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Cuppett Performing Arts Center

Cuppett Performing Arts Center Northern Virginia's finest dance instruction since 1962! Welcome to Cuppetts! Celebrating our 60th Anniversary during the 2021-2022 school-year, the Cuppett Performing Arts Center offers daily classes in Ballet (both Russian and Italian methods), Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Character, Acro-Dance, Hip Hop and more, to students age 3 to 93 in a positive and nurturing environment!

We also have an amazing Dance Company for those looking for competitions and more intense training! Current and former students call us their 'home away from home' - come see why there is no other place like Cuppetts!

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What an amazing ballet performance this past weekend!! Bravo to all the dancers and faculty. ๐Ÿ‘ You all did a fabulous jo...
05/12/2022

What an amazing ballet performance this past weekend!! Bravo to all the dancers and faculty. ๐Ÿ‘ You all did a fabulous job and we couldnโ€™t be prouder!!!

๐Ÿ“ธ Ava Ann Vrooman

#viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #balletperformance #balletworld #balletlovers #balletlife

05/10/2022

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with CuppettPAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #11: Better coordination and agility. Loving @madeline.sullo How It Started vs. How Itโ€™s Going!Register for summer classes at CuppettPAC.com.

#fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio

๐Ÿ’œ Celebrating our Co-Artistic Director/Cecchetti Directorโ€™s birthday today, @lagrau3!! As the right hand woman to our ow...
05/10/2022

๐Ÿ’œ Celebrating our Co-Artistic Director/Cecchetti Directorโ€™s birthday today, @lagrau3!! As the right hand woman to our owner, she plays a major role in making sure operations behind the scene are running smoothly. Not only that, she also teaches ballet, tap, and Cecchetti and is beloved by all of her students. Fun fact! Ms. Grau has been dancing with us since she was a little girl and was a part of Mrs. Cโ€™s โ€œdancing daughters.โ€

May your day be filled with celebration, abundance, and love Ms. Grau! Happy Birthday, we love and adore you! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽˆ

#viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #balletteacher #tapdance #danceworld #dancelovers

๐ŸŽ‰ The day has arrived!! Our Diamond Anniversary Spring Ballet ๐Ÿ’Ž Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ’Ž Performances at 1pm and 7pm. Tickets a...
05/07/2022

๐ŸŽ‰ The day has arrived!! Our Diamond Anniversary Spring Ballet ๐Ÿ’Ž Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ’Ž Performances at 1pm and 7pm. Tickets available upon arrival at Kenmore Middle School. Best of luck to all the dancers and faculty who have worked so hard to put on such a lovely ballet! You all will be gorgeous!!

๐Ÿ“ธ @rsharvey100

#cuppettdancestudio #diamondanniversary #balletperformance #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #balletdancers #balletlove #balletlifestyle #dancestudio

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #10: Improves flexibility. ๐Ÿ“ธ @ally_day_photography #cuppettdancestudio #...
05/06/2022

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #10: Improves flexibility.

๐Ÿ“ธ @ally_day_photography

#cuppettdancestudio #diamondanniversary #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #dancephotography #dancelovers #danceworld

โณ ONLY 1 DAY UNTIL ๐Ÿ’Ž Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ’Ž Performances are tomorrow at 1pm and 7pm. Get your tickets at www.CuppettPAC.com!...
05/06/2022

โณ ONLY 1 DAY UNTIL ๐Ÿ’Ž Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ’Ž Performances are tomorrow at 1pm and 7pm. Get your tickets at www.CuppettPAC.com! ๐Ÿฉฐ

๐Ÿ“ธ @rsharvey100

#cuppettdancestudio #sleepingbeauty #balletperformance #balletphotography #balletlegs #balletworld #balletlove #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio

โณ 2 DAYS UNTIL ๐Ÿ’Ž Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ’Ž Get your tickets at www.CuppettPAC.com. ๐Ÿ“ธ @rsharvey100 #cuppettdancestudio #sleepingb...
05/05/2022

โณ 2 DAYS UNTIL ๐Ÿ’Ž Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ’Ž Get your tickets at www.CuppettPAC.com.

