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Dance Expressions Unlimited Apparel

We have a small Dance Expressions Unlimited Apparel store for you to purchase some clothing!  It’s been a long while in the making.  Ordering minimums of everything with a small dance school made selling clothing cost prohibitive.  However, now there are online stores in which you can purchase items directly – at your convenience and…

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Hawaiian Beach Bash Kid Zone FUN

Our Hawaiian Beach Bash Kid Zone was such a blast!  We love celebrating holidays and themes and coordinating interesting crafts and activities. Crafts We made tissue paper leis, turtle bookmarks out of origami, seashell crabs and boats, Heart of Tefiti stones, and graham cracker ocean scenes with goldfish!  Activities & Games There was Pass the…

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Not-so-Haunted Halloween Happenings

Every year we celebrate Halloween with our Not-so-Haunted Halloween week.  Why do we do this? – as a reward for such hard work in September and October!  What do we do? Curricula We use new curricula materials on Halloween week, including Progressive Ballet Technique, Easy Flexibility, and Academy for Dance materials.  Additionally, we delve more…

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November THANKS Bingo Game

In an effort to celebrate family, community, and the spirit of giving, we are having a November THANKS Bingo game.   I hope everyone will participate with these random acts of kindness because you never know the positive impact you can have on someone’s life! THANKS Bingo Guidelines The rules are simple!  Print out the image…

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Thankful – what are you thankful for? Write it Down!

Halloween comes and goes … and then it’s the season of giving.  But, in between is Thanksgiving – an often overlooked holiday as we scramble to prep for the holidays.  New Thankful Bulletin Board DEU has always given back to the community while it imparts the values of Progress, Camaraderie, Confidence, Character, and Family.  To…

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Performances and Opportunities Equal Inspiration

I love when my dancers seek outside opportunities to further their dance education and enhance their dance experience.  Sometimes they attend workshops, classes, or conventions.  Other times, they audition for and perform in area Nutcracker performances or other performing companies.  Some students participate in summer intensives to continue their training.  Many have performed in local…

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Successful September – onto October

What a great start we’ve had this season!  From our new Boys Club hip hop class to our Friend Week shenanigans … we’ve had a blast! It promises to be a great year! Boys Club We have a great group of friends in our Monday Boys Club class – kids who have known each other…

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Bring a Friend Week is Coming!!!! Sept. 25-30

Bring a Friend Week is coming!  Bring a Friend Week is coming! Sept. 25th-3oth is Bring a Friend Week Each year we have a Bring a Friend Week the last week of September.  This year is no exception.  However, we have some new ideas, games, and activities to share with your friends – not to…

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First Week of Classes at Dance Expressions Unlimited – Fall 2017

Our first week of class at Dance Expressions Unlimited was so exciting, fresh, and rejuvenating!  What a whirlwind it has been with a DEE rehearsal, all new schedule and classes, a DEE & Junior rehearsal, and even a Nutcracker audition. Redesigned Waiting Area We have refreshed the space and moved things around a bit in…

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Summer Fun Happenings with DEU Kids

The summer is always a great time to try new things, expand your horizons, and deepen your knowledge.  As usual, DEU dancers have had an enlightening summer season with new adventures, opportunities, and experiences. Where did they go? What did they do? Makayla Hite attended the Joffrey Ballet summer intensive in NYC for a week…

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Why Dance is Good For You – Individual Benefits of Dance

That darling twinkling little star that began dancing when she was 3 years old is now on her own in college …  blossoming into a productive, bright, generous, beautiful soul.  The individual benefits of dance have set the foundation for a successful college career. A great dance program has far more benefits than just learning…

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Why Dance?? What are the academic benefits of dance?

Dance has so many wonderful benefits for the mind, body, and soul. While the list can go on and on, here are my favorite academic benefits of dance. Academic Benefits of Dance Classes Math Dance incorporates counting, rhythm, and patterns in combinations. As dancers learn skills and then combinations, there is an innate rhythm in…

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First day of dance class at DEU!

We are so excited to welcome you to Dance Expressions Unlimited!  For our younger dancers, the first day of dance is a big deal, much like the first day of preschool.  We want to make it FABULOUS for you and your child! The Dance Bag To start, here’s a sneak peek at what should be…

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Congratulations to our 2017 Nominees and Winners!

Nominees & Winners I just want to offer a hearty congratulations to our 2017 candidates and winners!  While I don’t necessarily agree with awards and trophies, I do think recognition for exceptional achievement is warranted. Most Improved Candidates Taylore Pollard, Riley Tsechrintzis, Lila Leedberg, Alyssa Kennedy, Michael Dascomb, Vicky Geary, Mary Fascione, Kalyn Khachadourian, Elina…

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Fantastic Show! Dreams 2017

What a fantastic show this year!!!  Every year, our dancers get better and better.  Consequently, our shows get better, too!  I am so very proud of each and every single dancer – from the 5 year olds to the dancing dads!  Tears Beyond the dance execution, my dancers made my heart soar this year onstage. …

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Photos by Caitlin Geary – Costume Week 2017 at DEU!

