Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dimensions Dance Company

Many people may not be aware of all the amazing things our students do when they aren't in one of our school buildings. There's martial arts, music lessons, swimming, archery and many others. Our kids excel in a plethora of different activities every single day.

I bet you didn't know that three of our own Brittany Woods students, Linsey, Nicole and Samantha, are incredible dancers!

When I say incredible that's exactly what I mean. Not only do they take dance classes at a great dance studio, but they are considered to be a part of the "best of the best" at Dimensions Dance Center. In 1990, Sandy Morgan (a University City Public Schools graduate) founded the Dimensions Dance Company for advanced level dancers. Every year this dance company presents a production of The Nutcracker as well as many smaller productions throughout the year.

If you want to know what is so special about DDC look no further than their website. It's all spelled out...

"Dimensions Dance Center is a unique, non-profit dance organization. Our belief is that the discipline of dance develops self- esteem, coordination, and self confidence and that these benefits can be achieved in a fun, positive, and professional atmosphere.
Our Mission:
To train and educate developing artists in the art and discipline of dance. To provide performance opportunities for these artists and to give back to the community through performances, educational demonstrations, workshops, recitals, and dance classes. To provide scholarships for dancers who demonstrate financial need and show promise as dancers. We work to encourage students of all ages and abilities to develop a love for dance whether they aspire to become professionals or simply enjoy dance as a part of their lives."

On Friday March 1, 2013 (along with the rest of the Dimensions Dance Company) Linsey, Nicole and Samantha will go on the annual school tour. These girls give up an entire day to travel around the metropolitan St Louis area bringing dance to young people who may not have been exposed to a live show before. This year the dance company is dedicating their entire tour to University City by visiting the University City Children's Center, Barbara C Jordan and Flynn Park.

The school tour is meant for one reason and one reason only -- bringing the Dimensions Dance Center experience to the masses. Each year the dance company produces a benefit concert to raise money for the Dennis Buege Memorial Scholarship Program. The program supports many talented young dancers that may not otherwise have the opportunity to attend dance classes and further their dance education.

These dancers work very hard for months and months preparing for the annual benefit concert. The spend most of their Saturdays rehearsing and preparing to give their audience the most enjoyable and exciting show they can. They put their sweat, tears and (sometimes) blood into each and every move. They really are dedicated, hard working young women who truly love what they do.

If you would be interested in supporting these hard working dancers at their annual benefit concert feel free to join us at Clayton High School Friday March 8th at 7:00 or Saturday March 9th at 2:00 in the auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 each and all proceeds benefit the scholarship program.
And don't forget -- if you have a student at the University City Children's Center, Barbara C Jordan or Flynn Park -- talk to them after school on Friday March 1st about the program that was brought to them at school. I'm sure they'll have lots to tell you!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this article. I had no idea about this. I do know that dance is a vibrant and popular program at the high school, with the Kinesis concerts generating big crowds and the musicals (such as this weekend's Footloose) showcasing plenty of dance talent!