Parents appreciates local dance studio
Looking around this sleepy town of Grand Bank, it’s not hard to be grateful every time I drop my daughter off for dance lessons at Peninsula Dance Studio!
What Newfoundland town of this size can boast its own dance studio besides Grand Bank? Where else can you find the service of a qualified, certified dance instructor like Rhonda Scott who teaches little girls no less than six different and distinct dance styles in a population this small?
This year past she held classes for ballet, including ballet pointe, jazz, modern dance, musical theatre, and a compilation of many different dance styles that rotate weekly which she calls “medley”.
I had never heard of Martha Graham or Jose Limon until moving away to study dance in Toronto, but today little girls in Grand Bank are getting the chance to learn their techniques even before they hit their teens.
Grand Bank is no stranger to the fine arts or the theatre of performance. It’s a town that has valued theatrical performance for many generations. Entertaining others on stage began with church concerts and even musicals in church basements in the 1960’s and 1970’s and this was soon reinforced in provincially-run school auditoriums by enthusiastic teachers and inspired youth looking for a chance to shine.
The Joanne King School of Dance operated in Grand Bank at the Lions Club from 1980-1991 and gave young girls like myself and Rhonda Scott an all-new way to take to the stage without words. Who would have thought that years later Rhonda would return to Grand Bank and open her very own dance school just as her dance teacher before her had done? How lucky we are.
I was amazed this year to enjoy Rhonda’s ninth annual spring Recital, this year titled “Collage”. There were 65 students in total ranging in age from three to 16. Three little boys graced the staged in the creative movement class for preschoolers amongst girlies dressed in colorful clown-styled tutus. All the rest of the numbers featured female dancers of all shapes and sizes in classes grouped according to skill level and not necessarily age. Many of the girls have been with Rhonda for years. She began teaching in Grand Bank back in 2009 when she moved home from Nova Scotia bringing talent and experience with her.
Grand Bank owes a debt of gratitude to “Miss Rhonda” for giving our little women the chance to experience the fine arts and learn to express themselves through movement, say nothing of the confidence and self-esteem they can achieve through this mastery.
Not only does dance itself reward participants with self-discipline, purpose and improved physical health that nurtures their selfconfidence, but Rhonda gives further awards to bolster self-esteem. Each month the school honours its best with the coveted “Boomerang Award” awarded to the dancer who shows the most generosity of spirit and helpfulness towards others for that month. Rhonda prints their names in the recital program to ensure everyone knows which personalities shone most come showtime and not who has the most flawless pirouette.
Further to this, a new honour was given this year with the “Class of the Year Award”, bestowed upon her musical theatre (I) class. When these girls took to the stage there was no question why they were given acclaim as their big smiles and their joy in performance undeniable. How blessed we are to have someone doing such an incredible job teaching skills and offering life lessons at Peninsula Dance Studio, giving our children pride and memories that can shape their futures. Thank you, Rhonda. See you again for my little one’s enrollment in September!