Since 1969, Priscilla and Dana's School of Dance has provided professional dance instruction in the Kansas City, Missouri metropolitan area. We offer recreational and competitive classes in tap, ballet, pointe, modern, lyrical, jazz and hip hop for children ages 3 and up.
Although we are located in North Kansas City, we draw students from all over the metropolitan area, including Belton, Blue Springs, Cameron, Excelsior Springs, Kearney, Mission Hills, Lawrence, Leawood, Lee's Summit, Liberty, Overland Park, Olathe, Platte City, Pleasant Hill, Raymore, Raytown, Smithville, St. Joseph, Weston and Topeka.
Read to hear about their adventures!
Day 7: July 21 The last day of the trip was an emotional one. At the end of a full day of classes the kids took class from Terri Best, one of their favorite teachers at the EDGE. Terri has seen the kids grow over the past four summers and had this to say before they left for home: "Just because your time as a competitive dancer may end when you turn 18, your time as a dancer is life long. If you dance from your heart, your passion for dance will never leave you. The knowledge and gifts you received from your time here will go home with you and continue to change and shape you as a dancer." Leaving LA is bittersweet, but the kids are excited to apply what they have learned and are prepared for the new dance season!
Day 6: July 20 What a day! The kids went straight to the studio to dance from 10am-10pm with breaks for lunch and dinner. They took class from one of the Edge owners, Bill Prudich, who taught about the importance of classical jazz training in order to work in the commercial dance industry. They also took from Ricky Palamino, Denise Leitner, Sabrina Phillip, Ricky Lam, and Nicole Harlan. Here are the kids warming up in Denise's class!
Day 5: July 19 The group took ballet, tap and hip-hop today before spending an evening at The Grove, one of LA's prime shopping areas. Here is a picture of the kids in their favorite hip-hop class with Benjamin Allen.
Day 4: July 18 After some fun at the pool last night, the kids woke up bright and early to take a full day of classes including lyrical, ballet, contemporary, theatre, jazz, and hip hop. One of their favorite teachers, Malaya, taught a combo to the song "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry. During class, she taught the importance of loving yourself unconditionally in order to be the best artist you can be. In regards to performance, she encouraged the kids to let go and just be free. When you let go, you allow your audience in.
"Not only does this trip teach the kids to be better dancers, but also how to be the best version of themselves in all areas of life." - Morgan McCool
We ended the day with a visit to the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame!
Day 3: July 17 It was another fun day of classes in LA! The kids took from Eddie Garcia, one of Michael Jackson's dancers. They also studied with Teddy Forance, one of the co-founders of Shaping Sound. Then, we met up with Kara Hess, a professional dancer. Kara has performed with Rihanna, Florence and the Machine and on shows such as Modern Family and Bunheads. She talked with the kids about what life is like as a dancer in LA, how to get an agent, what to expect at an audition, and more. She encouraged them to take LOTS of class! Here is a group picture with Kara!
Day 2: July 16 The kids took 3 classes this morning, took a break and went to Yogurtland, and then took 2 more classes! They studied ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz funk and lyrical.
Day 1: July 15 After an early flight from KC to LA, the the kids made it to the Edge Performing Arts Center and took 3 classes. Styles included jazz funk, contemporary, and ballet. The group headed off to Universal City Walk for dinner before they rest up for a five-class day tomorrow!
Day 6 - July 10, 2015: It's show day and the final day. I cannot believe this week has already concluded. What an experience! I was so lucky to live my dream at age 17. This intensive not only gave me a "taste" of what it's like to be a Rockette, but also it gave me a taste of what my future hopefully holds. I will never forget this experience, and I will share this opportunity with everyone I can.
Call time this morning was at 8:30 am. We began with a warm up and from 10:00-2:00 we had practice shows, just making sure we were all comfortable with the dances we would be showcasing later today. The audience was full of family members and close friends. Today I was dancing to show others what I want to do with my life instead of dancing for a placement. Today wasn't about dancing to be better than anyone. Today was about dancing to be as good as everyone around you. To dance for yourself and for every other girl beside you. And that was a very rare thing to be a part of. We all have the same dream, and this past week we were surrounded by 4 girls who made their dreams come true. I hope someday I'm lucky enough for that to happen to me.
