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AV Dance Studio ’81 @ Lancaster Poppy Festival

The 20th Anniversary Poppy Festival was held at Lancaster City Park April 16th & 17th and we had our dancers attend.  Here is a video of our competition team showing off some of their moves.  Our kids company performed “Dig A Little Deeper” and our Jr. & Sr. Company performed “Run Forest Run.” The girls have a great time performing locally; they really get excited when the community can come out and see what they’ve been working on.

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May 14, 2011 Posted by | av best dance studio, Av Dance, children’s dance, Lancaster dance, lancaster dance studio | , , , , | Leave a comment

AV Dance Studio ’81 Company Team

It’s a new year of competitions and we have had a great start.  This year we have grown into aCompany Team of 15 dancers.

Kids Company 7 dancers: Peyton Brockbank, Jasmine Chamberlin, Danielle DeGuzman, Cambree Gage, Abigail Keiser, Shylah Metter and Alaya Mitchell

Junior Company 4 dancers: Eyden Graham, Makenzie Kern, Winona Thomas and Sophia Wilson

Senior Company 4 dancers: Madyson Graham, Camille Loria, Erin Silva and Alicia Springer

The Company team went to their first competition April 10th in Long Beach and they attended Dancers, Inc.  It was our first  time attending Dancers, Inc. and we loved it.  It was a nice small competition, which was great cause it was some of the girls first competition, everyone was so nice and supportive of the new competitors.

It was a great way to start out our competition season.  The girls placed in every dance with Golds and some even won 1st overall in their age category and dance category.  Our large group dance titled “The Color of Ribbons” even won a special judges award titled “Precious Moments.”

Here are some of the thoughts from the girls on attending their first competition.

“I thought the competition was overall good, even thought I was under the weather and couldn’t perform to my best abilities. “  Alicia Springer 15 yrs old 3rd year on Company

“I was excited to dance the stage.  I was not nervous at all.  I’m ready for more.”  Abigail Keiser 6 yrs old 1st year on Company

This weekend May 13-15 we will have our second competition at Star Power.  The girls are I are excited, wish us luck.

If interested in more information about Company and or dance classes you can contact us at 661.942.4953 http://avdancestudio81.com

May 14, 2011 Posted by | Av Dance, children's dance, Lancaster dance, lancaster dance studio | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lancaster/ Palmdale Dance Studio Instructors – Sonja Beck

Sonja Beck Instructor


Sonja was born on July 4, 1961 in Torrance, CA.


Sonja started ballet training at age 8 at The Dance Workshop in Lancaster.  In high school Sonja enrolled at Caravan Dance Studio taking jazz and ballet.  That studio went on to become AV Dance Studio ’81 where Sonja continued classes.  Sonja attended AV High School and dance classes were a part of her physical education department.  Sonja was a founding member of the AVHS Dance Team and also attended dance camps throughout high school. Sonja taught dance and drill camps for the United Spirit Association for 4 years, served as director for the AVHS Dance Team for 2 years and went on to become a dance team adjudicator for over 25 years. Sonja has also dabbled in tap and ballroom dance over the years. Her dance education continues with every class she takes, dance show she watches and students she teaches.


Sonja has been an instructor at Studio ’81 for over 20 years.  She has taught ballet, jazz, sacred, lyrical and yoga. Her passion has been lyrical as it allows her an outlet for creative choreography.
Sonja has been married to my loving husband Bret for 30 years.  They have 2 grown and married sons. Her and Bret were blessed with their first granddaughter this year and are expecting a grandson in 2011.  These are her proudest accomplishments.

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About AV Dance Studio 81 –  It is our mission not only to give you an understanding of dance techinique, but also to give you gifts that will last a lifetime: good posture, grace, self-esteem, and body awareness.  http://avdancestudio81.com/ 661.942.4953 AV Dance Studio 81‘ Join the Dance Craze!

