Dance Academy News

Recital information was handed out this week. In case you missed it here is a copy.
If you have any questions let us know!

Here is a message from Miss Chelsea:

Good Afternoon Dance Families,

I have added the list of items and hair requirements for your students class for the spring recital to the website below. This is the new site we will be using to order dance attire, it is more user friendly than curtain call for class. Simply select your class and you can view the items your student will need along with how their hair should be styled.

If you have any questions regarding this information please contact your teacher. Hip hop classes are not included in the list because no shoes or tights are required for their class. Please ask Miss AJ how she would like your students hair. You do not have to order shoes or tights if you already have them and you do not have to order items from this site if you would prefer to get them else where. This is simply a reference so that all classes look uniform.

Please join me in welcoming Miss Yuka to our dance staff. Yuka is a very experienced professional ballet dancer and teacher.  We are so excited to have her on board as our new ballet teacher. Learn more about Yuka here!

Valentine’s Day Week

February 11-16 wear pink or red to dance class. Take a picture in you Valentine’s dance attire and send it to along with why you LOVE to dance to be featured in next month’s newsletter!

An Evening of Dance with The Arts Castle Youth Dance Companies

Join us Friday, March 1 at 7pm for a wonderful evening of dance presented by some of our Arts Castle Dance Academy students. This performance is held at Willis Education Center Auditorium and admission is free. Please come support our dancers plus there will be a drawing at the conclusion of the performance to win VIP seating at our spring recital!


Look what’s coming soon…The Dance Academy 2019 summer schedule will be released later this monthDetails about our 2019 Junior and Intermediate/Senior Intensive will be released soon including our guest teachers

The Fall 2019 Dance Academy schedule will be released soon

Details about our spring open house will be coming soon

Dance Academy Schedule 2018-2019

February 28…………………..Company Concert Rehearsal
March 1…………………………Dance Company Concert (tentative)
March 25 – 29……………….Spring Break – No Classes
March 29………………………Spring Open House
April 27…………………………Picture Day
May 4……………………………Last Day of Classes
May 11………………………….Dance Recital (tentative)

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The Arts Castle’s Dance Academy, a vital part of our arts center, seeks to awaken the joy of dance in our students with a combination of quality technique and personal expression. We believe that this objective is best met within a supportive, family-friendly environment, open to dancers of all ages and abilities, and cultivated by a nurturing, professional team of instructors.

The Arts Castle’s Pre-Academy Program provides quarterly opportunities for toddler and preschool students to sample dance and prepare for entrance to the Dance Academy, a 32-week program.

In addition, The Arts Castle Youth Dance Companies provides performance opportunities for select dancers. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical dance styles are offered annually. Classes are also available for teen and adult dancers––beginners are welcome!

Dance Academy Instructors

Chelsea Miles, Dance Coordinator

Chelsea began her dance training at the age of 3 years old at Dublin Dance Center. Throughout her years as a student, Chelsea trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and modern.She graduated from the Pre Professional Training Program at BalletMet. During her time at BalletMet she performed with YouthMet and in The Nutcracker. Chelsea has attended summer intensives at BalletMet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and Ballet Magnificat. In 2006 she was accepted into Ad Deum Dance Company in Houston, Texas and danced with them for a season. During her time there she performed throughout Texas and in New York. After her season with Ad Deum Dance Company, Chelsea was accepted into the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance Program at the Prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Company. In addition to Chelsea’s dance career, she has taught at studios and in public as well as private schools in Ohio and Texas for fifteen years. She was the director of a professional dance company for three years and the owner/director of a dance school for almost ten years. Chelsea recently performed and choreographed with Xclaim Dance Company.In addition to teaching, she loves attending dance master classes and conferences to expand her knowledge of dancing. Chelsea loves sharing her passion for dance with her students while encouraging them as they learn and grow in their art form!

Meghan Patijarvich

Meghan is a native Ohioan who currently resides just outside of Columbus with her husband and daughter. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Dance Education. She also has received her Bachelor of Arts and K-12 teaching license in Dance from the University of Akron. With more than 19 years of dance teaching experience in different local studios and public school districts in Ohio including Akron, Columbus and Lima City Schools, Meghan has taught ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, cultural & social dance and creative movement to age 2 to adult. She brings her passion and love of dance to each class she teaches.

Carrie Blust

Carrie has been dancing for 18 years. She grew up in Sidney, Ohio and is currently residing in Delaware, Ohio. Carrie graduated from Bluffton University with a Bachelors in Education and currently is an Intervention Specialist. Carrie has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, acro, modern, and musical theater. Carrie began dancing at Sharon’s School of Dance and later became a member of the Sidney Dance Company. Carrie is excited to be a part of the Arts Castle team and for the opportunity to share her love for dance with others.

AnaJaye’ Diggs

AnaJaye’ Diggs aka Miss AJ has been dancing for over 15 years. She learned roller skating and movement at a young age. In her teens she began actively volunteering in her community and school. She was very active in musical theater, vocal ensemble and dance in High School. While obtaining her Bachelor of Arts from Otterbein University; she began teaching hip hop, dance and fitness around the Columbus area. She is skilled in Zumba, Hip Hop and Line Dance, East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. She has been working with children for over 8 consecutive years. Currently she teaches fitness and dance at various locations in Ohio. She is driven and a passionate teacher who loves working with children of all ages.

Taylor Frasure

Taylor is entering her sophomore year at Ohio Wesleyan University as a Special Education and Dance double major. She has been dancing since she was three years old and has received training in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, acrobatics, and pointe. She trained at Dance Rhythms Studio for fifteen years, eleven of which were spent on the studio’s competition team. As a competitive dancer, she has won numerous regional and national competitions and scholarships. Taylor began teaching and choreographing at the age of fifteen. She is very excited to share her love of dance with The Arts Castle!

Yuka Omori
Yuka has studied with Ayako Takagi, Tatsuo Kasuya, Noriyasu Ikegame and Yoko Ota in Japan, as well as traveling abroad to study at
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School in Canada, and The Rosella Hightower School in Cannes, France after she received a silver medal in the Itabashi Ballet Competition. She has also worked on a number of film projects, being chosen to perform in George Balanchine’s Minkus Pas de Trois for a film project for The Balanchine Foundation, as well as a variati on choreographed by Rosella Hightower for a film of the French Ballet Examination at Paris Opera Ballet. Yuka lived and performed in the US since 2001, dancing soloist and principal roles with David Taylor Dance Theatre, Corpus Christi Ballet, Oakland Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theatre and New Jersey Ballet. In addition, she attended Open World Dance Foundation’s Vaganova Teacher Training Course, studied with Ludmila Safrova who studied with Agrippina Vaganova. She is also a certified Pilates Mat instructor. Her primary concern for her class is to help the dancer use correct body placement, as well as focusing on the coordination of the head, port de bras and musicality.

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