Tag: studio owner spotlight

Armour Dance Theatre, Oldest Dance Conservatory in Miami, Values Creating Successful Individuals Over Professional Dancers

When Camila Gil immigrated to Miami from Colombia with her family at age 13, she didn’t know if her dance training would continue. With little money, her parents couldn’t afford the tuition of most classical ballet schools, so when Armour Dance Theatre offered her a scholarship, they gave Gil a chance to not only continue […]

Chocolate Ballerina Company Is Opening Doors for Dancers of Color

As a young dancer, New York native Chanel Holland trained with multiple prestigious companies, including The Ailey School, Koresh Dance Company, and University of the Arts, but she struggled when attending classical ballet auditions in her early years as a professional. “I wouldn’t get past barre because they couldn’t see past my color, or my […]

How Bristol Ballet Is Preserving the History of Its Appalachian Community

At Bristol Ballet—situated in the Appalachian Mountains surrounding Bristol, Virginia—incorporating the region’s history is a top priority. Founded by Constance Hardinge in 1948, Bristol Ballet is the oldest studio in the rural Tri-Cities area that provides quality ballet training to students in the Appalachian region.  During her time as artistic director, Hardinge started the first […]

Dance Institute of Washington: A Ballet Studio Aiming to Revolutionize Representation in Dance

Through education, creation, and advancement, Dance Institute of Washington—a 501(C)(3) nonprofit dance organization located in DC—is promoting equity and representation by providing more opportunities for dancers of diverse backgrounds. “We create space where the attributes and character traits that might make them feel isolated or not welcome are actually privileges at DIW,” says executive director […]

Studio Owner Spotlight: The VIVA School

Lots of dance schools grant full merit scholarships to underrepresented students who show promise. Very few extend full merit scholarships to their entire population of students. Even fewer focus solely on educating the dance world’s coming generations of young artists of color. It’s this singular mission that sets apart The VIVA School, co-founded in Washington, […]