Monday, December 7, 2009

November Dancer of the Month

SPOTLIGHT'S November 2009
DANCER OF THE MONTH
SOPHIA MERVENNE

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

October Dance of the Month

SPOTLIGHT'S October 2009
DANCER OF THE MONTH

ALLISON SEELEY


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

September Dancer of the Month

SPOTLIGHT'S September 2009
DANCER OF THE MONTH

VICTORIA HUDGINS

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Funkdafied, Junior, Teen & Senior Adagio Auditions

Don't forget about the following auditions, this SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4TH; audition times are as follows:

FUNKDAFIED - 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.: This is our competition Hip Hop team. You will be taught a 30 second combination followed by an immediate audition of this combination. This group is the most difficult level of Hip Hop at Spotlight and we are looking for dancers who can accurately pick up and retain complex choreography. *We will not be doing a group warm-up; dancers need to arrive at the studio no later than 3:45 and be ready to start learning the combination at 4 p.m. sharp!

JUNIOR/TEEN ADAGIO - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.: This class requires male and female dancers. During the audition we will be matching up partners by age, size and ability to see who will work best. We can only have as many partners as we have boys, so let us know if you have any brothers, cousins or friends that would like to give it a try. We will be creating a Teen Adagio class as well this year if we have enough boys to separate the age groups. Girls must be at least 8 years old to audition for Junior Adagio.


*Adagio Ladies: Please remember that we choose who will be partners, bringing in a male partner does not guarantee that you will be placed with him.

SENIOR ADAGIO - 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.: This class also requires male and female partners. The audition will run very similar to the Junior/Teen audition, but male dancers need to be able to lift partners overhead and girls must be in White Company or Red Company or of equivalent technical ability. This class works on difficult lifts and more advanced choreography throughout the year.

All of these groups rehearse Sunday afternoons/evenings throughout the dance year!
We will be announcing final class times following the auditions. If you are chosen for any of these groups, more specific information will be given to you prior to your first class! Adagio classes will start the Sunday following auditions.

*BOYS HIP HOP CLASS WITH JARREN MARTIN: This class will also be on Sunday's. It does look like we have a good amount of interest in this and if any other men/boys would be interested please sign up at the studio today!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Untouched at Competition

Youtube video of "Untouched" at competition.



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Spotlight Dance Companies



Company Audition Dates for the 2017-2018 Season:
  • August 28th: Dancers learn 3 combination.
  • August 29th: Dancers Audition the combinations in front of our judges panel. 
Three combinations (Ballet/Lyrical, Jazz & Tap) are taught on the first day and then dancers are given a time to return on the 2nd day to audition the combinations they learned in front of our judges panel. Dancers selected for these elite groups will dance twice a week. If chosen, you can look forward to competitions, dance conventions & guest instructors!




































Spotlight Classes Offered

Tiny Dancers: This is a Parent/Toddler movement class for our Tiny 2 year old dancers. It is a great introduction to movement and dance! With a parent or guardians help, we will all have a lot of fun with our Tiny 2's.

Creative Movement: Offered for ages 3 & 4; this class focuses on building the main concepts and techniques of Ballet and Tap that are needed to advance into other styles of dance, as well as incorporating fun creative movement activities.

Ballet: This class focuses on building the dancers technique, body placement, arm positions, terminology and strength.

Tap: Tap class incorporates beginner through advanced tap terminology and knowledge into rhythmic patterns.

Jazz: Offered for anyone 7-years-old and above, this style of dance incorporates Ballet terminology and technique into fast-paced, up-beat combinations.

Hip Hop: This class presents the latest dance styles of the Hip Hop culture. Dancers who take hip hop MUST take at least one technical class as well (i.e. tap, jazz, ballet, adagio or any combination of these.) &must be 7-years-old or above.

Hip Hop Kids/Jazz Technique: This class is offered for dancers 5 - 7 years old and is taken in addition to their Ballet/Tap combo class. It is a 45 minute Hip Hop class as well as a 30 minute Jazz Technique class!

Lyrical: This class takes ballet technique and presents them in a more expressive form.

Adagio: This style of dance incorporates male and female partnering and lifting. There will be an audition for this class on Sunday, October 2nd from 3:30 - 5 p.m.

Pointe: Dancing on Pointe is not recommended for dancers under 12-years-old. Students will be placed in a Pointe shoe once they have shown thorough knowledge of ballet technique, posture and strength, and have been approved by their Ballet instructor.

