Miss Abby receives Acrobatic Arts, Module 2, Certification
Miss Abby and Miss Dee traveled to North Carolina for an Acrobatic Arts training weekend where Miss Abby tested for her AA Module 2 certification and passed with Distinction! Miss Dee attended as a review, and McKenna Dunn and Kate Hartinger worked as demos throughout the weekend.
Mr. Sam is a Jellicle Cat!
Sam Buchanan, 2017 studio grad, 2021 graduate of Pace University’s commercial dance program and studio faculty member, is on the National Tour of Cats in the roles of Macavity and Plato! The tour will be at the National Theatre in Washington DC for two weeks in January 2023!
Pre-Season Studio Tours
Our Young Staff members were thrilled to take our dance families through the facility for tours on Saturday, 9/10, in preparation for our 2022 re-opening. In 1992, we opened with one studio and a lobby, but these days we need maps to help everyone find their way around! The staff is so excited to begin Season 31 with our dancers.
DBCT Kicks Off Season with Choreo Week!
Our 22-23 Competition Team started off the season with four evenings of rehearsals of their new group dances. A 4-hour power outage didn't slow them down! They now have fourteen group dances well under way. The dancers will compete together at 3 regional events and an optional title event in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
DBTE Presents Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins!
Congratulations to the cast of "Mary Poppins"! This production was DBTE's tenth musical, and it's best-attended yet! The students and production team were thrilled to be back at MHS this summer for three performances. Attention will now turn to "The Addams Family" performances in November.
Rhee Gold's Soul Convention
Five of our Advanced dancers attended the first ever "Soul Convention" produced by Rhee Gold. Jordan Wanuck, Sophie McKenzie, Meredith Dunn, Alexa Maly and McKenna Dunn had a wonderful time at the event, and Jordan & Sophie were both awarded scholarships to Pace University's Commercial Dance Fall Intensive in October. The dancers' moms were able to participate in adult classes, and Miss Abby & Miss Dee participated in teacher's classes as well! Rhee provided fabulous opportunities for all in attendance.
DB Staff attend Dance Life Teacher Conference
Dance Life Teacher Conference is a 3-day continuing education program for dance studio owners, teachers, office administrators and choreographers. There are 5 classes options throughout the day, all day every day! Our staff came home bursting at the seams with inspiration for our 22-23 season!
Our 10th Magical Musical Adventure!
More than 80 DBSD dancers took the stage together for our 10th annual Magical Musical Adventure Concert on the Knight Stage at MHS! This year's proceeds were collect to benefit "Soles of Love", and the dancers loved supporting such an important charity. Families donated cash or new shoes, and enjoyed a wonderful end-of-week concert!
"30" is in the books!
Congratulations to all of our participating dancers, and especially our eight graduating seniors, on four lovely productions! It was wonderful to perform at Middletown High School on our home stage. Our dancers showed so much growth and professionalism onstage--we're so proud of everyone!
Frederick Children's Festival
Our dancers were thrilled to perform at Frederick Children's Festival at Baker Park on April 28th! We also hosted a booth with a Tutu Toss and Prize Wheel, and we loved seeing some of our dancers and other children from the community there. We're grateful to all the staff and dancers who participated!
Comp Team, Final Regional of the Season!
Our Competition Team attended its final regional event of the season the weekend of March 19-20, and the dancers performed beautifully! Mid-Atlantic Dance Masters has been home for our comp team dancers for many years, and it was wonderful to see them back on the MADM stage (for the first time since 2019!) for their final bow!
ADCC Studio of Excellence
Congratulations to our competition dancers for their receipt of this weekend’s ADCC Studio of Excellence Award at Breakout Fredericksburg! The entire staff of the competition, including directors, judges and backstage crew, are polled for their choice of the studio that exhibits professionalism through working together and striving for excellence both on and off stage.
MADM Title Event 2022!
Congratulations to our two reigning titleholders, Jordan Wanuck and Autumn Bramhall, on fulfilling their roles beautifully at the January MADM title event! Congratulations also to our 11 contestants who had fabulous performances and received a variety of scholarship recognitions! And THANK YOU to our studio family for being so supportive of these hard-working dancers!
Miss Dee is Acrobatic Arts Module 3 certified!
