Summer Dancer Update!

Posted By Shannon Holst / June, 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Remember the beautiful dancers from the ASA “Spring into Dance” photo contest? Here’s an update on the two winners who spent time in a private lesson with Shannon Holst, ASA Owner/Artistic Director, picked up some seriously wonderful dance swag from our boutique, and had a professional head shot session with Elizabeth from Pretty Mug Shots in St. Charles.

KAYLA

Kayla A Step Above Batavia Illinois

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Kayla’s favorite dance style: Tap

Kayla’s thoughts on her private lesson with Shannon: “I was very nervous but excited for my private lesson with Miss Shannon. The class helped me become stronger and better. I also enjoyed having a one-on-one with Miss Shannon and getting to know her better. The time helped me with my confidence.”

Shannon’s thoughts on Kayla as a performer: “Kayla is a hardworking and determined young dancer. She loves to try new classes and will jump into any new step with enthusiasm. Kayla has a bright future in dance and I look forward to watching her grow!”

LILY

A Step Above Batavia Spring Dance Winner Lily

Lily’s favorite dance style: Contemporary

Lily’s thoughts on her private lesson with Shannon: “Miss Shannon was amazing and challenging, and I loved the choreography.  In fact, I loved it so much that I’m hoping to work my dance schedule so I can take contemporary at A Step Above this fall!”

Shannon’s thoughts on Lily as a performer: “Lily is a naturally gifted dancer and performer. She exudes grace and strength in every step, can pick up choreography and corrections quickly, and tells a story with any given combination. Lily is a stunning dancer and will no doubt go far with her talents!”

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Dance into Spring 2016 Photo Contest

Posted By Shannon Holst / March, 15, 2016 / 0 comments

A Step Above Dance Batavia Spring into Dance Photo Contest

March 20th marks the First Day of Spring and we really want to rally the dance community here in Batavia and throughout all of Kane County! You don’t have to be an ASA student to enter, all you have to do is LOVE DANCE.

Here’s how you can win a customized gift basket containing: 1 leotard, 1 pair of tights, 1 ASA apparel item, 1 pair of shoes (your choice!), 1 free private lesson with Shannon Holst (owner and creative director of A Step Above Dance Academy), and 1 headshot session with photographer, Elizabeth Rago of Pretty Mug Shots. (Over $350 in gifts!)

STEP 1 – Starting Sunday, March 20, 2016 (the first day of Spring!) until Wednesday, March 23, 2016 snap a picture of yourself in your favorite dance pose or simply having fun dancing and post it to the ASA Facebook page.

STEP 2 – Use the hashtag #springdance2016 with your photo submission and make sure you tell us YOU LOVE DANCE!

One winner will be selected at random on Friday, March 25th and announced on the ASA Facebook page.

Contest terms and conditions: One entry per person, please. Contest begins at 12:00 AM on Sunday, March 20, 2016 and ends at midnight on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. No purchase necessary to win. The winner will be announced on the ASA Facebook page and notified by email and/or Facebook direct message within 7 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner. ASA will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or any other Social Network, therefore released from any liability.

 

The 8 Best Christmas Gifts for a Dancer

Posted By Shannon Holst / December, 17, 2015 / 0 comments

This holiday season is an exciting time for gift giving and receiving. There are so many ways to gift the dancer and further foster this love of the performing arts. Here are 8 of our favorite expressions of gratitude and love to present to the dancer in your life:

1) A new dance bag

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Let’s face it – dance gear smells! And no matter how often you clean out your bag or wash your tights, that funky odor never seems to get out of a dancer’s bag. A favorite for performers is a bag that has different compartments. Bags with lots of pockets give dancers a place to keep shoes separate from hair accessories and a small snack. (Bag found in the ASA Boutique)

2) A little relaxation

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This long holiday break is the perfect time for dancers to rest up and replenish their worn bodies. A massage would be the perfect gift for a serious dancer. In our constant mission to support local businesses, why not try a massage or body treatment (with Aveda products!) from our neighbors at Katrina’s Salon and Spa? A hand/foot massage or a deep tissue full body massage is sure to be appreciated and a pedicure would do wonders for sore and calloused feet… (Image credit, Aveda.com)

3) New dance gear

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Leotards, tights, spandex shorts, leg warmers, shoes…you name it! Dancers can wear out a pair of tights in no time, so why not fill up their dance drawer with some fresh gear? (PS – the ASA Boutique is stocked with new dance gear!)

4) Hair Accessories

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Wearing a bun every day can get boring for a female dancer. Think fun hair accessories like a new headband, bow, or flower. Let’s also remember that performers go through hair ties, bobby pins, and hair nets like there’s no tomorrow! A box of new hair accessories could be the perfect gift for your dancer OR try upcylcing an Altoids container to create a “Bun Box” like this one we found Pinterest.

5) Books/DVD’s

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You’d think hours upon hours of being in the studio would be enough for a dancer, right? Nope! Dancers LOVE watching their favorite ballet on DVD in front of a warm fire with some hot cocoa. For the dancer who enjoys reading, why not gift them a book about dance? Some of my favorites are Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland, Apollo’s Angels; A History of Ballet by Jennifer Homans, and The Ballet Book: Learning and Appreciating the Secrets of Dance by The American Ballet Theatre and Nancy Ellison. For young dancers in the making, why not an Angelina Ballerina book or the whole series of Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig? (Image credit, Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig website)

6) Dance Inspired Ornaments

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Some of my most cherished Christmas decorations are beautiful dance ornaments. You can find ballerina or pointe shoe ornaments almost anywhere Christmas decor is sold. Want to step it up a notch? Search online for a Swarovski crystal ballerina ornament. I can promise it’ll be front and center on your dancer’s Christmas tree for years to come. (Christmas ornament available at the ASA Boutique)

7) Private Lessons

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Teachers looooove working individually with students, and dancers can take away so much from a private lesson. Some one-on-one time where your dancer is receiving personal instruction could be just the burst of direction she needs to advance to the next level of performing, or to fine tune skills that have been weighing on her during practice.

8) Studio Apparel

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Dancers love to show off where they dance – and there is no better way to shout from the rooftops about your love for your studio than with new studio apparel! T-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, headbands, etc., you can’t go wrong with custom studio gear. (Image, youth t-shirt available at the ASA Boutique)

 

Live. Love. Dance.

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