Why We Love Dancing At Studio 4
Our daughter Gracie has been dancing with Studio 4 for four years now. She was almost eight years old when she first joined and had no confidence and was very scared after suffering a serious asthma attack a year previous to this. She went from playing football and doing all sports to being too scared to do any. When we first arrived at the dance studio, Gracie cried week after week and refused to go into the studio to dance. We stayed and watched and she was warmly welcomed by all of the staff. The older dancers spoke to her every week and gently encouraged her to join them in the studio, initially to watch with me outside and then she joined them with Alice’s help. From that very first class, she fell in love with dance and our family has very much become part of the Studio 4 family. Gracie has been supported, guided, and encouraged during every class, every competition and every step of the way. As a family we cannot believe her growth in confidence and self esteem but also in ability. She won her school talent contest last year and was Jack in Jack and The Beanstalk in her school play. We truly believe these things wouldn’t of happened had she not have joined Studio 4. Gracie is proud of her dancing and of dancing alongside such talented teachers and dancers. The older students have nurtured her and welcomed her and she has been inspired by them. She dreams of being a dancer and a dance teacher like the teachers at Studio 4 that she admires. We are thankful every day that we found Studio 4.
When Studio 4 Dance (formerly known as 4 Funk Sake) was introduced to my daughter (Summers) life little did we know or expect the massive impact it would have. Summer from the age of 2 was always dancing and started traditional ballet training at 3 but it was when she was 9, and Alice started an after school club at Pondhu that Summers dance journey really took off. With the passion and dedication of Alice Walker, her brother Jack, all of her dance teachers, volunteers and dancers it is impossible not to be inspired. Throughout the years there have been countless breath taking performances, mesmerising competition pieces and world class training opportunities with leading artists from the Dance industry. But beyond the dancing and training that is available and made as affordable as possible for all, it is the sense of Family and community that truly captures the heart with Studio 4 Dance. My daughter has been given an environment to help her fulfill all her ambitions and we have gained a second family who are always at hand to help and support each other any way they can at all times. I can honestly say that all of our lives have been enriched by Studio 4 dance and I am excited to continue into the future supporting this amazing group. Karl Rance
Finley started dancing at Studio 4 when he was just 3 years old. 3 years later, he is now doing several classes a week and has well and truly been welcomed into the 'Studio 4 family'. The first time Finley was invited to take part in an end of year show, he was so frightened that he refused to even attend his dance class until the show had ended. Alice supported his decision 100% and suggested we bring him along to the show as a spectator - I believe this is where his love for performing started as there's been no stopping him since! By March 2020, his confidence had grown so much that he auditioned for a place to perform a solo ballet piece in a show to promote boys dance. Once again the support from Alice and the team was second to none, from private lessons to teach him an audition piece right up to regular contact on the day, Studio 4 were there all the way! The teaching, support and genuine pride from not only the staff and volunteers, but also the other dancers is beautiful to see. I'm so glad to have found a dance school that puts the dancers first in everything they do and can't imagine my son attending anywhere else.