Congratulations to Miss Dee on the completion of her Acrobatic Arts Module 3 Certification!
Our studio has been utilizing the Acrobatic Arts curriculum for five years, and our Acro dancers have thrived in their training through this work. We look forward to hosting our annual AA exams in a few months!
Our Nutcracker Ballet, back on the Knight Stage!
It was thrilling to have our entire Nutcracker Cast back on our home stage together, December 10-12! We enjoyed four fabulous performances, and the dancers all did a wonderful job! Our newest roles/costumes this year included our Bird Duet, our Baker feature with the Tea Ensemble, and new costuming for Chocolate. It was a lovely weekend and we're grateful for four enthusiastic audiences!
Our dancers performed their first ever "Everybody's Nutcracker" on Saturday morning, December 11th! The performance was sensory friendly, and designed for parents to bring children to the performance who they would perhaps worry would have sensitivity issues or would be uncomfortable sitting still for an extended period of time. Our dancers loved performing for our guests and enjoyed visiting for pictures and autographs afterward, and our own RhythmWorks dances were part of the production!
Snow Soiree 2021
Our Nutcracker features welcomed younger dancers to the studio on Sunday, 12/5, to learn a little bit of Clara's dance, make crafts, collect some sweets, and sword fight with the Nutcracker Prince and Mouse King! Our dancers shared some sweet tidbits about why people should come see the Nutcracker and what role they'd like to play when they're older. The studio Facebook page has 100's of photos from the event, and our YouTube channel has the most recent Behind the Sweets with a few clips from the interviews!
Middletown's Christmas in the Valley 2021
The Middletown Valley Interfaith Dancers performed together for the first time this season at Middletown's Christmas in the Valley! The concert took place at Zion Lutheran Church, and the dancers, ranging in age from 6 to 18, performed to "A Christmas Hallelujah". The dancers look forward to visiting local churches during the spring of 2022 to participate in worship with as congregations as they can.
DBSD Dancers Perform in MHS Holiday Spectacular
MHS Drama presented the "Holiday Spectacular" on December 3, 4, and 5, and our dancers were invited guests! Our Advanced dancers performed "Waltz of the Snowflakes" and the cast of "White Christmas" performed a medley from the show. Additionally, our dancers performed as part of the MHS Dance Team, the MHS Choir and in several drama skits that were part of the show. And we helped Miss Susan by providing "10 lords-a-leaping" for her rendition of 12 Days!
DBTE Presents "White Christmas"
Congratulations to the Cast and Production Team of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"! This group of DBTE performers set the entire show in just a few weeks, finding rehearsal time late evenings and Sundays to bring this holiday classic to the stage for three shows Thanksgiving weekend. The cast did a remarkable job both on and off the stage! Further congratulations to Abby Buchanan, director and choreographer; Lisa Dodson, vocal director; and Dee Buchanan, producer and assistant choreographer. It was a lovely beginning to our holiday season!
MADM Williamsburg Weekend!
Some of our dancers attended the Mid-Atlantic Dance Masters Workshop in Williamsburg, and they had a terrific time! Classes were wonderful, our junior members had a chance to perform, and some of our dancers participated in scholarship classes! Congratulations to Mini Over-All 1st Runner-up, Charlotte Linehan, Mini Over-All Winner, Leah Gordon, Junior Modern Winner, Brynn Munger, Junior Over-All Winner, Madelyn Kiska, Senior Modern Winner, Hannah Middlekauff & Senior Over-All 1st Runner-Up, Jordan Wanuck! Congratulations to Sophie McKenzie on winning the custom costume raffle!!!
Dancers perform at local high school football game!
The Middletown High School Marching Knights Band, which includes 14 DBSD dancers, invited Middletown Middle School 7th and 8th graders to perform with them on Friday evening, 10/8. All the middle schoolers did a terrific job helping the high schoolers entertain the crowd!
Nutcracker 2021 is under way!
Our Int/Adv and Advanced Ballet classes auditioned on 10/1, and all participating dancers were cast in feature roles! All studio dancers who participate in ballet classes will participate in the performances, including our tiny dancers ages 3+! This will be the final Nutcracker for our six seniors, and we look forward to seeing them onstage!
Middletown Heritage Festival back on Main Street!