๐Ÿ“ธ @rsharvey100

#cuppettdancestudio #sleepingbeauty #balletperformance #balletphotography #balletlegs #balletworld #balletlove #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio

Be sure to thank your dance teachers today! ๐Ÿ’œ โœจ Talk about a throwback pic! Here is Mrs. C and her granddaughter @zenie....
05/05/2022

Be sure to thank your dance teachers today! ๐Ÿ’œ

โœจ Talk about a throwback pic! Here is Mrs. C and her granddaughter @zenie.be proudly standing with @louprent at Dance Masters of Americaโ€™s National Convention. With Ms. Ashleyโ€™s contemporary choreography to Plain Jane by Jason Mraz, Caralea won the regional title of Chapter 17โ€™s Teen Miss Dance. They travelled to San Antonio that year to compete in the national convention with Caralea. Without the mentorship of Mrs. C, her youngest daughter @amycuppett and all the CPAC staff, this would have never happened. Cherish all the memories. In the end, thatโ€™s what we are left with. Beautiful, nostalgic memories. โœจ

#thankadanceteacherday #viennava #northernvirginia #fairfaxcounty #dancestudio #danceworld #dancelife #dancelove #dancelovers #memories

โณ 6 days left until ๐Ÿ’Ž Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ’Ž Get your tickets at www.CuppettPAC.com! ๐Ÿฉฐ ๐Ÿ“ธ  @rsharvey100 #cuppettdancestudio #s...
05/01/2022

โณ 6 days left until ๐Ÿ’Ž Sleeping Beauty ๐Ÿ’Ž Get your tickets at www.CuppettPAC.com! ๐Ÿฉฐ

๐Ÿ“ธ @rsharvey100

#cuppettdancestudio #sleepingbeautyballet #balletphotography #balletphoto #ballerinasofinstagram #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #7: Our dancers develop poise. Itโ€™s easy to see that in @rborgh_13 How I...
04/30/2022

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #7: Our dancers develop poise. Itโ€™s easy to see that in @rborgh_13 How It Started Vs. How Itโ€™s Going! ๐Ÿ’œ

#cuppettdancestudio #diamondanniversary #viennava #howitstartedvshowitsgoing #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #dancerofinstagram #dancersworld

โณ 7 DAYS LEFT UNTIL SLEEPING BEAUTY! Get your tickets at www.CuppettPAC.com. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ ๐Ÿ“ธ #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirgi...
04/30/2022

โณ 7 DAYS LEFT UNTIL SLEEPING BEAUTY! Get your tickets at www.CuppettPAC.com. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

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#viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dmv #dancestudio #balletdancers #balletdance #dancephotography #balletlove

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #6: Taking dance with us promotes discipline. ๐Ÿ’œ ๐Ÿ“ธ @ally_day_photography ...
04/30/2022

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #6: Taking dance with us promotes discipline. ๐Ÿ’œ

๐Ÿ“ธ @ally_day_photography

#cuppettdancestudio #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #tysonscorner #dmv #dancestudio #dancephotography #dancelovers #movementartist

โœจ Happy International Dance Day!! Did you get your tickets for Sleeping Beauty yet!? ๐Ÿฉฐ ๐Ÿ“ธ RSH Photography #cuppettdancest...
04/29/2022

โœจ Happy International Dance Day!! Did you get your tickets for Sleeping Beauty yet!? ๐Ÿฉฐ

๐Ÿ“ธ RSH Photography

#cuppettdancestudio #balletdancers #internationaldanceday #dancephotography #balletworld #ballerinasofinstagram #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dmv #tysonscorner #dancestudio

04/28/2022

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #5: Our dance school is a kind, loving, supportive, and warm environment! ๐Ÿ’œ Thank you @a.c.1217 for showing your love!! ๐ŸŒน

#diamondanniversary #60years #celebrate #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #dancedancedance #danceworld #danceclass #balletdancers

Our adorable Mini Company did an amazing job at their very first competition this past weekend!! We are so proud of thei...
04/27/2022

Our adorable Mini Company did an amazing job at their very first competition this past weekend!! We are so proud of their performances. They owned that stage @dancekar!! ๐Ÿ‘ Way to represent ladies! ๐Ÿ’œ

#cuppettdancestudio #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dmv #dancestudio #competitiondance #dancelifestyle #dancelove #minidancers

๐ŸŽ‰ A huge Congratulations to the @cuppettdancecompany on an amazing weekend at @dancekar!! You all should be very proud o...
04/25/2022

๐ŸŽ‰ A huge Congratulations to the @cuppettdancecompany on an amazing weekend at @dancekar!! You all should be very proud of yourselves. We are!! ๐Ÿ’œ (Celebratory reel coming soon!)