Other additional/seasonal classes include: Acro, Stretch & Strength, Turns & Leaps, Dance Fusion & Contemporary.

***2017 - 2018 CLASS SCHEDULE*** 














Spotlight Media Gallery











Featured Video: "Untouched" Kasey Stark, Chelsea Pepin & Alana Prine

Spotlight Lesson Fees 2017 - 2018

ONLINE ACCOUNTS!
NEW THIS DANCE SEASON: You will have online access to your Spotlight account! Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an activation email to set up your account. Account statements will also be sent via email this year!

ONLINE ACCOUNT FEATURES:
  • Access to all account activity.
  • Online Debit/Credit Card payments. (Cash & Check payments will still be accepted at the studio.)
Click this link to return to your account once you've received your activation email and have set your account up:





  • Here are step by step instructions for the spotlight account payment.


1.  Click "Make a payment"
2.  Click "show all paid and unpaid charges and all payments"
3.  Select the line with the balance you wish to pay
4.  Scroll down the next screen to the line that has the balance, check the box.  Payment amount can be changed in the payment amount field after checking the box.
5.  Scroll back to the top of the page and enter your payment information.
6.  Click Pay Charge

Our dance year runs from September -May (9 months), & is split up into 2 semesters (September - December & January - May). Lesson fees are based on the number of hours each student/family dances per week & are split into 9 equal monthly payments due the 1st week of each month. *Your balance MUST be paid by end of the 1st Semester to return to dance in January. The 2nd Semester must be paid in full by the 1st ticket sales. You will be contacted directly if your account is not paid on time.

Family rates ONLY apply for immediate family member (brother, sister, mother, father). Lesson fees are NOT REFUNDABLE OR TRANSFERABLE.


Your 1st month’s tuition plus a $25 registration fee is due at registration! Dancers auditioning for a company pay the minimum company tuition of $120 plus a $20 audition fee and will receive a FREE PRACTICE CD! These fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Hours Per WeekMonthly PaymentFamily Rate
45 Minutes$50.00n/a
1 Hour$65.00n/a
1 1/2 Hours$75.00n/a
2 Hours$85.00$110.00 

2 1/2 Hours$95.00$125.00
3 Hours$110.00$140.00
3 1/2 Hours$120.00$150.00
4 Hours$130.00$160.00
4 1/2 Hours$135.00$165.00
5 Hours$140.00$170.00
5 1/2 Hours$145.00$180.00
6 Hours$150.00$190.00
6 1/2 Hours$155.00$195.00
7 Hours$160.00$200.00
7 1/2 Hours$165.00$205.00
8 Hours
9 Hours
10 Hours
$170.00
$180.00
$190.00
$210.00
$220.00
$230.00
  • Returned Check (NSF) & late fees will be applied if necessary.
  • If your account becomes 30 days late, you will be required to supply Spotlight with a Credit/Debit card number for future payments. 
  • Extra classes (i.e. Funkdafied, Acro, Tiny Dancers, private lessons, master classes, competition small groups/solos/duets/trios etc.) all have additional fees not included in our price chart. You will be given these fees if you register for, or are chosen for these classes.
  • PRIVATE & SEMI-PRIVATE LESSONS are available for an additional cost. Contact your instructor for additional information and availability.



Spotlight Studio Policies

DRESS CODE & SHOES:
Dancers are to wear shoes selected by Spotlight School of Dance. Shoes for dancers 8-yrs-old and up can be conveniently purchased through the studio. Check with your dance teacher for the shoes you need based on your level of dance.

DANCE APPAREL MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES:
3 – 7 year old dancers: Wear any color leotard with pink tights, pink ballet shoes and black tap shoes. 

8 & Up dancers: Black leotard, pink/tan/black tights, Ballet skirt may be added for Ballet Class & dance shorts/capris for other classes. Ask Spotlight what shoes your dancer needs depening on their class placement. 

Male dancers: Plain T-shirts, black dance pants, black Tap, & Jazz shoes. Jazz shoes can be worn for Ballet class for male dancers only. 

SPOTLIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS:
Limited Spotlight scholarships are also available through the studio as well. Contact us for more information.

VACATIONS & SNOW DAYS: 
You will be given a detailed Spotlight caledar at your first class with important dates and holiday breaks. In cases of extreme weather, we will make a decision to close the studio based on the road conditions during our class times. Classes will alwasy be held if schools close due to extreme cold. We will always update the studio's voicemail, website and facebook page in case of a snow day or emergency class cancellation. Make sure to check any of these options for updated studio information.

