Thursday, March 31, 2011

Award Winning Dance Company in Charlotte

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A few weeks ago our competition company dancers competed at the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge at the Dale Halton Theater on Elizabeth Avenue in Uptown Charlotte.  Out of the many students who competed over the weekend, the judges selected certain standout performers to be “Hall of Fame All-Stars”.  Dancers Unite was very proud to have our very own Allie, Rachel and Tatyanna selected! 

The girls were given $250 scholarships to the Pacific Coast Dance Fest, a prestigious dance intensive where students study everything from ballet to hip hop to jazz with a renowned faculty.  Allie, Rachel and Tatyanna were also given special bracelets and certificates. 

They were also asked to perform in the opening number for the national competitions in Las Vegas, Chicago and Orlando.  We are very proud of our dancers for receiving this special honor.

For more information on our Competition Dance Company, please see our Competition Dance Page.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Jazz Hip Hop Shoes Selling in Charlotte

In an earlier blog entry, I mentioned the tap and ballet shoes sold in our lobby.  Well now I am happy to announce we are also selling jazz shoes!  The shoes come in black and are available in both children and adult sizes.  The children shoes cost $24 and the adult shoes cost $26.  These are the shoes that should be worn in our jazz dance classes and hip hop dance classes and in our dance recital on June 4th.  For more information on what shoes should be worn in our other dance classes, please see our Dance Class Dress Code Page.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Southwest Charlotte Dance Performance

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Yesterday, Dancers Unite was very proud to be the opening number for the Peek-a-Boo Couture Fashion Show!  The event was held at the Hilton Garden Inn on Ayrsley Town Blvd.  The opening number incorporated a number of dance styles, including tap, jazz, hip hop and musical theater.  We were very proud of how well the select DU dancers that attended danced.  We were also impressed with the wonderful models in the fashion show.  It was a wonderful afternoon for everyone!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Charlotte NC Summer Dance Instruction

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If you are a rising 7th to 12th grade dancer who is looking to improve their dancing this summer, then Dancers Unite is the place for you!  We have a number of dance intensives going on this summer covering a variety of dance styles.

For those of you who would like to work on your ballet technique, we have a Summer Ballet Intensive that takes place the week of August 7th.  This intensive includes ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, and stretch. 

For those of you would like to work on your hip hop technique, we have a Summer Hip Hop Intensive that takes place the week of July 24th.  This intensive includes hip hop, tumbling, jazz and strength & conditioning. 

For those of you would like to work on as much as dance as possible, we have the Extreme Dance Intensive that takes place the week of July 31st.  This intensive includes many forms of dance, including musical theater dance, tap, hip hop, jazz, ballet, lyrical, tumbling, modern…and so much more!

For those of you who would like to work on making up your own dance routines, we have a Summer Student Choreography Intensive that takes place the week of July 10th.  This intensive includes exercises that will help the dancers develop their skills as a budding choreographer.

For more information on any of these fun dance intensives, and to learn how to register, please see our Summer Dance Intensive Page for more information.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Charlotte NC Dance School Recital T-Shirt

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As many of you have noticed, we are currently selling Dancers Unite Recital T-Shirts in our dance studio’s lobby.  These T-Shirts will commemorate our 2011 Annual Revue, “DU In The USA”, held at the Queens University Campus on Selwyn Avenue in the Myers Park neighborhood of Charlotte.  The white T-shirts are on sale for $15; the purple T-shirts are on sale for $20.  The shirts are a great way to capture the wonderful memories of your child’s dance recital for years to come.  Hurry and buy these today; prices will go up after March 30, 2011.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Summer Camps for Dance in Charlotte for K-2

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DU has great options for both summer dance camps and summer dance classes for rising 1st through 3rd graders.

We have a two week hip hop dance class that meets twice a week for a total of four hip hop dance lessons.  In this class, students will learn age appropriate hip hop choreography while also improving on hip hop and jazz technique.

We also have a four week ballet/tap/jazz dance course that meets one hour before the hip hop dance class.  In this class, students will brush up on tap, jazz and ballet technique.  Your child can take the ballet/tap/jazz dance course and hip hop dance course together for a savings.  Both the hip hop dance course and the ballet/tap/jazz dance course are offered in two different sessions: one in June and one in August.

