My name is Andrea Szabo, and I am a alum of Dance Dimensions from 2011. I danced at DD for about 15 years. It was where I grew up, my second home. It shaped me into the dancer and person I am today with important life lessons and everlasting relationships.
I am a senior studying biomedical engineering and pre-med, and am currently a co-captain of the Boston University Dance Team. Our team performs at all of BUs basketball games, and we compete in the National Dance Alliance competition in Dayton Beach, Florida. Every year the team competes with one team dance routine including jazz, hip hop, and pom dance style. Last year, the team worked extraordinarily hard to perfect our team dance routine, and we also competed with a full hip hop routine for the first time. Not only did our team place 2nd in the team dance category for Division I, second only to the first place team holding this spot for the past 15 years, but we placed first in the hip hop division. It was a team effort with every individual working equally as hard. Personally, I know I couldn’t have reached this achievement without my background.
The life lessons I learned would not be possible without Dance Dimensions. I learned the importance of communication for the sanity of everyone around you, to be responsible (never forget a prop), and how to be committed. I learned how to work hard at everything I do, always stay positive, and never give up ( never say the word “can’t”). We learned how to balance our time, as Jen always encouraged dancers to be involved in other things as well. I learned how fragile a team can be, and how to work well together in a team. Competition between dancers inside the studio is unheard of (unlike most studios); the only competition is dancers with themselves to improve as it should be. These are only some of the life lessons I learned that have helped me throughout college.
Dance Dimensions is more than just a studio, it is a family. I have made incredible relationships with teachers and other dancers. Some of my best friends still today are from this studio. One of these friends is my duet partner my junior and senior year. We often randomly text each other when we hear our duet song playing somewhere and just to check in on each other. She will forever be known as my duet partner. My relationships with the teachers are always thriving. I can talk to hem about anything at anytime because they really care about me. Once we all get together during recital time, things are like they never changed. In particular, I have kept very close contact with none other but the infamous Dee Hillier. She has always supported me when I was considering a career in dance, and she always has great advice about my life. I wouldn’t trade these relationships for anything in the world. I know I can count on each and every one of these people if I ever needed anything.
I would be a completely different person had I not gone to Dance Dimensions. From the life lessons to the incredible people, I have some great memories that I will remember for the rest of my life. These experiences have shaped me into who I am today, and I know Dance Dimensions will continue to change the lives of many more people.
Boston University, 2015
Biomedical Engineering and Pre-Medicine
Dance Dimensions was (and is) my family! It was not only a place where I spent most of my evening and weekends, but a place where I made lifelong friends, learned discipline, skill, and art, and most importantly learned more about myself than I ever thought possible! All of these things have been a huge part of my journey and even though it has been (many) years since I’ve been a DD dancer, I think about it always and it holds a very special place in my heart.
For me, dance was about being most and least myself at the same time (in the best way possible). I could escape the stress of the day and transform into characters, challenge myself, and feel beautiful. Being a dancer became a huge part of my identity and still is to this day! It taught me strength (physical, emotional, and mental!), teamwork, humor, determination, the list goes on and on. It also sparked a love for the arts and all things creative.
The staff at Dance Dimensions weren’t only teachers, but mentors, creators, step-in moms and makeup artists and set designers and costume gurus, and lucky for me even friends! The dancers in my company became lifelong friends, and I even had one by my side as a bridesmaid at my wedding!
I often refer to my days at Dance Dimensions as “The Glory Days,” and would be lying if I said I didn’t make my husband watch old recital tapes with me a few times a year. After leaving DD and going to college, I continued dancing on the college dance team as well as minored in dance. I had the joy of combining personal and professional passions when I got my start with Very Special Arts. In this program I traveled as a Teaching Artist, teaching dance to various special education classrooms.
As I’ve grown older, I still hold on to dance as much as I can. I work professionally as an administrator for a Fine & Performing Arts program for children and adults with disabilities in Las Vegas. Helping others find the joy and creative expression in dance and the arts is the best job in the world. I will also have the joy of dancing in an inclusive company later this year! Outside of work, I dabble in aerial silks and dance a lot in my living room, haha.
I can’t say enough wonderful things about the studio and staff at Dance Dimensions. It is truly a magical place, filled with the best people.
As a Dance Dimensions dancer for over ten years I have been taught so much more than just how to dance. This studio has taught me so many valuable life lessons. As a member of the performing companies I have learned that you have to work hard in order to succeed. It was a lot of work to tryout and learn the choreography, but it was so rewarding to perform. I also made so many great friends that will last a lifetime. I am so blessed to have a “dance family” that supports me and truly cares about me. As a freshman in college, it is so nice to receive loving messages from my former teachers asking how I am doing. Dance Dimensions was a great part of my life as a dancer, but still is an amazing part of my life and will be forever.
Whenever I think of Dance Dimensions I can’t help but smile. I practically lived in this studio for 14 years and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I am now at Kent State University pursuing a BA in dance with minors in business and sports medicine. I would not be doing what I love everyday without all of the love and support from the Dance Dimensions staff. Their goal is not only to help you grow as a dancer but as an individual as well. They want to see you strive for success and live your dreams, no matter what they might be. To them it is much more than just teaching a dance technique, it is teaching the students about teamwork, responsibility, honesty, and individuality. Without all of this I know I would not be the dancer, or even person, I am today. The entire staff will forever hold a special place in my heart and I cannot begin to describe how much of an impact each of them has made in my life. No matter where I go in life I know I can always come back to Dance Dimensions. Home is where the heart is and my heart will forever remain at Dance Dimensions.
I began dancing when I was 5 and spent my entire childhood at Dance Dimensions. I couldn’t have imagined a better place to grow up and call my second home. The staff not only taught me how to dance, but life lessons that still hold true today. So many of my best friends, even today, are people I met through Dance Dimensions. I am currently still dancing at Miami University on the Shakerette Dance Team with a few other Dance Dimensions alum. I couldn’t be more thankful for all the years I spent at Dance Dimensions and all the wonderful experiences I had there.