"Before attending The Dancer’s Studio/Backstage (DSBS) I was this shy performer with very little confidence when it came to dance. I came from a studio that didn’t know how to critique but rather beat you down to the point where you didn’t believe in yourself; instead of trying to build your confidence and help you become the dancer you are meant to be, they stripped you of your confidence. DSBS helped me realize my dance ability and helped me regain my confidence. For the first time in my life I actually enjoyed performing. They were there to help me become the best dancer that I can be, they didn’t compare me to the other dancers around me. I think that is what drew me to this studio. I drove 30-40 minutes to and from the studio every day to learn from these experienced teachers. They push you, they help you, and they care about you. I haven’t danced at DSBS in years. I am now 22 and attending the University of Kansas for my Doctorate of Audiology. In my spare time I will be taking open classes in ballet and jazz at Kansas City Ballet beginning this July. But I go back to visit The Dancer’s Studio every chance I get. The teachers hold a special place in my heart. It’s difficult for me to describe how much The Dancer’s Studio/Backstage means to me. I learned more in the 2 years that I studied there than the previous years that I was dancing elsewhere. Yes, I learned how to dance better, but I learned so much more than that. Dance teaches you respect, discipline, time management, how to work with others, and perseverance. No matter what you aspire to become when you’re older, dance will help you become successful, especially when you attend a studio like The Dancer’s Studio/Backstage: a place where you come to realize the better version of yourself. I am beyond grateful for my fellow dancers, for the teachers, for the parents, and for Ms. Jonnie; without them I would not be the person I am at this moment."