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.

Sincerely,

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!!

Sincerely

Hannah Probst
 
Date of Posting: 05 August 2016
Posted By: Hannah Probst
2016 cast member
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first arrived in New Jersey for Studio2stage, but by the end of just the first few days I was so in love with the experience and never wanted it to end. I'm so thankful and glad that I got to spend nine days doing what I love with some amazing people. I would love to thank Michelle and Jim, the amazing choreographers Miriam, Aidan, Zach, and James, and the rest of the cast and crew for making my Studio2stage experience amazing!
 
Date of Posting: 02 September 2015
Posted By: Sarah Miller
2015 cast member
I had no idea what to expect coming into s2s, and I will honestly say you all challenged me and pushed me beyond my limits. I could not be more grateful for that because it showed me I could do anything I set my mind to and that I could do more than I thought. I had an absolute blast getting to know each one of you, as well as the cast and crew. When Jim told us on the first day that we would have friends for a lifetime after s2s, I had no idea the impact that would have. I truly have made some of my best friends at s2s from all over the world and it is amazing what Irish dance can do to bring people together. Thank you all for pushing me, believing in me, supporting me, laughing with me, and enjoying every second of those nine days together. Lastly, thank you for reminding me why I came back to dancing after three and a half years, and why I love it so much. I now know that I want to pursue my dream of dancing in shows after I graduate college. I miss you all, send you the best, and hope our paths cross sometime soon! Thank you for everything!

Alex Macchi
 
Date of Posting: 27 August 2015
Posted By: Alexandra Maachi
2015 cast member
I wanted to drop you a quick note of thanks for the life changing experience I had this summer at S2S. The teachers taught me so much including being more "sassy! The friendships I made were amazing, and being able to put on a professional show in 9 days was unbelievable and speaks volumes of the dedication of these amazing teachers and dancers! This experience has really made me grow and mature as a person and I loved every single minute if it, and would be so honored to have another opportunity in 2016!

Thanks again for everything!

Cody Hoctor
 
Date of Posting: 26 August 2015
Posted By: Cody Hoctor
2015 & 2016 cast member
studio2stage was absolutely the experience of a lifetime! I learned so much from all the choreographers, producers, musicians, and dancers. We were a big family and it was incredible to have spent the week with so many people who I realized have the same dreams as I do. The choreographers were so inspiring and working with them was such a wonderful opportunity and watching them dance and learning from them was amazing! I made so many life long friends and it is so cool to say that I have great friends all over the world. And the producers Jim and Michelle gave us this amazing opportunity and are such wonderful people and I have learned so much from them and their experiences! Stepping out on that stage after spending so many exhilarating and hard working hours with the cast was a feeling I can hardly describe. A feeling that I would love to experience for the rest of my life and will cherish forever! Being in studio2stage really made clear to me what I would like to be for the rest of my life and I hope to one day follow in the footsteps of the incredible choreographers and producers I had the privilege of learning from during my time at studio2stage.
 
Date of Posting: 25 August 2015
Posted By: Jessica Marlow
2015 & 2016 cast member
Walking into studio2stage I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous, and so excited that I couldn't stop smiling. The rehearsals were so much fun, just seeing the dances come together and watching the choreographers faces as they watched them come together was such a good feeling. studio2stage surpassed all my expectations. Even having the choreographers treat us more as friends than young dancers that they were teaching, made it that much better. The production crew, the choreographers, the musicians and the dancers made those 9 days the best 9 days of my life. This experience showed me that there is so much more to Irish dance than just competing, there is a whole new side to it. I can't describe the feeling of walking out onto that stage for the first time. You get chills as soon as the music starts playing, and the crowd goes wild! This was so much more professional than I had expected. The show we put on in just 9 days was unbelievable. I can't thank everyone enough for making this experience so amazing for me. You go to bed wanting the morning to come faster just so you can go to rehearsal. The costumes were incredible as well, and just the way that they fit into the dances so perfectly. Looking back at the pictures makes me want to go back and do it all over again. All the laughs, dance parties, and the pizza parties we had just topped it off. I am beyond proud of myself to be able to say that I am a cast member of studio2stage 2015. Bring on studio2stage 2016!
 
Date of Posting: 25 August 2015
Posted By: Devan Berg
2015 & 2016 cast member
Hi s2s team, missing you guys so much!
When I first arrived at studio2stage I knew it would be such an amazing and fun experience, although I really had no idea what was to come. From the moment I was picked up from the airport, everyone was so welcoming and made me feel so at home. Being able to work with so many talented choreographers, musicians, dancers and organizers was such an amazing opportunity. At the beginning, while meeting everyone we all had our own individual styles and talents. Once we all came together to put on the production, it was as if everyone joined together as one. I loved the way it gave a whole new perspective on Irish dancing. Being able to work with and get to know my own competitors from competitions was also an experience like no other. We all worked hard together as teammates instead of as competitors and this gave Irish dance a whole new and amazing atmosphere!! Everything, from the auditions to show day was done in such a professional and organized manner. Throughout the week I felt as though I was in a real professional show! The friends I have made, the individuals I have worked with and the experience I have had are all things that I will never be able to forget! Although the many hours of training, sore feet, tired muscles, and the difficult material were all challenges, nothing felt as hard as having to say goodbye to the studio2stage family. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this such a fabulous 9 days! I have grown as a performer and have learned so much thanks to each and every one of you. It all seems like a dream now, but the best dream I've ever had!!
What an incredible experience I have had! Cannot wait to audition for 2016!!!
 
Date of Posting: 24 August 2015
Posted By: Mackenzie Thompson
2015 & 2016 cast member
studio2stage was one of the best experiences I've had in my life! To be given the opportunity to start off performing in a show in America is something I never thought would happen but by studio2stage creating this show has given dancers this chance. This experience gives you an insight into what being a professional dancer is all about, the long hours of constant drilling is definitely worth it as the show turned out to be amazing . I have made so many friends that I will definitely be staying in contact with and I want to thank Michelle and Jim as well as the choreographers Miriam, Aidan, James and Zach because thanks to you studio2stage 2015 was a great success!
 
Date of Posting: 22 August 2015
Posted By: Amber West
2015 cast member

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