Our DBSD Competition Team dancers had a wonderful time dancing down Main Street at the Heritage Festival Parade! And then our staff enjoyed spending the day visiting with studio and community families at our DBSD booth. This was the first time the festival was held on Main Street since 2017 due to construction and then Covid restrictions, and it felt wonderful to be back!
Congratulations to Miss Abby, who has become a part of the Alixa Flexibility Team!
Miss Abby has been teaching Alixa work for several years, has provided Alixa with a number of demos on a regular basis, and assists with Alixa Flexibility Marketing. We're so excited that she is a part of Alixa's team!
Wrapping Summer with Ballet & Tap Intensives
We loved having our studio faculty and special guests help our dancers wrap our summer session with a Ballet and Tap Intensives! Special thanks to Jourdan Epstein, Maggie Kudirka, Ashley Canterna-Hardy, Justin Lewis, and our faculty members...Miss Ally, Miss Sarah and Miss Annie...for an amazing week of classes!
DBTE presents "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" at the Weinberg Center
Our DBTE performers had three fabulous runs of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" at the Weinberg Center on August 20 and 21! The cast enjoyed meet-and-greet time under the marquis after each performance, and audiences were all very enthusiastic. It was a wonderful weekend of live theatre!
DBSD's Summer Intensive 2021
This year's DBSD Summer Intensive featured an amazing guest faculty, including Adrienne Canterna, Caitlen Cantrell and Shylo Martinez, and the dancers were so lucky to have Densil Adams on faculty for the entire week! The faculty was rounded out by our studio faculty Abby Buchanan, Sam Buchanan, Ally Keller, Tauri Munger and Ryan Sheehan. The dancers did remarkable work! Congratulations to Kate Hartinger and Megan Homan, our two intensive scholarship recipients.
Our Magical Musical Adventure campers performed at the Weinberg Center!
Our Magical Musical Adventure campers had so much fun performing their end-of-week concert at the Weinberg Center this year! The performance also raised $1,100 for Sophie and Madigan's Playground. The campers and camp faculty are grateful to the audience for their attendance and support!
Jordan Wanuck, Top Ten National Finalist & Regional Scholarship Winner!
Congratulations to rising junior, Jordan Wanuck, the Mid-Atlantic Dance Masters Teen Miss Dance, on placing Top Ten in the national Dance Masters of America competition in Dallas, TX! Further congratulations for receiving a Regional Scholarship Award at the NYCDA National Convention in Orlando, FL!
Hannah Middlekauff, National Ballet Intensive Award Jazz Scholarship Recipient, & Regional Scholarship Winner!
Congratulations to rising junior, Hannah Middlekauff, on receiving the Dance Masters of America Ballet Intensive Scholarship in Dallas, TX! Further congratulations for placing 3rd Over-All in Jazz at the national DMA Open Scholarship Auditions in Dallas! And finally, congratulations for receiving a Regional Scholarship Award at the NYCDA National Convention in Orlando, FL!
Congratulations, DBSD Dancers in the MHS Production of "The Little Mermaid"!
The audience size was limited and Covid protocols were in place, but live theatre was BACK on the MHS Stage the weekend of June 18-20! Congratulations to the entire cast, and especially to Allison Beck, McKenna Dunn, Keller Knight, Maurlea Long, Emmaline Tolley, Jordan Wanuck and Kaia Wynne!
Congratulations Acro Examinees!
Congratulations to all of our dancers who participated in Acrobatic Arts exams! The dancers tested in Levels 1 through Pre-Professional 1 and had lovely marking papers! Miss Abby and the rest of the staff are all very proud of the effort these dancers made in preparation for their exams.
Miss Jennie Scholarships 2021-2022
Keller Knight & Link Houldsworth (both 20-21 recipients of the Miss Jennie Scholarship), have again been awarded this scholarship for our upcoming season, and additional 2021-2022 recipients include Hannah Middlekauff, Chloe Gilbert and Kim Gilbert. Thank you to all of these dancers for your hard work behind-the-scenes in helping our studio run smoothly!
"Happily Ever Afters"
Congratulations dancers, on six days of amazing performances! Our spring recitals began on Saturday, 5/22, with Acro Demos for Acro 4-8 at our studio, followed by mini-recitals at Way Off Broadway on Sunday, 5/23, for our Tiny Dancers, Hippity Hop dancers, Pre-Acro and Acro 1-4 dancers. Then our 6+ dancers were onstage at the Weinberg Center Monday-Thursday, 5/24-5/27! It was wonderful to be back onstage!