ABSENCES:
If a student must miss a class, they can take a make up class with an age equivalent class. Remember, lesson fees are not refundable or transferable, so please try to make it to class and/or a make up class.

*If a student feels that more personal help is needed, contact your instructor about a private lesson at an added cost.

SPRING CONCERT:
Spotlight School of Dance will present a Spring Concert to showcase what our dancers have learned over the dance season. Our 2016 Concert Rehearsal and Performance dates will be announced ASAP. Costumes will be selected, and costume fees will be collected with your November payment. A Recital fee will be collected with your January payment to help pay for your initial set of tickets, auditorium rental, props, stage labor etc. All payments through May must be received to get your tickets!

HAIR MUST BE PULLED BACK AT ALL TIMES!






Spotlight News

Spotlight Staff

SPOTLIGHT TEACHERS, CHOREOGRAPHERS & ASSISTANTS 





Owners & Directors Dede DeCamp & Lindsay DeCamp Fullwood








Dede DeCamp: For the past 47 years, Dede has taught dance in the Flint area. Dede started dancing at the age of 6, and has studied dance in Chicago, New York, Detroit and Grand Rapids. Dede has studied with Tap masters such as Fayard Nicholas, Robert Reed and Dianne Walker to name a few.  She also founded and coached the Kearsley Varsity Pom Pon Squad from 1992-1998. In 1985, Dede opened Dancin’ With Dede, and was owner and director for 10 years. After that, she went on to be an instructor and Tap Director in the Davison area for 9 years. Dede specializes in teaching Tap, and has choreographed and danced in numerous competitions receiving superior and national awards with her dance companies. She wants to remind all of her students to remember to take life by the hand and dance!


Lindsay DeCamp Fullwood: Lindsay is a graduate of Western Michigan University where she was a 3-year member of the WMU Dance Team. As the team’s head choreographer, she was presented with their “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Outstanding Choreography. Lindsay has studied dance through studios since the age of 3 and has been choreographing and teaching for 21 years. Lindsay has taught dance for Universal Dance Association, the University of Michigan Flint’s Dance Department and the Flint Music Academy. Lindsay specializes in teaching Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop and her routines have placed in many overalls and received Platinum ratings at regional and national competitions as well as consistently winning many special judges awards for things like “Creative Concept” and “Entertainment.” Her Lyrical routine “Piece by Piece” won the most entertaining routine of the entire Dance Force Express competition this season. Lindsay and her husband are blessed to have 2 beautiful ballerinas of their own, Avery & Addisyn. Lindsay loves sharing her love for dance with them and each and everyone one of her students and staff. She is so proud of all the hard work they have put in to make this show a success!




Teachers & Choreographers





Courtney Dolan: Courtney began Ballet lessons at the age of 8 at the Rochester School of Dance under the tutelage of Cornelia Sampson. She feel in love with Ballet and continued training throughout all of her schooling, while also attending summer dance intensives on scholarship at BalletMet Dance Academy and Boston Ballet. Courtney graduated fro Indiana University with dual degrees in Ballet Performance and Elementary Education and joined the Festival Ballet Providence where she danced professionally for 4 y ears. She had the chance to perform as a guest artist in performances throughout New England and as far as California and also had the opportunity to be coached by legendary ballerinas such as Violette Verdy, Juile Kent and Amanda McKerrow. After retiring from Ballet, she began working in healthcare and currently works in medical education at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Courtney and her husband live in Grand Blanc with their 4 year old twins and she has thoroughly enjoyed working with the company students this year.



