I want to preface this blog : I was e-mailed this from my Company Director with these instructions
"Attached you will find your next blog post if you'd like to share it on the website. The girls wrote it completely on their own besides the little blurb I did at the top to introduce it. They worked so hard and are so excited to share it with you. Hope you enjoy it!!!!"
I just wanted to share this just to show everyone what amazing girls I have and to make sure they know that this is the most amazing gift I could ever get. This just shows that your dreams can come true, because knowing that they
all feel this way is the reason I opened the studio. This just validates to me that I am doing the right thing as well as it drives me to just keep going and make it better and better every year. I can't thank you all enough for all your words and to tell you I love all of you and you will never know how much I appreciate these words.
Thank you so much to Kelsey and all these amazing girls!
A Thank You to Our Studio Director
As our first year at Stepping Out Performing Arts Center comes to a close, we would like to take an opportunity to reflect on our first of many dance seasons at Stepping Out Performing Arts Center. Though this first year only marks the beginning of an unforgettable journey, we must take this time to graciously extend our upmost gratitude to our studio director, Gayle Amico. Gayle represents a mother, a mentor, a teacher, a friend, and a tireless leader to all of us here at Stepping Out Performing Arts Center. She created a community that continuously ignites our passion for the performing arts, while granting us a home away from home. Her endless dedication and commitment enabled an environment in which we can all fulfill our dreams, students and staff alike. As the dance company director, I would like to express my appreciation for Gayle not only for faithfully entrusting me to share my passion for dance, but also for her immense support throughout the year. Our first competition season comprised of prestigious awards and recognitions, including highest scoring dances, title winners, special judge’s awards, choreography awards, and overall placements, but most importantly memories that will last a lifetime. As for the students, as well as the staff, we cannot wait for our next season to begin shortly. We look forward to sharing more memories with our Stepping Out Performing Arts Center family, while witnessing the growth and progress of each student!
As expressed through our dance company students below, Gayle provided us all with a gift that continues to give! Below please read the genuine and thoughtful appreciation posts written by each one of our dance company members. Gayle, on behalf of your students and staff, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts and cannot wait to continue on this journey!
SOPAC is such an amazing place that I am lucky enough to call my second home. All of the teachers have so much passion for what they do and it is what motivates all of us to do our best. It is because of dance that i am able to achieve wonderful things that i never would have thought of achieving if i hadn't come to this studio. I am not only learning things like technique and musicality, I'm also learning important life lessons that I can't learn anywhere else. The love everyone shares for performing and for each other makes this studio so special and i'm grateful to have it in my life.
Stepping Out PAC has changed my dance life so much! I had my first duet this year and it was amazing. I just want to thank my amazing duet partner, I couldn't have done it without you! And of course, Gabby! Also Kelsey, I loved my two jazz numbers and lyrical number! You have grown me into such a great dancer, I can't thank you enough for that! I can't forget about my team members! I can't thank you enough for being so nice to me, making me laugh and smile! I wouldn't be here without you guys! Last, but not least, Gayle. Thank you big time for everything you have done for me this year. You really have a big, loving heart and just love and care for us all. You taught me how to be a great tapper and I can't thank you enough for that! I love my SOPAC family! You guys are the best! Thank you for an awesome year!
Dance has always been an important part of my life. I've met some of my best friends through dance and could not imagine my life without it. Stepping Out has offered me a place where I can do what I love with the people I love. Gayle Amico puts all of her hard work and dedication into making the studio a fun environment and a great place to dance. I couldn't say thank you enough!
Thank you so much for everything this year! Because of you and everyone else at SOPAC, we were able to have a fun and successful first year. This studio has given me an opportunity to dance with some of my closest friends and become a better dancer. It's amazing how far I've come this year and I couldn't have done it without you! Thank you for all the great memories, SOPAC is truly my second family!❤️
Being a part of the Stepping Out PAC family changed my life as a dancer. It really helped me with stretching and working hard. It has made me feel more dedicated to dance than I was over the years. Working with the Stepping Out PAC family makes me feel safe. Gayle has done an amazing job as being an owner for her first year! Stepping out PAC is a place where I want to be day and night! I am so excited for what Gayle and the staff will bring to our amazing and important family next year!
Stepping Out Performing Arts Center is my home away from home. This studio has provided me with the allowance to make new friends, enjoy the old friends, and have fun! Gayle Amico has put tremendous effort into this studio. The students can constantly see her working either for opportunities for us, or to run competitions and showcases. The studio is where I have chosen to spend my time. It is somewhere that I enjoy traveling to, and enjoy the dance classes I participate in. I truly am grateful to Gayle for creating this amazing place for the students, where we can use our creativity and learn while doing what we love!
Stepping Out PAC has changed my life. Now I ca do more things than I could’ve ever imagined. We are all a family here at Stepping Out PAC. It is my second home! Gayle did a great job on the studio and I am so excited for next year. I can’t wait to do this all over again knowing that I will have a great year with all of you. Stepping Out PAC is a place where I want to be day and night!
Stepping Out PAC changed my life tremendously. The best thing about the studio is that everyone is family. The teachers help me push myself and made me the dancer I am today. My friends make dancing a million times better because you always need laughs and smiles while doing intense dance classes. Also I'm so happy that this year I got the experience to teach, it was the most unforgettable experience and now I see what my teachers think when they try to teach me and the satisfaction you have watching your kids dance on stage. The best memory is probably when we won the "Top Intermediate Studio Award.” While we were in shock, it proves all the hard work we have put in this year and being rewarded was such a amazing feeling! I could not express in words how thankful I am for the owner of the studio which is my mom. Without her SOPAC would not be alive today, all the hard work she has put in is unbelievable! I am so proud of all she has done and I want to just say Thank You for this year and I can't wait to watch Stepping Out PAC grow and succeed!
Stepping Out PAC changed my life as a dancer. It has been such a great year and I cannot wait for next year! The dance teachers and all of the girls made me feel more confident in my dancing. I am so happy to be part of the Stepping Out PAC family!
This past year at Stepping Out PAC has been so amazing. There has been such a positive energy between all of the staff and students. And what is truly incredible is how close everyone has become in merely a year, and how much everyone involved in the studio has accomplished. Such a fun, kind atmosphere has been created where everyone feels comfortable and at home. This year, I’ve felt like my strengths were tested and I was pushed more than I’ve ever been before by my teachers, and all of that has already made me feel like I’ve made progress as a dancer. All of the hard work we put in this year made going to competitions and performing our showcase feel so rewarding, and I can’t wait to see what next year has in store!