This week may be over, but my journey in this world has just begun. I could not be more proud of how far me and my RSI friends have come! This week will forever be in my heart as the week I lived my dream, and the week I learned what I want to do for the rest of my life.
Day 5 - July 9, 2015:
Today was the final rehearsal day! I cannot believe this week is almost over. We have our big show tomorrow, and at the beginning of the week I honestly did not think I would be ready. Everything we've done is so different than what I'm used to doing. But, I'm so blessed to say the Rockettes prepared me, and every other girl at this intensive, and we are all as ready as we'll ever be! Today was spent running all three of our routines, over and over again. Each time I did these dances I felt more comfortable with them, and by the end of the day, I felt my absolute best. I truly felt like I was dancing just like a Rockette. A part from rehearsing today, we had a really cool surprise.. "Move Live on Tour" was rehearsing in the studio right next door to us! One of our former P&D-ers, Hayley Erbert, is lucky enough to be in that group, but sadly they were too busy rehearsing for their sold out show tonight at Radio City Music Hall to come in and say hi! Though I only caught a glimpse of one of the Hough siblings, it is beyond normal to say I was dancing right next door to them. What an experience this week has been! I'm sad tomorrow will conclude this year's experience, but I know I will be back here again soon!
Day 4 - July 8, 2015:
We've learned all 3 dances! Two were cleaned all the way to the angle of the shoe strap, and my feet are finally getting use to the 2-inch difference from being in a flat dance shoe! We have one more day for cleaning and getting all the moves perfect before our showcase on Friday afternoon. Today was spent cleaning and making sure we knew exactly what we were doing so it appears like we've known these dances for months. The hardest job of today was remembering each and every detail that comes with each movement. Though it may appear as a right bevel to the audience, to us it's a raised chin, elbows back, shoulders pinched, knees crossed to the diagonal, and toes on the line "right bevel." There's so much more going on than what is seen. These past couple days have been far from easy, but who doesn't love a challenge? Especially dancing in New York City, in Radio City Music Hall, and learning from three 10-year Rockettes!
Day 3 - July 7, 2015:
Today was the toughest day of the intensive so far. From 9:30am - 6:00 pm we cleaning and perfected everything we've learned throughout the past couple days. Until today, I thought Dana and Teri were perfectionists. But, after one hour of cleaning the same two eight-counts my thoughts changed drastically! It's such a rush when you've been drilling dances all day and, at the end, you have it exactly the way the Rockettes want it. The biggest thing I took out of today was hard work really does pay off! There were many times today when my feet were throbbing, and my legs felt like they were going to fall off if I had to do one more kick! Then, I looked around me and at the atmosphere I was dancing in. I thought about how many other people probably felt the way I was feeling. I saw the 3 Rockettes standing at the front of the room smiling at us because at some point in their life they were exactly where we were today... And, that's what motivated me to keep going.
Day 2 - July 6, 2015:
Talk about blisters, toe cramps, and sore feet! During Day 2, we learned several more kicklines, the rest of the "12 Days" tap dance, and the beginning of "Wooden Soldier." The latter is all about body positions, formations and trust. Body positions meaning your body must be exactly in line with the person in front of you. Formations meaning the only person the audience should see is the person in front. Trust meaning if the person in front of you takes one step, you take one step, trusting that they're moving the right way. Interesting fact, the Rockettes walk a mile during the dance "Wooden Soldier".. so those baby steps are taking them somewhere!
The kicklines are the most challenging things I've ever done, which is weird because those are the things I went in thinking I wouldn't have a problem with. So, why is it so hard? You can't touch the person next to you, but you have to make it appear to the audience that you are doing so.
Yesterday, I went in not knowing anyone, but today I left knowing almost every face in the room. I'm so blessed to be able to experience something as amazing as this intensive! I cannot wait to get back into the studio tomorrow!