Michelle “Meeshi” Edgar-Enos: Meeshi is a native of Visalia, CA where she studied dance under the direction of Sue Sampson-Dalena, Martha Kelly-Fierro, and Shirley Winters of The Dance Studio of Fresno. Her training also includes Visalia Dance Center, Lemoore Dance Workshop, The Long Beach Ballet and Performing Arts, The Edge in Los Angeles, CA, Broadway Dance Center in New York City, NY, and The Millennium Dance Complex in North Hollywood, CA. She started competing at the age of five and soon after that she was dancing during the halftime shows at the East/West Shrine football games and the San Diego Chargers football games. Since then she studied with many choreographers such as Jeff Amsden, Rhonda Miller, Brian Friedman, Kim Wolfe, NappyTabs, and Mia Michaels to name a few. She has received dance scholarships from West Coast Dance Explosion and Be Free Productions/The Pulse on Tour. She was given a scholarship to dance at the Millennium Dance Complex for a summer and during her time there she was asked to audition to be a backup dancer for Backstreet Boys. She enjoyed and learned so much from that experience but knew in her heart that she rather be in the teaching scene than the performing scene. Meeshi started teaching at the age of fifteen and had her own mini dance company at the age of seventeen. Till this day she continues to teach and create wonderful masterpieces in the dance world. She lived in Massachusetts for nine years where she taught various classes from contemporary, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and progressions throughout the New England area. She also choreographed for Fairfield University's Dance Team in Connecticut where the team qualified for Nationals in Florida on ESPN two years in a row. Meeshi has been an active member in the competitive dance world and her diverse choreography has won many accolades over the years and continues to grow. Her students have won Regional and National Dance Titles, her routines have been awarded Overall High Scores, she has been given Judges Choice Awards, and Meeshi has also won the Prestigious Diamond Choreography Award at American Dance Awards for seven years. Her “Ave Maria” lyric routine was also nominated by the Federation of Dance Competitions (The FDC) in Texas to compete against the best of the best. Many of her students have continued to dance in college and professionally in Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, London, and Boston. Meeshi and her family recently moved to Michigan and would like to continue to expand her knowledge of dance. She continues to choreograph in Colorado, New England, and now in Michigan. Throughout her busy teaching schedule and before having a family she also adjudicated for Fire and Ice International Talent Competition and Showstopper Dance Competition. She loves to create not only beautiful dances but movement that expresses oneself.


Jessica Hush: Jessica has been dancing since the age of 4 and has danced at Spotlight for 12 years. She began competing at the age of 8, receiving high awards at both the regional and national levels. She has trained under the direction of Bruce Bradley and is a former member of the Tapology Youth Ensemble. Jessica has taken classes from instructors such as Dianne Walker, Gregg Russell, and Jason Janas just to name a few. She was honored to receive Spotlight's Dancer of the Year in 2013. Jessica will graduate from Powers Catholic High School this year and is currently teaching 7, 8, 9's tap. She enjoyed choreographing competition routines this season as well. She is thankful for all the opportunities Spotlight has given her and she can't wait to see her dancers shine on stage!


Emileigh Lewis: Emileigh has been dancing since the age of 4, and at age 11 started dancing on a competitive dance team. Emileigh began dancing at Spotlight in 2010, competing with Red Company and Funkdafied. Emileigh has competed in regional and national competitions and Spotlight gave her many opportunities to learn from some of the top choreographers at conventions. Emileigh currently teaches Creative Movement and is so happy to be a part of the amazing teaching staff here at Spotlight!


Kacy Perry: Kacy began dancing at the age of 3, and has yet to stop! At 8 she began competing across Michigan, as well as taking lessons from Dede DeCamp. Kacy also performed with Clio Cast and Crew during her summer breaks. At 15, Kacy began teaching dance for a local Kiwanis summer program. While attending Michigan State University, she also taught at a local dance studio as well as a high school dance team. Kacy currently teaches many Spotlight classes for ages 3 through company dancers. She is very proud of all the dancers here at Spotlight!

Madison Powell: Madison has been a party of Spotlight since they opened their doors in 2004 and was even a student of both Dede and Lindsay before that! She was an original Red Co. dancer as well as a member of Adagio, Funkdafied and the teaching staff. Madison was honored to be named the 2009 Dancer of the Year. She attended Central Michigan University where she earned her degree in Elementary Education and Child Development and was a member of the CMU Dance Team. She is currently the Nature Preschool Director at Chippewa Nature Center in Midland where she lives with her husband Kyle and daughter Lennox. Madison has continued to choreograph competition dances for Spotlight and teaches weekly classes at a dance studio in Bay City.


Alana Prine: Alana has studied dance in the Flint area since the age of 5, and has danced in several companies throughout her career. She has competed and danced with Spotlight since 2004 as a member of the Red Company, and was honored to be the 2nd Spotlight Dancer of the Year. In 2004 Alana began giving private dance lessons and assisting at Spotlight and has been teaching for 11 years. Alana was an assistant coach and choreographer for the Bentley High School’s dance team in 2008 and with the Grand Blanc High School’s Varsity Pom team as an assistant coach and competition choreographer from 2009-2011. Alana has received many awards, both regionally and nationally, and now has started doing competition choreography which has received high awards as well. Alana has taken many classes outside the studio from top choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Chris Judd, Diane Walker, Van Porter, Dave Scott and Arthur Duncan just to name a few. Alana teaches Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Jazznastics and Adagio at Spotlight, and is honored to be a part of Spotlight’s teaching staff.

