ASA Dance Classes In Batavia Move To New Location

Posted By Shannon Holst / February, 17, 2017 / 0 comments

Get Ready For Even More Dance Classes In Batavia – We’re Moving!

 

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We are so excited to share that A Step Above Dance Academy is moving! Our new location is still in Batavia, right in the heart of downtown. On March 1, 2017 we will open our doors at 129 Flinn Street. In the meantime, we’ll still be offering dance classes in Batavia at our current location.

Custom Designed For Dancing

One of the things we are most excited about in our new location is the level of customization that has gone into renovating the space. We have been able to renovate the existing building into 4 custom-built studios that are perfect for dancing. We’ll have sprung and Marley floors, mirrored walls, dance mats, barres, a bigger dressing room, and all the other accessories that dancers need to practice and perform.

The sprung and Marley floors are beautiful and really create a professional feel in the studios – your little dancer can close her eyes and imagine she is dancing with the stars!

The floors are also shock absorbent, which reduces impact on the joints and decreases fatigue; making it possible to dance longer with less strain on the body. They are impact and slip-resistant and versatile, perfect for everything from ballet to tap. We are eager to get in there and try out the flooring ourselves!

Parent Comfort Was A Top Concern

You asked and we listened! One of our biggest concerns was making sure we had a great space for parents to wait while their kids were dancing. We are happy to report that the new studio has a comfortable parent seating area and on-site parking, making it easier to get in and out of the studio and more comfortable to wait for your little one’s class to be over.

Expect More ASA Dance Classes In Batavia

At 6,200 square feet, A Step Above will be the largest dance studio in Batavia and we plan to make best use of the space by offering more dance classes in Batavia! We will continue to offer classes from preschool to adult in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Yoga, but we’ll do so much more too!

The new studio will allow us to offer more classes at more times, provide more one-on-one and small group attention, and maybe even branch out into new things. We will continue to provide a well-rounded, high-quality dance education for our dancers and encourage a joy of dance!

More Dancing, Thanks To You!

We are so grateful to our dance families for making A Step Above Dance Academy a success! We couldn’t have done it without you!

We will keep you posted about the move but for now, we are planning for a March 1 Grand Opening at the new location on Flinn Street.

Contact A Step Above Dance Academy at 630-326-9600 or visit our Classes page to learn more about our dance classes in Batavia! Check back frequently to see if we have added classes!

ASA Alumni Diary: Who can think about next year?

Posted By Shannon Holst / January, 19, 2017 / 0 comments

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Today consisted of all of my teachers lecturing which made it difficult focus. My University 101 Class was a big lecture about advisement and scheduling classes for next semester which I haven’t even thought about yet. So that is another thing to add on to my long to-do list.

I also attempted to revise my paper for English after I was done with classes for the day. The final draft is due on Friday, but I had a conference with my teacher and she wrote comments on my rough draft. However, now I can’t find my rough draft, even though I remember putting it in my folder. I searched everywhere and still can’t find it. I remember most of the comments, but it would have been nice to have the rough draft since this paper is 15% of my grade. So that is stressing me out… 

Later I worked on some more homework and choreographed in my dorm.

Until tomorrow,

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Announcing the 2016-2017 ASA Company

Posted By Shannon Holst / August, 30, 2016 / 0 comments
The ASA Dance Company competes at 5 regional competitions and one national competition, showcasing their amazing talents on the stage throughout the year. In addition to the team’s hard work and dedication to the visual arts, the ASA Company participates in special community performances. Visit our Facebook page for a complete album of these beautiful dancers.

Congratulations, girls!

We are excited to see what this year brings for ASA Company!

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ASA Company wins at Talent on Parade at The Paramount Theatre

Posted By Shannon Holst / May, 3, 2016 / 0 comments

What an exciting weekend for A Step Above Dance Academy Company at the Talent On Parade showcase in Aurora, Illinois! I could not be more proud of the stunning performances that ASA Company brought to competition this weekend! Your passion and determination is inspiring and I cannot wait to see how far each and every one of you will go with your dancing. Keep leaving your heart on that stage girls – you are truly amazing! – Miss Shannon

2016 Regional Competition Results

“Secrets” Ella Miller – Diamond Award, 2nd Overall, 5th Runner Up TOP Entertainer

“Fighter” Alexi Corsini – Diamon Award, 4th Overall

“Wherever He Ain’t” Piper Clark – Diamond Award, 1st Overall, Top Star Invitation

“Material Girl” Mia Spanier – Diamond Award, 2nd Overall, Category Cup Winner, Top

