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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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 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 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 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 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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