Adagio Dance Academy opens in downtown Grand Junction
WHAT: Adagio grand-opening celebration
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
WHERE: Adagio Dance Academy, 123 3rd St., Grand Junction
COST: Admission is free
INFO: www.adagiodancegj.com, 970-210-7587
When Jessica Miracle began dancing as a small child, it provided fun, structure and the tools to succeed in all aspects of her life.
Now, the 32-year-old Grand Junction resident hopes to give the next generation of children the same opportunities through Adagio Dance Academy. She recently purchased what was formerly called Grand Junction Academy of Dance, located downtown at 123 3rd St. The studio has been around for three decades, under a few different owners.
This dance studio has “always been really special to me,” Miracle said. “It’s a place to escape, and a way to experience new things and new people. It builds confidence. I’ve been teaching for about 19 years; I started teaching here when it was Dance Center West, then at the Dance Academy 17 years ago. I just love being an influence in the kids’ lives.”
Former owner Heidi Fay will continue to teach dance classes with Miracle at Adagio Dance Academy.
“I renamed it to create something new and fresh,” Miracle said. “Adagio is a style of dance we do in ballet. It’s also a musical term. I like that it crosses both genres.”
Adagio re-opened Monday, Jan. 6, with a grand-opening celebration scheduled for Friday, Jan. 31, from 5-7 p.m.
“We will have hor d’oeuvres, and kids doing dances every so often,” Miracle said. “It’s a big meet and greet to see the new space and ask questions.”
The downtown dance studio is currently accepting new dancers, and enrollment is rolling for all ages — 18 months to adult.
Classes span every genre, Miracle added — ballroom, jazz, hip hop, tap, ballet, pre-school classes, and event adult date night (with babysitting).
“The motto in the studio is ‘steps for dance, steps to life,’” she said. “We use dance as a vehicle to teach life lessons. Preschoolers learn to stand in line, and teens learn how to cope with big issues, like overcoming obstacles and achieving goals.”
Michelle Leach, 15, attends Grand Junction High School and has been taking dance classes with Miracle for a little more than six years. She said she’s taken classes spanning ballet, jazz, contemporary dance, hip hop, and partner dances.
“It’s a lot like a family and we all support each other a lot,” Leach said. “There’s no competition. It’s all in good fun so it helps everyone get better. That’s a mentality you don’t always see everywhere.”
According to Leach, she’s been dancing ballet “on point” for about two years, and that’s a big accomplishment for her.
“It’s a good challenge,” she said, noting that finding success in dance class instilled confidence in other areas of her life. “When you have that experience in something outside of school, it makes school easier to apply yourself and take advantage of everything you’re learning.”
The preschool BUGS program — otherwise known as Bringing Up Great Students — also works to instill life skills in young children.
“It incorporates learning,” Miracle said. “It’s more than just dance.”
The teachers at Adagio strive to make the dance studio a home away from home as well, a place where students can always come, she noted.
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