Costume Week 2017 I know it’s a bit late … I’ve been prepping for our 21st anniversary show!  I wanted to do a quick blog post and shout out to Caitlin Geary, one of our dancers, for taking pictures during our Costume Week in early May! Photos Here is a sampling of my absolute favorite…

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You can help us have a great show!

Parents, you can help us fun a great show!  Parents! You can help things run smoothly! Consult the performance handbook one last time and be sure you understand everything. Use your family report that indicates specific tights and times for photo shoot as well as the order of the show. Mark the dates and times…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – my favorite week is quickly coming!  I LOVE to see my dancers light up the stage each performance.  I marvel at how far they have come from the fall, from last year, or from 15 years ago when they cried each week in the beginning!  This…

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Peek Behind the Curtain – Order of the Show

Let’s peek behind the curtain and how we decide the Order of the Show.  I’ve already discussed how I use vacations to do a bulk of planning for our show along with a couple of blog posts on the costume process and musical selections.  This entry will deal with putting the order of the show…

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Peek Behind the Curtain- Music

Choosing music for the annual performance and holiday concert ranks number 2, in my opinion, as one of the most time consuming jobs for a dance studio owner. Enjoy this Peek Behind the Curtain – Music, Part 3 of our series.  Who Chooses the Music? At DEU, each faculty member chooses their own music.  I…

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Peek Behind the Curtain – Costuming

Costuming Being a dance studio owner requires many hats … choreographer, educator, business manager, maintenance, computer technician, musician, accountant, designer, secretary, photographer, social media expert, and more … especially if you teach AND run the business.   Costuming, second to choreography and choosing songs, is one of the most time consuming tasks for a studio owner….

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Costume and Peek Week is Coming!!!

Costume Week, Peek Week Costume and Peek Week are the first week in May each year.  We always invite parents in to watch the last few minutes of class once we begin choreography, however, having the parents see the entire class when we debut our costumes makes everything more personal.  Costuming Parents helping dancers change…

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Peek Behind the Curtain – How Do Dance Studio Owners Get It All Done?

Peek Behind the Curtain Want a peek behind the curtain?  Do you ever wonder how it all gets done?  This year, I thought it would be neat to highlight some important tasks in the dance studio owner’s life. After the holiday season and every school vacation, families always ask if I had a great break. …

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Summer FUN 2017 at Dance Expressions Unltd

I can’t believe I’m finishing this post – the day before an expected 16-20 inches of snow is expected in March!!!! Summer FUN programs for 2017 have been announced!  We are exciting to offer some unique Kid Zone programs as well as our traditional dance programs along with a pointe class for our new pointe…

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DEU blasts the winter doldrums with Beach Week 2017!

Beach Week 2017 came and conquered … despite a snowstorm on Monday! We have successfully learned all of the necessary skills that will be incorporated into our choreography this year.  Thus, it was time to celebrate and switch gears before our vacation week and the start of our choreography season! History Dance Expressions Unlimited began…

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Love is in the air at Dance Expressions Unlimited

What our students love about Dance Expressions Unlimited We began a Valentine campaign at the studio Feb. 1st to see what dancers and their families love about DEU and to thank or recognize a fellow dancer.  I have been very impressed with the comments from everyone!  We had everything from general comments (“I love tap”)…

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Beach Week

Beach week is coming!!! Why Beach Week? We have been celebrating Beach Week for many years now.  This is our way of bringing some excitement to the doldrums of winter.  It’s also a great time to try new movement activities.  Lastly, this fun week of activities serves as a good transition from traditional technique classes…

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DEU Represents at Excel in Motion

DEU represented very well at Excel in Motion in January!  First, DEU earned the status of High Honors studio because 4 of our dancers were recognized by the faculty in various classes.  Second, Michael earned a full scholarship from Excel in Motion!  It was great to have Taylore Pollard, Clio Pappas, and Becka Smith joined…

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Santa’s Workshop at Dance Expressions Unlimited

It’s been a great holiday season!  Santa visited Dance Expressions Unlimited for our Holiday Concert and we hosted Santa’s Workshop, our 2nd Kid Zone of the dance season in December!   Santa’s Workshop and Kid Zone History Dance Expressions Unlimited began offering Kid Zone events over 18 years ago with the original Drop Off & Shop…

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Dance Expressions Unlimited Dancers in The Nutcracker

Dance Expressions Unlimited dancers are proud to have been a part of Gate City Ballet’s Nutcracker in December.  Preparation Dancers auditioned at an open-audition (dancers from other studios are welcome) for the production in September [many Nutcracker productions are studio shows that use only dancers from that particular dance school].  Chosen dancers rehearsed every Sunday…

