We hope that this page will give you a better picture of who we are, and what you can expect upon attending Reflections.
To create a positive, loving atmosphere for young and old alike of various abilities to train in dance and develop a deeper appreciation for the performing arts.
To teach people about good health physically, mentally and spiritually.
To transfer our own love for movement and beauty to other people with creative abilities.
To make affordable quality classes available for all students with a passion to learn.
To give opportunities for students in the performing arts to display their talents and bless our community locally and abroad.
This is accomplished by:
1. Offering a well balanced schedule of ongoing, high quality, technique classes.
2. Providing esteem building performance opportunities.
3. Offering workshops to help expand a dancers’ creativity and encourage her/his God given gifts.
4. Carefully choosing and creating costumes, music, and choreography that reflect our values.
5. Training dancers from the inside out. We attempt to push our dancers beyond technical excellence inside the classroom/studio, to value what God values and influence the larger world around them when class time is over.
Generally speaking, most people that come to Reflections from another studio will find us a little more conservative with our costumes, music, and choreography. Some come to us disappointed with what other dance studio recitals were like and now they love ours.
We didn’t set out to be different than other studios, but rather just be who we are. We have a strong value for family and so we decided to start Reflections as a home business where Debbie could be near the family and work out of “our home.” At times there have been challenges, but it’s definitely been worth it.
We have a value for excellence in what we do as well as having a purpose. We feel an appreciation for our art as it is an excellent vehicle for creative expression, communication, and sometimes an even deeper message will come across in our instruction and performances. Above all we should always enjoy what we do for with that comes the satisfaction and pleasure of something beyond ourselves that we couldn’t have done in our own strength.
Debbie taught at a studio in Ohio that was very strong and participated in many competitions. She thought that was great for some people but that competition would not be our studio’s emphasis. We do work hard at putting on many performances every year that benefit not only the performers but the many audiences as well.
Over the last several years we’ve been working hard at developing our dance teams and dance company that perform at many different venues throughout the year, with the goal of someday being able to go on performing tours even in other countries.
Of course our biggest performance is our end of the year Dance Recital. We put a lot of time and energy into this and many people have told us how rewarding it is. We usually hold this the 3rd weekend of June in a Performing Arts Center with over 35 Volunteers and workers as well as over 1000 people attending.
We usually do a mixture of December Holiday free Performances in house for the smaller ones and at a Mall or Seattle Center House for the older ones. Over the years we’ve done many Performances at 3 different local Senior Nursing Homes, Everett Mall, Alderwood Mall, Auburn Super Mall, Seattle Center House, Churches, Schools, Festivals, Warm Beach Lights of Christmas and Freedom Fest in Snohomish.
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Many of our Students find it convenient to come from the immediate Mill Creek & Falls / Gold Creek / Silver Firs area but some come as far as Marysville and Seattle. Many enjoy the friendly and personal approach. Miss Debbie and the other teachers teaching styles use disciplined technique yet with no overly intense competitiveness.
There are lots of factors to consider when choosing your new dance school. Here are some questions to ask about the schools you are considering.
Dancing can be a very physical activity, and quite often involves jumping and contact between the dancers' bodies and the floor. Floors that are not sprung will not absorb any shock, and thus can result in more injuries. At Reflections, both of our studios are equipped with special sub floor pads underneath their flooring, making them shock absorbent and healthy for our dancers' feet and bodies. Studio A has a bamboo real hardwood floor and Studio B has 2 layers of 1/2" quality grade plywood and then a dance vinyl (Marley).
Dance classes with too many students make it difficult for a child to receive personal attention. At Reflections the class size averages around 8 for the younger students, and averages around 12 for the older students. We always take into consideration the experience level of the teacher, the chemistry and make up of the class, if there will be a teacher's assistant, and the age level of the students when determining the maximum number of students to accept into a class. Our class sizes allow for students to have the optimal learning environment.
Most dance studios put on an end of the year dance recital. These shows can be very large and potentially hectic. Some studios require parents of their dancers to acquire their own costumes, which can be frustrating or inconvenient for parents. At Reflections, our year-end recital is beautiful, professional, and organized. Costumes are provided for the students for a set price and delivered to the students in class leaving no work to the parents.
In many studios, teachers may double as administrative staff, leaving few people available to provide assistance to customers. Here at Reflections, our office staff are responsive and professional, and always available by phone or email to answer whatever questions our students and their families might have.