importantly have fun! I always have fun in class, and that makes it worth coming back each and every time alone!"