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Letter from our recent graduate, Heather Dutton

Heartfelt letter from Heather Dutton written on Sept. 12, 2016
“Tonight marked the beginning of Parkside Academy’s 30th year and though I am sad I wasn’t in class with my best friend’s all night, my heart is full knowing that tonight, so many girls started or continued what is bound to be an incredible journey at PAMD. This studio is so much more than a studio to me, it truly has been my home since the day I was born. Through Parkside, I have formed unbreakable bonds with lifelong friends, grown as a person and an artist in a safe and warm environment, and fallen in love with dance. This studio has provided a place where I can follow my passion and dream freely. I want to say thank you to Pamela Dimeler for giving me the opportunities to dance and, more importantly, the opportunities to dream. Miss Pam, you have always been one of my biggest role-models and you inspire me daily. I have never met anyone who chases their dreams as fearlessly as you do. If it were not for your dream to open up a dance studio 30 years ago, I would not be who I am today and I know that’s true for so many other students as well. Thank you for giving me that safe space to grow up in and a loving “home” to always come back to. I hope one day I can touch lives the way you do all the time and I can never express how grateful I am for you. You are more wonderful and beautiful (inside and out) than I can even explain and I love you so very much. Laura Thomas Dutton, thanks for being a dance teacher and for signing me up for classes the second I could move. I am so glad that you passed your love of dance on to me, because it has shaped pretty much my whole life. You have inspired me every day for the past 17 years. I have gotten to witness you change lives throughout my entire childhood. Ever since I was a little girl, I have been in awe of your natural ability to make people smile through dance. My admiration and respect for you has only grown with time. You are an incredible dance teacher and I love you so much! (Also thanks for being my mom) Sarah and Tamera, I know I can be a pain in the neck sometimes, but thanks for loving me anyway. I remember when I was very, very small and you were two of the “cool older girls” that I wished so badly I would be like one day. It has been an incredible blessing to have people like you not only to look up to throughout my childhood, but even now as I begin the very (very) early stages of adulthood (using the term “adulthood” loosely). Thank you for pushing me to do a extra turn or forcing me to do one-footed pullbacks on my left foot. Thanks for listening to my ideas and sometimes even using them! Thank you for encouraging me and inspiring me to be the best dancer, choreographer, and person I can be. I appreciate, respect, and love both of you an incredible amount, please never forget that. Also I expect to be in your weddings one day. To all my PAMD girls who went back to class tonight, enjoy it. You are lucky to be there and I know you’ve heard it a million times, but it goes by fast. This is an incredible time in your life, so please soak it in. Try not to get caught up in petty things like parts or spots for dances or whatever. In the end, you won’t remember the time you stood in the back line for your jazz dance. You’ll remember the weird inside jokes, the excessive amounts of laughter, and the overwhelming love. Take it in and don’t take a second of it for granted. Remember to dance big and dream bigger! Thank you, PAMD, for being my home. I love you♥”

Heather Dutton

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September 12th, 2016|General|

Letter from Stacie Preuhs, our recent graduate

With recital ending over a month ago, I feel that I can now adequately write this without feeling too sad about my time coming to an end at Parkside Academy. I guarantee this will be sappy and sentimental (and quite long), but it all comes from my heart. 13 years of my life were spent here and I could not be more grateful for everything I learned at PAMD. And I could not thank my teachers enough who instructed and guided me every step of the way. Thank you, Laura Thomas Dutton, Sarah Serratore, Tamera Dallam, & Pamela Dimeler for helping me find my passion for dance. Thank you for believing in me when I didn’t believe in myself. Thank you for seeing potential within me when I could not see it. Thank you for teaching me that hard work truly does pay off. Thank you for allowing me to share my creativity and passion with you and for the opportunities you gave me. Thank you for teaching me that I can be whatever I want to be with dedication and determination. Thank you for teaching me to never give up, even when things get hard and I get frustrated with myself. And thank you for being amazing women and dancers that I can look up to. Not only have you taught me how to dance, but you have taught me valuable life lessons.
Reflecting on the things I accomplished here at PAMD is heartbreaking because I miss each experience dearly. I never thought the day would come that I would have to say goodbye to it all. It is sad that I won’t be there next year for the first week of classes, that I won’t be there for “parts” day, for long Saturdays preparing for Nutcracker or Access Broadway, for picking out costumes for each dance, for Sarah’s legendary warm ups. But I know that adventure is out there and that I have been equipped with everything I need to move on to the next chapter of life. PAMD will forever be my home, my place of safety, comfort, and love. Thank you for the memories and good times. And sorry this is so long”We say goodbye, we hold on tight, to these memories that never die.”

