Dear studio2stage team, I'm writing to thank you for such an incredible experience at studio2stage this year!
Entering s2s was a little intimidating, because I knew how many established and award winning dancers would be there. However after day one, I knew that this was a place where competition status did not matter and that everyone was there for their mutual love of performing.
The 9 days I spent at studio2stage reignited my love of music and dance. I am now more determined than ever to be dancing in a professional show in the next chapter of my life.
While at Kean University, I had spoken with some of the choreographers as to what steps I should be taking to increase my chances of being recruited by a touring company. One of the tips was to be more experienced in other forms of dance. You'll be happy to know that I've already signed up for contemporary, ballet, and hip hop classes for this coming year. I'm willing to do whatever it takes for my dreams of dancing in a show to become reality.
Thank you again for all you do to make studio2stage such a memorable experience! I will surely be back next year and I hope to keep in touch as I work to find show opportunities!
Thank you!
Caitlin MacVarish
Date of Posting: 15 August 2016
Posted By: Caitlin MacVarish
2016 cast member
Dear studio2stage team, thank you for the amazing experience this summer. It really changed the way I looked at this art and sport and helped me make new friends and learn a lot about myself. How much further can you push yourself? I found the answer. A LOT farther as it turns out. From the moment I got there everyone was welcoming and friendly. That week we spent working so hard preparing a show helped me really remember how much I love dance and re-ignited my competitive spirit. It was a great chance to learn with and from others as well as dancing with extremely good dancers, from whom I could learn a few things. I would encourage anyone who is willing to try this to just go for it. It?s so worth it. Thank you for a wonderful 9 days,
Date of Posting: 15 August 2016
Posted By: Chloe Foglia
2016 cast member
Studio2stage was easily one of the best experiences of my life. I was so nervous on the first day to walk through those doors not knowing what to expect. But when I walked in, I finally felt like this is where I belong. Studio2stage has brought my love of dance and performing even further. It has shown me that one day I definitely want to become a professional dancer. I learned so much from the choreographers and fellow dancers. Everyone worked so well together and always helped one another out. I couldn't wait to wake up every morning to take on the next day's adventure. Being able to put on a show in just 9 days was absolutely incredible. As the curtain closed on that final day, I was wishing we were back at day 1. I didn't want it to end. I met so many new people that are now not only my best friends, but my family and Studio2stage is to thank for that.
Jillian Riccio
Date of Posting: 14 August 2016
Posted By: Jillian Riccio
2016 & 2017 cast member
I wanted to start off by thanking each and every one of you for the most amazing 9 days of my life. A few of my friends auditioned for studio2stage the first years it was run, but I never pictured myself in the role of a show dancer. However, after being in the audience for last years, "That's Dancing!" I knew I wanted to audition for a chance to be a part of such an amazing production. I sent in my audition tapes hoping for the best and was thrilled when I soon found out I had been offered a place. I was a little nervous coming into the 9 days because I had never done something like this before, but I quickly realized that it did not matter. The choreographers and cast were so welcoming and friendly right away. Every day of rehearsals, I never once found myself thinking about the long hours of dancing, I found myself learning, having fun, and laughing a whole lot. I learned so much about myself and my dancing over these 9 days, especially that being a part of this production meant becoming a part of this family. I never thought I would be even considering pursuing show dancing because the only thing that ever meant something to me was competing, but it is safe to say that after this experience, performing and putting on a show means just as much to me, if not more, than competing ever has. Again, thank you to the production team, the choreographers, and the cast for everything each of you taught me. studio2stage really is one big family, and I couldn't be more proud to have been a part of this year's production.
Thank you so much,
Mary Kate Fogarty
Date of Posting: 12 August 2016
Posted By: Mary Kate Fogarty
2016 cast member
When the tears started to flow at the end of Studio2Stage 2015, I recognized a few things: I had to go back again in 2016!; show dancing was a new, very important goal in my life; and I had made some incredible new lifelong friends who share my passion for Irish dance. Studio2Stage was every bit as much an amazing experience the second year as the first. Working with Michelle, Jim, Siobhan, Miriam and Aidan again was wonderful and working with Craig and Andy as the new choreographers this year inspired me to believe that if I work hard on my craft, I too could tour with a show someday as a professional dancer. Studio2Stage is a grueling nine days (not just physically, but mentally as well ? there really is a lot of work to be done), but it was also the most fun nine days I?ve ever had! I loved being immersed in a show environment, learning show choreography and working with and helping my fellow dancers. Got my own creative juices flowing as well ? I love making up my own steps! I would like to thank the producers, the choreographers, the directors, musicians, and all of the dancers for making this, once again, a most memorable nine days! I already miss everyone!
Thank you so much!!!
Rochelle Hoffmann
Date of Posting: 10 August 2016
Posted By: Rochelle Hoffman
2015 & 2016 cast member
Words can't explain how much fun and what an amazing time I had while at studio2stage. Working with such talented choreographers and other dancers was only the start to the fun. I've made friends that I want to keep for the rest of my life and made memories that I will never forget. From eating Domino's Pizza nightly to the parties in the laundry room to having six people wheeled down the hallway in that giant laundry basket, I couldn't imagine doing that with anyone other than the people I met at studio2stage. And as soon as we all got on stage on show night, it only got better. I got chills as soon as the music started playing and the curtains opened. As soon as we started dancing, nothing was going to wipe the happiest smile off my face. When we came off from the opener... I can't even describe the feeling. It was just incredible. Thank you so much to studio2stage and all the amazing producers and choreographers for making such an awesome show and giving all the dancers an experience we will never forget.


Aaron Wolf
Date of Posting: 10 August 2016
Posted By: Aaron Wolf
2014 & 2016 cast member
Yes I am going to be that cliché person and say that Studio2Stage 2016 was and amazing experience because it truly was!! I have to admit I was a little nervous to attend the first day of rehearsals because I had no idea what to expect, being this was my first year. Fortunately, it didn't take long for me to realize that this was the place for me. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the side of Irish dance that was not competitive. As the week progressed I could see how the challenging rehearsals and long days were only making me a better dancer as I grew more and more determined to perfect the routines with the rest of my S2S team! It was awesome seeing the transformation of the routines from the first day of rehearsals to the show day! It still amazes me how hard all of the S2S team worked to put together a professional Irish dance show in just 9 days!!
This experience opened up my eyes to what it is like to be a show dancer and it only deepened my love for the music and dancing! I would like to thank the S2S team of choreographers, producers, etc. for an incredible experience and for introducing me to a fabulous group of talented people!!
I hope to be back next year and add to the fantastic memories I made this year! Thank you again studio2stage for the new experience, inspiration and friends!!


Hannah Probst
Date of Posting: 05 August 2016
Posted By: Hannah Probst
2016 cast member

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