Beginner Ballerina Profile: Kilee

IMG_0056Kilee started taking dance classes as a college student after in college to fill her schedule, but didn’t take ballet right away. Once she did, she fell in love with it.
When did you start doing ballet as an adult?
I started in January 2011. I was 24.

Did you ever take lessons as a kid?
I took 1 year of ballet and tap but didn’t like going.

Why did you decide to take ballet as an adult?
I needed extra hours in college to keep my status as a full-time student so I took a few dance classes. I didn’t take ballet at first because it didn’t fit my schedule. The following semester I did and I’ve loved it ever since.

Opus II Dance Studio

130 East Main Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805

http://www.opusdancestudio.com/

opusARB@zoominternet.net

419-289-3581

Classes offered: Ballet, pointe, Jazz, Modern, Tap

Description via website: “Opus II Dance Studio teaches dance as a performing art. Our curriculum is based upon a sound background in ballet technique, adding elective subjects for the purpose of expanding style and skill.”

 


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Houston Metropolitan Dance

2808 Caroline
Houston, TX 77004

http://www.houstonmetdance.org/

info@houstonmetdance.org

713.522.6375

Classes offered: Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Broadway, Theater, Yoga

Description via Website: “Founded in 1995, the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center is arts and educational organization. Located in Midtown, the center is committed to the development of dance using movement as a learning tool. Through our training center, Educational outreach program, scholarship program, and Professional Company, Houston Met strives to contribute to the vitality and diversity of Houston’s dance community in order to enhance the quality of life of individuals as well as make significant contributions to our greater society.”


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Reviews:

Metropolitan Dance company moved into its new studio space this month (June 2013) and although there is still some dust and a few kinks need to be worked out, this place shows promise of being a 10-star studio once everything gets settled.

Conveniently located in Houston’s Midtown, the new facility includes four spacious studios with excellent lighting and drop floors that are friendly to a variety of shoes. There are two ample waiting areas for hanging out before and after class, and the large restrooms even have shower facilities.

This is a big improvement over their previous location, which was unique and quirky, but outdated and not up to handling the volume of students, which increases with each passing year. Space in the children’s classes is highly coveted, and promising students have a pipeline into the Met Too Youth Company. Adult classes include a cohort-based intro classes for beginners, and drop-in classes in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and hip-hop. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive, with all ages, backgrounds and dance goals welcome.

Anyone who loves to dance can find their niche at the Houston Met!

8 out of 10

–Ann

Major Moment Studio/Philly Dance Fitness

1624 South Street,
Philadelphia, PA

http://www.majormomentstudio.com/ and http://phillydancefitness.com/

info@majormomentstudio.com

267.687.6886

Classes offered: Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Pointe, Zumba, Impact Jazz, Zumba, and more

Description via Website: “Work up a sweat through the art of dance with Philly Dance Fitness. We offer group classes, private lessons and parties throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. Check out our packed schedule and pricing options. No experience required. Ditch the workout – join our dance party!”


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Reviews:

Beverly is an awesome teacher if you are new to ballet. She’s encouraging and offers several classes for all levels of beginners, however, you will always feel welcome in her classes no matter what your level is. I highly recommend her for those who have never taken ballet.

10 out of 10.

–Kristen

Take the Lead

4701 Pine Street
​Philadelphia, PA 19143

http://www.studioattakethelead.com/

studioattaketheleadonpine@gmail.com

215 471 3215

Classes offered: Ballet, Ballroom, Belly Dance, HipHop, Indian Traditional, Modern, Salsa, Wedding


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Description via website: “The Studio at Take the Lead on Pine is a place where talent & creativity come together in all dance forms.​​ We believe that anyone can dance! With the proper tools, even those who have two left feet or are rhythmically challenged can learn to do it, and to do it well. We see dance as a growing and learning experience that continues throughout a person’s life. Whether you’re a novice or professional, there is always something new, fun, exciting, and rewarding to be found in the countless varieties of dance. We offer an array of classes for children, teens, and adults.”

Reviews:

Evelein is a fantastic teacher from the Netherlands whose original passion for ballet lead her to Martha Graham in NYC. Philadelphia and I are very lucky to have her as a teacher. She is enthusiastic, patient, and encourages good habits.

10 out of 10.

–Luli