Princess Mini Session

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Our five week mini session is perfect for any two year old who loves music, dancing, and fairy tales!  The first class will be held this Friday, February 10th from 9:00-9:45AM at Variations Dance Studio.

Please note that our Princess mini session class size is limited.  To reserve your placement, email us at Info@VariationsStudio.com.

For more information, please click here!

Weather Cancellation 2/7 for 3:30-5:30 Classes

Please note our 3:30-5:30 dance classes have been cancelled today due to inclement weather.  All 5:30PM and later classes will be held as usual.

If your dancer is involved in any of the classes that have been cancelled this afternoon, we will email you information regarding when the class will be rescheduled.

Thank you!

2017 Winter Workshop

 

2017 WINTER WORKSHOP

at VARIATIONS DANCE STUDIO

Get ahead by joining our 2017 Winter Workshop!  Warm those icy muscles back into gear with a mix of classes offered for three different student levels!

Click on the Workshop Schedule link to the right to learn more.  RSVP by emailing us at Info@VariationsStudio.com.

Happy 2017 & Happy Dancing!
-Variations Staff

JANUARY 2017
4th – 6th
Sign up today, this event will sell out!
Workshop Schedule

NEW! Tumbling & Acro Classes for 2016-2017!

We are thrilled to offer Tumbling and Acro classes for our 10th Anniversary Season!  We are kicking off our tumbling/acro class series with Summer Camps followed by a full class track available beginning Fall 2016.  Classes will be offered for all ages and levels!

For more information, feel free to contact us at 334.275.5013 or Info@VariationsStudio.com!

To view our promo video, click HERE!

 

Celebrating the premiere of Graceful Gift

61b198ee-3cbb-4420-8c86-2be4b42116b7We are celebrating our announcement of Graceful Gift, a children’s picture book journey of the stage experience written by Stacy Young and illustrated by Clint Herring. The book is set to be released in early Spring 2016; more details will be announced soon!

Variations is thrilled to be able to further spread the joy of dance to children and collaborate with the Graceful Gift project to further expand our community outreach efforts.

Variations Dance Studio is also honored to bring holiday cheer to Children’s Hospital of Alabama in Birmingham through our Capezio sponsored Graceful Gift event in November.  Nutcracker characters will perform and visit with the patients while they create keepsake crafts together!

6f12123f-61d1-4a98-827a-8338a7c4ea3bWe want to make our visit extra special…  Our goal is to donate 10 decorated wagons to help transport the younger patients throughout the hospital!  Join us in sharing holiday cheer to the precious patients at Children’s Hospital!  Donations will be accepted online and at the studio through November 20th.78e018cd-ca65-48b4-aff1-8585059b3ad3

Thank you for your continued support!

A Look Back featuring Variations Alum, Chloe Chaudhury

How has dance impacted your life?headshot_BW

Variations was definitely a huge part of my growth as a dancer.  Dance has now integrated itself into every facet of my life- being a dancer is not an identity that I “step into” when I’m in technique class and “step out of” when I leave. Dance has given me a heightened appreciation for all of the amazing things our human bodies are capable of, and thus made me even more excited about becoming a doctor one day. Dancing has brought me friends, strength, and pure joy!

What skills have you learned from dance that have helped you in college/life?28219_576388241499_1073712_n (1)

Dance has taught me to be committed and dedicated, and most importantly that putting in hard work will always pay off. I have also learned invaluable communication skills through dance, that is, with my teachers, professors, peers, and students. Throughout college, dance has kept me focused and scheduled- when you always have rehearsals, you have to become resourceful with your time! Finally, especially throughout the end of high school and college, dancing proved to me that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.

Favorite dance memory/role/performance:314409_2252460303828_594508499_n

This is tough. I have some great memories from hip hop class, like having a plank-holding contest against the boys! I also loved performing at the museum for the Chinese heritage celebration, when our skirts were tied together. Recently, I loved performing at the American College Dance Association conference in Tennessee with the AU Dance Ensemble: we did a piece called “Remembering” that was set on us by master choreographer Bill Evans. It was a sad piece, but I got really close with the women dancing with me and over all it was such a cool experience.

