How has The Dance Attic made an impact on your family?
“The Dance Attic has had a major impact on my family. We made the choice to attend The Dance Attic when my oldest daughter needed a program that was more challenging as she was outgrowing the beginner level of dance. She was in 5th grade then and her sister was 2 and a half years old. The two of them continued to take dance there for many years to come. My oldest (Ms. Hallie) quickly showed a desire to teach dance as a career and Ms. Wanda and the teachers took her under their wings and slowly gave her more responsibilities. She then acquired a degree in dance education and now is an educator in the public school system as well as company director at The Dance Attic. Ms. Hallie has been a part of The Dance Attic family now for 17 years. Her sister, Ms. Heather, has been a part of The Dance Attic family for 16 years I think. Over the years they both have learned to manage their time wisely to balance their school responsibilities with their dance commitments. Because of their love of dance and their studio, our entire family has supported the studio all along. We enjoy time spent with other dance parents setting up for dance parties, competition props, recital decorations and set up…the list goes on. Because of the love and support that my children received from The Dance Attic, we have invested our own lives in any way we could to help. This has provided us with lifelong friendships, love, support, and peace of mind knowing our children have been in a safe and loving place that they were accepted for who they are while they worked to develop their craft. The studio provided the ground work for our kids to discover their passion. With a studio that has roots here in our community for 33 years, you will not have to look far to find a family who has been positively touched by their experience at The Dance Attic.” – Angela Hoy
Why do you feel safe bringing your dancer to TDA, with the circumstances of today?
As a 2020 Graduating Senior, what does #tdastrong mean to you?
“I have been a part of the TDA family since 2011. I started as a teacher there for 8 years, but also started a family 4 years ago while still teaching. When I found out I was having a girl, I couldn’t wait to get her started in dance classes! Through getting married, having babies, and everything in between, Ms. Wanda and the entire TDA family have been there for me. Even though I no longer work there, it still feels like home when I walk in the door to take my daughter to class. I would highly recommend TDA to any dancer because you’ll feel welcome the minute you arrive. The staff worked hard to continue classes through Covid & create the safest possible space for dancers. I have always loved teaching dance, and I am so grateful that TDA gave me a home to do so for so many years. As a teacher, I worked hard to provide the best learning environment for my students there. As a parent, I continue to see this in the other teachers. TDA dancers are incredibly talented, disciplined, & kind. You won’t be disappointed!”
Why is being at The Dance Attic important to you as a rising senior?
The Dance Attic makes me feel like I have a family even through all of the chaos. Even through there a lot of things wrong right now, it’s nice to know that you have people who will support you and help you through everything no matter what. I know I will always have a home here.
Still being able to have dance in my life as a senior has come full circle. I started when I was 4 and now I’m 17 and I am still doing something that I love. I appreciate that feeling and am thankful to have made friends and a family during my time at The Dance Attic.