It is difficult to find the words to convey how grateful we are to have chosen The Dance Extension. It is even more difficult to express our gratitude to you, Nancy, and your faculty and staff for creating an environment that fosters not only a love of dance, but, far more importantly, strength of character. Our daughters, and, not to forget our tall baby-giraffe-like son, have learned so many valuable lessons on courage, respect, professionalism, and kindness. We believe it truly takes a village to raise a child and we are eternally grateful our village has such tremendous role models. Mitch Albom may have had his "Tuesdays with Morrie", but I am so very thankful for my "Thursdays with Maggie"! God bless you!
Much love and admiration,
The Tompkins Family
Happy 30th anniversary to the Dance Extension!! Congrats to you, Maggie, for running an amazing studio where my daughter can learn the art of dance in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I am honored to have my daughter be a part of the 30th anniversary season!
We look forward to many seasons to come!
How do you put 30 years of memories into one message? I know God put me in the right place to meet you as I moved to CT when you were opening The Dance Extension. To be a part of The Dance Extension faculty has been an honor and a privilege, to also have your friendship is priceless!! A few favorite memories are: Ron doing the program - "You want what?"- sharing salads during dance camp, Charlie climbing the tree outside the Chapman studio window while I was teaching, dancing "Steam Heat" with you, your encouragement when I was injured, going to NY and having parents exclaim "wow, she walks fast," and most of all the family I have within The Dance Extension.
Thank you for all you have done for so many dancers through the years, for setting a wonderful example to follow, and for always being there for me.
Dear Mrs. Maggie,
I can't even explain what The Dance Extension has done for me. I never could have been the person I am today with out your help. Congrats on the 30th year! I miss you guys so much. You'll always be in my heart.
Hugs & kisses, Alyssa S.
Congrats on 30 years of spreading your love for dance onto so many. It was about 20 years ago since I was dancing with your studio. Now my daughter goes and absolutely loves it. It's amazing to see how much she has grown in just 3 years of being at the Dance Extension. Thank you for creating such beautiful memories for us both.
Yours dancingly, Jessica and Zoe
I am the Mother of Maia Johnson, one of the students in the Saturday KinderCombo class this year. This was my daughter's first year of dance, and I have to say that I was surprised last summer when she told me she would like to take dance classes. Maia can be very shy and anxious at times, and she did not know anyone else at the studio, but I signed her up.
I was a little worried in the winter. Talk of this year's performance had begun, and Maia was very upset. One day, she broke down crying in the bathroom, saying that she didn't want to do a performance, and she was too scared that she wouldn't know what to do and everyone would laugh. I assured her that the performance was months away, she would have lots of rehearsals to practice and get comfortable, and her classmates would be with her. She calmed down a bit, but still occasionally talked about the dreaded performance.
Then, the spring came, and with it the extra rehearsals. I was shocked when Maia not only practically skipped into the studio, but also eagerly started asking when the next one would be. She came home and told me about all of the other girls dances. She beamed when she saw her class assistant, Rachel, dancing with 'the big girls'. The very first time she wore her tutu with her hair and makeup done for picture day, she was so excited and happy that she couldn't stop jumping and dancing around at the firehouse.
Finally came June 1st. I have to say that despite how excited Maia had been for all of her rehearsals, I still wasn't sure how she would react to an audience. I needn't have worried. You all put such love and care into each and every one of your students, and it showed through her. She beamed. She enthusiastically danced and looked like she was having the time of her life. When I picked her up from the oasis room, she was still dancing. Later that night she declared that day the best day of her life. I told her yes, it was a great day. She looked at me and said again. No Mom. It was the BEST DAY!
I can't thank you enough for all that you do. My shy, anxious, worried daughter has been transformed this year, and I know it is due to the love and passion that each member of your staff puts behind all that they do. I'd also like to thank the teaching assistants, because they make a lasting and profound influence on the younger girls. My daughter loves Miss Rachel so much, and as she graduates and moves on to bigger things, I wish her only the best. Maia will miss her greatly.
Maggie, and all of the other teachers. I am truly thankful for your dedication to dance. I hope that The Dance Extension has continues success, and can continue to have such a positive impact on children for many years to come.
Maggie & The Dance Extension,
Thank you for providing many years of joy through dance. I spent years as a student of dance from your expertise, and now my daughter is enjoying the same love and support. You are truly an inspiration of living and loving life through dance.
Congratulations on your 30th Anniversary season. Olivia has been dancing with The Dance Extension for 7 years. We wish you and The Dance Extension many more successful years of dancing!
Tania, Joe, Nick & Olivia Bonner
When I was six, I started tap dancing with Miss Lila, and you told my Mom that I wasn't very coordinated. Thankfully, my Mom didn't tell me that until I was much older, as I had fallen in love with tap, and then jazz, and eventually with modern (ballet never quite stuck, but you tried valiantly!).
My years at The Dance Extension (1984-1998) provided me with a love of dance, life-long friends, opportunities to perform, balance, appreciation for what it takes to seamlessly put on a show, and a discipline and work ethic that carry me through to this day. And, yes, coordination (I got there eventually!).
When I joined a tap performing company in Washington, DC in 1999, it was clear that my preparation and training were superior. While I'm not taking classes now, I do bust out a few steps in my kitchen from time to time, and can still do a few key combinations that were drilled into me over the years (a key sequence from Celtic Feet comes to mind).
I'm sad I will miss the 30th Anniversary performance. I wish you all the best, and offer my sincere thanks for providing an encouraging and rewarding environment in which to grow as a dancer, and as a person.
Much love, Christy Gronlund Magee
Dear Miss Maggie,
You are a true blessing! Your passion for dance & teaching & for caring about others is very evident. You embody the line, "Be the reason somebody smiles today". Stacia has learned volumes about dance technique, dance history, and solid character from you and Miss Nancy and all of the faculty at the Dance Extension. Thank you and Happy 30th Anniversary!
Love, Diane Jean T.
It's after midnight, the morning of the show, and I still don't know how to put into words all that you have done for me and all that you mean to me. Year after year, show after show, your energy is amazing, infectious and life-affirming. One sideways look at you and I know that I am capable of giving just a little bit more - even when I thought I was already giving it my all.
Congratulations dear friend to 30 years - it has been a priviledge and an honor to be here for all of them!