Alli Seeley: Alli has been dancing since the age of two, and has been dancing with spotlight since 2004. Alli became a member of our Blue Company in 2008, White Company in 2010, and Red Company in 2011. Alli was our 2011-2012 Dancer of the Year. She is currently a freshman at Kettering University and is studying Applied Biology and Biochemistry. Alli has been an assistant teacher at spotlight since 2011 and an instructor and choreographer since 2014. This season she also choreographed two Red Company solos for this year's competition season.

Kasey Stark: Kasey Stark began her time at Spotlight as a member of Blue Company thirteen years ago, when Spotlight first opened their doors. Having trained under Dede and Lindsay since a very young age, she has learned to love and appreciate the art of dance. She has competed in productions, lines, large groups, small groups, trios, and solos with Spotlight since the age of eleven and has won many awards both regionally and nationally. Having participated in countless conventions and intensives, she has learned from many dance greats, including Mia Michaels, Wade Robson, Tyce Diorio, Dave Scott, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall, Lady Diane Walker, Brill Barrett, Gregg Russell, and Harold Kromer. She was awarded Spotlight’s Dancer of the Year two times, one of her greatest honors and accomplishments. During her time at Spotlight, she was also a member of the Flintstone Hoofers under the direction of Bruce Bradley, and she was captain of Powers Varsity Dance Team for four years. Kasey earned her bachelor's degree in Biology at the University of Detroit Mercy, and was captain of the Detroit Titans Dance Team for three years. She is graduating from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry May 2017, receiving her degree as a Doctor of Dental Surgery. She is extremely grateful to be continuing her passion for teaching as a guest choreographer at DeCamp’s Spotlight School of Dance.

Ashley Symons: Ashley has been dancing since the age of three and has bee a part of the Spotlight family for nine years. Being a company dancer, she won many awards for many solos and group dances. In 2013, she went to New York City for a summer intensive with the Radio City Rockettes. Ashley was the 2015- 2016 Dancer of the Year. During her years as a student, she was also an assistant teacher. This year, she choreographed for competition and recital, along with teaching dance to children at an elementary school. Ashley attends the University of Michigan- Flint majoring in Sociology with a minor in communications. She love her Spotlight family!













Spotlight Dancer of the Year

Madison Mitchell: Madison has been dancing for the past 16 years, and has been a part of Spotlight’s Red Company since the studio opened its doors in 2003. She has been involved in many groups including Adagio and Funkdafied. Madison has competed at Hall of Fame Nationals in Chicago and has attended Tremaine Dance conventions with Spotlight. This year, Madison is also an assistant teacher. Madison is a current student at the University of Michigan – Flint and will be attending Central Michigan University in the fall to study elementary education. She would like to thank her family and friends for always believing in her and also Miss Lindsay and Miss Dede for giving her the honor of 2008-2009 Dancer of The Year!
  • SPOTLIGHT DANCER OF THE MONTH: This award will be presented each month by the teaching staff. The winners will be selected on positive attitude, improvement, ability etc.
  • SPOTLIGHT DANCER OF THE YEAR: This award will be presented to the dancer who the teaching staff feels best represents Spotlight School of Dance; age is NOT a factor. This dancer will be given the opportunity to have a solo spotlight dance in the Spring Concert.

About Spotlight School of Dance

DeCamp's Spotlight School of Dance is Genesee county's premier dance studio and provides the area’s best dance instruction for dancers of all ages and levels. DeCamp’s Spotlight is located at 6435 Atherton Rd, in Burton MI and is centrally located to welcome students from all over Genesee county. Our students range in age from 2-years-old through competitive adult. We offer classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Adagio. We also offer 3 elite competitive dance companies. These elite companies are chosen through an audition process, and these students compete at dance competitions around Michigan and nationally as well. Our acclaimed Spring Dance Concert is the best show in town and presents what all of our talented dancers have learned over the dance season with exciting and new choreography every year! If you are a beginner looking to start from the basics, or an advanced dancer looking to perfect your technique, Spotlight is the place for you.

Enjoy your time in the Spotlight!

CALL THE STUDIO FOR MORE INFORMATION:
(810) 742-7414 or email us at decampspotlight@yahoo.com
www.spotlightschoolofdance.com



PRIVATE LESSONS AND STUDIO RENTAL AVAILABLE ! 

CALL THE STUDIO FOR MORE INFORMATION 



(810) 742-7414