How We Define “Hard Work”

At Tonawanda Dance Arts, we talk a lot about “hard work,” especially with regard to our competition team dancers. Hard work, to us, means ALL the things a dancer can do to show their commitment to better themselves, improve their skills, and lift up those around them. Hard work is: ● Showing up for every class and every rehearsal ● Being prepared ● Having a positive attitude ● Giving 100% effort ● Trying over and over again ● Focusing on the big picture ● Putting the team first ● Doing what’s right What’s NOT part of hard work? The answer may surprise you: it’s talent. Talent isn’t required to be a hard worker and build a strong work ethic. In fact, there’s a famous quote amo

Grateful Hearts

As Thanksgiving draws nearer, we wanted to take a moment to express our thanks to YOU, for trusting us with your child’s dance education and allowing us to be a positive light in your child’s life. We are grateful that you’ve chosen us for your studio home. Dance, to so many of our students, is about so much more than learning new steps or practicing choreography. It is a place where they can make friends and share stories; a place where they can express their emotions and act courageously. It is a place where they know they will be held accountable but also loved, even when they mess up. At all ages, our students are absorbing these messages and carrying them outside the studio into the

Miss Aleksa in The Spotlight

Name: Aleksa Kupiec Age: 11 Favorite Style of Dance: Acro The Dancer Who Inspires You The Most: Miss Dana Favorite Food: Waffles Favorite TV Show: Dance Moms Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Imagine Dragons What do you want to be when you grow up? Dancer Favorite Holiday: Valentines Day Where would you like to vacation one day? New York City Fun Fact: My birthday is on Valentines day

Miss Emily In The Spotlight

Name: Emily Hanna Age: 11 Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz The Dancer Who Inspires You The Most: Miss Lauren Favorite Food: Salad Favorite TV Show: Sam and Cat Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Jack + Jack What do you want to be when you grow up? Dance Instructor Favorite Holiday: Christmas Where would you like to vacation one day? Hawaii Fun Fact: I am adopted.

Miss Grace In The Spotlight!

Name: Grace Stimson Age: 10 Favorite Style of Dance: Jazz The Dancer Who Inspires You The Most: Miss Miranda Favorite Food: Pizza Favorite TV Show: Stranger Things Favorite Musical Artist/Group: Taylor Swift What do you want to be when you grow up? Dancer Favorite Holiday: Christmas Where would you like to vacation one day? Hawaii Fun Fact: I play softball

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