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

Tuesday, June 3
2013-2014 Schedule 2nd Semester

2nd Semester registration is now closed. Register now for Fall Semester and join us at our NEW STUDIO at 104 Vista Way, Kennewick!  Office hours are Monday-Wednesday 5:00-7:00 PM through June 11. Summer office hours coincide with summer camps and classes.  Cash, check or credit/debit cards are welcome.  Please be advised that there is a 5% processing fee for credit/debit cards.

2013-2014 Schedule 2nd Semester
Day  TimeClass - Main Studio  Class - Small Studio or 2 yr old room
 Monday  10:00 am  Carefree Senior Cloggers - contact Fred Shaffner at 627-0765
   5:00-5:45  Beg. Jazz/Musical Theater ages 8 & up  
   5:45-6:30  Intermediate Tap III  
   6:30-7:15  Kids Hip Hop ages 8-12  
   7:00-8:00  Ballet IV Technique/Pointe (Monday & Wednesday)  
   8:05-8:35  Pointe  
 Tuesday  5:00 - 6:00  Ballet III Technique (Tuesday & Wednesday)  Pre-Jazz/Ballet Combo ages 5-7 (5:00 - 5:45)
   6:00 - 6:45  Beginner II Clogging

 Pre-Ballet/Tap Combo ages 3-5 

 2 year olds (6:00 - 6:30)

   6:45 - 7:30  Int. Plus/Adv. Clogging  Beginning Clogging ages 8 & up
   7:30 - 8:30  Int. Show Team Clogging  
   8:30 - 9:15  Int. Adult Clogging  
  Wednesday  4:45 - 5:30  Jazz II - experienced dancers ages 9 & up or by instructor approval  
   5:30 - 6:15  Tap I  Beginning Ballet
   6:15 - 7:10  Ballet I/II  Beginning Tap (6:15-7:00)
   7:15 - 8:15  Ballet III/IV Technique (Mon. or Tues. & Wed.)  
   8:20 - 8:50  Pointe  
 Thursday  5:00 - 5:55  Teen Hip Hop  
   6:00 - 7:00  Teen Jazz & Lyrical Jazz  
   7:00 - 7:45  Dance Workout ($5/session)  Adult Ballet
   7:45-8:30  Ballroom (Couples discount)  
 Friday  5:00 - 5:45  Hip Hop Minis Ages 5-7  
   5:45 - 6:30  Clogging Minis Ages 5-7  Pre-Ballet/Tap Combo ages 3-5
   6:30-9:30  Show Team/Competition Rehearsal


Ballroom class & Dance Workout class forming now! Call 947-8761 or stop by the office to get on the waiting lists.


Thursday, August 8

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

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!

Friday, September 9

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 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 and holds a BA in Speech Pathology/Audiology.  

Aurora Cody is our Ballet Master.  She's an accomplished point 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 teaches advanced ballet, jazz, and contemporary.

Erin An is an all-around dance expert.  She teaches hip hop, lyrical, ballet, jazz and our little dancers.  Erin moved  from Texas 3 years ago 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 10 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.