Signature Dance Studio

Signature Dance Studio Opens at the Homer Center for the Arts; Open House on June 11, 2016 from 1-5pm

Posted by  //  June 6, 2016  //  Local Business

Signature Dance Studio, offering classes for adults and children of all abilities, has recently taken up residence in the Center for the Arts building at 72 S. Main Street in downtown Homer.  Offering a wide range of dance instruction, including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop, the studio’s mission is: “To inspire dancers of all ages and abilities to shine not only on the dance floor, but in life.”  In addition to dance classes, the studio will also offer a summer camp program, beginning in July.

The studio was founded by a talented and enthusiastic Locke resident, 27-year old Meghan Libous, known affectionately as “Miss Meg.”  With a lifelong passion for dance, she has been teaching dance to students of all ages for the past 10 years.  While attending Keuka College, she performed with and also coached the school’s performance dance team.

Open House

Signature Dance will hold its inaugural Open House on Saturday, June 11, from 1-5pm at the Homer Center for the Arts building, 72 S. Main Street.  Anyone interested in dance, or families attending the Homer Fireman’s Field Day, are encouraged to stop by and see the facility and learn about the offerings for dance lessons and summer camp.  In addition to music and light refreshments, a raffle for free dance instruction will be held.

When asked what led her to open her own studio, Meghan replied: “My childhood dance studio truly gave me the confidence to pursue my dreams and I wanted to give others that same experience by creating a family-friendly, supportive and encouraging environment for students of all ages, genders and abilities.  I want my students to gain confidence while having fun; learn teamwork and discipline; and develop lifelong friendships.  And of course, I love to dance!”

Her mentor, Ann Szymaniak, the owner and director of The Dance Connection in Binghamton, NY, recalls, “Meghan joined the studio as a  young girl and grew to become an accomplished dancer and performer, while enriching the lives of everyone around her.  After graduating from college, she returned to The Dance Connection to teach, which was one of the greatest gifts I have ever received!”  Szymaniak adds, “Meghan is a generous, nurturing, talented and dedicated young woman, blessed with the ability to create — and to teach.  I know that Signature Dance Studio will prove to be a wonderful asset to the community, and ‘Miss Meg’ will touch the lives of those she teaches in a profound and positive way.”

“My daughter loves Miss Meg’s teaching style and looks forward to her classes every week.  Miss Meg is fun-loving, motivating, energetic and is obviously dedicated to her students!  We love that she has high expectations for her students and she encourages them  to reach their potential.  Her keen sense of humor adds a wonderful dimension to her instructional technique and she has a gift for developing rapport with each of her students.  We feel so fortunate that our daughter had Miss Meg as a teacher the past three years!” — Kerri Vail, Binghamton, NY

Signature Dance Studio is currently registering students for  afternoon and evening classes, as well as Saturday morning classes.  Beginning in July, there will also be a children’s summer camp program.  With a family-friendly philosophy, Meghan’s goal is to make classes affordable, even for large families.

“I’m a 50-something mother who hasn’t danced since junior high!” said Janet Vorstadt, of Dryden, NY.  “But my weekly night out for Miss Meg’s adult classes  is one of the highlights of my week.  We get a real workout while dancing and having fun.  Miss Meg will be a gift to Homer.”

“Our daughters have looked forward to each class with Miss Meg.  She brings forth her boundless energy, professionalism, humor and knowledge of dance.  Miss Meg has wonderful mix of traditional and contemporary dance experience.  She expects her students to become strong in their basic techniques, while incorporating popular dance styles,” said Emily Wood of Binghamton, NY.

About Megan Libous and Signature Dance

A native of Binghamton, NY, Meghan is a 2011 Keuka College graduate with a degree in American Sign Language English Interpretation.  When not teaching dance, Meghan is a freelance sign language interpreter, signing at local events and concerts.  She has interpreted for musical performers including Billy Joel, Luke Bryan and Ziggy Marley; community events such as Binghamton University’s commencement ceremonies and for presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders.  The studio’s name, Signature Dance, reflects her passion for signing for the Deaf and hard of hearing, and for encouraging her students to leave their own signature, or mark, on the world.

A full list of classes and more information on the studio can be found on its website: www.SignatureDanceNY.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/signaturedanceny or by calling 607-749-0039.

About the Center for the Arts, Homer

Since its founding, the Center has become one of Central New York’s preeminent presenters of the arts and a proponent of community enrichment through world-class entertainment and arts education.  Its 400-seat theater, with outstanding acoustics and a diverse series of main stage programs, attracts the local communities and beyond for music, film, dance and community theater.  Artwork by local and regional visual artists is shown in the Borg-Warner Morse TEC art gallery.  A dance studio provides a wide range of instruction.  Facilities are available to community organizations and individuals for a variety of educational purposes, events and private functions.  To learn more, visit http://www.center4art.org

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