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Iconic & Legendary Dancers Series

As we continue onto our next legendary dancer who has been a shaker and a mover in the industry we turn to our Mr. Michael. Mr. Michael Littlefield teaches one of our most popular contemporary classes at Dancer’s Gallery in Cooper City, Florida. We asked Mr. Michael who his person was and after a few seconds he said Mia Michaels! He then procedded to tell us a few fun facts about the well know dancer, choreographer, judge, author etc. Everyone knows Mia Michaels mostly from her time on SYTYCD.

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Iconic & Legendary Dancers Series

Who was the first person you remember seeing dance and suddenly found yourself in a complete trance? If you are a dancer, regardless what style, We are sure you have that one person that comes to mind that helped you realize you wanted to move and do what they were doing. For the next couple of Blogs we will be asking our instructors, staff and students “who is your person”? “What is it that you love about him/her? As students of dance, it is necessary to pay homage and honor to those that came before us. As we stand on their shoulders and acknowledge the sacrifices and struggles they have possibly endured in order to pave the way. Dancer’s Gallery Dance Studio in Cooper City thanks the following legends for being an example and setting the bar.

Ms. Barbara’s Choice

Ballerina - Sylvie Guillem
Sylvie Guillem is arguably one of the greatest ballerinas and dancers of our time. Hand-picked by Rudolph Nureyev at the age of 19, she was the youngest ever 'etoile', the highest-ranking female dancer at the Paris Opera Ballet and later, the star of the Royal Ballet in London. When we asked Ms. Barbara who is one of the Ballet instructors in our Cooper City Dance Studio, who her person she immediately said “Sylvie Guillem” and suggested we watch her performance in “Grand Pas Classique”. We took Ms. Barbara’s suggestion and a few of us whom have not heard of Sylvie found ourselves binging all of Sylvie’s performances, documentaries and interviews over the weekend. We cohesively took away a number of things after hearing her story and even though she is such an amazing, talented and complex person. The main points we took away was that she did things her way throughout her career. Being given the name “Mademoiselle Non” during her time in London is something we laughed at and could relate to being that so many other people have the disease to please. To learn the skill of saying no and not feel bad about it, is a great trait to have. The very obvious and trademark skills she is known to do with her legs had our mouths on the floor and was the topic of conversation with those of us that just discovered her and those whom have followed her career . She has legs for days and the height she was able to reach was crazy to us!! Sylvie is 53 years old and is still dancing today and doing things on her terms also while being involved in environmental activism. Thank you Ms. Barbara for introducing Sylvie Guillem as she is most definitely a force to be messed with and is leaving a trail of beautiful art for all of us to enjoy and learn from.

Come by Dancer’s Gallery Dance studio in South West Broward and take a free trial dance class from one our experienced dance instructors who have been influenced by one of the many Iconic dancers we will be discussing during this series.


At Dancer’s Gallery our recital is the biggest even of the year for the school, like most dance schools. However, we can proudly say we vamp it up a bit! Of course, this adds more work for the owners and staff but the pay off is huge especially for the students to be a part of a production in which Dancer’s Gallery is becoming known locally of executing a bigger caliber of a “Recital” show. Read more “Recital-ing”



Hiplet is a new movement combining Ballet and Hip Hop. Although the movement is gaining popularity in the dance world especially in major metropolitan cities across the US. A large part of the dance community is not entirely convinced. We can’t help but to think about both sides of the argument of this uncommon union. Read more “HIPLET- YAY OR NAY?”


Contemporary dance – a therapeutic, variable and fluid dance…

For those just starting out with their contemporary dance classes, you may have noticed that there are no established movement patterns or standardised movement trends! IT can be confusing as a beginner, especially if you are a kind of person who likes things to be organised, defined and tangible. It may seem haphazard to the untrained eye – but therein lies the beauty of contemporary dance.