1966212_793996540623699_6493165306446951075_o (1)Biggest challenge that you have overcome while dancing?

I have overcome a couple of injuries, which have always posed a huge challenge. It is really hard to stop doing what you love for even two weeks to let your body rest and heal, but it is definitely necessary. In high school, I had a lot of knee issues from also running cross country, and last semester I hurt my back and had to take some time off to let myself heal. It’s tough, but worth it in the end.

 

What do you miss most about life at the studio?

Definitely getting to see and spend time with some amazing dancers and teachers basically every day! It was always great coming after school and catching up with the girls I didn’t get to see in school. I also miss the constant progress, learning choreography, preparing for a performance, doing a fun new project (like Choreography for a Cause to benefit Storybook Farm), etc.

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 Favorite dance style?

This is also so tough and has definitely evolved over the last four years. I would probably have to say hip hop. Although I also LOVE improvisation which goes across dance styles!

Words of wisdom to a younger dancer:

Keep going! You are beautiful and incredible and there is so much left for you to discover about your moment abilities and affinities. Don’t be afraid to try new movements or dance styles, because you may be surprised at what you find!
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Chloe Chaudhury is an Auburn University senior in the Honors College majoring in biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics with a minor in dance in the College of Liberal Arts.  She is current nominee for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.  Chloe hopes to study at the University of Oxford to further her studies towards becoming a pediatric oncologist.  She would like to incorporate dance psychotherapy into a cancer treatment regiment for her future patients.
 

The Winning Pointe featuring Variations Alum, Emily Yosten

Photo By Ashley KickliterHow has Dance impacted your life?

Dance has made me a more aware, hard-working, forgiving, humble, grateful, compassionate, confident, and patient person. It has made me a team-player and as a result, provided me with invaluable friends and mentors. It has given me an outlet to express my creativity and it has given me the dream of one day working with professional dancers.

What skills have you learned from participating in dance that have helped you in college?

Photo by Ashley KickliterOne thing I’ve learned from dance that’s helping me now in college is to stay on top of things. If I forgot to review choreography for an upcoming performance, I wasn’t able to accomplish as much during rehearsal. If I didn’t spend my time wisely and get homework done throughout the week, I might be forced to skip dance class.  I’m thankful I got this lesson early because college classes are no joke!

What do you miss most about studio life?

I miss Variations in so many ways, but I miss most the people I saw almost every day. Stacy, EJ, Tara, and other instructors poured into me by setting outstanding examples of how to lead well, by speaking encouragement and wisdom, and by giving me numerous opportunities to use my gifts. I enjoyed the camaraderie between the dancers in my age group, and I became close friends with a few that I know I’ll have in my life for a long time. We were all there for each other, and I loved being a part of that encouraging group. I also formed relationships with several younger dancers who I had the privilege of pouring into as well. I’m so looking forward to watching the young ones grow into beautiful people.

Another thing I’ve learned from dance is to fail gracefully when I do happen to fail. There were many moments in my time dancing that I did not meet my goals, but those moments taught me how to move past those setbacks and use them to improve. I haven’t “failed” anything major in college, but I have already made some mistakes, and I’m sure to make a few more. Because of dance I know how to have grace for myself and learn from those mistakes.

Photo by Stacy Young

What was your favorite role to perform?

My favorite role to perform was Odette from Swan Lake. It was my first time performing with a partner, and I feel like the role of Odette challenged me to perform with more artistry.

What was your biggest hurdle while dancing?

The biggest dance hurdle I accomplished was fighting with extremely painful big toes. For years they would become unbearable after an hour or so on pointe, no matter what kind of padding I had in my pointe shoes. The constant pain held me back from dancing freely and focusing more on improving my technique. This was especially frustrating when it came time for performances and I wanted to dance my best on stage.  My last year of dancing, right before Nutcracker, I finally found a way of padding my pointe shoes that eliminated the pain – and with makeup sponge wedges, imagine that.