Our Dancers at NYCDA Baltimore!
29 of our Competition Team dancers attending the New York City Dance Alliance regional convention in Baltimore, May 14-16. Our dancers looked wonderful in all their workshop classes and onstage. Several dancers received high score awards, class recognitions and scholarships for future events, and all of our dancers worked hard all weekend!
F.I.E.R.C.E. Dancers raise money for dance teachers in need!
Our regional Miss Dance and Teen Miss Dance, Autumn Bramhall and Jordan Wanuck, held a workshop fundraiser on Saturday, May 1, to help raise funds for dance teachers in the Mid-Atlantic area who are struggling to keep their doors open. The workshops were well-attended, and all the dancers' families were very generous! It was a lovely morning of dancing for a great cause!
Competition Team takes the stage in a marathon day of performances!
Our studio competition team participated in "Groove Competition" in Columbia, MD, on Sunday, April 11, 2021. The team includes 64 dancers performing a total of 150 solos, duets, trios and groups! The dancers readily accepted the additional challenge of performing in masks all day, and all present enjoyed a fabulous day of dancing!
EPS Photography returns for second season!
EPS Photography is taking our dancers' recital pictures for the second year, having started with us last summer mid-pandemic! We love their friendly and professional demeanor and the wide range of purchase options offered to our parents. And we love that parents can be in the room with their dancers to enjoy the process!
Teachers & Dancers train through virtual Cecchetti Conference sponsored by local Cecchetti organization
The East Coast Committee of the Cecchetti Council of America offered two days of virtual training on March 20 & 21. Miss Ally, Miss Jaim & Miss Annie & Miss Dee enjoyed the teacher training seminars, and 12 Cecchetti students took student classes at the studio and 2 more at home. The ballet classes also featured live accompanists, which is a wonderful treat for dancers!
Advanced dancers demo for Alixa Sutton international teachers' seminar
Alixa Sutton, Flexibility Expert, has been using several of our advanced dancers as demonstrators for her teachers' certification programs throughout the pandemic. She teaches from her home in the Ukraine and Miss Abby and the dancers provide visual aids for the teachers-in-training. This weekend, Miss Alixa provided an international training for all certified (M2 and above) teachers, and our dancers served as demonstrators for the event.
Verdon/Fosse Legacy Teacher, Alyssa Epstein, teaches class to benefit Bald Ballerina
Verdon/Fosse Legacy Teacher, Alyssa Epstein, taught our Advanced dancers in a master class on Sunday, 3/14, and 100% of the tuition fees were collected for Maggie Kudirka, the Bald Ballerina. The dancers had an amazing 90-minute class and then enjoyed a 30-minute Q&A with Alyssa. It was a fabulous experience!
Erin Kady to represent Frederick County as Distinguished Young Woman
Congratulations to Erin Kady, who has been selected to represent northern Frederick County at the Distinguished Young Woman state event! Erin performed a contemporary solo to "Came Here for Love", choreographed by Sam Buchanan, and she was awarded the Fitness and Interview Awards!
Meet MADM's Teen Miss Dance & Miss Dance 2021!
16 of our dancers participated in MADM's regional title event, and every single one of them was stunning! We are so proud of everyone, and excited to share that several of our dancers won class and interview awards, and that our studio is honored to be the home of all four 2021 1st Runner-Ups as well as Teen Miss Dance and Miss Dance of MADM 2021, Jordan Wanuck and Autumn Bramhall! Jordan and Autumn will compete in the National event in Dallas this summer!
February Saturday Mini-Camps & Tumble Team
Our 3-10-year-olds enjoyed two mini-camps in February. On Saturday, 2/6, the dancers participated in “Best Friends” Mini-Camp, and on Saturday, 2/13, they enjoyed “Be My Valentine” Mini-Camp!
Our Acro dancers also enjoyed two Saturdays of drop-in Tumble Team classes on 2/6 and 2/13. We’re so proud of the progress our acro dancers are making!
Our Regional Titleholders Compete Nationally!
