Today we're wrapping up our "Why Dance?" series by asking some more of our AODA family why they like to dance and why they like their classes here. If you haven't already, be sure to check out Parts 1-3, and come back next week as we look at the history and different styles of dance!

We love it when families can share the passion of dance together -- this family has four daughters ranging in age from 4 to 14, and they all love to dance!

Addilynn (age 4) says, "I like to dance because it's fun. I like to wear my leotards and ballet shoes all the time."

From L-R: Carliegh, Lauren, Miss Sarah, Addilynn, and Lainey

From L-R: Carliegh, Lauren, Miss Sarah, Addilynn, and Lainey

"I love to dance. I love my teacher, Miss Sarah! And I like to come home and show my mommy and daddy what I have learned in class. I like AODA because it's fun!" - Lainey (age 6)

"Dance has always been my dream. I love dancing and love to practice at home all the time... My favorite thing about coming to class is seeing my friends and my teachers." - Lauren (age 8)

Carliegh (age 14) says, "I love to dance because it's always been a huge part of my life... My favorite thing about coming to class is being able to learn new things and socialize in a friendly and wholesome environment. I love AODA because [of the] great people and amazing teachers!" 

"We love having our four daughters in dance at AODA and this is our fifth year here. We love that this is a Christian studio with a wholesome atmosphere, that the teachers pray before the class and ask the students for prayer requests. We love that we don't have to worry over immodest dress codes for class or recitals and that we don't have to worry over the music selections as well. It's a fun, family friendly atmosphere. Love my #dancemom sister friends." - Matthew and Rachelle, Dance Parents

Dance isn't easy, but it's worth it! Let's hear from two more students about their dance journey. 

"I first discovered Alpha & Omega when my mom was a part of one of their vendor shows/showcases. I met the owner at the time, Terri Crowther, and her daughter-in-law Andele, and they encouraged me to take a couple of classes. I hadn't danced since I was around 5 years old, but it had always been in the back of my mind to try it again. Being 14 at the time I thought I was too late and would never get to the point I wanted, but they encouraged me to try anyway. Looking at it now, I am so glad I did, because with the help of many friends and teachers and their constant encouragement, I have joined the level 2 ballet and pointe class and taken on the understudy of Wendy in our Neverland production this spring! I love Alpha & Omega because above everything Christ is always at the center and is the foundation of their teaching. The studio and the people there are the reason I am the dancer I am today!" - Allison (age 19)


Collette (age 18) says, “I love dance because it’s so freeing and it makes me feel genuinely beautiful. I feel that dance gives you the strength and beauty no other sport has and there’s so many genres of dance. There are so many ways to express yourself, my favorite genre has to be ballet. Ballet has such an unexplainable beauty to it. When you watch Swan Lake and The Nutcracker you can’t help but feel captivated by their dancing. I know when I see an amazing ballet all I want to do is run up there and join them! It’s like when you hear the gorgeous melodies of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev you can’t help but move your body the way the music intended. I love Alpha and Omega Dance Academy because it’s like no other studio I’ve been to. First of all, they are a Christian based studio which makes me so comfortable. Just having that prayer before class relaxes me and reminds that the Lord is with us in our dancing. The Teachers at AODA are the best dance teachers I’ve ever had, I feel like they are more than teachers to me. I feel so close to them. The bond between teacher and student is so incredible here. They know where your abilities are and they push you where they know you can go even when you don’t think you can. The other dancers are so encouraging to one another, it certainly feels like one big dance family! I’m so blessed to be a part of this studio. My experience at AODA has been such an incredible journey and I don’t know what I’d do without dance or my dance academy!"

What do you love about dancing? What did you think of the first blog series? Let us know your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!