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Dance Alliance of Saline Gears Up for a New Seaon

The youth company has begun accepting students ages 8 to 18.

Dance Alliance of Saline, which is gearing up for busy season with lots of performances, is now accepting new students through fall.

Dance Alliance Repertory Company (DARC) is an in-residence, pre-professional, youth dance company with students ranging in age from 8 to 18.

The studio also operates Jazz Dance Theatre, a non-profit organization that performs at a variety of events and helps raise money for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. 

Lisa and Adam Clark have owned the studio since 2004 and have operated DARC since 2000, offering a variety of dance styles geared towards both youth and adults. The two are also instructors.

Lisa Clark said dance provides benefits to all ages from exercise to increased self-esteem and confidence. In addition to physical benefits, dancing helps with coordination and teaches students how to work in groups.

“Students learn how to follow directions and dancing forces them to think of not only themselves but their teammates. Dancing also gives participants a creative outlet and allows them to express themselves artistically while helping to focus energy and increase motivation,” Clark said.

Qualities involved in dance also strengthen a dancer's future work ethic, she said, noting that “Students learn hard work will get you anywhere. Being involved in performances forces you to push yourself to do your best.”

In addition to dance classes, the studio offers stretch classes for both adults and kids and a workout class taught by Adam that incorporates boxing and cardio. Clark said adults taking classes are making an investment in themselves.

“It takes you away from your everyday life,” she said. “Adults get their 'me' time, and it gives them a chance to get away from it all.”

Dance Alliance students participate in many benefits and performances
throughout the year, including the Annual Nutcracker Show Dec. 15 and 16 at Saline High School and the Saline Summer Fest. Their annual recital takes place May 18 and 19.

Many opportunities throughout the year exist to participate in workshops and competitions like LA Dance Magic, a show Adam has helped produce in the past. For several years, students have traveled to other cities to practice the art of dancing. Clark said the trips give students a chance to work with professionals involved in Broadway or the movies.

“They get to expand their dance horizons to more than just their hometown,” said Clark.

A few of the famous talents the studio has worked with include Jennifer Hamilton, Pattie Obey, Judy Rice, Jackie Sleight and Aaron Cash.

DARC members have also earned scholarships to prestigious regional and national conventions and competitions.

With a staff of 10, Dance Alliance offers classes throughout the week. Prospective students can drop in for a trial class to see if it’s the right fit.

For more information on classes, visit dancealliancesaline.com

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