Summer classes begin Monday, June 17, 2013. We look forward to seeing all of our dancers again after the long break.
Congratulations to CAA's touring companies for a fun weekend at the Hollywood Vibe convention in Ogden, Utah. CAA dancers received 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the teen contemporary solo division, 1st place in the teen jazz solo division, and 1st place in the teen lyrical division.
CAA dancers received the overall high score for the teen solo division and multiple scholarships including the teen Grand Prize scholarship.
CAA dancers received 1st place in the teen contemporary and lyrical small group divisions and the overall group high score in the teen category.
CAA dancers received 1st place in the intermediate contemporary and ballet divisions and the overall high score in the intermediate category.
For the second year in a row, a CAA dancer received a top 12 award at the Youth America Grand Prix semi-final in Denver, Colorado.
We are proud of your hard work ladies. Great job.
Thanks to all of our company dancers who participated in our benefit concert for the Utah Food Bank. You helped raise several thousand dollars in food and cash donations for those in need. THANK YOU!!!
In its first year, CAA’s touring company won multiple competitions with ensemble, duos and solos at Youth America Grand Prix, JUMP, Adrenaline, and Shut Up and Dance With Odyssey Dance Theater. In addition, CAA Touring Company dancers were accepted into dance intensives at Joffrey Ballet and Ballet West this summer. Company dancers have previously been accepted into summer intensives at Juilliard and American Ballet Theater.
CAA dancer Jorgen Willard, who was our lead dancer in last year’s production of Cinderella, was recognized as the “Dancer of the Day” in Dance Spirit Magazine and is currently dancing professionally in Los Angeles.
CAA dancer Hailey Hilton was hired into Odyssey Dance Theatre.
Congratulations to Jorgen and Hailey!! Way to go ladies.
CAA was highlighted in the July 2012 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine for its efforts in recovering from a fire in July of 2011. From the article:
"It was surreal. Seven years of collected painted props, costumes, books, photos from concerts and thousands of dollars of dance apparel and CDs were all gone,” says Jana Monson, whose Creative Arts Academy in Utah burned down last summer. But like other brave studio owners in her situation, Monson was undeterred. “The day after the fire, we made copies of the iconic World War II Rosie the Riveter poster that says, ‘We Can Do It!’ and placed them around the exterior of the building. I wanted my clients to know that we would persevere and overcome this tragedy.”
To see the article, CLICK HERE!
On December 3, 2011, CAA held a benefit concert for a little girl needing a heart transplant. The girl's family, in a letter to the Davis County Clipper Editor, stated:
On Dec. 3, Creative Arts Academy of Bountiful held the benefit concert “Dancing 4 Kaidence, So She Can Dance Too.” The night was a beautiful interpretation of Kaidence’s life through music and dance.
Thank you to the many who worked so hard to make this night so memorable. We want to thank Jana Monson who chose to do this for our little Kaidence when she could have easily done this fundraiser to help rebuild her dance studio that burned down this last July. Your sincerity, generosity and friendship have been engraved into our hearts. That evening will never be forgotten.
In truth, it is our dancers who will never forget this beautiful little girl whose love for life inspires and teaches us all.
Creative Arts Academy was recognized by the Salt Lake Tribune for excellence in dance training. In an article written by Kathy Adams on August 22, 2011 entitled "Ballet classes: finding a barre," Creative Arts Academy was recognized with two other private ballet studios along the Wasatch Front for excellence in ballet education. Kate Crews-Linsley, a former soloist for Ballet West and one of five Ballet West members currently teaching for CAA, was quoted in the article as follows:
"I continue to teach for Jana because of the positive atmosphere in the studio. The positive attitude translates to students taking artistic risks and responding to corrections quickly. In a positive atmosphere, students’ minds are open and flexible and the improvement is more rapid and sustained. I even see students encouraging each other, which I love."
The article further noted the following considerations for parents to make when choosing a dance school:
Choosing a dance school
Ballet faculty • Professional stage experience doesn’t guarantee a good teacher, but it helps with insight into the career path. Instructors should absolutely have strong ballet training and be able to articulate their approach.
A suitable facility • A sprung floor is very important in preventing injuries. Also check for supported barre, mirrors and a good sound system — or live accompanist.
Performance • Annual performances give students necessary stage experience, but the process is more important than a flashy product. Controversy surrounds combo-dance "competition studios." However, respected competitions such as the USA International Ballet Competition, Youth America Grand Prix and The World Ballet Competition provide exposure for students and valid performance experience.
Note • If you see hundreds of trophies piled in the neighborhood studio window, it represents little more than memorized "routines," glitzy costumes and travel expense.
With a current Ballet West principal dancer, three former Ballet West soloists, and a former Ballet West member all teaching for CAA, along with multiple professionals from Odyssey Dance Theatre, Ririe Woodbury, and Repertory Dance Theatre, eight studios with sprung, marley floors, and annual ballet and contemporary concerts, CAA excels in the above recommended criteria for choosing a dance school.
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