by Terry Rogers
During the second week of October, Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (TADA) moved into their newly renovated building. The dance studio took over the building that was previously home to Argo Linoleum.
“There are so many amazing things about the space it is hard to pick just one,” Misty Yencer, Co-director of TADA, said. “Of course, the most important is more space for our dancers to explore dance and train. However, some other things that are also pretty awesome would be having all the dancers and families under one roof for every class every day as well as the dedicated space we have for all of our costumes for all of our productions. We are also able to use some of our sets and props during rehearsals so the dancers feel even more prepared for the shows.” String also likes that the studio has gone from one bathroom to five and that there are two water fountains, one with a bottle filler.
Aimee String, another co-director of TADA, believes the new space will change the way the dancers are trained and already sees a difference.
“Dancers are dancing bigger and really learning to maximize their movement,” String said. “We are really looking to see how much we grow over the next year. I truly believe that some of the greatest kids in the world are students at TADA. We truly adore our dancers and want them to have an amazing facility to train in because they deserve it. They spend a lot of hours at the dance studio and the goal has always been for it to feel like a second home.” Yencer feels that the expansion will greatly benefit the dancers and pointed out that doing what is best for the dancers always fuels the decisions for the dance studio.
The new building has three large studios while the previous building only had two small studios. The additional bathrooms mean no more bathroom lines and they also have a kitchenette for the students who spend a lot of time in the studio. This leads to meals heated up in the facility. There is also a large family waiting area where parents can watch the dancers on large screens. Teachers have a small office and there is a beautiful reception area as well as a large costume room.
“We continue to raise funds for the new building through our sponsorship program,” String said. “Like any huge project, it will take a few years and a lot more funds to have everything completed. We are also planning a few big events for when the weather is a little warmer, like another 5k Tutu Trot in Milford. TADA is a non-profit and every single dollar raised goes back into Diamond Dance Company.”
Both String and Yencer say that the success of TADA and Diamond Dance Company is because of the support of the community.
“Over and over again, we have been touched by our community,” String said. “When we needed countertops, Stone Nation Granite and Marble in Milford saved the day with a very generous donation. When we needed signage, Xtreme Graphix in Milford offered their services and just did an incredible job. Countless parents and volunteers stepped up to the plate to donate, fundraise and volunteer. It has been incredibly humbling and heartwarming.”
Members of the community are invited to stop by and take a tour Monday through Thursday from 6 to 8 PM. TADA is also in the process of planning an open house to allow members of the community to see their new facility.