WHAT A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE AND WONDERFUL, SUPPORTIVE PLACE!
As a child and teenager I spent many hours in a dance studio, now being the mom of two little girls I was eager for them to have the same experience that I had. I have found the perfect fit at The Academy. Everything from class size to age appropriate instruction and extra curricular activities; my girls love everything about The Academy.
Nancy and Brittany take such good care of my girls. Of course the obvious in the dance instruction, however the safety of my children is also of the utmost importance to them. They are concerned about the whole child including their emotional stability.
The environment that has been cultivated at The Academy is completely positive. All of the dancers support and encourage one another. My children are in the youngest classes, however the all of the older girls know who they are and when they see us in the community they make a point to come and say hello to my children. There are no exceptions when I say the children are polite and respectful and encouraging. During rehearsals it is not uncommon for the girls who are not dancing to sit in the audience and cheer on those that are on stage.
I am a professional working mom and often my work commitments cause me to run late for the pick up or drop off of my children. The entire staff at The Academy not only understand the time crunch but they go well out of their way to help accommodate our family.
My girls are learning self-awareness, self- confidence and socialization skills that benefit them now and will continue well into the future. I cannot say enough about the level of professionalism and sheer kindness that everyone at The Academy displays on a daily basis. I can honestly say that I don't worry an iota when my children are there. I know they are well cared for, safe and most importantly are having FUN!
Tanya K. Moriarty
July 28, 2014
by Larissa Nigro
HOW I BECAME AN ACADEMY MOM....
Last night I was asked to speak about the Academy of Artistic Performance for a video being produced, I was nervous and struggled to find the right words. I was very camera shy and I know that I was not able to say what I wanted to say so I decided to write this instead.
My daughter, Gianna Nigro, has been a dance student with the Academy now for over 4 years. She had danced previously at two other dance schools. We changed locations when she expressed an interest in the Academy's Acting Program. While there she watched the dance classes and decided to join. She joined their workshop class and then auditioned for and was chosen to be on their Performance Team.
Dance has not always come easy for Gianna. Gianna is a girl that wants to do it all. She was successful in not only dance but sports (soccer and softball) as well. She balanced all these activities the best she could.
Then something awful happened. During a soccer game, Gianna broke her kneecap. This was a serious injury and recovery would not be quick. When this happened, Gianna immediately questioned her doctor not about playing soccer again, but if she would be able to dance. He told her that he thought dance class would be helpful as it would help strengthen her knee over time, but that she could not over do it. He then told her point blank that because of this kind of injury she could never have a career as a dancer. My husband and I had to look away because we thought this would crush her. This is her passion. This is her dream. She handled the news better than we ever thought she would. She said she would continue to dance until she is not able to do it anymore. To this day she does. . . knee braces and all. Sometimes we pick her up from dance, we see "the look" when we know that she wrenched her knee and she just cries from the pain but when we ask her. . . is it time to quit? "Nope .. I'm not a quitter. I'll ice it, I'll be fine. I love dance.. what else would I do?"
I have seen my daughter grow so much over these past few years. She has grown into a mature, confident and dedicated young lady. She has learned how to work for what she wants to accomplish and what it means to be a part of a team.
She dances several days a week, several hours at a time. Dance takes up a lot of time, and sometimes, we as parents complain, but in the end we know she is somewhere safe, doing what she loves and staying out of trouble.
We look forward to seeing all the of the students' hard work pay off throughout the year at different events and then at the amazing recital that they put on.
We are happy and proud to be a part of the Academy of Artistic Performance.
Larissa & Mike Nigro