Dance Connection: Schedule, Class Info & About Us
2017-2018 DANCE SEASON SCHEDULE
REGISTER FOR FALL CLASSES! GO TO OUR 'LINKS & PAYMENTS' PAGE & CHOOSE 'CLASS REGISTRATION' TO SEE THE UPCOMING CLASS SCHEDULE AND ENROLL IN CLASSES.
Registration is $30/individual or $40/family. Registration and the first month's tuition are due upon enrollment. Multiple class and family discounts are avialable. The schedule is subject to change based on min/max enrollment. Special classes such as Dance for 2 Year Olds & Ballroom receive additional discounts. The dance season is Sept-June and culminates with our year end show. Monthly payments are Sept-May. There is no payment in June.
104 Vista Way, Kennewick. 509-628-9998
5 STUDIOS, 2 WAITING AREAS, OBSERVATION WINDOWS, PARENT WORKOUT ROOM & MORE!!.
|5:15||Beginning Jazz/Jazz 1|
|6:00||Ballet/Jazz Combo ages 5-9|
|6:00||Super Combo Ballet/Jazz/Tap Ages 5-9|
Twinkle Stars Ballet/Tap A Ages 3-6 (a ballet/tap combination class)
|6:00||Hip Hop 2-3|
|6:45||Int/Adv.Teen Lyrical Jazz|
|7:45||Dance Fusion for Teens/Tweens/Adult (Jazz/Lyrical/Contemporary/Ballet)|
|5:00||Ballet 4/Pointe - Day 1 of 2|
|5:45||Twinkle Stars B Ages 3-6 (a ballet/tap combination class)|
|5:45||Ballet 2.5 - Day 1 of 2|
|5:45||Beginning 1 Clogging|
|6:30||Twinkle Star Toddlers Ages 2-4 (a ballet/creative movement class)|
|6:45||Beginning 2 Clogging|
|6:45||Intermediate 1 Clogging Adults|
|7:30||Clogging Show Team|
|8:30||Intermediate 2 Adult Clogging|
|5:30||Ballet 2.5 - Day 2 of 2|
|6:45||Intermediate Acro for Dance|
|8:15||Contemporary - Teen/Tween/Adult|
|5:00||Ballet 4 - Day 2 of 2|
|5:45||Beginning 1-2 Hip Hop|
|6:30||Hip Hop Minis Ages 5-7|
|6:45||Elementary Acro for Dance|
|7:15||Teen Hip Hop|
|5:00-7:00||Competition Team B|
|5:00-7:00||Competition Team A|
|5:30-7:00||Competition Prep (meets bi-weekly)|
|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.|
Sunday, August 13
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.
Sunday, August 13
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. We have performed at the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and the Holiday Bowl Half-Time Show in San Diego. 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 the Benton-Franklin Fair & Parade, The Valley's Got Talent, National Night Out, Dust Devils Pre-Game Shows, Cancer Society Relay for Life, 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. They also entertain annually at the Sausage Festival and regularly for residents at the local Life Care Centers. Qualified cloggers are invited to BYU Clog Camp each year. Cloggers of ALL ages and abilities are welcome to join the clog team.
COMPETITION TEAM The Competition Team competes 3-5 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 and rehearsals for all dance styles and levels are held in June. 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.
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Sunday, August 13
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 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.
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 Monday mornings. 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.
Hannah 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.
Kaitlin Richmand is new to teaching at KDC and couldn't be more excited to be joining the team. Miss Kaitlin grew up dancing from age 3 to 18 in a variety of styles. Ballet and Pointe were always her favorites. One summer she took a Hip Hop intensive and fell in love and started a hip hop class for the studio she grew up in. Miss Kaitlin took 7 years off from dancing and found KDC in the fall of 2016 and felt right at home. Miss Kaitlin invites anyone and everyone to come try a class, step out of their comfort zone, and experience the joy of dancing.
Marlie Buriak - Stay Tuned!
Beth Giever has dabbled in a little of everything and is the go to sub when your usual instructor (or their kid) gets sick! We appreciate her willingness to jump in at the last minute whenever she's needed! Fun Fact: in her spare time Miss Beth trains for and participates in triathlons! She loves to dance and leaps across the finish line of a triathlon after 4 hours and some 35 miles!