Dance Connection, Home of the Diamond Ridge Cloggers: Schedule, Class Info & About Us

Sunday, August 16
2015 FIRST SEMESTER SCHEDULE



Classes start Tuesday, September 8.  Registration starts Monday, August 17 on Mondays-Wednesdays 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.  We are closed for Labor Day on Monday, September 7 so be sure to register before then!  Registration is $30/individual or $40/family. Tuition is due before the first class and may be made with 4 installment payments of $60 or 1 semester payment of $216. Multiple class and family discounts are avialable. The schedule is subject to change based on min/max enrollment.

NEW LOCATION!!! 104 Vista Way, Kennewick; only 1 block from our former location

5 STUDIOS, 2 WAITING AREAS, OBSERVATION WINDOWS, PARENT WORKOUT ROOM & MORE!!

2015 FIRST SEMESTER SCHEDULE - BY DAY/TIME Subject to change based on class enrollment

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DAY/TIME CLASS   DAY/TIME CLASS
MONDAY     TUESDAY  
      9:15 am Creative Movement
      10:00 am Creative Movement
4:30 Elemementary Musical Theater   4:30 pm Ballet III/Pointe
5:15 Tap III   5:45 Tiaras & Tap Shoes Ages 3-5
5:15 Competition Technique Kids   6:00 Ballet II - Day 1
6:00 Pre-Combo Ballet/Jazz ages 5-7   6:00 Intermediate II Clog
6:00 Beginning Jazz   6:00 Clog Minis ages 5-7
      6:00 Beginning Clog Ages 7 & up
6:00 Hip Hop 1/2   6:30 2 yr olds
6:00 Tapping Tots - Boys Only Ages 3-7   6:45 Advanced Clog
6:45 Beginning Ballet   6:45 Beginning II Clog Kids
6:45 Tiaras & Tap Shoes ages 5-7   6:45 Intermediate Clog
6:45 Int/Adv.Teen Lyrical   7:00 Reserved
7:00 Elementary Acro for Dance   7:30 Reserved
7:30 Beginning Tap Ages 7 & up   7:30 Intermediate Clog Team
7:45 Dance Fusion for Teens/Tweens/Adult(Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary/Ballet)   8:30 Intermediate II Adult Clog
7:45 Dance Technique      
         
WEDNESDAY     THURSDAY  

     9:15 am Reserved for Creative Movement overflow
      10:00 am Reserved for Creative Movement overflow
4:30 Elememtary Jazz II   5:00 Ballet III/Pointe - Day 2
5:30 Primary Ballet 1 ages 7 & Up   5:30 Beginning Kids Hip Hop ages 7 & up
5:30 Elementary Tap II   6:15 Hip Hop Minis ages 5-7
6:00 Cheer & Tumbling Minis ages 5-7   6:30 Kids/Teens Ballroom
6:30 Primary Ballet II - Day 2   6:30 Int/Adv. Teen Jazz
6:30 Elementary Tap I ages 7 & Up   6:30 Reserved
6:45 Teens/Tweens Acro for Dance   7:00 Tweens & Teens Hip Hop
7:30 Tap I/II - Tweens/Teens/Adults   7:30 Competition Teens
7:30 Elementary Cheer & Tumbling   7:30 Adult Ballroom
8:15 Contemporary Ballet I/II - Tweens/Teens/Adults      
         
FRIDAY     SATURDAY  
5:00 Musical Theater for Tweens & Teens     Competition Rehearsals
5:00 Tiaras & Tap Shoes Ages 5-7     Studio rental also available.
6:00 Boys ONLY! Tap Ages 7 & up      
6:00 Tiaras & Tap Shoes Ages 3-5      
  Book your DANCE BIRTHDAY PARTY!!  You bring the cake, we bring the dance party!  Only $100 for you & 7 friends to dance & party for 1.5 hours.  $25 for each additional 1/2 hour. $5 for each additional child.  'Frozen' and other themes available.      


