In The News

Students performed at the Stokes Stomp on September 14, 2019. This outdoor festival was sponsored by the Stokes County Arts Council. It took place at Moratock Park in Danbury. See action pictures in the performance gallery.        

September 21, 2019 – 50th year Alumni Reunion and potluck picnic at Central Park in King. Wonderful food and fellowship for all attending.On October 5, 2019 jazz, ballet, acrobatics, tap and baton students performed at Kingfest which was held at Central Park in King. See action pictures in the performance gallery. Kingfest is sponsored by the King Chamber of Commerce.

From September 9 – October 12, 2019, 19 students participated in our “A Dancer Reads” contest. 13,967 pages of  dance related books were read. Five  students who  read over 1000 pages were named princesses. They received a custom designed t-shirt, and roses. The student who read the most, Mia was crowned our reading Queen on October 26.  She read 1921 pages. She received a crown, a bouquet of roses,and a t-shirt..Certificates for all participants were given by the King Public Library. A picture and story appeared in the October 31 edition of The Stokes News.

October 7-12, 2019 Bring a Friend Week   

October 19,2019 Seven students participated in the Cystic Fibrosis Flip-a-thon. $456.00 was raised for Cystic Fibrosis research. A picture and story was in October 31 edition of The Stokes News.

On October 31,2019 Weather reports postponed Downtown Trick or Treat, but since the weather was good the “Not too Scary” Haunted Maze was open. We had some visitors and Hailey was “sleeping beauty”? The rescheduled Downtown Trick or Treat was on Nov. 1. Mr Triche gave out candy tomore than 1000 children.  78 plus people  went through the “Not Too Scary” haunted maze.

On November 2-3, 2019  Four from Miss Joyce’s attended the Carolina Dance Masters, Inc. convention held at the Koury Convention center in Greensboro. Two students,  Laila and Scarlett were in the senior and junior level classes, while Jesse Morris,  and Joyce Triche were in the teachers classes.   All took several hours of master classes. Miss Jesse and Miss Joyce attended the grand body meeting of Carolina Dance Masters, Inc. Both received their continuing education certificates for 2019.

December 7, 2019 students participated in the King Christmas parade. Pictures are on Community Involvement page

December 8, 2019 the Rural Hall Christmas Parade  December 14, 2019 the Walnut Cove Christmas Parade December 14, 2019 Christmas party for all students was held at the studio.

December 17,2019 Musical Theatre students and three alumni of our musical theatre program, who are now college students – two majoring in theatre and one in music therapy sang Christmas carols for downtown merchants. They were lead by Mrs Shelton our vocal teacher.

December 27, 2019 Students performed at Priddy Manor Assisted Living for the residents and their families

January 11 – February 22, 2020 Snowflake Classes were held ending with an Open House demonstration and reception

February 1, 2020–  I attended the Carolina Dance Masters Winter Workshop in Wilmington, took several hours of master classes in ballet, tap, musical theatre and contemporary dance styles.

March 13, 2020 On March 13, with Governor Cooper’s closing of North Carolina schools, we stopped all in person classes at Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio. Our teachers immediately began making videos of class instruction and sending them to students. Teachers worked from home and later on separate days at the studio. As phase two came and we were not allowed to open, plans were made for an outdoor Spring Production at Central Park in King. Zoom meetings were held with parents to get their input. June 20 and July 11 were set as tentative dates. With the audience limited to 25 and no bathrooms, we would have had to do one class at a time and clear everyone for the next class. Not even all brothers and sisters of dancers could attend with this number limit. Phase two was in effect through June 26 and then extended again. With these restrictions and the number of cases going up, on June 15 I cancelled the Spring Production. Students colored pictures and sent them to local nursing homes. We had a name the bear contest. Holly Hippo and Miss Joyce participated in a “Super Heroes” parade at Universal Health Care. Miss Joyce made a video for the King Public Library for their summer reading program. We had drive by registration August 27 and 29 for our 4 week September video session.

October 1, 2020 Jesse Morris took her ballet exam for Dance Masters of America, Inc. She made a 98.25 out of 100 and is now certified to teach ballet as well as jazz.

October 5, 2020 In person classes resumed with restrictions in place: masks for staff and students, 30% capacity per studio room, social distancing, disinfecting before each class, extra ventilation and more. These precautions worked as there were no outbreaks at the studio.

October 26-31, 2020  Students wore their Halloween costumes to class. On Halloween, the King Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Drive by Trick or Treat. Joyce Triche (aka Cookie Monster) gave out treats with a “grabber” to the cars full of children driving by. Students received their treats after each class via a “candy chute”.

November 2020 Joyce Triche attended via Zoom the Grand Body meeting of Carolina Dance Masters, Inc. and also remotely attended some classes. Also during this time, she took a six hour tap history class on line.

December 2020 The studio was decorated for Christmas inside and out. Extra emphasis was placed on outside decorations this year. All students received a Christmas present from the studio.

January, 2021 Joyce Triche took on line master classes from Simone Biles and Misty Copland.

January 16 – February 20, 2021 Snowflake Ballet and Acrobatics classes were held. There were four students in Ballet and two in Acrobatics. All received a certificate at the last class as parents watched on Zoom.

March, 2021 Students are now working on routines for Spring Production. Most are choreography that was to be used on 2020. For St. Patrick’s Day, each student received a big homemade shamrock sugar cookie.

April 26-May 12021 – National Dance Week was celebrated by allowing parents to watch class for the first time this dance year.

May 15, 2021 – The six 81/2 X 81/2 blocks that were marked with tape on the studio B floor were removed and the floor was marked to show the size of the amphitheater stage. Students started to have their “dress rehearsal” one class at a time for Spring Production.

June 5, 2021 – Spring Production “50 Golden Years” was held at Central Park in King. The studio was recognized by the Chamber of Commerce and the City of King on its 50th Anniversary.

June 5, 2021 – Students danced at Meet Me on Main sponsored by the King Chamber of Commerce. The jazz class made the front page of The Stokes News June 10 edition.