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Address:
Downstage Center Dance Studio
Lincoln Point Shopping Center
830 West Trenton Ave
Morrisville, Pa. 19067

Phone:
215-736-8424

Email:
dani@downstagedance.com

CURRENTLY...at Downstage Center Dance Studio

Saturday
May102014

A Dance Teachers Journey

Written below is a glimpse at what I do and why.  It’s also a message to my dancers.

A Dance Teachers Journey-By Dani Tucci-Juraga

I am a dance teacher. I am a choreographer. But beyond that, I am an educator, a mentor, and a friend.  It is my responsibility to teach my dancers about pliés and shuffles, but more importantly about commitment, teamwork, responsibility and accountability.   

My brain never turns off.  When there’s music on I am choreographing it.  If I am shopping, I think to myself, “Could I use this for a costume or prop?”  I am forever answering emails.  I am constantly thinking about the next show, even though I am barely through the current one.  I am always searching for music and combinations because I crave inspiration for my dancers and myself.  I am endlessly editing music.  I often need to skip family gatherings to finish a 3-minute dance that takes all weekend long.  I can sometimes be found in an empty studio or theater on an anniversary or birthday, preparing a show until 2am because I would rather die first then have anyone of my dancers disappointed.   I am “at work” always, mentally and/or physically.

I am an artist, entertainer, costume designer, creator, sculptor, music editor, marketing manager, bookkeeper, guidance councilor, cheerleader and salesman.  I am a self-motivated entrepreneur. I am always and forever a student, realizing that the main component to growth is exposure and education.  It is my duty to pass these invaluable life lessons on to you as those before have done for me.

Me upholding a dress code goes so much further than ‘being mean.’ It instills the necessity of preparation for the day of classes and ultimately life. Your boss may not be forgiving when one day you show up unprepared for the assigned work or presentation. It could cost you your job. 

Me encouraging you to ask questions goes much further than you understanding the combination or choreography at hand. It builds the confidence to know when you need help, take a step back and look at things objectively and subjectively. It allows you to communicate confusion or frustration.

Me teaching you how to layer your tights and perform a 1-minute quick change in the wings goes further than just the dance recital.  It teaches time management – multitasking, prioritizing, and knowing when to ask for help.

Me drilling you on the importance of a technique goes beyond me saying it over and over. It shows that with the proper training and the right coaching and mentoring, that anything is possible. And that one-day with all of the hard work you have dedicated in class, that you will get to your full potential as a result.

I know how much you are capable of and expect nothing less than your full potential at all times. I hold you to a higher standard because I know that you are more than able to meet and surpass that standard. I push you because I know that once you move on from the studio, the world will be so much harder than I ever was.

I educate my dancers to not only be technicians and performers, but to be highly effective contributors to society, no matter which path they choose.  

So dancers, know this:  I love you and am more proud of you than you will ever know. We will always have an unbreakable bond that was formed within the four studio walls, at a ballet barre, with marley and sprung wood floors underneath us.  Remember that nothing, (bent knees, sickled feet, etc..) can alter the respect I have for you.  I know that each time you put on those shoes and step onto the floor, you’re invested, you’re dedicated and because you decided to show up, you’ve stepped up.  Because you’ve done that, I am there for you!  You will always be a winner. 

 

Tuesday
Mar042014

Performing Arts Camp-Summer 2014

Saturday
Aug172013

AUDITIONS!

AUDITIONS for a beloved Holiday Musical

 

 presented by the Actors' NET of Bucks County will take place in early September.  

 

See The NET's website at www.actorsnebucks.org for the show's title, and full details.

 

OPEN AUDITIONS: Sunday-September 8, 10am-1pm & 6pm-9pm 

 

Auditions being held at:

 Downstage Center Dance Studio 

830 W. Trenton Ave (between the post office and 7-11)

 Morrisville Pa 19067

 215-736-8424

 

Email questions about the production and auditions to:

 Dani Tucci-Juraga at Dani@DownstageDance.com

 

SHOW DATES: December 6-22

 (shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays 2 pm; 2nd and 3rd Thursdays - 12/12 and 12/19 - at 8 pm; added matinee final Saturday, 12/21, at 2 pm) 

At the Heritage Center, Morrisville, Pa

 

REHEARSALS BEGIN: Early October. 

SEEKING:  Singers and Dancers ages 16 and older

SINGERS WHO DANCE: Strong singers, male and female.

DANCERS WHO SING: Strong Jazz and Tap dancers, male and female. 

 

Saturday
Aug172013

Pose-Jump-Click!

 Have fun at the Beach this summer? SHOW US!

From now until September 2, post your favorite BEACH PHOTO of you, you and your friends, you and your family, Dancing, Jumping, Posing at the Beach!

Photo's should be posted to Downstage Center's Facebook Page.  The photo with the most likes will be awarded a Grand Prize (share the link with your friends to check out your pic!)   Winner to be chosen on opening night of Downstage Center-Sept 9.  

As pictures come in, I am putting them in an album, you can also click on the album to see all the photos sent.

So post now, or head out to the beach to Jump, Pose and CLICK!

 

 

Tuesday
Jul092013

Pointe Shoe Fitting

POINTE SHOE FITTING
PRIVATE SHOE FITTING
  Email Dani to confirm attendance of Shoe  Fitting.
Attention Pointe Dancers:

Wednesday, July 31 at 5pm,  all DSC "Intro to Pointe" and "Pointe" Dancers are invited to a PRIVATE SHOE FITTING at Dance 10 in Langhorne Pa.

John, the owner of Dance 10 has agreed to stay open, after hours to accommodate our dancers.   Joining him, will be your new Ballet and Pointe teacher, MaryNoel Kilgallon to help fit you properly.

Finding the correct fit and shoe is essential to taking Pointe Class.  The wrong shoe could cause unnecessary pain and injury.

Please make it a priority to attend this fitting.  You will be able to purchase shoes and accessories at Dance 10.