ABOUT DANCE CONNECTION
With 27 years of teaching
experience, Tanya Williams opened Dance Connection in the Fall of 2002. Dancing since the age of 3, she has studied and
taught many forms of dance to children and adults alike: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Danceline, and Ballroom dance. She
tap danced her way to the title of Miss Rochester 1990, and won the talent portion of the competition with her performance.
Dance Connection classes are fun yet educational. In a relaxed atmosphere, Tanya works on building a solid dance
foundation in a positive, upbeat manner. What child would want to commit to 9 months to an activity if it's not
fun? As the mother of three boys, Tanya is first a parent, second a teacher, when conducting class. She treats her dancers
in the manner she'd want another teacher to treat her sons. While learning proper technique, dancers will delight in
leaping over a vast array of colored feather boas, and practicing rhythm exercises using tambourines, maracas, pom poms, and
rhythm sticks. Occasionally, as a special treat, the children may play with a giant parachute at the end of class.
Dance Connection is a studio of recreational dancers; many of the dancers are enrolled in class only once a week affording
them time to participate in other activities as well. Even the once weekly dancers learn a great deal in class and demonstrate this
at the annual spring recital.
Dance is a performing art. Each spring, Dance Connection's recital performance
is held at John Marshall High School. After nine months of dance class dedication, this is truly a rewarding experience
for the dancers and parents alike. At the recital, Tanya takes great care to showcase every dancer in the class, regardless
of ability. For performance numbers with a front row and back row, the songs are extended and the dancers are taught
how to switch lines during the dance. This gives everyone the opportunity to be in the front line for half of the dance.
After all, when parents and grandparents come to the recital, they want to be able to see their special dancer on stage, not
hidden behind another performer.
At Dance Connection, the Combination Class is a
favorite of many. In this class, dancers between the ages of 4 and 10 years of age are taught ballet, tap and a little
jazz. This class performs two dances at the recital and the younger students (ages 7 and under) only need to purchase
one costume! Dance Connection is dedicated to keeping the cost of being in dance class to a minimum.
attendance is expected of each student. Proper attire is also expected and enforced. Leotards, shoes and tights,
according to the Dress Code for each class, must be met by the first lesson in October. (Blades to Ballet , located next to
the studio, has a class list of the required shoes for Dance Connection.)
Many classes have a waiting list.
At this time, Tanya is the only instructor. Thus, the dance class schedule is somewhat limited compared to other
studios with many teachers. You can count on Tanya being the enthusiastic instructor of your child's class.
Dance is a gift. It promotes and instills Dedication, Self-Esteem, Respect, Coordination, Concentration, and Physical
Endurance. Dance truly is a gift that lasts a lifetime.