Curriculum Spotlight: ASPIRE

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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 programs and as college level dance majors. It’s been pure joy to see our dancers dreaming, working, and reaching. If this sounds like the heart-song of your dancer and she is at least 10 years old, give us a call.
Photograph of Allison Bell, currently studying at Philadelphia's Rock School for Dance Education in their year-round program.

Contemporary Workshop Series

We are nearly giddy with excitement to announce that Allison Gupton will be back in our studios this season to teach a workshop series of 6 contemporary classes for our level 4 and 5 dancers. These classes will take place on Saturdays in September, October, November, February, March, and April. Allison is a highly sought after teacher because of her inspiring teaching style and knowledge of the genre. We can't wait!

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Here’s a short bio of Allison’s background and current work:
Allison Gupton is the Owner/Director of DanceFest Productions, Inc., a journalist for Dance Informa Magazine, and has been teaching and choreographing in the metro-Atlanta area for 10 years. Allison graduated from Pebblebrook High School (CCCEPA), and The University of Alabama where she earned a degree in Dance and Public Relations. Allison is a proud mommy and loves being in the studio to train young minds.

Curriculum Spotlight: Storybook Ballet

Curriculum Spotlight: Storybook Ballet

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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 and Thursdays at 3:30. The cost per term (11 weeks) is $148.

*** To create more spaces in our popular Storybook Ballet we have just added a class on Tuesdays at 1:30.

Curriculum Spotlight: Still Pointe's Unique Point of View

Curriculum Spotlight: Still Pointe’s Unique Point of View

Sometimes we are asked, “Do you offer ‘praise dance’ classes?”

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At Still Pointe, we believe all of life should be a dance of praise. We believe that serving, sowing, loving, learning, and leaning are all acts of worship and are just as meaningful as dancing to a Christian song in front of a congregation. Our desire is to teach girls and young women, boys and young men how to dance. If God has placed a love for movement and music in a student’s heart then He will also provide an avenue for using that gift to bring glory. There are countless ways that a person can participate in dance as a vocation or avocation. Our job is to equip --- technically, artistically, and spiritually. And, each of us at Still Pointe embrace that job with great joy!

Placement Classes For Experienced Dancers

If you have been waiting in the wings and are now ready to join the Still Pointe family, there are just 4 more placement classes available before the start of our new season on August 20th. The following are ballet technique classes that experienced dancers may take to determine placement at Still Pointe:

Tuesday, July 17 from 3:00-4:30
Thursday, July 19 from 3:00-4:30
Tuesday, July 24 from 3:00-4:30
Thursday, July 26 from 3:00-4:30

Please call before you come! Dance with us!

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So much better than a fish shop...

I always tell my mom that I'm grateful she doesn't own a fish shop...not that there's anything wrong with the fish  business...they just aren't as cute in tutus!

We truly love what we do. From our 3 year olds on up, we get to serve the sweetest students and the most fantastic families! 

Read more about our studio over at Voyage ATL and what makes us the luckiest momma/daughter duo around town! Many thanks to Voyage and all that they do to support local businesses and artists in Atlanta! 

http://voyageatl.com/interview/meet-eleanor-rogers-grace-rogers-of-still-pointe-in-cumming/

 

Summer Intensive is just around the corner!

Summer Intensive is just around the corner! 

We LOVE to start off summer by dancing all day and then going home and dreaming all night! Our guest teachers have been brought in especially to inspire you without having to travel! We are grateful to be working with Julianna Missano (Atlanta Ballet), Carly Hammond (Ballet San Antonio), and Olivia Jenkins (Ad Deum Dance Company), alongside our very own Dane LeAnna (North Carolina School of the Arts). 

There's still time to register! CLICK HERE!!!! 
Date: Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15th. 
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $290

 Carly Hammond

Carly Hammond

 Dane LeAnna Photography by Richard Calmes 

Dane LeAnna
Photography by Richard Calmes 

 Julianna Missano Taylor Brandt Photography

Julianna Missano
Taylor Brandt Photography

 Olivia Jenkins 

Olivia Jenkins 

Come Join Us!

Registration is open for the 2018-2019 season! Come join us! 

We dance. We dream. We learn. We have fun. We do hard things. We do silly things. We become better dancers. We grow as people. We sweat. We laugh. We cry. We learn our limitations. We push past our limitations. We imagine. We clean technique. We build friendships. 

REGISTER NOW!!!! 