Day 1 - July 5, 2015:
Please pinch me; I must be dreaming! I just danced a whole day in Radio City Music Hall, and I loved every second of it! Today was "Placement Day." We learned and performed a dance, kickline sequence, and a time step. Then, they divided us into groups by height and similar abilities. Once we were placed in our groups for the week, we were taught the first couple eight counts of the routines we will be learning throughout this week. These dances include "New York at Christmas," "12 Days" and "Wooden Soldier." We learned it is important not to add any extra movement. If you do, you're doing more than the person next to you and no longer look exactly the same, which is the Rockette trademark. This Rockette experience is so different from anything I've ever done, and I have never been more excited about anything in my life! I cannot wait to see what tomorrow has in store! Check back tomorrow to read about Day 2!
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Please join us for our annual COSTUME FEST, a New and Gently Used Sale featuring Costumes, Dancewear and Dance Shoes! The preview day for teachers/studio owners only is Thursday, September 17, 2015. The sale will be open to the public on Thursday, September 17 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. All group costumes from 2015 will NOT be put on-line until after the in-studio sale. Make plans to attend our sale for the best selection!
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Tell us the storybehind the name "Heartlines Dance Company:"
The name HEARTLINES took us awhile to come up with, but once we said it, we knew that was the one! Dance has always been our main passion and true love in life. It is a vital part of who we are, and without it, we wouldn't be complete. Dance is our personal HEARTLINE - our reason for being, what keeps up feeling alive. And now we want to share that passion with Kansas City!
What can we expect from your first show next week?
**Our performance this week entitled "Synergy" will be an array of contemporary works choreographed by Andi and Steph. Each piece has its own unique story, therefore, each piece went through its own choreographic process. Some are emotional, some are dynamic, but all extremely athletic and technically challenging. They all push the boundaries of the dancers' limits both physically and emotionally, as we really put a lot of careful thought and energy into choreographing each piece the way we feel it should be portrayed. There is a very nice variety of pieces in our show! The show is Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening at the Bolender Center. Tuesday and Wednesday the show begins at 8:00pm. On Thursday, it starts at 6:30pm.
How long have you been rehearsing for the show?
**We have been rehearsing for "Synergy" for 6 weeks, 3-4 days a week. Some days we rehearse for 5-6 hours and other days, we rehearse for shorter periods of time. Initially learning and knowing the choreography in their minds is extremely important for the dancers, but then memorizing and getting the challenging choreography down in their bodies is something completely different....and it takes lots of dedication and hard work, both mentally and physically! It has been a blast rehearsing with the amazingly talented and smart dancers that we have performing next week!
How many dancers are in the show? Are they all local?
**We have 6 total dancers in the show, all of which are female. They are all local, which is amazing for the arts in Kansas City!! Our goal is to give artists/dancers in KC an outlet in contemporary/modern dance, and we are doing just that with our show "Synergy" next week! Two of P*D's very own, Trystan Brown and Brittany Duskin, are both performing in our show! Brittany now resides in New York as a professional dancer and has been flying into KC to rehearse/perform with us! We are so beyond proud and thankful to be using two of our very own former students!
How can Kansas Citians support "Heartlines Dance Company?"
**Kansas City can support HEARTLINES Dance Company in many ways. Social media is a main thoroughfare when it comes to advertising and getting the word out about what you think is important. You can share, like, post, and tell all your fiends about our company, and about our show after you see it! Secondly, you can come to any performances, as we have more coming up in the fall so keep your eyes peeled for info! And lastly, you can donate to our nonprofit organization. Nonprofits rely solely on the help from their community and friends to financially accomplish what is necessary to have an amazing organization. Any amount of donation will help! All donations are tax deductible. We truly thank everyone in advance for all the support we have received so far, it means the world to us!!
1) To buy tickets for the show this week: http://kcfringe.org/synergy/
2) To learn more about Heartlines and watch promo videos: http://www.heartlinesdance.org/
3) To make a donation: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=12965
Congrats to P&D alumna Brittany Duskin! She is officially a veteran member of the Brooklynettes, recently named "the NBA's fiercest Dance Team" by Dance Spirit magazine! Way to represent P&D in NYC!