Just want to take a moment to acknowledge the dancers and choreographer, @natalieprovost, who placed overall in their divisions!

Cosmic Love - 1st
Hymn - 3rd
Jet Set - 2nd
Crazy In Love - 3rd
Mollyโ€™s solo - 4th
Spencerโ€™s solo - 2nd
Averyโ€™ solo - 3rd
Suzanneโ€™s solo - 4th

#cuppettdancecompany #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #competitivedance #competitiondance

We want to wish our wonderful ballet director, Ms. Chris, a very happy birthday!! She has been a part of our family for ...
04/24/2022

We want to wish our wonderful ballet director, Ms. Chris, a very happy birthday!! She has been a part of our family for years and does an incredible job coordinating our extensive ballet program. Her professional instruction and storytelling are part of why her students love her classes. We are blessed to have her a part of our dance family and very grateful for all the hard work she does for Cuppett PAC!!

Ms. Chris ~ May you have a fabulous day filled with relaxation, celebration, and love!! We love you!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‚

#balletdancer #balletteacher #cuppettdancestudio #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #balletlife #balletworld

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #3: We build confidence in our students. Itโ€™s easy to see that in the Ka...
04/23/2022

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #3: We build confidence in our students. Itโ€™s easy to see that in the Kaltenmark familyโ€™s How It Started vs. How Itโ€™s Going photos! ๐Ÿ’œ

#60Reasons #diamondanniversary #60years #howitstartedvshowitsgoing #confidenceiskey #viennava #northernvirginia #fairfaxcounty #dancestudio #danceworld #dancedancedance

Jumping into @cuppettdancecompany last competition weekend like ๐Ÿ’ฅโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ Good luck to our Mini Companyโ€™s very first time com...
04/23/2022

Jumping into @cuppettdancecompany last competition weekend like ๐Ÿ’ฅโšก๏ธ๐Ÿ’ซ Good luck to our Mini Companyโ€™s very first time competing and all the talented company dancers!!

#cuppettdancestudio #dancephotography #competitiondance #competitiondancer #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #dancedancedance #dancecompetition

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #2: From our music to our costuming, to the way our instructors lead the...
04/22/2022

๐Ÿ’Ž 60 Reasons to Dance with Cuppett PAC ๐Ÿ’œ Reason #2: From our music to our costuming, to the way our instructors lead their classes, to how our students conduct themselves, we are 100% family friendly. Every parent can rest assured their child is being cared for as if they were at home, each time they come to dance. ๐Ÿ’œ

Photo credit: @ally_day_photography

#60reasons #cuppettdancestudio #diamondanniversary #viennava #northernvirginia #fairfaxcounty #dancestudio #danceworld #dancelove

๐Ÿฉฐ Sleeping Beauty tickets on sale now!! ๐Ÿฉฐ Go to our website to purchase tickets! All of our little ballerinas have been ...
04/22/2022

๐Ÿฉฐ Sleeping Beauty tickets on sale now!! ๐Ÿฉฐ Go to our website to purchase tickets! All of our little ballerinas have been getting preview performances from the soloists. โœจ

#cuppettdancestudio #balletclass #balletworld #balletpost #viennava #northernvirginia #fairfaxcounty #dancestudio #sleepingbeauty

~ Don't miss our Diamond Anniversary Spring Ballet Performance!! ~ Get your tickets now at https://cuppettpac.com/perfor...
04/21/2022

~ Don't miss our Diamond Anniversary Spring Ballet Performance!! ~ Get your tickets now at https://cuppettpac.com/performances/spring-ballet/

#viennava #fairfaxcountyva #northernvirginia #dmv #dancestudio #balletlife #balletworld #balletdancer

We hope everyone rests and recharges for their spring break. Stay safe and have fun!Photo credit: @ally_day_photography ...
04/03/2022

We hope everyone rests and recharges for their spring break. Stay safe and have fun!

