Second Story Studio
What We Do
At the top of our enchanted staircase is a safe place to cultivate the imagination and grow strong, flexible bodies.
Dance is the most ideal way to develop coordination, awareness, rhythm and musicality.
Teachers at Second Story Studio promote uniqueness and foster true self-esteem rather than competition, prompting students to support one another in class.
Our teachers are interested in the mastery of technique, as well as the creativity that gives children greater access to their inner world, and guides them to explore the exciting world of movement and music, form, and tradition.
We believe that improvisation and choreography are an important aspect of the developing dancer.
We help students advance, avoiding bad habits that may result in injury, or be difficult to break later on, but not at the cost of self-esteem or the love of dance. One of the benefits of taking dance is learning to receive and implement constructive corrections. And at Second Story Studio, they are given with care.
We present a fundamental approach to dance, expanding the dance vocabulary of our students, establishing proper alignment and safe practice before focusing on style or tricks. That includes holding off on forcing young dancers’ bodies into unnatural classical ballet positions before they have developed their natural expressive, dynamic movement. Our teachers share the philosophy that a child will thrive in dance (or any endeavor) only if they love it. With that in mind, we nurture our students’ intrinsic desire to move and connect with others.
All students are invited to enrich their dance experience by participating in our Annual Spring Performance. Come see us, and discover the difference!
Second Story Studio presents an alternative approach to the typical dance “recital” experience where parents are required to purchase expensive costumes, and students rehearse the same dance for months, often losing their sense of joy and discovery in the process.
Our performance is a celebration of our work, our gift to parents and friends, and a chance to see the dancers’ progress as they express their joy, intelligence and creativity.
Costumes are chosen to be age and context appropriate and affordable.