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The ongoing story of Royal Dance Works in images and video as seen through the lens of studio photographer Dustin Curtis. Royal Dance Works is a contemporary dance studio located in Phoenix, Arizona USA.

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April 20, 2014:

Easter Sunday and what a day for a birthday.

 

Caleigh from PreJuniors is 11 today. A lot of people don’t know this but Caleigh was born on Easter Sunday as well and goes by her middle name. Her first name is actually Super. Her last name is Fragilistic-Expialidocious; one of those hyphenated names that movie stars always seem to have. Her mom loves the Easter Bunny and Mary Poppins and that’s how it all happened…

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Of course none of that is true except that Caleigh is a Super Kid! Oh, and she was actually born on Easter Sunday! Her birthday will also fall on Easter in 2025 when she will be 22 and not again until 2087 when she will be 84! 

So, Super Caleigh, I hope you have a great Easter-Birthday. They seem very rare and most of us don’t get them at all.

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  • April 20th, 2014

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April 19, 2014 

Taylor M. is in Petites and she is 9 today! Her birthday is on Showcase so she will feel special all day long. Whereas the other Taylor in Petites is a sweetheart, this Taylor is pretty much a big goofball, a girl of a thousand faces. But she’s fun and I hope her day is, too. If you see her in the Orpheum hallways, wish her a Happy, happy day!!

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  • April 19th, 2014

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April 18, 2014
Megan from Juniors is 12 today. After a year away from performance you are doing pretty well, girl! Keep up the good work and have a happy day.

 

April 18, 2014

Megan from Juniors is 12 today. After a year away from performance you are doing pretty well, girl! Keep up the good work and have a happy day.

 

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  • April 18th, 2014

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Introducing the January Performer of the Month: Zoe from Pre-Juniors.

Here is her story in her own words.

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  • April 17th, 2014

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An important message to all dancers and parents: Dress rehearsal matters!

All of the pictures you see above from last year’s Performance Showcase were taken during dress rehearsal. It is a time when the theater is empty except for a few teachers, the dancers on stage and a lone photographer. As the lone photographer I have front row access to every dance and from every angle. There is no such option during the performance. None of these pictures would have been possible without dress rehearsal access.

So, it is of greatest importance that every dancer be in full costume, hair and makeup for all dress rehearsal dances so we can present your dancers and all they have achieved throughout the year in the best possible light. A beautiful, rare and magnificent shot of one dancer can be ruined by a dancer in the background in the wrong costume, hair still in curlers, etc.

Please help me make it a most memorable experience for all the dancers by doing your part. Thank you all and pass the word.

Dusty

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  • April 16th, 2014

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April 15, 2014:

Taylor Mc. from Petites is 9 today. I use the Mc. designation because there is another Taylor M. in Petites (see April 19th).

This girl is such a sweetheart! She bought me cookies from the snack machine one day as a kind gesture. That’s pretty much all it takes.

Happy Birthday, Taylor. I hope you have a really great day.

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  • April 15th, 2014

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April 14, 2014:
Morgan from Juniors is 14 today on the 14th day in the 14th year - one of those Golden Birthdays. She is new to the studio this year and has done a good job fitting in. She stands out in Hip-Hop for sure but is good with other forms of dance as well.

Happy Birthday, Morgan. Keep dancing strong!

April 14, 2014:

Morgan from Juniors is 14 today on the 14th day in the 14th year - one of those Golden Birthdays. She is new to the studio this year and has done a good job fitting in. She stands out in Hip-Hop for sure but is good with other forms of dance as well.

Happy Birthday, Morgan. Keep dancing strong!

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  • April 14th, 2014

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Practice in Seniors: 2014 From Performance Banquet: 2012 From Recital: 2012 In the classroom: 2010

December P.O.M. Makes Important Life Choice: Dance over Pom

The Royal Dance Works Performer of the Month for December was announced in late March. If you blinked you may have missed her short reign. Just two weeks later the announcement that we were finally moving into 2014 with the POMs was made, January’s performer was announced and Jenni’s day in the sun was over. She didn’t even have time for her picture to be mounted on the wall for all to see.

But Jenni deserves recognition for her hard work, her eternal smile and most of all her decision to stick with dance at a new studio when the friends that brought her here lasted only one season. That was four years ago and she now dances strong, proud and determined as a second year member of the Senior Performance Group.

Here are the “Must Know” facts about Jenni:

  1. 16 years old
  2. A junior in High School
  3. Her parents are both Chiropractors
  4. Loves pointe
  5. Loves Olga, her pointe teacher and mentor
  6. Has perfect feet for pointe
  7. Loves boys (has a current boyfriend)
  8. Besides dance, shopping is her other hobby
  9. Makes important life choices
  10. Does not do Pom or Cheer!

This is Jenni’s first ever Performer of the Month award at Royal. Congratulations, Jenni. See you in the recital dance for P.O.M.

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  • April 13th, 2014

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April 12, 2014:

For the second Saturday in a row there are two performance birthdays.

At the top of the page is Madison. She is in Petites and is 9 today. Madison is a fun kid. A little shy at first but dances full out on stage. As her shirt says, she loves to dance.

Samantha is in PreTeens this year making a single year jump from minis. She likes to ham it up as you can plainly see. They call her Sam.

I hope you girls enjoy your day.

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  • April 12th, 2014

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April 10, 2014:

Katelin from Ensemble is 16 today!! You’ve heard a lot about her earlier in the year as a performer of the month. Katelin, have a great day!

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  • April 10th, 2014

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JUMP Dance Convention Results from March 28-30, 2014

Royal Dance Work’s hard work paid off big at the JUMP convention. You can see all the results at the above link, but here is the breakdown:

Awards:

13 -1st Place

5 - 2nd Place

7 -3rd Place

VIP Dancers:

1 winner, 6 runner ups

Scholarships:

4 Tap

7 Jazz/Contemporary

6 Ballet

1 Hip-Hop

5 Musical Theater

And that is a pretty good showing!

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  • April 8th, 2014

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April 6, 2014:

Today is Amber’s birthday. She is in Minis! Happy Birthday, Amber!!

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  • April 6th, 2014

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April 5th, 2014:

There are a bunch of birthdays in April amongst all the performers. Fifteen to be exact, so let’s get started. There are two today.

On the left side is Emily. She is in Teens and is 14 today. You’ve seen her a few times already as she has been Performer of the Month twice in the past two years. She is becoming a great dancer and was invited to do a dance with the Seniors this year. Won’t be long before she does all of her dances with the Seniors.

On the right side is Riley from PreTeens. She is quirky and funny and is really starting to stand out in her group dances. She is 9 today. 

Happy Birthday girls and enjoy your weekend at LA Dance Magic!

  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • April 5th, 2014

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Some April Foolery:

Photo number 1 - Krizia the Huntress

Photo number 2 - Krizia the Huntress has just discovered what she is having for dinner.

See these amazing photos and more in the Seniors Gallery now showing.

  • Posted 2 weeks ago
  • April 1st, 2014

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