Photo credit: @ally_day_photography

#viennava #Fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #dancephotography

For #FeatureFriday, we would like to spotlight Little Red Riding Hood (Rachel) from our upcoming spring ballet performan...
04/01/2022

For #FeatureFriday, we would like to spotlight Little Red Riding Hood (Rachel) from our upcoming spring ballet performance, Sleeping Beauty! Here she is performing a preview for our younger students. ๐Ÿ’œ Tickets on sale now at our website.
#cuppettdancestudio #viennava #northernvirginia #fairfaxcounty #dmv #dancestudio #balletperformance #balletdancers #sleepingbeauty #balletpost

Sending the biggest Happy Birthday hug to our wonderful director, @amy_cuppett!! She is an incredibly resilient and posi...
03/29/2022

Sending the biggest Happy Birthday hug to our wonderful director, @amy_cuppett!! She is an incredibly resilient and positive woman of courage. As Mrs. Cuppettโ€™s youngest daughter, she is passionate about creating memories in dance for the families of Vienna and beyond. Cuppett PAC is celebrating 60 years because of her leadership and professional staff. As Nanan (Mrs. C) would say, bravo!

Ms. Amy ~ We hope you have an amazing birthday evening with your family. Everyone is so proud of all the hard work you put in behind the scenes. We all love you! Keep it up!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ’œ

#cuppettpac #bosslady #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #smallbusinesslife #dmv #dancestudio #dancelifestyle

03/29/2022
Happy Womenโ€™s History Month! Misty Copeland is surely a dance name that has broken boundaries of all kinds for women eve...
03/23/2022

Happy Womenโ€™s History Month! Misty Copeland is surely a dance name that has broken boundaries of all kinds for women everywhere. Check out @carlynicole92 teaching her little ones all about the incredible work of @mistyonpointe!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’œ

#womenshistorymonth #cuppettdancestudio #mistycopeland #balletclass #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dmv #dancestudio #girlpower๐ŸŒผ

โ€œLearn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. Thereโ€™s a light inside of you.โ€ โ€” Jud...
03/21/2022

โ€œLearn the craft of knowing how to open your heart and to turn on your creativity. Thereโ€™s a light inside of you.โ€ โ€” Judith Jamison

Photo Credit: @ally_day_photography

#DMV #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio #motivationalmonday #dancelove #danceworld

Wishing Ms. Susan the happiest of birthdays!! She is our newest addition to the faculty. We are so happy to have you tea...
03/19/2022

Wishing Ms. Susan the happiest of birthdays!! She is our newest addition to the faculty. We are so happy to have you teaching ballet for us. Hope your day is filled with all the best things in life! ๐Ÿ’œ

Donโ€™t forget!! Reserve your spot today. Register in your customer portal. #cuppettdancestudio #viennava #fairfaxcounty #...
03/16/2022

Donโ€™t forget!! Reserve your spot today. Register in your customer portal.

#cuppettdancestudio #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio

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135 Park St SE
Vienna, VA
22180

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Tuesday 9am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 9:30pm
Thursday 9am - 9:30pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday 9am - 4:30pm

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Welcome to Cuppetts! Celebrating our 58th Anniversary during the 2019-2020 school-year, the Cuppett Performing Arts Center offers daily classes in Ballet (both Russian and Italian methods), Tap, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Lyrical, Character, Acro-Dance, Hip Hop and more, to students age 3 to 93 in a positive and nurturing environment. We also have several amazing Dance Companies for those looking for competitions and more intense training! A Vienna tradition, current and former students call us their 'home away from home' - come see why THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE LIKE CUPPETTS!

