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The Importance of Dance, Music and the Arts in Our Local Schools

It is good to be back in the writer’s chair again.  I want to thank David Moya and his incredible and supportive staff for allowing me to take some time from my regular articles appearing on The Carmel Valley Life website to spend additional time with my wife as we tended to the needs of […]

San Diego, California, June 20, 2013:  Award winning North County DanceArts, Inc. celebrates 33 years of providing the best in dance instruction in all of San Diego County closing with an annual showcase, “FLY”.  The showcase is open to the public on Saturday, July 27th with a matinee performance at 12:00 noon and an evening performance […]

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Tap dancing is one of those dance styles you just love to watch.  It can be lighthearted and take flight or a take the form of a demanding staccato of rhythm and sound; but whatever the beat, the dance becomes the music. From tap’s early beginnings in the mid 1800’s as a style of dance […]

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Adult students coming into the studio to research dance instruction for themselves do so for many reasons.  Some are students that have dance backgrounds from their younger years and are looking to ‘get back to their roots’; some look at dance instruction as a new hobby  or a way to meet new people.  But for […]

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If you are a Carmel Valley dancer, then chances are you are preparing for a very imminent and rigorous competition season.  Dance competitions run year long, however most dancers will experience the ‘competition scene’ during the months of January through July.  Being prepared in mind, body and spirit is key as is making sure just […]

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For many of us, the Holiday Season can be the most difficult time of the year for those trying to lose weight.  Times spent together with family and friends, the company Holiday party; it’s a time for lots of eating and drinking.  Every occasion is an excuse to take a holiday from our normal eating […]

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“Hey Coach”, I hear an excited student say as an outwardly shy Anthony Rodriquez walks through the door to the studio lobby.  Wearing a tank top, long cargo shorts, socks and sporting one of his ‘signature’ hats and munching down on a Panda bowl, Anthony casually strolls by and I hear a nearby parent say […]

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Dance Hearts’ Bells of Freedom “The Big Thank You” Event Begins November 1st, 2012.  Be a part of a Carmel Valley’s Holiday Tradition and ‘adopt’ a Military family for the Holidays TODAY! With the beginning of the Holiday Season just days away, there’s no better time to join the Carmel Valley based Dance Hearts, a  […]

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I’m often asked at what age is a good age for young children to begin dance instruction.  Of course, as with every age in human development, each child is born with varying degrees of natural talent, coordination as well as varying degrees of development with no ‘real’ determining at what age each individual is at […]

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“North County DanceArts Proves to be Limitless”.  Show review and commentary as seen on July 28, 2012.  Reviewed by San Diego Theatre Reviews, Steve and Joanie Shirley Titled “Limitless 2012” the evening was a total Success!  I’ve participated in and seen hundreds of recitals and, a recital is somewhat different in approach than a concert.  It […]

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Lower the Barre

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The mention of ‘barre exercises’ to any ballet student can spark a mixture of memories past and present and the feelings ranging from boredom to exhilaration.   It is a fact that the barre exercises are the building blocks of ballet.  I and my instructors explain to our students both young and old, the barre is […]

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Dancing is the Poetry of the Foot: North County Dance Arts Upcoming Recital North County Dance Arts, located in Carmel Valley, San Diego, was voted the 2011 Best Dance Studio in San Diego County and has continued to prove why.  Louis and Tanya McKay, owners and instructors at the dance studio, have created the perfect […]

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