Gym Star Dance Announces New Season and Winter Performance

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Gym Star Dance, a program of Gym Star Sports Center in Ferndale, WA, announces its first full season of ballet and hip hop programming highlighted by a winter performance of “Polar Express”.  Gym Star Dance classes for 2016-2017 include pre-ballet, ballet and hip hop for students ages 4 – 18 years old.  The first session of classes will culminate in a school wide performance of an original production of “Polar Express” at the Heiner Theater located on the Whatcom Community College campus December 10, 2016. Registration for classes is open now.  Classes begin Tuesday, September 6th! Contact Gym Star at 360-384-3861 or online at www.gymstarsports.com for more information.

“It has always been my dream…”

Hovanderbmann2014Gym Star Dance has been a lifelong dream for Carolyn Saletto who began her teaching career in the GymBus.  The GymBus transitioned into Gym Star Sports Center in 2005, and Gym Star Dance was added in 2016.  The dedicated dance studio includes a Marley dance floor, a wall of mirrors and ballet barres that are adjustable for even the smallest dancer.

“Gym Star Dance combines high quality dance instruction with the Gym Star Sports Center’s practice of supporting healthy, active children.  Our instructors have many years of experience in both training and performance and enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of dance with their students,” said Carolyn Saletto, Gym Star Sports Center owner.

Quality instruction and happy students!

Ballet Instructor Lee Van Wagnor Ballet instructors Lee Ann Wagoner and Laura McKinney are both classically trained with many performance credits between them. Lee began her studies in Nova Scotia, followed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Real Academia De Ballet in Mexico and the Halifax Ballet Theatre.  She moved to Vancouver to dance with Arts Umbrella Dance Company.  Lee recently relocated to Ferndale and has been teaching ballet with Gym Star Dance since its inception.  

Ballet Instructor Laura McKinneyLaura’s ballet career began in Columbia, South Carolina, with Columbia City Ballet and Ann Brodie’s Carolina Ballet.  She studied intensively at the North Carolina School of the Arts and Boston Ballet before career and life took her around the world. Laura moved to Blaine with her husband and children two years ago and is thrilled to expose new students to the beauty and challenge of ballet.

Hip hop dance instructor James KimGym Star Dance also includes classes in hip hop taught by Washington native James Kim, James began break dancing as a young boy inspired by movies such as “You Got Served” and “Honey”.  James joined a hip hop dance team in high school that went on to win the state dance competition in 2010 and 2011 and won the national dance competition in 2010 and 2012.  As a new addition to Gym Star Dance, James has just two rules: have fun and stay positive!

 

Classes begin Tuesday, September 6th! Contact Gym Star at 360-384-3861 or online at www.gymstarsports.com for more information.

Come Dance With Us!

Gym Star Dance Begins A New Year!

Gym Star Dance is beginning its first full season as part of Gym Star Sports Center and looking forward to a great year!  Gym Star Dance offers ballet-gymnastics combo, beginner ballet, intermediate ballet and hip hop classes.  We will finish our first session in December with a winter performance, “Polar Express”, at the Whatcom Community College theater. So sign up today, and Come Dance With Us!

Plies, tendus, and pirouettes – oh my!

Ballet classes at Gym Star Dance range from ballet-gymnastics combo for our youngest dancers (ages 4-6) to intermediate ballet for dancers with some ballet experience or older beginners (ages 10-16).  Our ballet instructors, Lee Van Wagnor and Laura McKinney, have many years of training and performance experience and will tailor the class based on the ages and skills of the students.  Our winter and end of year performances are a great opportunity to introduce the students to performance with choreography, costumes, music and of course an audience!

Hip Hop – for fun and great exercise!

James Kim brings a new, fresh approach to Hip Hop at Gym Star. Hip hop dance is made up of contemporary dance moves and combinations choreographed to pop music.  Hip hop teams are also popular in high schools as a form of competitive dance. It is a good workout that feels good!

Music is food for the soul

One of the most beneficial aspects of dance is the incorporation of movement to music.  Feeling the beat of the music – whether classical or contemporary – leads to better coordination.  Learning to count notes and measures of the music when learning choreography is great brain exercise.  And just the exposure to classical music through the study of ballet broadens music appreciation and introduces the concept of musical complexity. So whether you have the grace of a butterfly or two left feet, the exposure to and the appreciation of music is an added bonus to the study of dance.