At the beginning of studio2stage I was very excited but I didn't know what to expect. I came in with one really good friend and when Jim said we would make tons of new friends, I didn't believe him. After long days of fun, but hard work, the studio2stage crew became one huge family. This experience has further encouraged me to become part of show. These 9 days were some of the best 9 days of my life. Thank you so much to all of the choreographers, Michelle and Jim, the production team, Siobhan, the musicians, and of course all of the other dancers in the show! We couldn't have put on such a great show without all of us! Bring on 2016!
 
Date of Posting: 22 August 2015
Posted By: Megan O'Keefe
2015 & 2016 cast member
When I first arrived at studio2stage, I was extremely nervous. I was nervous about the rehearsal schedule, learning my dances, and meeting new people. By the end of day 1, I had forgotten all the fears I had came with. The rehearsals were long but very rewarding - I loved watching the numbers come together over the course of the week. I also met so many new people from all over the world that I can now say are good friends.
Even though the week was one of the most tiring I have had in a while, stepping on that stage during the opening number is what made it all worth it. The feeling you get on stage is one only you can experience for yourself. I really hope to return next year to feel that same way all over again!

A special thanks to Michelle, Jim, Miriam, Aidan, Zach, James, and the entire studio2stage team for making this a week I will never forget!!
 
Date of Posting: 21 August 2015
Posted By: Emma McFee
2015 & 2016 cast member
Hi all!

I hope everyone made it home safely after such an epic week at studio2stage! I just wanted to say a big thank you to the choreographers James Greenan, Miriam Lee, Zach Klingenberg and Aidan Garvey for all your your hard work and many hours spent in the studio to prepare us for such an unreal stage performance. Your patience, guidance and contagious positivity has helped me develop a stronger sense of confidence when performing onstage. I would also to thank Michelle Lee and Jim Murrihy for managing and producing such an amazing show, and arranging our trip to New York City for one of the best memories I made on the trip...dancing in Times Square! Also a huge thank you to Anton and the music department, tech crew, Siobhan O'Connell in the costume department and all my fellow dancers for making this past week at studio2stage so incredible. Not only have I learned so much about what it is like to be part of a dance show, I have also learned that it is the people you meet on the way that make the experience so special and fun! I am truly blessed to be able to say that I was part of the studio2stage crew of 2015!
I hope to see many of you next year!
Thank you again and I hope you have a wonderful remainder of the summer!
 
Date of Posting: 21 August 2015
Posted By: Vanessa Silano
2015 cast member
studio2stage has been the best experience of my life!!
It was just so amazing & I'm so sad it's all over already! I woke up every morning happy because I knew I was doing something I loved with such incredible, lovely & inspiring people who loved doing the same thing as me.
Going over to America I didn't really know anyone at all which I was kinda nervous about but I made so many new friends from different places around the world who are friends for life & I miss so much already! Everyone was just so nice which helped make my experience so enjoyable! I want thank Aidan, Miriam, James & Zach so much for there amazing choreography & help throughout the 9 days, they were so fantastic & inspiring. And of course I want to say a big massive thanks to Michelle, Jim and all the rest of the production team as it all wouldn't of happened without yous.
studio2stage has really helped me so much in my life as I got to experience what it is like to be a professional dancer & I loved every minute of it so much! Each day was so packed with dance rehearsals which were tiring at times but they were so worth it as they where really enjoyable & fun! I've made so made so many memories that I'll never forget! Doing the flash mob in Times Square was such an unreal experience that I still can't believe actually happened. I can't even describe the feeling that you get performing on stage, to such incredible music, in front of a full cheering audience, it was just so amazing! I really loved every minute I had over there & I'm so thankful for everyone who helped make it so fantastic! I hope to see everyone again soon!
Thank yous so much again for this fantastic experience,

