WHO WE ARE
Studio 22 has been in business for over 20 years. Originally started as a program at the YMCA, the Studio soon outgrew the Y and eventually moved to its present location at 340 Liberty Street. The 115 year old school building features two large studios with sprung hardwood floors and one smaller studio with a sprung hardwood floor. There are also rooms for private instruction in guitar and piano.
The instructors at the Studio all firmly believe that you can have fun while committing to and applying yourself to learning the discipline of dance.
Dance is more than just jumping around on a stage. We believe that dancing is as much a sport as it is an art. Dancing can bring more self-confidence, more coordination skills, help assist in learning in other non-dance areas, and can bring the dancer a pride in their physical and artistic achievement. With a staff of professional dancers who share their knowledge and experience, Studio 22 is dedicated to continue to grow and to be a place of artistic learning in the area.
DANCE FOR ALL AGES
Studio 22 accepts dancers starting at age three. They begin with a Creative Movement class to introduce the very basics of ballet with a focus on fun, coordination, and movement. The next level of dance, Pre-Ballet, zooms in on ballet principals and dancers are then able to take Tap classes in addition to Ballet. After a few years of instruction, students are then able to choose from Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Contemporary/Modern, and other performance classes.
At Studio 22, Ballet is a required class. Ballet is presented once a week for at least an hour. Ballet teaches body placement and emphasizes strength - strength of body and mind. The discipline of ballet has far reaching consequences; as an athlete learns discipline, pride, and achievement on and off the field, so does a dancer. We are proud to help children grow as dancers and people through the art of dance.
Ballet technique is in ALL of dance forms we offer at Studio 22; Hip-Hop, Jazz, Lyrical/Modern, Contemporary, Tap, and *Pointe.
*Before you're allowed en pointe, you need to be able to achieve the following:
Good turnout in motion. It's harder to hold your turnout en pointe than it is on the flat. So if you can't stay turned out while dancing (not just at the barre), you won't be able to hold it on pointe.
No sickling. If your foot tends to sickle inwards, your weight will be on your little toe instead of your big toe. That will affect your balance and increase your risk of injury or strain. You're more likely to fall off your pointes, which is dangerous.
Good posture in motion. If you're inclined to arch your back, stick your butt out or have any other posture problem while dancing, you'll have trouble balancing on pointe.
Pointed feet. This may sound obvious, but by this I mean with straight pointed toes. Some dancers point their feet but curl some or all of their toes under. It may not be obvious with shoes on, so take your shoes off and check your toes are flat. Curled toes in ballet slippers become knuckling in pointe shoes. You can't stand on curled toes!
Good balance on one leg on demi-pointe. You need to be comfortable balancing on one leg on demi-pointe. For instance, you should be able to do a piqué passé with a straight leg, and hold your balance on demi-pointe with your leg in passé, without wobbling.
The other consideration before starting pointe work is how old you are. Like it or not, age is a factor in allowing any dancer to dance en pointe. Are you old enough to start pointe work?
When you're young, the growth plates of your feet are still soft and can be severely damaged by the pressures of pointe work. If you damage your growth plates, your feet may become so damaged you'll never dance again! People grow at different rates, and only a specialist doctor can say for sure when your feet are strong enough to do pointe safely. The average ballet teacher can't be 100% certain. A lucky few may be ready by the age of 9 or 10 - but the majority of girls aren't mature enough until age 12. So unless you can afford a specialist consultation - which most people can't - it's much safer to delay going en pointe until age 12.
If you strengthen your feet and legs, improve your turnout and perfect your balance, you'll find you can pop straight up on pointe with relative ease when you finally start, and you'll quickly catch up - and probably overtake - those students who started earlier.
ART IN MOTION
While working on the technique of Ballet and the mechanics of dance, Studio 22 is very committed to being an artistic influence on the community and the students. Artistic performances, imaginative costuming, and encouraging expression and participation are very importation to all of the instructors at the studio. We believe that students deserve to perform in a genuine show and not just another “recital.”
Studio 22 is very proud to have many quality instructors on staff for the upcoming year: Deborah Femovich - Oil Region Ballet Artistic Director, Joffrey Ballet School NYC, Grand Rapids Ballet; Jaclyn Fike - SheLor Dance Studio, Studio 22, FCOA Choreographer, OCHS Choreographer; Taylor Kendzior - Studio 22, PEDA Competition Team, Fusion Competition Team, Oil Region Ballet; Taryn Misner - Pittsburgh Youth Ballet, Morgantown Dance Company, LaRoche College, Oil Region Ballet; Victoria Stachelrodt - Oil Region Ballet, Studio 22, Erie Dance Conservatory; Alexia DeAngelo - Carol Lee Dance Studio, Moscow Ballet (Nutcracker); Nina Johnson - Studio 22, Director Studio 22 Titusville; Kristen Criado - Barns & Gabrys Dance Studio, Studio 22.