Stacie Preuhs

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September 10th, 2016|General|

“WHAT OUR DANCERS DID THIS SUMMER” today featuring Miss Heather Dutton

Heather has been a student at Parkside Academy since she was 2 years old beginning in our Dance With Mommy class. This summer she had an incredible experience in New York City. Here is a personal letter and photos from Heather all about her Broadway Experience. Thank you to all of the friends that helped & supported Heather this past year so she could attend this wonderful summer program.

This summer I had the opportunity to attend a musical theater intensive called The Broadway Experience in Brooklyn, New York. The program was split into two weeks and is designed to show the students what life is like as a Broadway professional. Week 1 was made up of different classes, workshops, and lectures, all from people who have worked on Broadway as performers, choreographers, stage managers, casting directors, etc. My schedule was different every day, but each day was full of classes in voice, theater, and dance that were different from anything I’ve ever experienced. The dance classes consisted of a wide variety of styles, including classic theater dance, hip hop, tap, and so much more, and we got to learn real Broadway choreography every day! One day, during week one, we got to have a Musical Workshop with John Cariani and Ryan VanDenBoom, who are both currently in a very successful show on Broadway called Something Rotten. John taught us scenes directly out of the script of the show, and Ryan taught us the full opening number. Then, later that week, we got to see the show and even had a Q&A with the cast when the show was over!

On the last day of Week 1, we were given the experience of a Broadway audition. My level was auditioning for the show A Chorus Line, which we would be putting on at the end of the two weeks. So, we all went in to the studio and learned a dance combination from the show very quickly and did it in groups of four, then went in again one at a time to sing a song we were taught earlier in the week, and finally went in once more to cold read a scene from the show. After the audition was over, the director of the program, Ben Hartley, and the other teachers, gave us individual feedback on how we can improve our auditions. On Monday of Week 2, the cast list went up and the rehearsal process began. I was cast as Judy Turner; a clumsy, kind of ditzy, dancer from Texas. The whole second week consisted of only rehearsals. It was very fast-paced, because we had only one week to put the entire show together. So, we would learn a whole song, and be putting choreography to it an hour later. We only usually got one session per scene or number, and we only got a few full run-throughs of the show. On our last day, we had a cue-to-cue, a dress rehearsal, and then our final performance for friends and family. Although it was a bit stressful at times to learn a whole show in so little time, it really showed me how hard I’ll have to work if this is what I want to do with my life. All in all, it was wonderful and eye-opening experience. I got to work with so many incredibly talented people, teachers and students alike, and I feel that I am now a much more well-rounded performer, and I have a better understanding of what the Broadway world is like. I am very grateful to have had this experience and I will definitely never forget it!

Photos from Heather’s experience

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September 10th, 2015|General|

“WHAT OUR DANCERS DID THIS SUMMER!” Today we are featuring Stacie Preuhs

Stacie danced the role of “Odette” in our production of “Swan Lake” this past June 2015.  She has been a student of Parkide Academy since she was 5 years old.

Personal Letter from Stacie all about her experience in Mississippi this past July:

This summer I went to my very first ballet intensive at Ballet Magnificat in Jackson, Mississippi for four weeks. There I got to improve my technical dance training as well as learn how I can bring glory to God through my dancing! The very first day of my intensive we had a placement class which determined what level we were in for the four weeks. A typical day at my intensive included chapel every morning, ballet technique class, either a pointe, contemporary, or improv class depending on the day, Variations class, and a bible study at night. In variations class we learned a dance from one of Ballet Magnificat’s ballets to be performed at the Student Gala at the end of each 2 weeks. Also, one of the weekends at my intensive we had the opportunity to watch company performances which was extremely inspiring!

That being said, my schedule was very busy during my time there and I learned a lot of life skills and what it’s like to dance every single day! I learned the importance of taking care of your body, the amount of hard work and daily dedication that is required of a ballet dancer, and to always remember the reason why I dance. One of the most important things I developed was a stronger relationship with God which is so important to me! I had such an amazing time meeting all new friends and people from all over the country and it was an experience I’ll never forget!

Stacie

A few of Stacie’s favorite photographs from her wonderful four week experience featuring many of the students she met and danced with:

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Stacie dancing the role of "Odette" in our production of "Swan Lake" this past June 2015.