Sinead xx
 
Date of Posting: 19 August 2015
Posted By: Sinead McGonagle
2015 & 2016 cast member
As the mum of a 2015 studio2stage crew member can I just say a huge thank you to everyone involved for making Katie's 9 days in New Jersey ones that she will treasure always. She had the most amazing time and had come home with a new found confidence, new life-long friends and an even greater love and respect for her greatest passion, Irish Dancing. You have all made a dream become a reality for her and I have no doubt that after this experience she will continue to work even harder to fulfil her dream of someday being part of a professional dance company, performing on stage around the world.
Go raibh mile mile maith agaibh go leir
Suzanne
 
Date of Posting: 18 August 2015
Posted By: Suzanne Grant Newell
Parent of Katie Newell, 2015 cast member
Thank you Jimmy and Michelle for the opportunity again to perform onstage with the s2s crew! miss all of you so much, I made so many friends from all over the world and across the country. I also enjoyed working with Mim and Aidan again as well as meeting Zach and James! I have learned so many things from these 9 days and it was an experience I will remember for the rest of my life . . . . . . until 2016!
 
Date of Posting: 18 August 2015
Posted By: Haylee Kirk
2014, 2015 & 2016 cast member
Hi studio2stage team!

When I arrived in New Jersey, I had an idea of what was ahead of me, but studio2stage was even more than I had expected. The experience made me realize what I want for my dancing career, and the advice from the choreographers will be something that I will never forget. I was able to meet so many amazing people and will now have friends for life. We bonded so quickly, and shared so many laughs. Although the rehearsal days were long, I enjoyed every minute of them. The sore legs and tired feet at the end of the day were so rewarding! Aidan, Miriam, Zach and James were all amazing to work with and I am so thankful I was able to have the opportunity to be taught by them. Thank you to all of the production team for putting on such an amazing 9 days. It was the best experience of my entire life and I am already looking forward to next year!
Again it was an amazing time! Can't wait to see the dvd of the show! Thank you so much for all of your hard work! Missing you all so much.

Love, Kari
 
Date of Posting: 17 August 2015
Posted By: Kari Barile
2015, 2016 & 2017 cast member
I just want to thank everyone for making studio2stage the most amazing 9 days of my life which I will never forget. I was able to meet and make amazing talented friends from all over the world whilst working with them on stage doing something that we all love. Thank you also to Miriam Lee, Aidan Garvey, Zach Klingenberg and James Greenan our choreographers for putting all their hard work into us and creating some amazing numbers for us to perform. Lastly I would like to thank Michelle Lee and Jim Murrihy for the opportunity of a life time, I have loved every minute of this experience and hopefully next year I can enjoy the experience all over again.
 
Date of Posting: 17 August 2015
Posted By: Georgia Ryan
2015 cast member
Going into studio2stage, I honestly had no idea what to expect. Of course I had seen pictures from last year, but it's hard to judge off of a few pictures here and there. As soon as I got to Kean University on Friday evening, I knew it was going to be an amazing week. From James carrying our bags at the airport, to dancers striking up conversation on the shuttle, to my roommates, and so much more, everyone was so welcoming. The long days of practice didn't seem too long with being surrounded by an amazing group of dancers. My group, along with everyone at studio2stage, became another dance family in my life that I will always cherish. I had the most amazing time at studio2stage and learned so much about myself as a dancer and the touring industry as well. I have now experienced what it is like to be a professional dancer and it far exceeded any expectations or thoughts I had.
I would also like to say a huge THANK YOU to all staff (choreographers, producers, etc.) for making this the best part of my summer. Everyone played a special role in my experience and I'm so thankful that I was able to be a part of such an incredible show!
 
Date of Posting: 15 August 2015
Posted By: Anna Erickson
2015 cast member
Walking into studio2stage, I was a bit nervous and unsure about what to expect. But after spending 9 days with the amazing cast and crew, I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences of my life. It gave me a newfound confidence on stage and made me love dance even more than I already did (who knew that was possible?!). Jimmy told us we would make friends for life, and he was so right. Thank you to the INCREDIBLE producers, directors and choreographers for working so hard to help make our dreams come true
 
Date of Posting: 15 August 2015
Posted By: Hannah Graber
2015 cast member

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