Finally, we are once again this year running our Charlotte Latin Dance Camp.  This dance camp is held at Charlotte Latin School on Providence Road (near the Arboretum area in South Charlotte).  This camp includes hip hop, jazz and ballet and a short dance routine will be performed for parents on the last day.  This camp is good for both the new to dance and the seasoned dance vet. 

For information on pricing and how to register for these dance camps and classes, please see our Charlotte Summer Dance Camps and Classes Page.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Toddler Dance Lessons in Charlotte

Think your 2 or 3 year old might be ready for dance but not sure?  Try our no registration fee risk free popular Introduction to Dance Class!  Your toddler gets to sample tap, ballet and tumbling for one month.  This is also a great class for those who tried dance earlier in the year but weren’t quite ready then.  Your child will need ballet and tap shoes, which can be purchased at the studio.

The latest Into to Dance Class will run every Wednesday in May 2011 from 5:15-6:15 PM.  The entire session costs just $65.  For more information, please see our Introduction To Dance For Toddlers Page.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Summer Dance In Charlotte - Student Choreography Intensive

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When I was a kid I loved to make up my own dances on my free time.  If you are like me, then the Summer Student Choreography Intensive is for you!  We will work on exercises specifically designed to help your skills as a choreographer.  It meets on Monday July 11, Tuesday July 12, Wednesday July 13 and Thursday July 14 from 6:00-7:30 PM.  On Thursday you will present your own short piece, which you will have choreographed during the Intensive.  Please note that this is only for rising 7th to 12th graders with previous dance experience.

If you register by April 1, 2011 you can qualify for the Early Bird Special.  For more information on how to register, as well as the cost of this dance intensive, please see our Summer Dance Intensive Page.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Where to Buy Ballet & Tap Shoes in Charlotte

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We’ve had a lot of parents asking for a good place to buy affordable dance shoes for their children.  I am happy to now say that we sell ballet and tap shoes for children at our dance studio.  We are selling the dance shoes needed for our dance recital in June at Queens University – pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes.  The ballet shoes cost $16 and the tap shoes cost $20.  If you would like a different color, we can also size your child and order you a different color at no extra cost – you could buy tap or ballet shoes in white or tan.  However, if your child is participating in our dance recital, you will also need to buy the black tap shoes and pink ballet shoes.

If your child does not currently take dance lessons at Dancers Unite, then please contact us at 704-846-2985 to see a good time to bring your child in.  If your child is a current student at Dancers Unite and they wear an adult shoe size or are taking a different class other than tap or ballet such as hip hop, please see our Dance Studio Dress Code Page to see which shoes are needed for the DU Dance Recital.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Charlotte Dance Studio Dancers in Prestigious Bowl Game Halftime Show

Every year, many talented dancers across the nation audition to be part of the All American Halftime Show for the Capital One Bowl Game.  This year, Dancers Unite was honored to have 9 of our dancers selected for the All American Halftime Cast.  Congrats to Allie, Faith, Grayce, Jordan, Maggie, Marilyn, Rachel, Rosie, and Savannah!  They were chosen based on their wonderful performances in their hip hop and jazz routines.

The girls now have an opportunity to have a once in a lifetime kind of experience of dancing in front of 65,000 cheering fans!  They will be working with nationally acclaimed choreographers and directors…and having fun at Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando!

So come next January, make sure you tune into the Capital One Bowl Game because you may see one of our talented dancers!
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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Charlotte Summer Dance Classes for Children

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Dancers Unite has many summer class options for 9 to 11 year olds, in many forms of dance!  There is a four class Hip Hop Dance Course from 7:00-8:00 PM.  It is offered in June on Tuesday June 7, Thursday June 9, Tuesday June 14 and Thursday June 16.  It is also offered in August on Tuesday August 9, Thursday August 11, Tuesday August 16 and Thursday August 18.  In this class students work on hip hop and jazz technique as well as learn a routine to age appropriate hip hop music. 