 

 

March 30, 2011 Posted by | av best dance studio, children's dance, Lancaster dance, lancaster dance studio, palmdale dance studio | , , , , | Leave a comment

Barbara Coates Instructor @ AV’s Best Dance Studio

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Barbara Coates
Instructor
Barbara, who celebrates her birthday on November 15th, began her dance studies at the age of six in a town called Little Silver, New Jersey. Barbara shares her memories:
“My teacher wore a stiff tutu and carried a long pointer.  There                                                   was a gallery where the parents sat to watch the class. If you didn’t point your toes, the teacher would zap you on your foot with her                                    pointer!  It didn’t take too many of those “zaps” to remember to point                  your toes.  How times have changed!”
Barbara has always loved to dance, but admits she is not much of a sports person.  She recalls that while playing dodge ball, she was usually not hit by the ball, but instead would run into it!  So, after her two sons grew past their years of sports, Barbara enrolled in dance class for exercise…and the rest is history!
In addition to dance, Barbara also has a passion for Theatre.  She works mainly with Cedar Street Theatre, as both a director and actress. Barbara recently won a Shining Star award for her directing skills in the play “Doubt”. Barbara enjoys watching and performing musicals, and loves to go to the theatre.
Barbara’s other interests include gardening, decorating and shopping. Barbara claims to be a world class shopper and can have fun in any store; grocery, hardware, clothing…you name it!

Video With Barbara at the Opening of AV Dance Studio 81


About AV Dance Studio 81 –  It is our mission not only to give you an understanding of dance techinique, but also to give you gifts that will last a lifetime: good posture, grace, self-esteem, and body awareness.  http://avdancestudio81.com/ 661.942.4953 AV Dance Studio 81‘ Join the Dance Craze!

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March 2, 2011 Posted by | av best dance studio, Av Dance, children's dance, Lancaster dance | , , , , | Leave a comment

Lancaster Best Dance Studio Darla Coddington Instructor

Darla Coddington
Instructor

Darla, who celebrates her birthday on February 17th, started dancing at the age of 6. Her first dance teacher was Vicki Senseman , who taught for the City of Lancaster.
At the age of 10,  Darla enrolled at Caravan School of Dance (which was to become A.V. Dance Studio ’81).   In High School, she and her good friend Tina Landon, were on the A.V. Dancer’s dance team from1979-1981. Both girls continued to dance together at Antelope Valley College from 1981- 1983.
Darla traded in her dancing to become an aerobics instructor. She returned to the studio in 1995 to enroll her young daughter, Brooke.  Darla began taking dance again herself and within a few years began teaching Jazz and Lyrical at A.V. Dance studio ’81.
Darla has been married to Rex Coddington since 1987.  They have 2 children, Brooke and Nolan.
Outside of the dance studio, Darla is a deputy Probation Officer with Los Angeles County, where s he has worked for twenty years.

About AV Dance Studio 81 –  It is our mission not only to give you an understanding of dance techinique, but also to give you gifts that will last a lifetime: good posture, grace, self-esteem, and body awareness.  http://avdancestudio81.com/ 661.942.4953 AV Dance Studio 81‘ Join the Dance Craze!

 

February 22, 2011 Posted by | av best dance studio, Av Dance, children’s dance, dance classes, Lancaster dance | , , , , | Leave a comment

Holly Pardue Instructor


Holly Pardue
Instructor

Holly was born on July 17, in Tokyo Japan.

Holly’s dance experience first started at Caravan School of Dance in 1975-1981 with Joyce Pearson.  In 1981-1985 was at AV Dance Studio ’81 with Lidia Landon Michael and Cindy Lund.  Moved over to Dance Magic in 1985-1990 with her mother Bonnie Pardue and was taught by John Gaylord and J.I. Williams.  Her training has continued with the following: AVC 1987-1990 Kathy Bingham, Dupree Michael Rooney, Tremaine Doug Caldwell & Jackie Sleight, Debbie Reynold’s Studio Alex Magro & Thommie Retter.

Holly’s history with AV Dance Studio ’81 started at age 6 with classes taught by Lidia Landon Michael, her first teacher.  She studied with Lidia for many years and received great training.  When she was 13 or 14 she started to assist Lidia’s classes and also Barbara Coates’ classes.  Now, 25 years later Holly has come full circle and she’s back at AV Dance Studio ’81.  She’s even an assistant for Lidia and Barbara again.

Holly has a wonderful 7 year old daughter named Zoe Simone.  Zoe also dances at Studio ’81. Both Holly and Zoe would like to express just how thankful and happy they are to be dancing at Studio ’81. Holly says, “Thanks for welcoming us and for giving us a new dance home!”

