TADA Showcases Local Talent


In the month of June, Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (TADA) held their annual recital for the 2018-2019 season. Dancers from beginners at three-years-old up to high school age and beyond showcased their talents from creative movement, traditional ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap.

Aimee String, Director of TADA opened the recital with welcoming hundreds of family members to the Lake Forest High School auditorium. For String, it was difficult pointing to one performance or experience she enjoyed the most.

“Watching the TADAds perform, watching our senior take her final bow, watching my own girls perform and seeing the bond that our dancers have are all favorites,” said String. “If I have to choose just one it’s watching our youngest dancers take the stage for the very first time. It literally takes my breath away to see where they start and knowing where they will end up if they stick with it. I don’t think I’ll every get over the magic of the progression.”

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.

“I hope that the families and the community enjoyed our students’ love for the arts and their passion for dance,” said TADA dance instructor Bliss Soucek. “It is a joy every year to watch them grow and to be able to share that with the community.”

The annual Recital allows each student to display his or her understanding and skills of the art of ballet as an individual and as a group.

“I hope that the families of the dancers and the community see that we are creating something so much bigger than a performance. The team work, hard work, camaraderie, discipline and love that goes into recital is so much bigger than the performance itself,” said String. “We are creating lifelong memories and learning life lessons along the way. Very few dancers go on to become professional dancers but I truly believe that every single on of them will be better for having spent time in the studio.”

Seven years ago TADA opened its doors in a tiny two-room studio in Milford with just a handful of students. In that short time, the organization has become the home of 125 dancers and they are expanding into their third location. The former Argo’s Linoleum location on North Washington Street will be filled with twirling ballerinas and tap dancers when Tatiana Akinfieva Dance Academy (TADA) and Diamond Dance Company (DDC) move to the building in this August.

“The support of our community is truly humbling and something that we never take for granted,” said String.

Registration for TADA is currently open for all of our summer programs and intensives. They have summer programs available to dancers from 2.5-19 years of age. Information can be found on the TADA Facebook Page.

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