“Wings” Shaelin Dunn – Diamond Award, 3rd Overall

“Fight Song” Alexis Schueller – Double Diamond Award, “Nailed It” Judges Choice

award, PrePro Scholarship Winner, Top Star Invitation, Category Cup Winner, 1st

“Photograph” Isabella Villalon – Diamond Award, 5th Overall

“Who You Are” Zoe Wegerich – Diamond Award, 6th Overall

“Stitches” MacKenzie Matysik – Diamond Award, 2nd Overall, Top Star Invite

“Waiting Game” Chloe McCoy – Elite ward, 2nd Overall, Top Star Invitation

“9 Crimes” Lilliana Andujar – Elite Award, 5th Overall

“Dream” MacKenzie O’Dwyer – Elite Award, 4th Overall

“Holding Out For A Hero” Zoe Wegerich & Ava Misner – Diamond Award, 8th Overall

“Cheerleader” Mia Spanier & Emma Markstrom – Diamond Award, 1st Overall,

“Future NFL Cheerleaders” Judges Choice award

“Too Much” Alexis Schueller & Anya Corsini – Double Diamond Award, 2nd Overall

“Glam” Alexi Corsini & Ella Miller – Diamond Award, 1st Overall

“Who’s Laughin’ Now” – Diamond Award, 8th Overall

“Little Red Wagon” – Diamond Award, 2nd Overall

“Tears of an Angel” – Double Diamond Award, 1st Overall, Category Cup Winner,

“Beauty & Grace” Judges Choice award

“Teen Beach” – Double Diamond Award, 1st Overall

“Not Goodbye” – Diamond Award, 1st Overall

“Bringing Back Biebs” – Diamond Award, 2nd Overall

“Backstreet Boys” – Elite Award, 10th Overall

“Masterpiece” – Diamond Award

“Suitcase” – Diamond Award, 5th Overall

“Saved By The Bell” – Elite Award, 5th Overall

A Step Above Dance Company Batavia at the Paramount Theater in Aurora

ASA wins at Rainbow National Dance Competition 2016 Regionals

Posted By Shannon Holst / April, 12, 2016 / 0 comments

What a weekend for ASA Company at the Rainbow National Dance Competition at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan. A Step Above had 17 Top 10 Placements and 12 Top 5 Placements out of 26 total dances. We continue to be in awe of these girls who show up to our Batavia studio everyday to rehearse. Their passion for dance sings each time they step on stage! Proud moments!!

“Fight Song” Alexis Schueller – Double Platinum, 3rd Place Overall Rising Starz Division, New York City All-Star Invitation

“Glam” Alexi Corsini & Ella Miller –Platinum, 1st Place Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Material Girl” Mia Spanier – Platinum, 1st Place Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Wings” Shaelin Dunn – Double Platinum, 7th Place Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Who You Are” Zoe Wegerich – Double Platinum, 1st Place Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Photograph” Isabella Villalon – Double Platinum, 8th Place Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Cheerleader” Mia Spanier & Emma Markstrom – Platinum, Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Holding Out For A Hero” Zoe Wegerich & Ava Misner – Platinum, 3rd Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division, New York City All-Star Invitation

“Too Much” Alexis Schueller & Anya Corsini – Double Platinum, 2nd Overall Rising Starz Division

“Tears of an Angel” Junior Small Group – Double Platinum, 4th Overall Rising Starz Division

“Masterpiece” Teen/Senior Small Group – Platinum, 5th Overall Rising Starz Division

“Bringin’ Back Biebs” Junior/Teen Small Group – Platinum, Rising Starz Division

“Saved By The Bell” Teen/Senior Small Group – Platinum, Rising Starz Division

“Suitcase” Teen/Senior Small Group – Double Platinum, 3rd Overall Rising Starz Division, “Straight From The Heart” Judges Choice Award

“Backstreet Boys” Junior/Teen Small Group – High Gold, Rising Starz Division

“Not Goodbye” Large Group – High Gold, Rising Starz Division “Beautiful Interpretation” Judges Choice Award

“Wherever He Ain’t” Piper Clark – Platinum, Rising Starz Division, Dancer of the Year Finalist

“9 Crimes” Lilliana Andujar – High Gold, Rising Starz Division

“Dream” MacKenzie O’Dwyer – Platinum, 10th Overall Rising Starz Division

“Waiting Game” Chloe McCoy – High Gold, Rising Starz Division

“Little Red Wagon” Mini Small Group – Double Platinum, 3rd Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division, “Sassy Babes” Judges Choice Award

“Who’s Laughin’ Now” Mini/Junior Small Group – High Gold Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Teen Beach” Mini/Junior Small Group – Double Platinum, 3rd Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Stitches” MacKenzie Matysik – Platinum, 9th Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Fighter” Alexi Corsini – Platinum, 7th Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

