A: United means together, and I want to promote togetherness. We do this by promoting team building both inside and outside of class. We also encourage and train dancers to audition for their high school and college dance teams. At Dance United, we discourage favoritism. We feel every individual is unique and has their own strengths and challenges. Our instructors meet each dancer where they are by using a TEAM mentality.
A: When I was little, I tried a little of everything…ballet, tap, t-ball, soccer, gymnastics, and more ballet. Finally, at age 12, I settled on dance. Because I am originally from Texas, the dance I grew up doing is called Dance and Drill Team. I trained in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, prop, kickline, pom, and hip hop styles of dance. I was on my Jr. High and High School drill team and when I graduated high school, I turned around and coached the Jr. High drill team I was previously on. While in college at Sam Houston State University, I minored in dance. When I graduated and moved to Greenville, I began assistant coaching for Eastside, Wren, and Greenville High School dance teams, as well as the All-Star teams at Carolina Cheer Training Center. After a couple years with them, I coached the girls of Eastside High School exclusively. I was their coach from 2007-2011. In 2011, I bought Palmer School of Dance. By giving the studio a fresh name and offering more classes, I have been able to use the gifts God’s given me throughout my years as a dancer and dance team coach, to grow and inspire young dancers!
A: It goes back to being United. If everyone in the class is wearing the same color in similar styles, it looks and feels unified. Also, as a teacher, it is easier to see body placement when you do not have to sift through a sea of colors.
A: In keeping with the tradition of Palmer School of Dance, Dance United is a family oriented studio. Many of the assistant instructors are advanced students who have grown up in our dance studio making them part of the family. The current dance instructors have danced and/or have studied dance in college. (Please see the instructors tab for more specifics.)
A: Well, since the studio fell into my lap, so to speak, I am just following the plan God has for me. Sometimes, I can be so limited in my vision that I forget there is a bigger purpose in everything! But if I answered the question from my perspective only, I’d say I just want a family friendly atmosphere that leaves my dancers feeling good about themselves. I plan to accomplish this through regular team building activities, growing of dance ability, and development of leadership skills. Whether I serve one or five hundred, I hope to make a difference in each student’s life.
A: Studio A (40×40 ft) is a Marley style floor that is elevated by over 2500 foam blocks under 2 layers of plywood. This provides a firm, yet giving floor that helps prevent athlete injury. Studio B (38×32 ft) is a Bamboo wood floor on top of a thin layer of foam. This floor is used more for hard shoes, like tap and hip hop.
A: Yes. However, dancers who take a large number of classes, who have taken dance classes for many years, and/or dancers who do not have parental financial support are considered first.