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For Feature Friday, we would like to spotlight @snk1377 and @i_am_chloeo (pictured center)!! They understudied the senior competition piece and had to learn their parts in two rehearsals to be ready for Starbound competition on March 2nd. Thatโ€™s the dedication we love to see!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ #featurefriday #cuppettdancestudio #competitiondance #danceteam #dancelove #dancelife #viennava #fairfax #northernvirginia #dmv #dancestudio #dancersofig
Katherine Dunham is a dance name not mentioned enough. Honorably, she was the first dancer/choreographer to popularize African and Caribbean dance in North America and Europe. Born in 1909, Dunham grew up in the Chicago suburbs of Illinois. In her childhood, she performed as a dancer and singer. Her interest in the performing arts did not take root until college, though. Dunham studied Anthropology at the University of Chicago and was one of the first black women to graduate with her bachelor's, master's, and a doctorate. During her studies, she took a particular interest in dance anthropology. Dunham's studies abroad in the Caribbean would guide her to found The Katherine Dunham Dance Company. The birth of this company was the catalyst for her international fame and notoriety, establishing her as the "Matriarch of Black Dance." It was one of the first internationally-recognized American dance companies, doing world tours across six continents from 1938 to 1965. She also established her NYC-based school called The Katherine Dunham School of Cultural Arts. This school became the hub for the Katherine Dunham dance technique to develop. It was a fusion of ballet, Caribbean, and modern dance unique to her studies as a dance anthropologist. Not only was she known for her brilliance in dance anthropology, but also her strong protests against racial discrimination. The international touring life presented many first-hand accounts of racially-based mistreatment. She used her platform to make these inequities known, fighting against the systemic weapons formed to oppress people of color. Katherine Dunham was a beacon of light for African inspired movement. She opened the minds of Europeans and North Americans to fall in love with the eclectic cultural dances of the Caribbean. The pursuit of her heritage was one that impacted audiences globally. #blackhistorymonth #katherinedunham #africandance #caribbeandance #moderdance #blackexcellence #danceworld #dancelove
This one seems obvious but stay hydrated! Ever feel nauseous, mentally sluggish, overly tired for no reason, or just plain grumpy? Sometimes the culprit of this can be a lack of water. Chronic dehydration is more common than you think. Our bodies consist of 70-80% of water, so it only makes sense that we should be replenishing our supply daily. Even our focus, memory, digestive system, and joint mobility are affected by how well we are hydrating. It's recommended that men get 16 cups (3.7 L) per day and women get 11 cups (2.7 L) per day. So remember, drink your water! Photo Credit: @ally_day_photography #cuppettdanceschool #wellnesswednesday #stayhydrated #danceworld #wellnesstips #dancelife #dancelove #viennava #northernvirginia #dancestudio
"Dancers are the athletes of God." ~ Albert Einstein Photo credit: @[email protected]_day_photography #MotivationalMonday #dancerlife #motivationalquotes #danceworld #workhard #dancehard
Many dancers can say they've been dancing since they were three years old. How many can say they have been professionally dancing since five years old? Gregory Hines can! This famous tap dancer turned actor began touring internationally with his brother, Maurice, in The Hines Kids. Gregory and Maurice had a fifteen-year run entertaining crowds with their outstanding abilities. They were even frequent performers on primetime television shows like "The Tonight Show." The brothers often found themselves backstage at the famed Apollo Theatre with renowned tap dancers such as the Nicholas Brothers, Howard "Sandman" Sims, and Gregory Hale. Even with all this stardom growing up, Hines grew weary of the touring life and retired to California in his early twenties. But, the stage had too much of a hold on him. Fast forward to the late 1970s, and you'll find Gregory Hines back at the NYC theatre life. After numerous Tony nominations, he hit the jackpot when he was awarded "Best Actor in a Musical" for his role as Jelly Roll Morton in the hit Broadway musical, "Jelly's Last Jam." Hines made his crossover into acting when he sand danced in Mel Brook's film, The History of the World, Part 1. His starring role in the 1988 film "Tap" became the first intersection for film to mesh funk music and contemporary rock with tap dancing. Hines' list of film and television appearances is impressive and extensive, to say the least. Gregory Hines enjoyed a long and successful career melding the world of tap and Hollywood over the next couple of decades. He made tap dance relevant again in mainstream America through his performances on Broadway and Hollywood. He even spearheaded the founding of National Tap Dance Day and is known for his close mentorship with celebrated tap dancer Savion Glover. His relentless advocacy as a tap master made him a timeless icon in the dance, theatre, and film world. (Pictures pulled from New York Public Library Digital Archives) #blackhistorymonth #danceworld #blackexcellence #dancers #tapdance #rhythym #tap #dancelove #tapdancer #celebrate #gregoryhines