Breathing New Inspiration

Summer is such a wonderful time to be able to breathe again after the chaos of the school year. But summer is also the perfect time for a dancer to breathe in new inspiration! Dancers spend countless hours during the year refining their technique; but it's the spark in their eyes and the excitement that comes from being with, watching, and being taught by fresh voices that will propel a student to dig deeper and work harder as they enter their next year of growth. 

Still Pointe's 5-Day Summer Intensive for 2018 has been designed to do just that: inspire you right at home! As young, strong, current professionals, guest teachers Julianna Missano, Carly Hammond, and Olivia Jenkins will embolden students to dream. After all, dreams are essential in life and in growth. 

For Intermediate and Advanced Levels from ages 9 to 18. 

Julianna Missano

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Juliana Missano was born in Lloyd Harbor, New York and started studying ballet at the age of five. She trained at the Lynch School of Ballet until she was 15 years old. She continued her training at The Rock School under the direction of Bo and Stephanie Spassoff. In 2017, Juliana was named a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts and had the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center. Juliana competed in the Youth America Grand Prix, and she received the Grand Prix Award, placed first in the Pas de Deux Category, and advanced to the final round where she performed at the Lincoln Center. Some of her favorite performances include Nutcracker and Don Quixote. Juliana is very excited to start her career with Atlanta Ballet.  

Carly Hammond

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Carly Hammond began her formal training at the Geiger Ballet under the guidance of artistic director Mary C. Geiger, and attended summer programs at Ballet Chicago, San Francisco Ballet, and Juilliard. She is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington with a Bachelor of Science in Ballet Performance and an Outside Field in Education.
Ms. Hammond is a recipient of Jacobs School of Music Dean’s Scholarship and is a four-time cash scholarship winner at Regional Dance America. While attending Indiana University, she performed principal roles in Appalachian Spring, The Four Temperaments, and Donizetti Variations, and was featured as a soloist in Violette Verdy’s Variations for Eight and as Sugar Plum Fairy in Michael Vernon’s The Nutcracker.
She was a member of the corps at Ballet San Antonio for the past 3 years. There she performed featured roles in Gabriel Zertuche’s Dracula and The Nutcracker, as well as a Harlot in Ben Stevenson’s Romeo and Juliet and the Pas de Trois in Ben Stevenson’s Swan Lake. Ms. Hammond performed the principal couple in Gerald Arpino’s Confetti, and as a demi-soloist in Frederick Franklin’s Tribute. Most recently, Ms. Hammond danced the role of Kitri’s Friend in Willy Shives’ Don Quixote and Gerald Arpino’s Snow Queen in The Nutcracker.

Olivia Jenkins

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Olivia grew up dancing at a young age and quickly found a love for the art. At ten she began her education at The Georgia Youth Ballet where she danced under the instruction of Magdalena Maury and Jonsie Pollock. After high school, Olivia furthered her education in dance by attending Kennesaw State University. In 2014, Olivia moved to Houston Texas and began dancing for the Ad Deum Dance Company’s second company ADII. Here she learned how to apply her faith and desire for mission trips with her dancing. In 2015, Olivia became the associate director and senior dancer at ADII and founded SERVE Ministries and Collective. Outside of Ad Deum, Olivia has worked and done projects with Open Sky Arts Collective and the Project Dance Fondation. While in Houston, Olivia has taught and choreographed for many companies such as Elite Dance Academy, Texas Academy of Dance Arts, and Cindy K’s Dance.

 

SIGN UP TODAY TO BE INSPIRED! 

Dates: June 11-15
Time: 10am-4pm
Cost: $290
*$10 off if registered before May 15th! 

It's Personal

"This book is not meant to replace direct instruction," writes Agnes de Mille in the forward to her book To a Young Dancer, published in 1962. "Good teaching depends for its effect on the personal relationship between teacher and pupil and must, in every case, be careful and special. For personal relationship there can be no substitute, and indeed there should be none; it is the essence of inspiration." 

Even before the world of the internet and the self-taught era of youtube, de Mille was pointing out the importance of finding a teacher with whom a student can work well. Simply reading about technique or watching videos, though potentially helpful as a tool, are no substitute for a teacher who can see your flaws and is on your team. At Still Pointe, our teachers are dedicated to helping each student reach his or her full potential. We are aware of the uniqueness of individuals, including unique bodies and unique minds. Whether a student has a strong, inflexible body or is hypermobile, a teacher is there to guide them. Whether a student loves to be pushed or whether they require a more gentle approach, a teacher is there to walk beside them in their journey. 

We are proud of our staff and their dedication to not just give a class, but to teach class and to invest in their students' lives.