You may have heard that Ashburn Academy of Dance and The Ballet Method are affiliated with the More Than Just Great Dancing® network of dance studios. But what does that mean?
The program, designed by Misty Lown, a successful studio owner, sets high expectations for how dance studios operate – from scheduling classes to hiring teachers, to teaching techniques and even philosophies on music, movement and costumes. Studios who subscribe to the program receive support from a team of mentors and attend conferences to further their education and incorporate new ideas.
By sharing the best practices and holding each other accountable, More Than Just Great Dancing® has raised the bar on dance instruction among its member studios. They are some of the best schools in the nation.
At Ashburn Academy of Dance and The Ballet Method, we choose to subscribe to the highest standards of dance instruction and management principles because we understand that we are teaching more than Ballet. We are giving our students instructions on how to live based on dance principles. And that’s a big responsibility.
We’ve gone a step further to make sure our students understand that dance gives us an opportunity to share our talents with our community. So, we perform for senior citizens, delight young audiences at schools, and embrace volunteerism. We also support Darby’s Dancers, a program to bring dance to those with special needs, free of charge, and Traveling Tutus, which repurposes dance wear and costumes so those less fortunate have the opportunity to experience dance in all its glory.
Not every studio makes the grade to join More Than Just Great Dancing®. Our owners, Katie and Anne Marie, are always looking for opportunities to improve or do more. They eagerly embrace the best thinking in dance instruction, like Progressing Ballet Technique, a professional-level strengthening program.
Learn more about Misty Lown and learn about the More Than Just Great Dancing® standards of excellence on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoreThanJustGreatDancing/.