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AV Dance Studio ’81 Performing at the AV Fair

Come support the dancers that are dancing in the AV Fair this Wed Aug 24th. Check in time 6:15 dance time 7pm

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August 24, 2011 Posted by | av best dance studio, Av Dance, children's dance, lancaster dance studio | , , , | Leave a comment

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.

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

Best Dance Studio Palmdale / Lancaster – Sarah Tyndall Instructor

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Sarah Tyndall
Instructor
Sarah was born in Lancaster, CA
Sarah started taking  dance class when she was three years old. Around the age of 8 or 9 she found that ballet was the type of dance that she was truly passionate about. To Sarah tap and jazz wasn’t as exciting anymore, so she decided to take all the ballet classes she could and eventually made it on to pointe. When Sarah left for college, she decided that ballet was something that she would have to continue, it was part of her soul.  She danced under the direction of Pamela McCray and Shanda Hanson with the Staunton Academy of Ballet.


AV Dance Studio ’81 was where Sarah took her first dance class. With the exception SAB and Masters class, it is the only studio she has danced with. Her first class was combo with Trina St.Pierre and Lidia Landon Michael then she moved to Rhonda Gonzales’ combo and finally solely ballet with Barbara Coates and then Sue Becker. After many, many years and hours of hard work a dedication she was strong enough to go on pointe. Sarah is now teaching ballet classes and every single time it seems so surreal to teach at the studio where she grew up!


Sarah’s sister, Hannah, also danced with the studio and is currently attending UC Davis. Sarah earned a B.A. in communications with a minor in graphic design from Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. She is currently working in the political field with the long term goal of moving back to the East Coast to work in Washington, DC.

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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!

 

 

April 14, 2011 Posted by | lancaster dance studio, palmdale 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

Lidia Landon Michael Instructor

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Lidia Landon Michael 

 Instructor

 

Lidia was born to John and Lidia Landon on April 24, 1957.  She has one brother, John, and one sister, Tina. 
Lidia’s early training was under Joyce Pearson, who was the owner of Caravan School of Dance in Lancaster (The future A.V Dance Studio ’81).  During her teen years, Lidia was an assistant instructor at Caravan. Lidia also studied under many famous L.A. teachers, including Joe Tremaine and Roland Dupree’.  Lidia has taught at several dance camps and conventions as well as at Antelope Valley College. 
 
Lidia is a graduate of Antelope Valley College and of Cal State University in Fullerton.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Dance.  After graduation, Lidia bought Caravan School of Dance and became partners with her good friend, Cyndi Lund Gallegos.  The new ownership took place in 1981, hence the name “A.V. Dance Studio ‘81”.  

Lidia has performed in and choreographed many local theatre productions, including Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Kiss Me Kate, The Boyfriend, Cinderella, Can Can and Oliver. She was a featured dancer in the Movie “UFORIA” and a two time winner on the Original TV series “The Gong Show”.
 1981 was also special in another way for Lidia.  That is when she married her sweetheart, Greg Michael.  Greg and Lidia have been blest with six beautiful children.  It was after the birth of child #6 that Lidia finally realized God was calling her to be a full time Mommy and only a part time dancer.   So, in 2005 Lidia sold A.V. Dance Studio ’81 to her student and friend, Candice Douglas. 
Currently, Lidia fills her days with “Mommy” duties and is very involved in religious education at her church, Blessed Junipero Serra Parish.  However, she still finds time to teach a few dance classes here at the studio, and truly enjoys her time with her students.

 

March 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 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