Do you have any words of wisdom for a younger dancer?Photo by Stacy Young

To a younger dancer – don’t compare yourself to others and don’t expect to be perfect. Learn from your mistakes, learn from other’s strengths and weaknesses, and intentionally improve yourself. Don’t take your sphere of influence lightly. Act consistently with who the Lord is and what He desires, and thank Him through everything.  Remember that your story is beautiful.

 

Emily is a 2005 Variations graduate and is currently studying kinesiology / pre-physical therapy at UAB.  

Tutus & Tiaras Preballet 2015 Summer Camps

IMG_8876Join us for a magical week where 3-4yr. old students will learn classical terminology and utilize creative movement while having fun!  Our Tutus & Tiaras camp is perfect for young students who have a desire to dance!

Tutus & Tiaras Camp Dates:

Session 1:  June 8th-12th from 2:00-3:00PM
Session 2:  July 13th-17th from 2:00-3:00PM
Cost:  $60 per session

*Please note that our Preballet camps have a class size limit and reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis.

Click to download the Summer Camp Registration 2014 or contact us to reserve a spot for your budding ballerina:

Email:  Info@VariationsStudio.com

Phone:  334.275.5013

Office Hours:

Mondays-Thursdays from 12:30-7:00PM
Fridays from 12:30-5:30PM
 

We look forward to dancing with you soon!  Please let us know if you have any questions about our program!

TUTU RUN 2014

1150157_564176206964205_591314477_nThe Only Run Where a Tutu is a Must.

Don’t miss your chance to sparkle in your sneakers at our 3rd Annual Tutu Run and Tippy Toe Run on Friday, October 3rd!  This hilarious event is guaranteed fun for the WHOLE family!  We have to race levels:

The Tippy Toe Run (1 mile fun run for Toddlers-6yrs.)  Race Fee:  $18

The Tutu Run (A 2.2. mile run for 7+yrs.)  Race Fee:  $20

***Please note we rescheduled both events due to expected inclement weather on October 3rd.  The new date and event location are noted below:

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***Where:  Ogletree Village

Time: 

  • The Tippy Toe Run:  Runners meet at 4:30PM to pick up race packets and shirts;  Race begins at 5:00PM
  • The Tutu Run:  Runners meet at 5:30PM to pick up race packets and shirts;  Race begins at 6:00PM

Registration Info:  Race fee includes race packet and T-shirt.  You must register prior to September 20th to guarantee a race shirt.  Please note that ALL registration for this event will take place online; However, we will accept registrations prior to both events on October 5th, but cannot guarantee a T-shirt at that time.

Click HERE below to purchase your race ticket now!

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Race Swag:  All “family friendly” tutus, sparkles, tulle, and glam accessories are welcome and required to participate!  Best dressed tutu runners will receive special prizes throughout the event!

Spread the Cheer:  All race fees will help support the Variations company dancers in their upcoming Nutcracker performances. We appreciate your support!

Two-A-Days Summer Class Series

two a daysJoin us for a fun drop-in series designed for the int./adv. dance student.  Mix-up your style and maintain your technique with a variety of classes!

Our Second Week of Two-A-Day series will feature an hour of int./adv. ballet barre followed by an hour of ballet or contemporary ballet center.  Classes will be held on Tuesday, June 24th from 6:00-8:00PM and Wednesday, June 25th from 9:00-11:00AM.

You will not want to miss this!  Contact us at 334.275.5013 or by emailing Info@VariationsStudio.com to reserve your spot!

Two-A-Day Class Fees are as follows:

$15-” The Sassy Solo” (1 Class Hour)

$20-“The Daring Duet” (2 Class Hours)

$30- “Quadruple Pirouette” Pass for 2 Consecutive Class Days (4 Class Hours)

$100- “The Prima Pass” (12 Class Hours at flexible use)

 Our Two-A-Day Class Schedule will be posted weekly on our blog and our Variations Dance Studio Facebook Page!  Stay tuned!