There is also a four class Jazz/Tap/Ballet Course from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.  It is offered in June on Tuesday June 7, Thursday June 9, Tuesday June 14 and Thursday June 16.  It is also offered in August on Tuesday August 9, Thursday August 11, Tuesday August 16 and Thursday August 18.  In this class students work on jazz, tap and ballet technique and it is a great way for students to brush up on their technique over the summer.

Finally, there is a Belly Dance Course from 6:30-7:30 PM.  It is offered on July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27 and August 3.  In this class students with limited or no belly dance backgrounds work on the basics of the beautiful Middle Eastern dance form. 

If you are interested in your child taking Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Jazz or Bellydance over the summer, please see our Summer Dance Classes In Charlotte Page.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Discounts on Summer Dance Classes in Charlotte

summer ballet in charlotteAs I have previously blogged about, DU is holding a four class Hip Hop Dance Course over the summer for elementary school students as well as a Ballet/Tap/Jazz Dance Course for elementary school students.  If you take only one dance course, the cost is $65 ($50 if paid before April 1, 2011).  If you take both dance courses together, then the cost would be $80 ($65 if paid before April 1, 2011).  This is a savings of $50 without the early bird special, and a savings of $65 with the Early Bird Special!!

The classes are also conveniently similar in time.  Rising 1st through 3rd graders could take Ballet, Tap & Jazz from 4:00-5:00 PM and then Hip Hop from 5:00-6:00 PM.  Rising 4th through 6th graders could take Ballet, Tap & Jazz from 6:00-7:00 PM and Hip Hop from 7:00-8:00 PM.  The classes are on Tuesdays and Thursdays for two weeks in June and then there is another session in August.  For more information on how to register, please see our Summer Dance Classes In Charlotte Page.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Charlotte North Carolina Summer Dance Intensive

This summer, become well versed in as many dance styles as possible!  The 2011 Extreme Dance Intensive is a great way of sampling many dance forms such as:
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  • Hip Hop
  • Ballet
  • Jazz
  • Tumbling
  • Lyrical
  • Contemporary
  • Theater Tap
  • Musical Theater Dance
  • Rhythm Tap
  • Modern
  • Bellydance
  • Zumba
  • Salsa
  • Jumps/Leaps/Turns
  • And More!

The Extreme Dance Intensive meets Monday through Thursday in the first week of August 2011 from 5:00-8:00 PM.  It is for rising 7th to 12th graders.  Unlike other dance intensives, no previous experience is needed.  It is a wonderful way to see which style of dance you would like to try in the fall!  For more information on registration, please see our Summer Dance Intensive Page.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Cotswold Retirement Home Dance Performance

This afternoon, our Competition Company had the chance to perform in the dining room of the White Oak Manor Retirement Community (located near Cotswold Mall in southeast Charlotte).  The residents were a great audience, and we were so proud of how well our students danced!  It was a nice afternoon of jazz and lyrical routines.

cotswold dance performance

For more information on how your child could become part of our Competition Company, please see our Dance Competition Page.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Hip-Hop Dance Lessons in Charlotte for Summer 2011

In addition to offering a 4 class Ballet/Tap/Jazz session for rising 1st – 6th graders this summer, we are also offering a 4 class Hip Hop Session.  In these classes, students will learn age appropriate Hip Hop choreography, similar to what you might see in a music video.  This summer dance course is a great way to brush up on your hip hop technique or for new students to come experience the fun upbeat dance style of hip hop!

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The class is held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for two weeks.  It is split up among ages: for rising 1st-3rd graders, the class is from 5:00-6:00 PM and for rising 4th-6th graders, the class is from 7:00-8:00 PM.  It is offered once in June and once in August, and the cost for the session is $65.  However if you sign up before April 1, 2011, the cost is just $50 so come see our Summer Dance Class Page for more information and to register ASAP!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Zumba Lessons In Charlotte

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Loved our first zumba session?  Missed our first zumba session and want to try it now?  Don’t worry, the newest zumba session at Dancers Unite is about to begin!  You can try out the popular high energy dance fitness craze soon!

The Charlotte zumba session runs on Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:00 AM from April 2, 2011 to May 7, 2011.  For those of you not familiar with our studio, we are located in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte, convenient to many neighborhoods in Charlotte such as Wesley Heights, Wilmore, Uptown, Chantilly, Plaza Midwood, and Elizabeth, to name a few.