From the Ground Up

In my twenty years of teaching, children & the arts have always been my coworkers. As proud owner of the Dance and Music Academy and Co-Founder/Artistic Director of Trifecta Dance Collective,  I’ve worked in collaboration with thousands of young artists. and I’ve always held the firm belief that my staff and I are responsible for giving our students unique exposure to the artistic community. We have always committed ourselves to excellence. My staff and I hold the shared dedication of teaching and empowering young minds. Upon becoming a studio owner, I felt I finally had a platform to really implement all the ideas I had collected over the years. Those ideas have finally taken physical form, and this year we are ecstatic to take our artistic teaching philosophy to the next level.

Today’s dance training at the student level takes form in incredibly different ways. The dance world has opportunity for an abundance of studio experiences that focus on differing goals. While we prioritize individual technique and artistic and social growth, these past years have cultivated new focuses. We push ourselves to look past immediate goals and to the future; we ask ourselves how dance can truly impact our children’s futures.

The arts can be the most powerful voice of today. We dedicate ourselves to being the voice of comradery, positivity, and unity in our communities. The past season has allowed us more platforms to “speak” from; we have participated in even more benefit concerts, collaborative events, and festival performances. We introduce community service through dance at a young age, teaching our students the lesson that mixing one’s passions with helping others has an impact on the world. We teach the next generation of leaders. By embedding the arts in our communities through youth involvement, our students learn the values that will shape them as young leaders of the future.

Twenty dancers, parents, and myself travelled to New York City last April to perform our 50-minute show "The Power of Beauty" eight times for hundreds of people at Anita’s Way, a dance venue that connects dancers and audiences through free artistic events. The response to our work that we received both inspired and solidified my decision to dedicate our mission to connecting art and humanity. Looking around the audience from backstage, we felt awestruck to see a spectrum of New Yorkers; businessmen and women, tourists, students, and passerby alike had dropped in to watch us perform. This far-reaching demographic was visibly moved by our performance. Dancing at Anita’s Way stood out as a finite moment when our art was truly accessible to anyone, no matter what their background. And isn’t that what our main goal is? To defy societal norms and unify humanity through dance?

These are the type of experiences I want to give our dancers; the experiences that will impact their futures, the moments that will stick out as turning points in their young lives. Our dancers are brave enough to share their passions wholeheartedly, to see the bigger picture of how dance will impact their futures and the lives of those around them. Children and the arts are mutually inspiring.  As an organization with two platforms to “speak” from, we bring both powerful entities together and dedicate our work to cultivating a voice that will speak for all.

Carrie Patterson