“Secrest” Ella Miller – Double Platinum, 1st Overall Starz of Tomorrow Division

A Step Above Batavia wins at Rainbow National Dance Competition – Regionals 2016 Genesee Theater, Waukegan IL

More about A Step Above Dance Academy:

A Step Above Dance Academy offers dance classes for all ages and levels!  Pre-school dance to Advanced classes in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Yoga.  At A Step Above Dance Academy, we strive to give a well-rounded, high-quality dance education, while also instilling self-confidence, creativity, respect, and an admiration for the arts in all students. Each student will feel special and talented every time they step into a class. Our professional faculty encourages their students to use dance and artistic expression to live a rich and enduring life.

A Step Above Company wins at Applause Talent Competition

Posted By Shannon Holst / March, 16, 2016 / 0 comments

Success continued over the weekend for A Step Above Company dancers at the Applause Talent Competition. Hosted by the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin, the ASA Company team exhibited poise, excellence, and above all, stamina during this exciting weekend of competitive dance.

CONGRATULATIONS, GIRLS!

Shaelin Dunn “Wings” solo- Platinum and 8th overall

Zoe Wegerich “Who You Are” solo- Double Platinum and 6th overall

Isabella Villalon “Photograph” solo- Double Platinum and 1st overall

Alexis Schueller “Fight Song” solo- Double Platinum, 1st overall, and “Terrific Technique” Judge’s Choice Award

Mackenzie Matysik “Stitches” solo- Platinum

Alexi Corsini “Fighter” solo- Platinum and 5th overall

Ella Miller “Secrets” solo- Double Platinum and 1st overall

Piper Clark “Wherever He Ain’t” solo- Platinum and 8th overall

Mackenzie O’Dwyer “Dream” solo- Platinum

Lilliana Andujar “9 Crimes” solo- Platinum

Chloe McCoy “Waiting Game” solo- Platinum

“Masterpiece”- High Gold

“Saved By the Bell”- High Gold

“Backstreet Boys”- High Gold

“Suitcase”- Platinum and 4th Overall

Ella Miller and Alexi Corsini “Glam” Duet- Platinum and 2nd Overall

Mia Spanier “Material Girl” solo- Platinum, 3rd overall, and Petite Miss Applause Winner

Mia Spanier and Emma Markstrom “Cheerleader” duet- Platinum and 2nd overall

“Little Red Wagon”- Platinum and 1st overall

“Who’s Laughing”- Platinum

“Teen Beach”- Platinum and 8th overall

“Bringing Back Biebs”- Platinum

“Tears Of An Angel” – Double Platinum, 1st Overall, and “Spirit & Passion” Judge’s Choice Award

“Not Goodbye”- Platinum and 2nd overall

A Step Above Dance Academy Company Dancers in Batavia

 

A Step Above Academy Company Dancers win at Kids Artistic Review 2016

Posted By Shannon Holst / March, 5, 2016 / 0 comments

We are SO PROUD of the ASA Company and applaud their hard work and positive efforts during their first competition of the year at the Kids Artistic Review in Elgin.

CONGRATULATIONS, GIRLS!

Mia Spanier “Material Girl” solo – Elite Top 1st, 3rd Overall, and 2nd Runner Up for Miss Petite KAR
Mia Spanier & Emma Markstrom “Cheerleader” duet – Elite Top 1st and 2nd Overall
Zoe Wegerich & Ava Misner “Holding Out for a Hero” duet – Elite Top 1st and 2nd Overall
Alexis Schueller & Anya Corsini “Too Much” duet – Top 1st
Alexi Corsini & Ella Miller “Glam” duet – Elite Top 1st, 3rd Overall
Lilliana Andujar “9 Crimes” solo – Top 1st
MacKenzie O’Dwyer “Dream” solo – Top 1st
Chloe McCoy “Waiting Game” solo – 1st
Alexis Schueller “Fight Song” solo – Elite Top 1st, 1st Overall
Piper Clark “Wherever He Ain’t” solo – Top 1st
“Backstreet Boys” – 1st
“Saved By The Bell” – Top 1st & “Heading To Hollywood” Judges Choice Award
“Masterpiece” – 1st
“Suitcase” – Top 1st
Shaelin Dunn “Wings” solo – Elite Top 1st, 5th Overall
Isabella Villalon “Photograph” solo – Elite Top 1st, 1st Overall
Zoe Wegerich “Who You Are” solo – Top 1st
MacKenzie Matysik “Stitches” solo – Top 1st, 6th Overall
Ella Miller “Secrets” solo – Top 1st, 5th Overall
Alexi Corsini “Fighter” solo – 1st
“Tears of an Angel” – Elite Top 1st, 2nd Overall
“Little Red Wagon” – Top 1st, 10th Overall
“Who’s Laughing Now” – Elite Top 1st, 8th Overall
“Bringin’ Back Biebs” – Top 1st
“Teen Beach” – Elite Top 1st, 4th Overall, “Most Entertaining” Judges Choice Award, and “Video of the Week” winner
“Not Goodbye” – Top 1st, 7th Overall, “Beautiful Interpretation” Judges Choice Award

