At The Diamond School of Dance
by Jon Loomis

It’s me and the mothers, out in the foyer.
Linoleum floors, knotty-pine, late ’50s rumpus room—
long row of trophies, blue ribbons on a shelf.

I’m here with my daughter, who’s four.
Who, because no one gives princess lessons,
has opted for dancing. She likes the tutus, the tap shoes,

the tights. The teachers are kind.
They’re graceful as egrets, strong in the thighs.
We chitchat, the mothers and I. We futz with our phones.

We’re large, rooted like silos.
Chopin leaks from the studio: a nocturne, full of rain.
The little girls dance—plié, sashay, arabesque—

earnest as death, as if nothing
was ever so hard, or mattered so much. Mothers!
Let us rush in and embrace them! Let us snatch them

up to our great bosoms, and never tell them the truth.

10,000 Hours

Practice is always a good thing. We believe strongly in practicing the qualities of persistence, dedication, and mindfulness. If you have a passion, why not invest your time in it? No matter where your life takes you, the time invested will be worth it. 

Keep practicing, keep growing, and keep learning this summer! 

Summer Intensive at Still Pointe: 
Classes include ballet, pointe, pas de deux, conditioning, contemporary, and choreography.
Dates: June 12-16. Time: 10am-4pm. 
Cost: $270. 
*$10 Early Bird Discount for those registered and paid by May 15th. 

Summer Term Classes: 
5 weeks of classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 
Dates: June 20th-July 27th (Closed the week of July 3rd-8th) 
Cost: Classes start at $123.75

REGISTER FOR SUMMER HERE. 

Summer Intensive Guest Teachers

One of our favorite things about Summer Intensive is the chance to bring in guest teachers! 

Still Pointe is excited to be hosting six fresh and unique perspectives for our students this summer: Peter Doll, Allison Gupton, Sean Stiegerwald, Martha SidAhmed, Jessie Carey, and Maggie Boggs. 

Peter Doll: Pete began his dance training with his mother and aunt at the Ithaca Ballet. He went on to study at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet; he then won a full scholarship to the Miami City Ballet School and later danced with Miami City Ballet for three seasons. He has also performed as a member of Ballet Nouveau Colorado, the Suzanne Farrell Ballet in Washington D.C., and Georgia Ballet under Alexandre Proia. Pete is currently a freelance artist, ballet teacher, and coach living in Atlanta, GA.

Allison Gupton: Allison Gupton graduated with honors from the University of Alabama where she earned a B. A. degree in Dance and Public Relations. During her time at Alabama, she performed in and choreographed for several dance concerts and musicals. Her professional and local choreography credits include: Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, and Spring Awakening at Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory; and The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Godspell (Shuler Nominated), and Pippin at Cartersville High School.
In 2013, Allison had the honor of working with Dakota Fanning, Kevin Kline, Bryan Batt, and Susan Sarandon as choreographer for the movie The Last of Robin Hood.  She has appeared on various TV shows, including The Vampire Diaries and Drop Dead Diva. Ms. Gupton recently joined Dance Informa Magazine as the Administration Manager and is currently the resident choreographer for the CW Network show The Originals.

Sean Steigerwald: A Marietta native, Sean-Tristan Steigerwald began his training at the Academy Dance Company and Roswell Dance Theatre.  He went on to receive additional training at the Nutmeg Conservatory, Houston Ballet, and Orlando Ballet.  Sean earned a B.F.A. from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2010, where he trained with world-renowned artists Melissa Hayden and Gerald Freedman.  While at UNCSA, he performed roles in Raymonda, Rodeo, and West Side Story.

Martha SidAhmed: Martha SidAhmed began ballet studies at age 6 in Boston.  At age 13, she was exposed to flamenco which made a powerful impact on her and she began local studies with Juanita Cansino. Subsequent education in Spain came from legends Enrique el Cojo and Luisa Maravilla, followed by workshops with Manolo Marin, Juana Amaya, Eva Yerbabuena, Belen Maya, Andres Marin highlighted among many.  
Performances have included touring with Boston Flamenco Ballet and many local appearances for schools and civic organizations.
Sidahmed has taught flamenco for Atlanta Ballet School and conducted workshops for the Ballet and Georgia Dance Educators, children and adults.  
She was Artistic Advisor and choreographer for the Birmingham Hispanic Dance Company and has returned to Birmingham as Artistic Director of MosaicoFlamenco, leading workshops and choreographing performances.

Jessie Carey: Jessie began her classical ballet training at the age of five under Eleanor Rogers in Roswell, GA. Over the next several years, Jessie continued to expand her dance background and by seventeen she was leading master classes and workshops throughout metro Atlanta in contemporary, hip hop, and jazz. In 2005, Jessie was selected to be a member of the Generation: Dance! Performing Arts Company, founded and directed by Beth Leopard and Capezio Diamond Award winner Sharon Druzbanski. From 2007-2010, Jessie co-owned and operated Authentic Dance Studio in Marietta, GA, and has since been teaching for The Performer’s Warehouse and Creative Movement and Dance.
“Beyond the focus of great technique,” she says, “I love creating a space for dancers to develop their own personal style, their signature way of moving. Every single dancer is different and it’s the most amazing thing to see them get inspired by each other! That’s the kind of energy that makes people want to move.”

Maggie Boggs: Maggie has long been a loved figure at Still Pointe. She began her training under Eleanor Rogers when she was 12 years old. She went on to perform the title roles of Snow White and the Snow Queen in Still Pointe’s annual winter concerts. After graduation, she travelled with Bluebird Uncaged to Panama. She is currently continuing her dance studies at Kennesaw State University.