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Happy Holidays Concert Presented by the Dance Expressions Ensemble

The Dance Expressions Ensemble presented its annual Happy Holidays Concert on Sat. Dec. 3rd.  This annual tradition has been a highlight for Dance Expressions Unlimited for over 17 years.  It was the first and still the only FREE non-Nutcracker holiday dance production in the area.    History The Dance Expressions Ensemble (DEE) began years ago…

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Project Santa 2016

Project Santa History Project Santa began a number of years ago as a way to help provide a Christmas for area families in need.  Local dance studios perform in a dance showcase complete with many fabulous raffles including TVs, iPads, iPods, Hatchanimals, hover boards, and more.  The Dance Expressions Ensemble has been performing at Project…

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Santa’s Workshop

Santa’s Workshop has been one of our favorite Kid Zone events in the 15+ years we’ve been doing them!  Kids stay and play with us while parents enjoy some time by themselves during this busy holiday season! Activities While we vary our projects and activities each year, our little elves will be making goodies, ornaments,…

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Spirit Week 2016 – Tourist Theme

History We began Spirit Week many years ago to reward the dancers for a great fall season. The fall is when the dance classes cover the most material.  Consequently, we offer new games, movement activities, and class ideas to change the pace and rhythm.  This allows the kids to have a fun, bonding experience while…

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Adrienne Hawkins returns to Dance Expressions Unlimited!

Adrienne Hawkins, Director of Impulse Dance Company and faculty member at Harvard, Stonehill, and Dean College (to name a few), returned to teach a master class at Dance Expressions Unlimited in November.  Having taught at DEU a couple of times in the past, it was wonderful to welcome her back again.  This next generation at…

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Season of Giving

With Thanksgiving next week, it’s time to reflect on what we should be thankful for as we celebrate the season of giving.  Personally, family tops the list of what I am thankful for, especially since I never thought I’d get married, let alone have children (who has time for dating when you teach every night…

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Vacation Dates, Revised Schedule for December, January holidays

Circumstances have changed since we confirmed the December schedule.  As such, here are some updates and reminders. Revision – December There are NO classes December 13, 14, 15 as originally scheduled.  Those were intended to be bonus days for Miss Lauren’s maternity break. There ARE classes Monday December 12th, Saturday December 17th, and Monday December…

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Happy Holidays Dance Concert 2016

History For over 17 years Dance Expressions Unlimited has produced a free Happy Holidays concert in December for 2 reasons: 1) to give back to the community, and 2) to provide our dancers with another performing opportunity without the expense of a year-end production.  Our concert, the first of its kind – and the original…

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June Recital Pictures by Zach Untracht

Zach Untracht, father of Amanda who is now studying dance in college, has GENEROUSLY taken photos of our studio events for years.  This year, he was able to arrange his schedule and take pictures again at dress rehearsal in June.  I have uploaded them on the Shutterfly Photo Journal and he has given permission for…

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DEU Dancers Exploring New Dance Opportunities

Additional Dance Programs DEU dancers have been exploring new dance opportunities this summer and fall.  Some are in rehearsals for school or local theatre productions, some are rehearsing for Nutcracker, and Audrey and Michael have taken some summer intensives, tap master classes, and a 2 day dance convention. Tap Classes Audrey and Michael have recently…

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Halloween FUN at Dance Expressions Unlimited

We have such a fun Halloween season at DEU!  From costumes to the Halloween Hop Kid Zone, to new engaging material for classes, we love Halloween!  There are a lot of photos on our Shutterfly Photo Journal. Activities Because the dancers work so hard in the fall, we always change things up on Halloween week. …

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Spirit Week!!! Tourists!

Spirit Week is coming – the week before Thanksgiving break!  This year’s theme is TOURIST!  Dancers are welcome to wear an outfit that resembles a tourist (from a country, destination, etc.).  Please be sure the dancers can move in their outfit! Tradition of Spirit Week Many years ago we began this annual tradition as a…

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Halloween Hop Kid Zone Fun

We had a fantastic day of Halloween and fall fun at our Halloween Hop Kid Zone!  The campers came in costume, played games, made some great crafts, and had a blast! Halloween Hop Fun for All Kids had a blast with Halloween twister, Halloween hopscotch, ring toss, relay races, a Halloween story, pipe cleaner pumpkins,…

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Mice, Soldier, Candy Cane, Party Girl, Sugar Plum Attendant and Fritz – Nutcracker Roles!

