BRIGHTN TWP. “When Allyse Kish was growing up, taking dance lessons and competing, her instructors were her mentors.
Now Kish, 23, who will open her Brighton Township dance studio Company K Dance on Monday, said she wanted to be a mentor to young dancers like her teachers were.
“Dancing, for me, taught me not just the technical steps of routines, things like that, it taught me about life,” said Kish, who lives in Milford.
One of its biggest objectives is to train child and adolescent dancers to participate in regional competitions. She said dancing in the shows helped her gain confidence.
“It’s almost like I have a blank mind,” she said of what it’s like to dance on stage. “The lights are on your face, and for me, the second it’s over, you want to start all over again. I get chills talking about it. It’s an amazing feeling.”
The studio is located in the Grand Crossing Mall at 9864 E. Grand River Ave., Suite 260. Kish got the keys to the space, a former yoga studio she rents, a few months ago and there gave his first private lesson. Tuesday.
Variety of dance offerings
The K Dance company will offer dance lessons, summer camps and private lessons.
Kish expects the majority of her dancers to be young children and teenagers, but she has a few options for adults as well.
Dance lessons include:
- Mom and I
- Little somersault
- creative movement
- Stretching, Strength and Technique (SST)
- Tone & technique
- Adult stretch
Kish will be offering free classes opening week, June 13-17.
She said she would start this summer with drop-in classes so people can try out dance styles. She will start running four-day summer camps for different age groups in a few weeks.
The camps for the youngest will have themes, including one inspired by the Disney cartoon “Frozen” and a fashionista camp, among others, and also offers crafts and games.
Camps for older children will focus on learning dance styles and techniques.
Open auditions for the studio’s competitive program will take place June 20 at the studio. Children 11 and under will audition from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Dancers 12 and up will audition from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
“It’s more elite. These dancers are going to engage and prepare for regional competitions,” Kish said, noting that she plans to take the students to three or four regional competitions that could qualify them for national events. .
“My ultimate goal is to build a strong competitive team. That’s how I grew up and that’s how I see it in five years.”
She is planning semester-long courses starting in the fall and she also gives private lessons.
Kish, who graduated from Brighton High School in 2017, has been dancing since the age of 3.
She participated in regional competitions at the national level.
“A few years we went to worlds,” she said. “The best memories are the friends you made. It’s one thing to win. It’s another thing to win with your friends. We still talk about those memories today.”
In 2014, she won the title of Miss Starpower at a national pageant in Myrtle Beach.
Her teaching experience began at age 16, when she mentored young dancers at the Big City Dance Center in Wixom, where she trained.
“I love teaching toddlers, but after college I worked at local studios and gained experience teaching all ages. With different ages comes different energy” , she said.
She completed her dance and business degrees in 2021 at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. She said she danced in eight productions as a student in the dance program.
“I focused on jazz dancing, it’s always been my favorite style,” Kish said.
She said she was also trained in ballet, hip hop, other dance styles, musical theatre, acting and singing in college.
“They want you to be well surrounded. I try to offer everything I can,” she said.
She said she had the idea of working as a professional interpreter on cruise ships. Cruise lines offered her contracts, but she was told she might not be allowed to leave the ship due to COVID-19 protocols.
“The whole point of playing on a cruise ship was that I wanted to see places that I hadn’t seen, but that wasn’t going to happen,” she said.
She said her ultimate career goal was to teach dance.
“That was always the end goal for me, and I’m glad it happened now so I could get on with my life,”
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