February Student of the Month: Alexis Schueller

Posted By Shannon Holst / February, 23, 2016 / 0 comments

Alexis

Alexis shows dedication and commitment in every class she takes at A Step Above. Not only does she strive for perfection in class and rehearsal, but works diligently at home to constantly improve. She is respectful to her teachers, a role model for her peers, and is a pleasure to teach day in and day out. Her positive attitude and never wavering smile brings so much happiness to ASA.

Congratulations, Alexis!


Each month the ASA faculty selects one student who stands out both on and off the dance floor. This individual will exude all that ASA embodies:

– a well-rounded young lady/gentleman 
– an individual who displays kindness to others
– an enthusiastic character
– respect for faculty and fellow classmates
– creativity in dance
– an admiration for the arts

November Student of the Month: MacKenzie Matysik

Posted By Shannon Holst / November, 18, 2015 / 0 comments

MacKenzie

 

A great example of a dancer who is committed and consistently shows signs of improvement, MacKenzie Matysik is the November student of the month at ASA. MacKenzie’s teachers say she has been dedicated ever since she has stepped onto the dance floor and always comes to class with a great attitude.

CONGRATULATIONS, MACKENZIE!


Each month the ASA faculty selects one student who stands out both on and off the dance floor. This individual will exude all that ASA embodies:

– a well-rounded young lady/gentleman 
– an individual who displays kindness to others
– an enthusiastic character
– respect for faculty and fellow classmates
– creativity in dance
– an admiration for the arts

The dos and dont’s of performance makeup

Posted By Shannon Holst / October, 1, 2015 / 0 comments

One of the most popular questions a dancer receives is “Why do you have to wear so much makeup on stage?” My response is always twofold.

Sometimes a particular style of makeup is part of the costume. If you are performing a ballet piece where you are a doll, red circles on the apples of your cheeks makes you look like a doll. Makeup is just as important as the material costume you are wearing.

The second point is enhancing the natural beauty of the dancer on stage. When lights are pouring down on a performer, the skin is washed out and the features muddy. With makeup, the audience (or judges, if you are part of a competition) can clearly see expression, which is just as important than the dance itself.

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Of course there are dos and don’ts when it comes to application and removal of performance makeup so as I reminisce about the faux pas of my own personal makeup experiences, I am proud to say that while we require all competitive dancers to wear makeup, we strive to be age appropriate and stay true to using makeup as a way to further enhance the performance…

DON’T glue loose glitter to your face or head. Not only is it not necessary, glitter can get stuck in your eyes and under contact lenses causing corneal abrasions and could lead to infection. Never super glue rhinestones to your scalp! I speak from experience…

DO explore creative options. Stage makeup has transformed over the years and while bright blue eye shadow used to be popular, it’s not the best complimentary choice for enhancing the dancers features. Remember to play the part just as an actor or an actress would on the stage. Watch tutorials from the pros and practice before the big day.

DO apply blush – liberally. Remember those stage lights I talked about earlier? They are harsh and wash out your features. Adding a highlighting shadow (which is an shimmery sheer powder) to the top of the cheek bones, corner of the eyes and under the brows magnifies features.

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DO use faux lashes to compliment your eyes. If you don’t like the idea of sticking something that close to your eye, 3D fiber mascara is the perfect alternative.

DO wear concealer. Green concealer evens out skin tone and corrects redness in the complexion, especially for teens.

DON’T go neutral on the lips! Always apply color. We opt for red on our company dancers.

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DON’T rip your faux lashes off after a performance because your real lashes will be removed right along with them. A cotton ball and makeup remover held on your lashes for a few moments will help those lashes come off easily and without damaging your own skin.

DO care for your skin. Remove all makeup after a performance and even though you are tired, resist the urge of sleeping in your now smudged mascara. Gentle soap, a little elbow grease, and a soothing moisturizer will ensure your skin has time to rest and replenish after a long day of performing.

 

What kind of makeup tips can you offer?

 

Live. Love. Dance.

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Image Credit: First Photo by Gwyneth Muller. Taylor Swift – on BuzzFeed,

 

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