Nutcracker We are so proud of the dancers at DEU that have been busy seeking out additional performance opportunities in dance.  Each fall brings another Nutcracker season.  This year, DEU’s dedicated dancers have auditioned for and earned Nutcracker roles in Gate City Ballet’s Nutcracker production. Elina and Kyra Allen, Makayla Hite, and Audrey and Michael…

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Halloween Party – Sat. Oct. 29th

We will be having a fun Halloween party during the Saturday morning classes on October 29th.  Rather than running our full day of classes, we will be having a Halloween Party from 9:30-10:30am.  ALL classes are welcome to join the party with the Dance Expressions Ensemble.  We will plays games and learn a Halloween dance! …

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Halloween Hop!

Join us for our Halloween Hop Kid Zone event!  Friends, family, and the community is invited  Our Kid Zone events (formerly drop off & shop) have been a hit for over 15 years now!  Kids stay and play with us while parents enjoy some time to themselves! Halloween Hop activities include: art projects edibles science…

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Bring a Friend Week at DEU!

The last week of September is our Bring a Friend Week.  They don’t need dance experience – they join in our fun and we have a variety of partner games we incorporate into class.  Remember – September referral benefits are $20 per referral with no limit (referral is paid with final tuition payment of 2016-7…

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Are you ready for the first day of dance class?

Classes begin Sat. Sept. 10th and we are ready  – are you for that first day of dance class?  We have created some guidelines to ensure a smooth transition and easy acclimation to class – especially for new students and the younger set of dancers.  By following these guidelines, parents and children will be well-prepared…

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Classes Begin Sat. Sept. 10th

Have your registered for classes yet?  Classes begin Sat. Sept. 10th!  It’s not too late to register!  

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Summer Happenings at DEU!

We’ve been busy this summer with our holiday concert dancers, summer dancers, and a Pirates & Princess party!  We had some fun new Zumba classes and Pilates classes along with contemporary, hip hop, and tap classes.  Next up on the agenda – Boot Camp and Open House Dates! Invite your friends to our Open House…

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20th anniversary!

2016 is our 20th anniversary. Enjoy these videos with memories from this past year and the past 20 years! 2015-2016 1997-2016

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Spring Fling 2016

A video of our Spring Fling 2016!  

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Tour of DEU

Here’s a quick tour of Dance Expressions Unlimited …  

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DEU Student Recognition 2016

What a fabulous 20th anniversary performance!! Congratulations to our nominees, winners, guest artists, and Ashley celebrating her 20th year at DEU! Save

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Winter FUN at Dance Expressions Unlimited

As we transition into choreography mode at Dance Expressions Unlimited, we’ve been busy with our Beach Week and Candyland Kid Zone! Candyland   Beach Week

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DEU Performance Handbook is Online!

Performance Handbooks are now online! (Click the image below – password required – check your email) Please print & save as most questions are answered in the handbook! Handbook includes events with dates & times, costume information (tights & undergarments needed), important deadlines, photo shoot/dress rehearsal/show specifics, theatre information, drop off & pick up procedures,…

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Petite Dancers at DEU!

I’ve been working on some new things for the website since December … it takes me awhile to finish, but I’m getting there!!!!  Enjoy this movie of our petite dancers!  

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DEU – from students’ and parents’ perspectives

I’ve been working on this project for awhile now.  There are still a couple of things to tweak, but I can’t wait any longer! I asked my dancers and their parents – “What 3 words would you use to describe Dance Expressions Unlimited?”  I was thrilled with both how quickly everyone replied AND how their…

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Dance Teacher Prep Candidates Teaching … In Action

DEU began another installment of the 3 year Dance Teacher Prep Course (created by Audrey Dascomb RDE) in the summer of 2015.  Audrey, Michael, Makayla, Clio, Taylore, and Samantha have finished the first year.  This winter, Audrey, Michael, and Makayla have had the opportunity to put into action the principles learned thus far.  Here are…

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DEU Classes in Action

DEU dancers have been learning new styles, choreography, repertory, and combinations from recent dance conventions – taught by kids, danced by kids Michael working on Cyrus’ choreography   Class working on a tap combination   Class working on “Lemonade” hip hop combination   Class working on full version of “Lemonade”   Class working on Cyrus…

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Candyland at Dance Expressions Unlimited

DEU is more than just dance classes … our Kid Zones are another component of our “beyond the dance class” endeavors.  Candyland is our original Kid Zone workshop … and still a favorite.  

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Summer FUN 2016 at Dance Expressions Unlimited, Tyngsboro

We have something for everyone ages 2 and up this summer!  Imagination Station, Kid Zone workshops, Dance Session, and Boot Camp!  Join us!               Dance ….   Save

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DEU Dancers at Excel & Rebel Dance Conventions

Our dancers have recently attended a couple of dance conventions to further their training, learn new styles and techniques, and pursue their passions.                   At Excel in Motion …. Zoe was able to dance after a long injury; Caitlin, Audrey, Makayla, and Michael were recognized in class;…

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