I feel as if every year at the studio I've grown and graduated into the person I am today. I am forever grateful that you taught me dance skills. You showed me a beautiful way to express myself and this is something I will treasure always. You taught me to channel my energy and my emotions through my body and music. [Dance was] one of my first lessons in working with others. The wonderful thing about your studio, Kathy, is you don't only teach dance, you teach life lessons that help to prepare students to take on the world.
~ Katelyn Hammond
I love APA because the dances are fun, the costumes are awesome, and the classes aren't too long. I also like the music we dance to and the teachers are wonderful! APA is a great place to study dance!!!
~ Sophia Bradley
My mom gave me a Brian Andreas painting once that says “For a long time she flew only when she thought no one was watching.” APA taught me how to fly when people were watching. Honestly, dancing with Kathy and everyone at that studio (which wasn’t, by the way, about competition or skinniness or fake curly ponytails or millions of fouettes just for the applause) shaped my personality, leadership ability, and confidence immeasurably.
~ Kate Vickery
It has been such a wonderful nine years that I have been able to spend with you. Getting to know you has been amazing! Thanks to you I have been able to go from a new, clueless dancer, to "Puss" from Puss 'n Boots, and finally to an educated [and artistic! - dancer.
~ Sage Wimmer
So many memories and stories. So many fun events and occasions. So many hours of dance. So many weeks of rehearsal. So many months spent in your studio. You remember me when I was just a small child. And now, I'm all grown up... you have been my teacher longer than anyone else. So thank you for everything.
I was trying to think of a good way to finish... but the reality is, my letter shouldn't end. This is not my "good-bye" - it is only a "see you later". I promise to keep in touch... Maybe some day you will see me on stage playing my marimba, or see a beautiful performance in the
Hill Center of Performing Arts. Who knows where life will take me?
Thank you for every moment you have shared with me.
~ Heather Hill
The times I had in the APA dance studio were some of the most pleasurable times in my life. Not only did I learn the techniques of ballet, tap and jazz, I found the person I wanted to be by learning life lessons at APA. Working with many different personalities forced me to broaden my own character and appreciate the unique dancers in my classes. I gained several close friendships that I would not have had otherwise and had excellent mentors along the way. Dancing gave me a more outgoing personality by forcing me to go out of my comfort zone and try new things, even if I thought they sounded crazy. It opened my mind to new possibilities and gave me confidence that I could do anything if I just tried. The person I am today and the person I hope to be in the future is greatly influenced by the experiences and education ahat I had in my classes.... Ultimately, it was not just an activity in my planner; it was a part of my lifestyle, and it became a part of me.
~ Carlee Zigray