Hi studio2stage team,

Before doing studio2stage this past week, I had no idea how much one experience could shape my character and help me grow so much as a person.
I remember the day that I logged onto my account and discovered that I had been accepted so clearly. I was in school and immediately called my mom from the library, crying (much to the librarian's discontent) because I was absolutely overjoyed. Although I was excited, I also felt bad putting that financial burden on my parents because they already helped support so many of my dance ambitions. Paying for studio2stage was something that I wanted to do by myself, and so my acceptance motivated me to get a job, and even though working while going to school was difficult, every night I would think about how amazing the experience was going to be, and it made everything worth it.
On the first day of rehearsal, I was so nervous but also incredibly excited. I came into the experience not knowing many people, but I was absolutely thrilled to be able to work with all of the other talented dancers and world-renowned choreographers. As the week progressed, the practices became less painful, and I began to see how rewarding working hard as a team could be. It's amazing how many different people I met, and now every major I can't wait to find and reconnect with all of my friends.
There is no feeling more fulfilling than the one that I felt the day of the final performance. Being able to stand on that stage and perform for all of those people just filled me with the deepest happiness, especially because I knew that all of those extra hours that I had to work and blisters that I had to endure had led up to that point.

I just wanted to thank you so much for making this dream a reality for me, and I hope to see you and everyone else next year!
 
Date of Posting: 09 August 2015
Posted By: Christy David
2015 cast member
Thank you to all the studio2stage team for everything you have done! I had the time of my life at s2s! Before flying out I was nervous about not knowing anyone, and that I wouldn't be good enough but everyone made me feel so welcome and I made the best of friends straight away!! studio2stage has made me crave touring even more! I found the experience very inspiring, many people say that getting into a professional show is to hard but after s2s I have been motivated to work hard and follow my dreams and prove them wrong!! The show was amazing and made the hard work worth it!! I'm so sad it's all over, I want to do it all over again!!! Thank you so much!!x
 
Date of Posting: 08 August 2015
Posted By: Tiannagh Tumelty
2015 cast member
As I entered studio2stage 2015 a veteran, I was eager to get to rehearsals and contribute to making the show even better than the previous year. I had great expectations of what the next nine days would hold, and as each day came to an end, another expectation was exceeded. Studio2stage is unlike anything else in our small Irish dancing world. It brought together a group of dancers of all ages, levels, and organizations. Competition meant nothing once I stepped onto Kean
 
Date of Posting: 08 August 2015
Posted By: Nora Finnegan
2014 & 2015 cast member
Hello studio2stage team!
Thank you so much for coordinating such a fabulous music and dancing experience for all of us! I feel so lucky to have been part of the 2015 studio2stage crew, and I will never forget all of the amazing people that I met and all of the new things that I learned! Working with Miriam, Aidan, Zach, and James was an unreal opportunity, and I am so thankful for gaining a glimpse into what the Irish dance show and touring industry truly entails. I am now even more excited and anxious to pursue my own performance career, and am hopeful to collaborate with and dance alongside many of the talented studio2stage members somewhere in the future!
Thank you again for everything.
 
Date of Posting: 07 August 2015
Posted By: Katie Anschuetz
2015 cast member
Hi team!
Thank you for the most amazing experience I've had. studio2stage was the most challenging but rewarding 9 days of my life. Every minute I spent dancing whether it be in the studio or on the stage was well spent. I made friendships with people that will last a lifetime as well. It was amazing to see everyone's hard work come together to form a truly wonderful show. studio2stage has definitely broadened my horizons and has shown me what it is really like to be a performer, and I loved every second of it. I cannot wait to audition again for next year!
Thank you!
 
Date of Posting: 07 August 2015
Posted By: Sofia Piela
2015 cast member
Going into studio2stage I was honestly very apprehensive. However, I can honestly say I had one of the best weeks of my life with the most amazing people. I never would have imagined this experience would affect me this much. I miss everyone so much and I already want to go back. Not only was dancing on that stage one of the best feelings ever, I made life long friends and I became so close with the choreographers. I'm so grateful for this amazing opportunity and I hope to be back next year for another great run.
 
Date of Posting: 06 August 2015
Posted By: Nicole Whalen
2015 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: 06 August 2015
Posted By: Sarah Miller
2015 & 2016 cast member
When Jim Murrihy said in the beginning of the week that we would make friends for life at s2s, I did not fully believe him. I was WRONG. Thanks to everyone who made my days at s2s and experience of a lifetime ! Thanks to all the choreographers, producers, Siobhan with the costumes, as well as the musicians who helped put together an amazing show for us dancers! This has been an amazing opportunity I was glad to take part in and to have a glimpse of what I hope will be my future ! Love you all especially team Broadway, and Emilie Nasseh and Aidan Garvey. I would like to especially thank Michelle for all you have done for everyone this past week. Yourself, Jimmy and Susie did an amazing job producing and putting together the show!! I got compliments about how professional it looked and was even asked if this show went on the road! Going into studio2stage, I knew I wanted to do professional shows after I finished high school. As the week proceeded and the dances started to develop, it confirmed my decision and gave me the determination to excel and reach my goals for the coming year and future! Many thanks to you and the s2s team again for everything you have done. Hope to see you again next year ! xx
 
Date of Posting: 05 August 2015
Posted By: Fiona Fay
2015 cast member
Hi all!

I wanted to say once again thank you so much for the amazing opportunity that was given to me in the last 9 days. I don't think words could describe how extremely good I felt as I held that final pose as the crowd went wild. I was looking for that extra push, that little different something different and studio2stage did help me find what I was looking for!

Thanks so much,

Abby Coyman
 
Date of Posting: 01 September 2014
Posted By: Abby Coyman
2014 cast member
Dear Studio2stage members,

I would like to thank you for everything you have done for me! At the beginning of the week I wondered how we would accomplish an entire show in 9 days, but on the last day I realized how incredible each and every person was for being able to perform such an amazing show to a live audience. Everyone was so welcoming and nice, making the studio2stage crew feel like one big family. The wonderful producers and choreographers from studio2stage have helped me envision my life as a professional dancer and now I can
 
Date of Posting: 20 August 2014
Posted By: Ella Campfield
2014 cast member

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