Summer Intensive Schedule

The air is getting warmer and we are starting to dream of summer! We love long days, the smell of freshly cut grass, the taste of fruity smoothies....but our favorite part has to be Summer Intensives! A chance to dance the whole day long! New styles, new teachers, and that oh so sweet my-muscles-are-killing-me feeling! 

Summer Intensive at Still Pointe will be held June 12-16th from 10am-4pm each day. Students will be divided into two groups on the first day and take part in one of the following two schedules: 

GROUP 1

Monday and Wednesday
10:00-10:45: Ballet Barre with Peter Doll
10:50-1:00: Contemporary/Contemporary Pointe with Allison Gupton
1:00-2:00: Lunch and Devotional
2:00-4:00 Flamenco with Martha Sidhamed

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00-12:00: Ballet Technique with Peter Doll
12:00-1:00: Pas de Deux with Peter Doll and Sean Steigerwald
1:00-2:00: Lunch and Devotional
2:00-3:00: Improv with Allison Gupton
3:00-4:00: Jazz with Sean Steigerwald

Friday
10:00-12:00: Ballet Technique with Peter Doll
12:00-1:00: Variations with Peter Doll
1:00-2:00: Lunch and Devotional
2:00-3:45: Contemporary with Allison Gupton
3:45: Review for friends and family

GROUP 2

Monday and Wednesday
10:00-10:45: Contemporary with Allison Gupton
10:50-12:30: Ballet Technique with Peter Doll
12:30-1:00: Repertoire
1:00-2:00: Lunch and Devotional
2:00-4:00: Flamenco with Martha Sidhamed

Tuesday and Thursday
10:00-11:45: Contemporary with Allison Gupton
11:45-1:00: Jazz with Allison Gupton
1:00-2:00: Lunch and Devotional
2:00-4:00: Ballet Technique with Peter Doll

Friday
10:00-11:30: Ballet Technique with TBA
11:30-12:30: Repertoire with TBA
12:30-1:00: Conditioning with TBA
1:00-2:00: Lunch and Devotional
2:00-3:45: Musical Theater with Jessie Carey
3:45: Review for friends and family

Sign up for Summer Intensive HERE before prices go up and spots are gone! 
Cost for those registered by April 15th: $250
Cost for those registered between April 15th and  May 15th: $260
Cost for those registered after May 15th: $270

Check back this week for more information on all of our fabulous guest teachers! 

Dreamy, dreamy!!!

Even though there are still lots of costumes to launder and set pieces to put away, we're still swooning over just how dreamy our girls were in Cinderella a few weeks ago! 

Many thanks to Pete Doll for being our charming prince! And to Brian Wallenberg of Saturnblu Productions for capturing our performances on video. 

Upcoming Performance: Cinderella

The mice are almost done cleaning and sewing and putting on the finishing touches to make us feel ready for the ball! 

Relive the beloved story of Cinderella, told in a fresh way by the Still Pointe Studio dancers. The entire family will be enchanted by this hour-long ballet, set to an original piano score by composer Karl Moraski. Watch a girl's dreams come true with the help of a Fairy Godmother, harvest garden fairies, and a troop of friendly mice! 

The performances will be held at Forsyth Central High School on Friday, January 13th at 7:00pm and Saturday, January 14th at 11am and 2:30pm. 

Online Ticket purchase is available until 24 hours prior to the event. General Admission tickets may be purchased at the door for $12. 

Click HERE to purchase tickets online! 

Curriculum Spotlight: Dance for Parkinson's

Curriculum Spotlight: Dance for Parkinson’s

The essence of dance is joy! And our experience shows that dance benefits everyone!

Dance for Parkinson’s classes allow people with Parkinson’s to experience the joys and benefits of dance while creatively addressing symptom-specific concerns related to balance, cognition, motor skill, depression and physical confidence.

No dance experience is required. All levels of mobility are accommodated. Classes are $5 for people with Parkinson’s. Caregivers, spouses or partners are encouraged to join the class for free.

This class is resuming on Tuesday, August 30th after a brief summer break. We meet on Tuesdays from noon until 1pm. Come dance with us!

Still Pointe would like to thank Larry Kahn of PD Gladiators, Kitty Chin of Sovereign Rehabilitation, and Dance for PD® for their encouragement and support.

Curriculum Spotlight: ASPIRE

Curriculum Spotlight: ASPIRE

We’ve loved being the coaches and cheerleaders for a number of dancers who dream to pursue dance beyond high school. Characterized by individualized class schedules, we strive to give dancers the instruction and guidance they need to reach their goals. We’ve had students accepted to prestigious summer and year round residential ballet programs as well as being accepted as dance majors at the college level. We delight in their successes knowing that their futures are bright. Our ASPIRE program is meeting the needs of dancers from ages 10-17. An interview is the first step to be considered for this program. Let us know if you are dreaming big dreams!

Photo credit: Matthew Bird Studio

Photo credit: Matthew Bird Studio

Curriculum Spotlight: Storybook Ballet

Curriculum Spotlight: Storybook Ballet

Without a doubt, this class remains our pride and joy. Born out of the desire to offer a class of substance to the youngest of dancers, we carefully developed this curriculum to introduce the littles to the classic ballet stories and the joy of becoming a dancer. This offering engages the imagination and teaches the elements of telling stories through dance; costumes, sets, music, and movement. These 45 minute classes for 3 and 4 year olds are always the first on our schedule to fill. This year Storybook Ballet is offered on Tuesdays at 3:30 and Thursdays at 3:30. The cost per term (11 weeks) is $138.