Bouncing back from setbacks with a positive attitude is the best way to build resilience. The more flexible you can be with challenges, the better your chances at progressing forward. This applies to anything in life! Dance challenges us to push outside our comfort zones to become better. Dancers are required to overcome both physical and mental challenges. The quicker you assess the challenge and find your way through it, the faster you advance. Resilience is powerful! #cuppettdanceschool #wellnesswednesday #danceworld #wellnesstips #viennava #FairfaxCounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio
We hope Ms. Jennifer Meyer @jenmeyer4 had the best birthday today!! She is a beloved student of Mrs. Cuppett's, from when she ran the studio out of the Old Courthouse basement. She is one of our studio's Cecchetti master teachers and is known for her ability to instill the best technique in her students. We are so blessed to call her family. Happy birthday!! #cuppettdancestudio #balletclass #ballet #danceteacher #dancelove #viennava #fairfaxcounty #northernvirginia #dancestudio
Positive self-talk is crucial! When I coach advanced students, I say, "Tell yourself you're going to nail this pirouette before you even begin. Then, envision yourself doing so." Let me tell you, it works! Half the battle is how we talk to ourselves. Positive reinforcement is the most valuable way to motivate yourself and others around you. As dancers, we are taught to nit-pick every little detail of technique that might be throwing us off on a step. Guess what, dancers! Continuously telling yourself what you're doing wrong is counter-productive to your improvement. So put more focus on mini pep talks and see what a difference it makes. Self-love matters! Another tip. Stay away from comparison. It's dangerous territory for negative self talk. Want to know why? Literally, nobody compares to you. Every single person on Earth has their own uniquely made fingerprint. We are genuine individuals. No clones, no copycats. Getting trapped in comparison is a no-win, slippery slope. Social media is a terrible source for comparison because it's everyone's highlight reel. It's not real life. Real-life has ups and downs. Strive to be a better version of who you were last year, instead of the version of someone else. Awareness of your self-talk is necessary to become the best version of yourself. Try this formula today: 75% positive self-talk + 25% constructive criticism. (Pssst, the key here is CONSTRUCTIVE criticism. Meaning you're still being nice to yourself when you find areas you can improve upon.) Encourage yourself as if you're supporting your closest friend. #cuppettpacdance #mindful #dancers #wellnesswednesday #danceworld #viennava #faifaxcounty #northernvirginia #dmv #dancestudio #positivevibes
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Debbie Allen is a dancer and choreographer who has not only broken the boundaries of racial discrimination in dance but has also conquered the entertainment industry from all angles. Her life is a testament to not allowing what others think to prevent you from fulfilling your life's purpose. Despite her talent for dance, Debbie encountered rejection based on her skin tone on numerous occasions. Houston Ballet School admired her skills but denied her admission based on racial grounds. Fortunately, a ballet instructor there took notice of her dancing and snuck Debbie into enrollment with the school. By the time the admissions office caught it, the instructors had fallen in love with her and chose to keep her in the program. Ms. Allen endured a similar racial discrimination experience with the North Carolina School of Arts. Above all odds, Ms. Allen persevered. She attended Howard University, where she graduated with honors, earning her degree in Drama. After graduating, Debbie moved to New York City to pursue her theatre career. Her big break came when she landed the leading role in West Side Story as Anita, earning her a Tony Award nomination. Some of you may know the very famous 80's dance movie Fame (picture #1). Well, she played the dance instructor in that film. Also, she achieved her first Tony award from her starring role in Sweet Charity. Debbie has risen to become an Emmy and Golden Globe winner, published author, film director/producer, and owner of Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles. She served as the United States Cultural Ambassador of Dance and has been a resident artist at the Kennedy Center for 15+ years. Debbie Allen is a legend in her own right. She's earned her place as a pillar in the entertainment industry and is an inspiration to many! #debbieallen #blackhistorymonth #blackexcellence #riseabovehate #inspirationalwomen