On Wednesday, July 2 Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (TADA) announced that they will be moving their dance studio to 18 SW Front Street in downtown Milford. After two years of holding classes and rehearsals for two annual shows at their current location on Walnut Street, the Academy has outgrown the space and will begin renovations in their new location this month. The studio on Walnut street will still be open until September as the company anticipates holding their fall courses in the new location.
“Everyone is thrilled with the new studio space and ready to go,” commented Aimee String, TADA Director and Ballet Studio Instructor. “We are excited to give the best quality dance experience and this move is necessary to continue our efforts.”
Born from the longest performing company in Milford, Diamond Dance Company, the studio renamed itself in 2013 in honor of Delaware dance legend, the late Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith who was a professional ballerina in Russia and a beloved dance teacher in Delaware for decades. With a focus on Classical Russian Ballet with the addition of Jazz, Modern, and Creative Movement, TADA offers a well rounded foundation of dance principles starting with students as young as two years old.
In the new location the academy will continue to honor Tatiana, Co-founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Diamond Dance. String states that Tatiana was “an amazing woman whose personal life story is every bit as incredible as her career as a professional ballerina.” Tatiana was carried away from her birthplace, Odessa, Russia, as an infant in a hatbox. In Yugoslavia, she refused to be a part of the communist movement, and as a result of that decision, was thrown into prison during the prime of her career. She was forced to flee to four countries as she continued bringing joy through the art of dance to others in what most would consider the bleakest of times. Within months of migrating to her fourth and final country, the United States, Tatiana set up a little studio once again building her legacy as she built several dance studios across the county. Tatiana’s final ballet company endeavor was Diamond Dance.
String states that when looking for a new location, it was very important for TADA to stay in downtown Milford as she acknowledges that “the support of our local businesses are a big part of our success.” The expansion of the academy goes beyond the location as the new dance studio will be able to host over 100 dancers. In addition to dance classes, the academy will host rehearsals of the Diamond Dance company’s annual performances of the Nutcracker and Spring Performance, which this year will be The Little Mermaid. The new location will also allow TADA to add a new instructor and several new guest instructors as they anticipate an increase in the number of dancers to their programs.
“[The move] means we are growing because we are providing quality dance education in a family environment and parents are seeing the work we have put into it,” commented String.
TADA will continue to operate at 44 N Walnut St as Yencer Building, Inc. begins construction of the new location, turning the space into a dance studio. On September 5, TADA expects to begin classes at the new studio at 18 SW Front street. Individuals interested in TADA fall programs and the two annual Diamond Dance Company performances are encouraged to visit http://tada-ballet.com or contact Aimee String at 302-448-9445.