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Words from Our Community


"It is hard to know where to start when trying to thank people for such incredible demonstrations of kindness and generosity. When the gifts were delivered to B.P. a few days before Christmas, we were blown away. Your students, families and teachers are obviously kind, caring and selfless people. To reach out to children they don't know is incredible. You truly made a difference to us all."

Jennifer Messina, Education Coordinator, B.P. Learned Mission & Laurence P. Smith Youth Center


"The contributions to the Holiday Basket program were truly amazing and made a memorable holiday for 53 Waterford families and 118 children. Without the support of the community the program would not be popssible. Thank you for your support. All donation are important ones!"  ~ Susan A. Radway, Director, Waterford Youth Services Bureau

"I would like to personally thank you for participating in Project Polar Express. We were able to match all of our families to sponsors a few weeks before the holidays and this could not have happened without you. Your kindess creates the magic that encompasses Project Polar Express. You have helped strengthen families and provided hope and happiness. Your commitment to serving others and your dedication to Child & Family Agency's mission is, to say the least, amazing."

~  Eileen Manning Perkins, Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut



Words from Dance Extension Parents


"We just want to thank you all for an amazing two years (so far) at The Dance Extension, culminating in an absolutely beautiful, professional, superb show at the Garde! Amélie truly loves dance class and all of her teachers! Thank you for teaching her the beautiful art and discipline of dance and for filling her with such joy and pride and accomplishment each week. The Dance Extension is clearly a very special place and we are honored to be a part of it." Alexa Kydd

"My daughter, Stacia, has been dancing since she was 3 years old.  The Dance Extension has become an extended dance family and a wonderful place for her to develop.  The faculty are top-notch and care about Stacia both in and out of the studio.  Their positive influence has sparked her interest to pursue dance and dance education when she goes to college.  The Dance Extension has helped to stoke Stacia's passion for dance and The Community Dance Ensemble has provided an avenue to utilize her dance talents to serve the community.  If you are looking for professionalism, competence and wholesome character, look no further than The Dance Extension!"  ~ Diane Jean Tibbetts


"Thank you for another amazing performance! This year was exciting and you both handled all the challenges with your usual grace and determination. Every performance, our family feels so grateful to be a part of it. The performance allows us to look back and reflect on how much our children have grown as people and dancers. Thank you for being such a special part of that."  ~ Joe & Karen Podurgiel

"We are incredibly thankful for your example of so many things - strong virtue, how to remain polite in difficult times, how to work hard and be thorough, and, of course, how to cherish the beauty of dance! Thank You!" ~ Robert & Bonnie Tompkins


"I want to thank you and all of the Dance Extension faculty who have encouraged my daughter, Victoria, to be the best that she can be.  I truly believe all the confidence my daughter has is because of dance."  
~ Vita Congdon

"Many, many thanks for another wonderful year. My daughter adores you and is so lucky to have you for a teacher. I am priviledged to be a mom of a dancer under your guidance." ~ Kathie Saums


"I just wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful year of dance. All your work makes a great impact on the lives of your students. It has been so nice for my daughter to have a place far away from the "dramas" (as she calls it) of 6th grade. The Dance Extension is a place that asks a lot of her physically and mentally which is so good for her self-esteem. It is such a nurturing and positive influence on her life. I can't say thank you enough!"


"After watching class during Take a Peek Week in January, I was able to see how well you run the class and the gift you have to engage the students' imaginations. You are a fabulous teacher and your patience was evident. My daughter really enjoyed class. We can't thank you enough."




From Our Students & Alumni

"After a long day at school, I always come out of dance class feeling happier and more energized than when I went in."   ~ Stacia, age 15


"Over the years. attending dance classes has built my confidence and been so much fun! I'm sure when I graduate, I will continue to grow from what I've learned at The Dance Extension. Dance has give me the opportunity to give back and make a positive impact on people in my community. With college interviews and a hopeful career in engineering ahead, I am sure the lessons I've learned in class and on stage will help me achieve my goals just as if they were well rehearsed piece of choreography."   ~  a Senior Dancer 


"Thank you for dedicating 30 years of love, friendship, sweat, and tears so that thousands of us could find happiness, learn commitment, and discover the grace of life to be experienced through dance. Though it feels like a lifetime since I have pointed my toe, shuffled a tap, or leapt across a stage, not a day goes by that I don't know how much more fulfilled my life has been because of my years dancing with you and at the Dance Extension. I know the commitment you made to each and every one of us to get up and smile, encourage, and teach us each day is something rare and special in this world. Thank you and all of The Extension teachers for making dancers out of us all - no matter how long it's been since we've been behind the curtain."  - Lindsey MacDougall, Alumnus

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