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Quick tips for belly dancing: How to improve your…

If you are a beginner, even the most basic belly dancing steps can be a huge obstacle to learn. Looking at the perfect shimmies of advanced dancers or your instructors can make you feel even less confident in your own skills. Mastering a basic shimmy is a matter of confidence and practice. Although this is an activity that requires time, practice and patience, we have a few expert tips from our experienced instructors to   you can do to  improve your shimmy Read more “Quick tips for belly dancing: How to improve your shimmy”


Ballet Dancing: Facts & Ideas

Dancing has always held its place in the hearts of those who love the arts, and ballet has proven even more resilient, standing the test of time and changing cultures. This elegant dance form may seem relatively simple to an initial onlooker, but takes years of practice to master. Most ballet dancers spend hours each day with Ballet Dance Classes, striving to reach much-coveted levels of perfection. With its history of over 500 years, there is much more to this dance form than meets the naked eye. Read more “Ballet Dancing: Facts & Ideas”


Art Classes at Summer Camp

“Art class makes me feel like I can get better and be good at anything” -Alexis Li 9 year-old, Summer Camp student

Summer Camp 2017 is underway at Dancer’s Gallery and word around the dance floor says that Ms. Elsa’s art classes are becoming a free-time favorite!

Although Dancer’s Gallery takes pride in grooming excellent dancers, we also make sure to offer our students various forms of expression when it comes to the arts.

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15 Things That Dancer’s Do Better At Life

People often admire accomplished dancers, because they “make it look too easy”. However, in reality being outstanding is far from easy, in fact it takes a willingness to push yourself even harder while everyone else takes breaks. You can get the best advice from the most advanced dancers but you won’t get far until you are willing to work hard and commit to excellence. Here’s a list of 15 things you must master if you truly want to take your art form to the next level! Read more “15 Things That Dancer’s Do Better At Life”


5 Reasons Every Woman Should Take Up Belly Dance…

It is a well known fact that belly dancing has been around us for centuries and is one of the most popular dance forms in the middle east as well as in many corners of the world. Not many people know this, but Belly dancing was created by Egyptians many years ago and is known worldwide for its sensual styles. This dance style is also very beneficial for health and offers uncountable health benefits. Believe it or not, belly dancing is the best medium for burning calories and offers great body-mind-spirit integration. Read more “5 Reasons Every Woman Should Take Up Belly Dance Classes”


  • Dancer’s Gallery is a place I consider my childhood and where I grew up. Christie Stark is the most dedicated and welcoming Dance teacher and studio owner I could ever imagine. I looked up to her each and every day and considered her my role model as well as the rest of the dance teachers there. Along the way I made some lifetime friends and memories I will never forget. Dancer’s Gallery will forever be in my heart and is the best place for anyone to find their passion in dance. It goes way beyond just a dance studio. It becomes a second home. XOXO

    Chelsea Maloney | Dance Mom
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    It was our first time there, and I can’t say enough good things about how well organized it was as well as how kind all the staff were. It’s a HUGE studio run by people with even HUGER hearts.

    Lindsey MacGruer | Dance Mom
  • My daughter has been a CAST Member at Dancers Gallery (Competition Team) for 4 years now and her growth as a dancer is just amazing! I am looking forward to a great competition season this year!Their summer intensive is 2nd to none and the instructors take pride in their work and love our children as if they were their own!
    Love our Dancers Gallery Family!

    Irma V. | Dance Mom
  • Dancer’s Gallery was heaven on earth for my daughter. She danced there from the age of 3 until she was 14 years old. The teachers are wonderful. The atmosphere makes you feel comfortable to drop your child off at class and run an errand. My daughter would live there if she could! Ms. Christie was not only one of her instructors she became family. I feel privileged that my daughter had the chance to attend! Dancer’s Gallery helped make my daughter the confident young lady she is today.

    Ann House | Dance Mom
  • I have been a part of Dancer’s Gallery for 18 years and it’s been the most amazing experience. Miss Christie is one of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Miss Christie and her entire staff go above and beyond for their students. This new studio in Cooper City is amazing. You feel like home when you walk in there. I wish Miss Christie and the entire staff of Dancer’s Gallery all the best in their new home.

    Debbie Plemondon | Business Partner / Advocate
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    Diana Lugo | Dance Mom
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