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Dance Box in King George: Dance for everyone

Summer intensive ballet is still in progress at the Dance Box in King George and Strawberry Shortcake’s Berry Box of Summer Fun gets underway on Aug. 12. But that is just the warm up for the fall season which begins Sep. 3.


The Dance Box is located in The First Lady’s Shopping Center just two doors down from Exit Realty. The Dance Box, which began holding classes through King George Parks and Recreation in 2011, is now beginning their second year of classes in their own King George studio, according to director Amy Atkinson. The new, modern facility in the shopping center is taking The Dance Box into its third year, which is shaping up to be a busy time.

There are classes six days a week, beginning on Mondays with Yoga for adults from 9 - 10:15 a.m.  That class is taught by Siggi Frericks, a registered Yoga instructor since 2008, who holds a second degree in Reiki and is also a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner.  Yoga is also taught from 5 – 6:15 p.m. on Thursdays.

Evening classes start Mondays with 3 - 4 year-old Tiny Dancing Stars and 5-6 year-old Shimmering Dancing Stars where the little ones learn ballet and tap.

 As the classes turn to ballet, they divide by skills except for those taking modern dance, which starts at age 14.  Some classes divide by auditioning and some by invitation, but the idea is that The Dance Box teaches dance for those who are learning dance techniques as a recreation and those aiming for a professional level. The school provides for each group.

Heading the Dance Box is director Amy Atkinson, whose life has centered around dance since she began dance training at the age of three, training in the Russian ballet technique. She has been teaching for more than 16 years and is trained in the dance styles taught at the school which include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, pilates, and hip hop.

This year the school will be providing class opportunities from 1 – 3:00 p.m. in tap, ballet and theatrical jazz for home schoolers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

During the year there are two large performances where students can show what they have learned and strut their stuff, so to speak. Just looking at the pictures from some of their performances makes one want to get out there and try some dancing or to be sure to get your youngsters to be a part of this school.

Last year, students had the opportunity to attend The Tremaine Dance Convention in Washington, DC, where they had the opportunity to take classes from several well known dance professionals, which included Tiffany Maher, finalist on the popular TV show So You Think You Can Dance. In addition this year, The Dance Box has been invited to send dancers to the Orange Bowl in Miami, where 1000 dancers will be performing during half time.

The Dance Box may be reached at (540) 709-1393.

 

                                - Ruth Herrink

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