About AV Dance Studio 81 –  It is our mission not only to give you an understanding of dance techinique, but also to give you gifts that will last a lifetime: good posture, grace, self-esteem, and body awareness.  http://avdancestudio81.com/ 661.942.4953 AV Dance Studio 81‘ Join the Dance Craze!

February 18, 2011 Posted by | av best dance studio, Av Dance, children's dance, dance classes, Lancaster dance | , , , , | Leave a comment

AV’s Best Dance Studio / Meet Instructor Bettye Davis

Bettye Davis
Instructor

Bettye was born in Austin, Texas on the 6th of September, 1937.   She is married to Jesse Davis.  Bettye is the mother of two beautiful daughters and one wonderful son.


Bettye’s dance education began in high school in the Capezio Club.  She continued at the Shirley Peeler School of Dance.  Bettye enrolled here at A.V. Dance Studio ’81 in 1981, and has continued her dance training here to the present date.


In 1987, Bettye taught her first class at A.V. Dance Studio ’81.  Bettye has taught classes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Polynesian.


As a Department of Defense Employee, Bettye received numerous awards throughout her 30 year career. Bettye has performed in many Community Theatre performances and received a Shining Star Award in 2001. Bettye was also a regular performer with Priscella’s Polynesian  Dancers.

About AV Dance Studio 81 –  It is our mission not only to give you an understanding of dance techinique, but also to give you gifts that will last a lifetime: good posture, grace, self-esteem, and body awareness.  http://avdancestudio81.com/ 661.942.4953 AV Dance Studio 81‘ Join the Dance Craze!

February 11, 2011 Posted by | av best dance studio, Av Dance, children’s dance, dance classes, Lancaster dance | , , , , | Leave a comment

Meet AV’s Best Dance Director



Candice Marie Beatty


Director
Born September 23, 1981 Stoneham, MA
My first dance education started at AV dance Studio ’81 at age 11 and continued till I was 19.  At that time I was also taking classes at AVC with Cindy Littlefield, Kathy Bingham & Kathleen Burrnet.  After AVC came Cal State Fullerton were I received a Bachelors of Art in Dance.
My history with Dance Studio ’81 started at age 11 with a Jazz class with Miss Judy Ortiz.  A friend of mine told me about the studio and I asked my mom if I could go and I guess you could say the rest is history.  I immediately loved it.  One class turned into 2 classes which turned into taking anything my mom would let me take.  If I wasn’t at home I was at school if not at school I was at the studio.  After several years I was asked to become a teacher’s assistant, then I worked in the office, then I received my first class to teach on my own.  I went away to college (for 3 years) and as I was graduating I received an email from Lidia asking if I had any plans and if not would I like to come back and purchase the dance studio.  Well the rest is history.  I am on my 6th year of running the dance studio and LOVE every moment of it.
While I was away at college I worked for Disney.  I was a parade performer for 3 years down there.  I finished my last year there in the 50th Celebration Parade as the original Can-Can puppet in the Pinochio unit.  I was fortunate to dance on the Regis & Kelly show, dance in the special break out parade that they opened up only to the press and invited guest.  I was also in ads for Disney.  Disney is also where I met my husband Chris and it’s where he proposed to me right before a parade (a great story if you have time one day.)  No kids yet, just 2 dogs and that’s enough for now.


January 28, 2011 Posted by | av best dance studio, Av Dance, children’s dance, dance classes, Lancaster dance | , , , , | Leave a comment

Santa at AV Dance Studio 81

http://santalivenow.com Santa stops by AV Dance Studio 81 to share Christmas joy, telling stories, and taking pictures with children. http://avdancestudio81.com

December 22, 2010 Posted by | av best dance studio, best Christmas stories, Christmas stories for children, Lancaster dance, Santa | , , , , | Leave a comment

Get your tickets AV Dance Studio 81

http://avdanestudio81.com Studio ’81 Director Candice Beatty reminds parents to get their recital tickets, Christmas parade reminder Dec 4th, gift certificates to current students to pass out to new students.

 

November 27, 2010 Posted by | av best dance studio, Av Dance, children's dance, dance classes, Lancaster dance | , , , , | Leave a comment