Walking into studio2stage I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous, and so excited that I couldn't stop smiling. The rehearsals were so much fun, just seeing the dances come together and watching the choreographers faces as they watched them come together was such a good feeling. studio2stage surpassed all my expectations. Even having the choreographers treat us more as friends than young dancers that they were teaching, made it that much better. The production crew, the choreographers, the musicians and the dancers made those 9 days the best 9 days of my life. This experience showed me that there is so much more to Irish dance than just competing, there is a whole new side to it. I can't describe the feeling of walking out onto that stage for the first time. You get chills as soon as the music starts playing, and the crowd goes wild! This was so much more professional than I had expected. The show we put on in just 9 days was unbelievable. I can't thank everyone enough for making this experience so amazing for me. You go to bed wanting the morning to come faster just so you can go to rehearsal. The costumes were incredible as well, and just the way that they fit into the dances so perfectly. Looking back at the pictures makes me want to go back and do it all over again. All the laughs, dance parties, and the pizza parties we had just topped it off. I am beyond proud of myself to be able to say that I am a cast member of studio2stage 2015. Bring on studio2stage 2016!
Date of Posting: 25 August 2015
Posted By: Devan Berg
2015 & 2016 cast member
Hi s2s team, missing you guys so much!
When I first arrived at studio2stage I knew it would be such an amazing and fun experience, although I really had no idea what was to come. From the moment I was picked up from the airport, everyone was so welcoming and made me feel so at home. Being able to work with so many talented choreographers, musicians, dancers and organizers was such an amazing opportunity. At the beginning, while meeting everyone we all had our own individual styles and talents. Once we all came together to put on the production, it was as if everyone joined together as one. I loved the way it gave a whole new perspective on Irish dancing. Being able to work with and get to know my own competitors from competitions was also an experience like no other. We all worked hard together as teammates instead of as competitors and this gave Irish dance a whole new and amazing atmosphere!! Everything, from the auditions to show day was done in such a professional and organized manner. Throughout the week I felt as though I was in a real professional show! The friends I have made, the individuals I have worked with and the experience I have had are all things that I will never be able to forget! Although the many hours of training, sore feet, tired muscles, and the difficult material were all challenges, nothing felt as hard as having to say goodbye to the studio2stage family. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in making this such a fabulous 9 days! I have grown as a performer and have learned so much thanks to each and every one of you. It all seems like a dream now, but the best dream I've ever had!!
What an incredible experience I have had! Cannot wait to audition for 2016!!!
Date of Posting: 24 August 2015
Posted By: Mackenzie Thompson
2015 & 2016 cast member
studio2stage was one of the best experiences I've had in my life! To be given the opportunity to start off performing in a show in America is something I never thought would happen but by studio2stage creating this show has given dancers this chance. This experience gives you an insight into what being a professional dancer is all about, the long hours of constant drilling is definitely worth it as the show turned out to be amazing . I have made so many friends that I will definitely be staying in contact with and I want to thank Michelle and Jim as well as the choreographers Miriam, Aidan, James and Zach because thanks to you studio2stage 2015 was a great success!
Date of Posting: 22 August 2015
Posted By: Amber West
2015 cast member
At the beginning of studio2stage I was very excited but I didn't know what to expect. I came in with one really good friend and when Jim said we would make tons of new friends, I didn't believe him. After long days of fun, but hard work, the studio2stage crew became one huge family. This experience has further encouraged me to become part of show. These 9 days were some of the best 9 days of my life. Thank you so much to all of the choreographers, Michelle and Jim, the production team, Siobhan, the musicians, and of course all of the other dancers in the show! We couldn't have put on such a great show without all of us! Bring on 2016!
Date of Posting: 22 August 2015
Posted By: Megan O'Keefe
2015 & 2016 cast member

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