In January, three of our dancers were honored to be selected to represent Mid-Atlantic Dance Masters of America at the DMA National Convention in July. That event was postponed until mid-January, and our titleholders were able to compete virtually. They participated in interviews and audition classes, and they submitted a video of their solo. Our Miss Dance, Brigid Pugh and our Mister Dance, Jacob Holcomb, both did an absolutely amazing job. Our Junior Miss Dance, Abigail Moser, was also lovely! And she was honored to be named among the Top Ten high scores in the event! The dancers were fabulously supportive of one another, and although we were unable to hold a large “watch party”, we were able to bring in a few friends for each of them, and our families at home were so supportive via the livestream! Thanks to everyone who supported the dancers through notes, well wishes and watching the events. They felt your love!
“The Nutcracker Ballet, Movie Edition” is a Wrap!
Congratulations to all of our 2020 Nutcracker Ballet participants! The dancers (both ensemble and features) had little to no rehearsal time prior to our filming days, and they did a wonderful job! The final product includes three sets, the outside of a local Victorian home, the spacious living room area of an alum’s home, and a decorated Studio D. Families were able to attend a Drive-In Movie experience on December 18th or 19th, had the opportunity to pay for Video On-Demand during that same time-frame, and now all have a permanent link to the recording. Special thanks to all of our Ballet teachers, to Sam Buchanan for the movie-version of our choreography, and Abby Buchanan for filming and editing. And a shout-out to the dancers who worked second camera, and to the moms who provided Nutcrackers and Ornaments for our event as usual!
“Snow Soiree”: a New Tradition!
Due to our current restrictions, holding our annual “Nutcracker Tea” wasn’t a viable option, but by dividing our Features, treats and activities into different rooms, we were able to move young dancers safely through our space to enjoy many of our Nutcracker Tea traditions, and start a few new ones! We loved seeing our young dancers interacting with our older ones just like any other year!
Congratulations December Examinees!
Congratulations to all of our Cecchetti dancers who prepared for December exams! We had a small session this time, but it included a big moment: Miss Ally presented her first set of examinees as their solo sponsor! Congratulations to all participants.
“Behind the Sweets” is Back!
Although our Nutcracker looks a little different this year, our dancers are still featured in several episodes of “Behind the Sweets”! Season 5, Episode 1 is our “Senior Sweets” edition. Find it on our YouTube channel!
Fall Festival 2020
We held our annual Fall Festival for young dancers on Saturday, October 31, and because Covid is limiting Trick-or-Treating opportunities, we staged a physically distanced trick-or-treat route through our studio! We had a wonderful time learning choreography, making a craft, playing games and trick-or-treating.
“Costume Week” Covid-Style as much Fun as Ever!
We had a few additional restrictions on costumes for this year’s Costume Week in order to maintain all of our necessary sanitization policies, but the dancers did not disappoint! Dancers of all ages dressed up for class throughout the week, and everyone looked fabulous!
Congratulations September Examinees!
Congratulations to all of our Cecchetti dancers who prepared for September exams! We hadn’t been back to in-person training for every long, and it certainly took a great deal of effort on the part of each dancer, but everyone did a fabulous job!
“Beep & Greet” and Our New Season!
Without being able to hold an effective in-person Open House this year, our “Beep and Greet” turned out to be a lovely substitution! Thank you to all families who were able to attend. And now, we’re back for a new season! As we begin Season 29, while the temperature checks, modified traffic floor, shortened classes and taped floors look and feel a bit different, much of what we do remains the same. We’re thrilled to have our teachers and dancers sharing a classroom together again!
Distanced “Newsies” a Success!
Congratulations to the cast of DBTE’s “Newsies”! The dancers performed three times during the last weekend of August, to an outdoor audience sprawled across the hillside of Middletown’s Wiles Branch Park. The studio remains grateful to the Town of Middletown for their support and generosity in providing a venue for these performances. The cast included one DBTE senior taking her final bow, Mallory Beck, who portrayed the role of Katherine. Keller Knight was cast in the role of Jack Kelly, and the entire cast of newsboys and adult characters was rounded out by 15 of our studio dancers, some of whom played three roles because this show typically requires more than 40 actors! Congratulations to the dancers, and their directors, Abby Buchanan (director), Lisa Dodson (vocals) and Sam Buchanan (choreography). Thanks also to all the parents who helped with scenery and sound!