Meet Some of the National Dance Day Team for Studio K!

By Kristin 07.25.2018


By: Sylvana Perczek

This year marks the third year that Studio K has been honored to serve as an official location for the Orlando celebration of National Dance Day! We could not be more excited to welcome more than 300 adult participants for classes this year on Saturday, July 28th from 10 AM to 3 PM. All levels of dance and ability are welcome to come and have a great time, learn some new moves, but most importantly, just have fun! Studio K Team Member, Sylvana Perczek, talked with three of our Studio K National Dance Team Instructors and asked them all the top six questions we want to know to learn a little more about their background, what they love about dance, and why everyone should come and visit Studio K! Here is what they had to say….

RHE’A HUGHES

Dance Teacher Rhe’a Hughes started dancing because, like a lot of us, her mom put her into dance classes at a very young age. On National Dance Day, Rhe’a will be putting together a fun mix of techniques, as well as a combination to one of her favorite songs. She shared that Studio K is the most accepting and uplifting environment that she has ever been apart of, and she says that she does her best to instill those factors in all of her classes.

SP: At what age did you start dancing?

RH: My Mom put me in classes when I was 4, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was 12 or 13.

SP: What brought you to start dancing in the first place?

RH: One of my mom’s friends’ referred her to the dance studio I took classes at so she enrolled me! It’s funny because I wanted to quit after my first year.. I’m so glad my Mom made 5 year old me keep at it!

SP: What classes will you be teaching on National Dance Day?

RH: I will be teaching Jazz! It will be a fun mix of technique as well as a combo that I’m super excited for! It’s to one of my favorite songs of all time!!

SP: What is your favorite style of dance and why?

RH: Eek! This is so hard. Probably a tie between Contemporary and Hip Hop. Contemporary because I love expressing my thoughts and ideas through dance. Hip Hop because I love the challenge.

SP: In general, how do you think the art form of dance is evolving?

RH: I love how genres are starting to cross contaminate if you will. Contemporary borrowing from Hip Hop and Jazz borrowing from Acro… I think it’s great when you can watch a dance and not be able to fit it into a genre stereotype.

SP: Why should people come to Studio K for National Dance Day?

RH: Because we are the best! Haha.. but more than that; Studio K is the most accepting and uplifting environment I’ve ever been apart of. I felt that way when I would attend class before I was a teacher here, and now I do my best to instill that in my classes when I teach!  The variety it offers and the atmosphere it provides is just unparalleled to any other studio in Orlando (in my super unbiased opinion).

AILEEN SUSECK

Aileen Suseck started dancing at about the age of 8 recreating the dance moves from the iconic movie Dirty Dancing. Suseck says that Studio K is the best place to come for National Dance Day because of the community. Also, because the guests and staff are the kindest, most fun-loving and most inviting people out there.

SP: At what age did you start dancing?

AS: When I was about 8 or 9, I used to put on the cheesiest dance wear and try to recreate the
moves from Dirty Dancing because that movie was everything. I didn’t actually start taking
legitimate dance classes until I was in my freshman year of high school and became involved in
Musical Theatre.

SP: What brought you to start dancing in the first place?

AS: I always had a very deep love and appreciation for music and I think it was just a natural progression from there to become interested in dance.

SP: What classes will you be teaching on National Dance Day?

AS: I will be teaching POUND – a cardio-based, full-body workout utilizing lightly weighted drumsticks. It’s the workout that lets you rock out.

SP: What is your favorite style of dance and why?

AS: I’m a huge fan of Contemporary because I like the vulnerability of it. Many of the Contemporary pieces that I’ve seen make me feel like I’m a fly on the wall, getting the inside scoop on someone’s life.

SP: In general, how do you think the art form of dance is evolving?

AS: I think that dancers and choreographers are becoming more creative in terms of discovering new forms of movement (i.e. krumping, bone breaking, tumbling) and mixing styles to create entirely new dance genres. I think it’s opening up an entirely new fan-base to dance knowing that you don’t have to be a technically trained dancer in order to entertain through movement.

SP: Why should people come to Studio K for National Dance Day?

AS: Studio K is the best place to come for National Dance Day because of the community. The guests and staff are the kindest, most fun-loving and most inviting people out there. There’s nothing but smiles and positivity at Studio K.

JAIME STOUT

At the age of just two years old Jaime Stout started dancing. Jaime’s mom was a professional dancer and performer for years, all around the US and Europe, so when she started taking classes everything felt very natural to her. Stout’s favorite style of dance is Jazz. She loves the great beat, and being able to get a little funky and sassy. For National Dance Day Stout will be teaching Musical Theatre and a Sassy Jazz Heels class. According to Stout people should come to Studio K on National Dance Day because there’s no better way to be fit and feel great than to let loose on a dance floor, and support this beautiful art form, that so many love!

SP: At what age did you start dancing?

JS: I was enrolled in my first dance class when I was 2 years old, and haven’t stopped since!

SP: What brought you to start dancing in the first place?

JS: My mom was a professional dancer and performer for years, all around the US Europe, so when I started taking classes I took to it like a fish to water. It’s always spoken to me and I’ve always been able to find my voice in it.

SP: What classes will you be teaching on National Dance Day?

JS: I’ll be teaching Musical Theatre at 11 AM and a Sassy Jazz Heels class at 1 PM

SP: What is your favorite style of dance and why?

JS: That would probably have to be in form of Jazz. I love of great beat, and being able to get a little funky and sassy. Give this girl a bevel and she’s good to go.

SP: In general, how do you think the art form of dance is evolving?

JS: Between the several competition dance reality tv shows and modern styles of music dance has really become accessible to households everywhere, which I think is super cool. While it’s still just as much an expression of story telling and emotion as it’s always been, it’s definitely become a little grittier and a little more boundary pushing in the last decade or so.

SP: Why should people come to Studio K for National Dance Day?

JS: Because there’s no better way to be fit and feel great than to let loose on a dance floor, and support this beautiful art form, that so many love! Whether you’ve danced your whole life or this will be your first time, there’s something for everyone!

For more information on National Dance Day and to see the full schedule lineup, please click here. All classes are free and everyone is welcome to drop in! To see our full monthly schedule for Studio K, please visit the online schedule here!

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