Stacie dancing the role of “Odette” in our production of “Swan Lake” this past June 2015.

September 2nd, 2015|General|

MEET MISS RUTH

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Dear Prospective Sacred Dance Family,

I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach sacred dance at Parkside Academy of Music and Dance in the Fall!

From a young age I have been drawn to the art of dancing. I was six years old when I took my first ballet class at Radomile Academy of Dance in Havertown, PA and over the next twelve years I received valuable instruction there from wonderful and veteran teachers. During four of those years I performed in the student ballet company and gained experience as an assistant teacher. In addition to my training at Radomile I got to choreograph and teach dances for an elementary age Christmas play and participate and teach at various summer dance camps. However, I often wanted there to be more of a purpose to my dancing than just putting on a good show and being the best I could be. This desire led me to pursue sacred dance upon graduating high school which I did with Donna FitzPatrick and at the Good Samaritan Dance Academy while completing an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. In sacred dance, I found the ability to dance with a purpose outside of myself that I had longed for.

So, what can you expect in my classes? Through basic ballet, lyrical movement, and story-telling, there are three concepts I hope to be able teach your child(ren):

  1. To tell a story without words – The combination of music and motion can be a powerful thing and dancers have a unique platform to convey stories and emotions with their body instead of words. With this combination we can communicate aspects of God’s character and the good news of the Gospel in new and different ways.
  2. To glorify God – Dance is a wonderful way to praise the Lord but it can also be tempting to do it for the praise of man. However, our ability to dance is a gift from the Lord and through it we can learn and experience how bringing honor and glory to God is what we were made to do.
  3. To pursue excellence – Our love and desire to honor God should motivate us to develop our skills to the best of our ability. Nothing in God’s creation is left incomplete and we should desire to do the same in our work.

The gift of dance is a wonderful art form and I look forward to having the opportunity to teach it to your children. Together they will learn to use dance to tell the good news of the Gospel and bring honor to God.

In Christ,

Ruth Feldman

 

June 18th, 2015|General|

PRAISE DANCE CAMP 2015

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May 12th, 2015|General|

The Nutcracker 2014

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November 10th, 2014|General|

TRY IT FRIDAY – OCTOBER 17TH

 

TRY IT FRIDAY

Friday, October 17th

7:00 – 9:00pm

Cost: $20

Level 1 and up

Friends are welcome, but MUST be experienced dancers

Please sign up in advance with the office

 

Strength, Conditioning, Stretching and Nutrition

with PAMD alumni and former dance instructor; Aubrey O’Hara

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A dancer since the age of 6, Aubrey O’Hara learned the importance of taking good care of your body and mind. Growing up in a home with a yoga teacher for a mother, she experienced the amazing benefits of natural health and holistic living firsthand. While receiving instruction in the disciplined art forms of ballet, modern, jazz and tap, Aubrey was invited as a member of several professional companies throughout her studies. She was accepted under scholarship to MercyhurstCollege to study ballet, and her love of fashion drove her to also obtain a degree from The Fashion Institue of Technology. This led her to New York City to work in fashion for companies such as MTV and Fashion Group International, as well as come across many amazing performance opportunities, even landing her as a featured dancer on Broadway. She has attended and won numerous awards at various dance festivals and conferences. Her professional career began in Texas and has taken her many places throughout the United States. Aubrey also has over 10 years of experience in personal training and teaching fitness classes, with a special focus on postural aligment therapy. Her lifelong interest in health compelled her to enroll at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she received a full scholarship and graduated a year later as a certified holistic health coach. She is also board certified through the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She received training in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety

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October 7th, 2014|General|

Try It Friday!

Try It Friday!

Usually will happen on the Third Friday of the Month!

It is a chance for the older students (Level 1 and UP) to try a new style of dance with a guest

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Our first class will be on Friday, September 26th

from 7:00 to 9:00pm Cost $20

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Please sign up in advance with the office.

Attire: clothes you can dance in and bare feet!!

September 8th, 2014|General|

FIRST FRIDAY

FIRST FRIDAY

A Parent’s Night Out!!

Dancer’s (and potty trained siblings) are invited to join us for an evening of fun filled with dance, crafts, games and snacks!!

Friday, October 3rd

Drop off between 6:30 – 7pm

Pick up between 9 – 9:30pm

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September 8th, 2014|General|