2014 Competition Team - We Love to Dance
2014 Competition Team - 'We Love Dance!'

Thursday, August 8
CLASS INFORMATION, ATTIRE, & OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS - click to open

See the Scholarship Info in the "Links" section.
High school students: Be sure to check the "links" section of our website for scholarship and internship info. Request any reference letters from your instructors early so we don't miss your deadlines.

Wednesday, August 26
ABOUT OUR PERFORMING AND COMPETITION TEAMS

PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES  We offer performing opportunities to ALL of our dancers throughout the year, regardless of age and ability.  Each dancer is invited to perform at a minimum of 2 community performances each year in addition to our grand finale', the Kids In Motion Showcase.  Our emphasis is on positive self-image, teamwork, and having fun!  Our goal is to give each student opportunities to enhance their life skills while developing their ability as a dancer and presenting a positive image for today's youth. We also emphasize education, and school-aged dancers are encouraged to maintain a 3.0 GPA.

'SUMMER' SHOW TEAM  Dancers of all ages and levels are encouraged to participate on our Summer Show Team.  The Show Team performs for groups and community events from June-October.  Some of our performances include the Dust Devils Pre-Game Show, Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Benton-Franklin Fair & Parade, Prosser Harvest Festival, Pasco Farmer's Market, and Adult Day Services.  Our audiences love seeing our tiny dancers and beginners along with our seasoned performers. 

THE CLOG TEAM  The Clog Team is a year round group that performs an average of 30 shows each year.  We use contemporary music and styling. A sub-set of our Show Team, the team enjoys clogging for a variety of groups and community events in Eastern Washington and Oregon. They've performed at the Florida Citrus Bowl Half-Time Show and Las Vegas National Clogging Convention, competed nationally, and were invited to dance in the Washington, DC 4th of July Parade in 2002. They also entertain regularly for residents at the local Life Care Centers.  Cloggers of ALL ages and abilities are welcome to join the clog team. 

COMPETITION TEAM  The Competition Team competes 2-4 times each year throughout the Northwest.  Our Competition Team has earned several high score awards and is very proud of the reputation they've earned as respectful, friendly competitors.  Auditions for all dance styles and levels are held in October, and rehearsals begin in November.  Competition Team dancers are required to have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and strongly encouraged to maintain a 3.0 GPA.  Additional details are provided at the competition informational meeting and in the audition packet.

CLOGGING HISTORY Clogging originated in the Appalachian Mountains as a mountain man's folk dance. The roots of this quick step dance come from Irish step dancing (as seen in River Dance) and Holland's wooden shoe dance. Traditionally, cloggers maintained a stiff upper body and danced to bluegrass music. As contemporary clogging emerges, other forms of dance are being incorporated and a variety of music is used. It's rumored that the Morris Shakers of Europe didn't allow women to clog. Today, people of all ages and gender enjoy clogging around the world.

Contact us at (509)628-9998 and don't forget to sign the guest book!



Wednesday, August 19
ABOUT OUR STAFF

The Dance Connection is directed by Wendy Robbins. Wendy's dance experience includes jazz, tap, ballet, theater, and clogging.  She enjoys teaching all dance styles and focuses on correct technique while building each dancer's self-confidence.  Wendy directed Dance In Flight ballet company's 2006 production of "Cinderella....Well Almost" and received rave reviews as one of the best productions in the company's history.  A few of Wendy's other dance moments include several Richland Light Opera productions, performing with the Charlie Daniels Band at the Florida Citrus Bowl, dancing as a featured guest at the National Clogging Convention in Las Vegas, and performing with the inaugural Chinook Basketball dance team.  Wendy is also the Director of the Diamond Ridge Cloggers and has taught clogging for over 20 years!  She also coached cheerleaders for 12 years and offers private coaching to future cheerleaders and dance team members.  Wendy studied dance at WWU in Bellingham and holds a BA in Speech Pathology/Audiology.  

