Congrats to all of my Caruthers Dance Studio Family on your recent winnings in the Stage One Competitions this month!!! Hard work always pays off!
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Multi-talented phenomenal teen, Asha Berry holds a 4.4 G.P. A and is # 8 out of 315 in her graduating class. How she finds the time to be on the varsity cheerleading squad, member of the Thespians Society, Cappies ( theater critique group), National Honors Society, student council, college ambassador, advanced orchestra and theater,concert choir and Caruthers Creative Center Dance Studio Sr. Dance Troupe Member I will never figure out! She recently was a member of her high school swim and dive team. She has already earned two years of college credit classes, dreams of majoring in theater at NYU or the University of Chicago next year and has been dancing since the age of two. She is lettered in choir, theater, and orchestra, and has played roles in the play Oklahoma. Other high-lights to her already impressive list include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Stage Door Dance Competition, and the musical, Hairspray. Asha has superior ratings at district choir contests, does all of this while working part-time at HyVee for over a year, and helps take over receptionist and teaching responsibilities at Caruthers Dance Studio.
Asha was also given the Nirm Brooks award for being the girl with a perfect GPA of a 4.0 for every grading period all 3 years of middle school. She is also a former Girl Scout, and also received an award in her school district for being a distinguished scholar, as well as an invitation to Girl’s State.
Please give this talented teen a pat on the back for being a go getter and shattering the stereotypes of African American youth. Oh, she is also my beautiful niece so I guess I’m guilty of being a proud Aunt.
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See her in action below performing her character dance, “The Adams Family”.
Hey all! Just a great update on some sweet success for one of my talented nieces, Kya Berry! She is taking the modeling world by storm! She has been modeling with Hoffman International for the last few years and now has earned a spot with Payless Shoes in a recent commercial. Kya recently danced with Kaufman Center as well. She has been featured on the blog as a guest artist and is still working hard to make her dreams happen. By the way Kya, you do “Own Your Style” and you wear it Berry well! Please check out her recent dance video as well at national competition in which she received First Place Photogenic Double Platinum and Competitive 1st Place Award and placed 19th out of 80 dancers! All the best Sweetie and so proud of you!
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My neice Maddie’s most recent performance from a national competition entry. My family’s business, Caruthers’ Creative Center Dance Studio in Missouri, is one of the few African American owned businesses in the area that has stood the test of time. Congrats Maddie on your double platinum as well as the Competitive & Photogenic Award and 11th overall out of 80 dancers! Tough competition!
This multitalented teen was also nominated for All American in Cheer leading and made varsity squad as well as the competition team as an incoming freshman. In addition, she excels at tumbling. She has won numerous state band awards as well and is currently the only female trombone player. She has recently had a dance gig with Kaufman Center and to top it off, she does all of this while maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A along with winning many academic accolades, including the President’s Academic Award. She is an inspiration to those around her and a great influence on teens internationally. Great job Maddie and keep it going!
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Josephine Baker 1906-1975, Missouri native, known world-wide for her flamboyancy and larger than life personality, famous mainly for her work mainly in Paris
Alvin Ailey 1931-1989 Founded the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, New York City, Activist, Choreographer (Photo credit: Evaf-Maze)
Katherine Dunham 1909-2006, American dancer, choreographer, author, educator and social activist. Directed her own dance company for many years.
Janet Collins 1917-2003, Metropolitan Opera Prima Ballerina 1951-54, Choreographer, studied Hebrew music with composer Ernest Bloch, dance student of greats such as Katherine Dunham, Doris Humphrey & Lester Horton
Fayard Nicholas 1914-2006 and Harold Nicholas 1921-2000 Better known as the Nicholas Brothers. Wowed people with their “flash dancing” and highly energetic tap dance productions, said to be the greatest tap dancers of their day, famous for “Jumpin’ Jive (with the Cab Calloway Orchestra) and the film Stormy Weather
Tap, Tip of the Toes or Trailblazer, these artists were extraordinary people on and off stage. Most of them were civil rights activists and teachers as well as dancers and choreographers. Some even starred in major film productions.
This is a tribute to those paving the way in dance back in the day. They opened doors, literally, and broke down barriers to earning a living for African Americans in this form of entertainment so that those like me can benefit from having so many possibilities today. So, here are my top 5/6 greats that have influenced me and that have made dance such a fascinating art form to teach and study. Did any of these make your top 5? Click the gallery pictures to read about these iconic artists and leave a comment to let me know.