NEW THIS YEAR!  KATIE THOMAS & MARLIE BURIAK!  WE ALSO HAVE HANNAH LINN-OSBORNE, CHRISTINE RIESENWEBER & DEONNA ERICKSON CONTINUING WITH US.  STAY TUNED FOR FUN DETAILS!  LET'S JUST SAY THAT SOMEONE DANCED IN NYC AND ANOTHER ONE DANCED ON THE BOB HOPE SHOW!

Aurora Cody is our Guest Choreographer of Awesomeness.  She's an accomplished pointe ballerina and dancer in all styles who spends her vacations at dance workshops.  Having taken untold number of classes and performed in countless shows at the University of Idaho Center for Dance, dance is somethig Aurora can't live without.  Aurora began her dance journey at the age of two.  She added modern and jazz classes when she was ten and added tap dance in high school.  We are very excited Aurora selected Dance Connection to continue her dance journey.  Aurora is currently collaborating on shows and stage sets in Pittsburgh and snuggling with her kitties Deigo, Julie and Deidara. Aurora is also a certified welder and welds sturdy ballet barres for fun!

Erin An is an all-around dance expert.  She teaches hip hop, lyrical, tap, ballet, jazz and our little dancers.  Erin joined us a few agos when she moved from Texas where she taught all dance styles.  Her Tri-Cities students love her as much as her Texas students did, and they can't get enough of her choreography. 

Danielle Rothwell is a national clogging competitor, placing first at several national events.  Danielle learned to clog with the Diamond Ridge Cloggers over 15 years ago before moving to attend college at Eastern Washington and then Boise, ID where she danced with a national competition team.  With her Masters Degree in hand, she returned to the Tri-Cities and has been teaching our advanced cloggers, adults & competition teams for the past 5 years.  We are honored to have her join us and share her experience and techniques with us.

Fred Shaffner has clogged for untold years and teaches our Carefree Senior Cloggers.  You'll notice him at all of our shows - he's the youngest at heart!  Senior classes are held on Mondays at 10:15 a.m.  (8:00 am in the summer).  Register for this fun activity through Fred at 627-0765.  Fred also provides valuable assistance with our adult clogging classes and new show team dancers.

Deonna Erickson-McKee was raised in San Diego CA and attended Sand Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.  After high school she was both a cheerleader at Mesa College and for a competitive all-star team through San Diego School of Gymnastics.  She has had the privledge to perform at a Bob Hope Christmas Charity special two years in a row and has performed in numerous musicals put on both through school and the theater community.  Since moving to Washington, Deonna has coached cheer and gymnastics for several schools including Kamiakin, Kennewick, Burbank and Tri-Cities Prep High Schools.  She was a cheerleader for the Tri-City Chinook and won 1st place in the Vancover Natural Fitness competition.  She currently works at Kennewick Dance Connection teaching acrobatic dance, cheer and beginning jazz and at Mid-Columbia Gymnastic Academy chaching and choreographing beam and floor routines for their highest level competivite gymnasts.

Hannah Linn-Osborne started taking ballet at the age of 2 at Ballet Arts in the Tri-Cities where she studied all through her school years. At 18 she moved to New York to dance with Light of the World Ballet Company for two years. She spent two summers in Walla Walla at summer dance intensive. She spent five sumers in Jackson, Mississippi at summer dance instensives with Ballet Magnificat!. She was involved with the performing company Dance In Flight while in the Tri-Cities and had the opportunity to choreograph and assist in directing several shows.  Hannah maried her high school sweetheart in 2007. After their time in New York, they moved to Spokane WA where Hannah attended Physical Therapist Assistant school.  They moved back to the Tri-Citites in 2012 upon earning her PTA license.  She now works at Anderson Physical Therapy in Kennewick.

Taylor Bailey is our pre-ballet and pre-tap combination student helper.  She's super excited to be helping again this year.