River City Dance – Sheryl Baker Clogging on Adagio Marley Dance Floor

Standing Up To the Abrasiveness of Appalachian Clogging

By Brett Hart

River City Dance St Croix Falls WI Greatmats Marley Dance FloorDance, and especially clogging, is in the blood for St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin’s River City Dance studio owner Sheryl Baker. Now in her 40s, Sheryl has experience dancing on the stages of Dollywood in Pegeon Forge, Tenn., for six seasons, dancing for two years on the TV show ”The Old Midwest Barn Dance” and coaching several national champion soloists, receiving overall awards and gold medals at the AAU Junior Olympics, NCHC Championships and National Clogging Champions of America.

River City Dance Owner Sheryl Baker St Croix Falls WI GreatmatsGetting her start in figure skating, tap, jazz, ballet, and Appalachian clogging, Sheryl has been a national clogging instructor and judge since 1990. Sheryl was the recipient of the ”Glen Hill Pioneer Award” in 2006, recognizing her for her contributions to the clogging community in choreography, teaching and spirit. In 2013, she was inducted into the clogging ”Hall of Fame.”

In addition to River City Dance, the 30-year veteran of dance instruction also runs the River City Cloggers based on the other side of the Scenic St. Croix River in Taylors Falls, Minn., and a competitive team called The Clogging Premier. She caters to clients ranging from preschool to 92 years young.

river-city-dance9”Appalachian clogging is wonderful for all ages,” Baker said.

Baker’s clogging teams are known for their acapella clogging skills that combine the best tap sounds with rhythm and sound.

”Our team has the national title for the overall acapella team in the world,” Baker said. ”Our clogging nationals teams have won in some of the precision categories, hoedown categories and some of the line categories.”

Her 17-year-old daughter, Alyssa Keller, is also a two-time national champion in acapella clogging.

Finding the Proper Flooring for Clogging

River City Dance Greatmats Marley Dance FloorAs the popularity of Baker’s instruction grew, she decided to open River City Dance earlier this year and needed some quality flooring to meet the needs of this aggressive form of dance as well as other styles.

While searching for dance flooring online, she found Greatmats.com and was impressed by its descriptions of the types of dance flooring available and ultimately chose Rosco Adagio marley flooring.

”I was looking for a floor that was really durable and would stand up to an abrasive type of activity,” Baker said. ”It was very easy to install. It just laid down, and we got it installed very quickly. We opened our studio after two weeks of prepping the space, and it has really held up.”

river-city-dance2She was also impressed with the controlled slip the flooring offered.

”Because (Appalachian clogging) is so aggressive, and you’re picking your feet up so high, it does move very quickly, you’re looking for a floor that has a surface that has non skid. … The dancers risk falling if you’re on a slippery surface.”

”This floor in particular, the marley floor, is wonderful, where we can do our movements and not have fear of falling,” Baker added. ”I always welcome anyone to look up River City Dance. It’s a fun atmosphere.”

River City Dance also offers classes in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Fitness and Canadian Step Dancing.

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Sheryl Baker
River City Dance
St. Croix Falls WI 54024
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20 Dance Teachers Vie For Title of National Dance Instructor of the Year

Greatmats Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award LogoMilltown, WI – Dance instructors from all across the United States have been nominated for the 3rd annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award, presented by Greatmats. The award is part of Greatmats annual National Award Series, which is designed to honor instructors who have made a positive impact in their communities. Nominated by their peers and community members for their displays of service, integrity and quality, the National Dance Instructor of the Year nominee field will be narrowed to two finalists via a social media vote on Greatmats Facebook page Nov. 16-30, 2017.

Greatmats will choose the finalist it feels best represents service, integrity and quality while serving her community to win the award.

This year’s National Dance Instructor of the Year will win the choice of new dance flooring or a cash option. 2017 nominees hail from 15 different states. They include:

Alabama – Alison Woodward of Crazy About Dance in Anniston

Colorado – Patricia Hoffman of Colorado Ballet Society in Colorado Springs

Delaware – Amanda Pollard of Delaware State University and Danceworks Dance Studio of Delaware in Dover and Newcastle, respectively

Florida – Tara Foxworth of Oceanway School of Dance and Performing Arts in Jacksonville

Indiana – Stephanie Pairitz of Epic Dance Studios in Elkhart

Kentucky – Allie Baue of Studio Dee in Fort Wright, and Amber Bryant of AB Training Facility in Somerset

Louisiana – Elizabeth Warshauer of Articulate Motions Dance Academy in New Orleans

Maryland – Kassandra Serafini of Wiley H. Bates Middle School in Annapolis

Massachusetts – Heidi Sulminksi and Heather Gerardi of H&H Dance Academy in Millbury

Minnesota – Laura Perez of Just for Kix in Spring Valley

North Carolina – Bonita Simpson of Bonita’s School of Ballet in Monroe

Oregon – Mandy Conforth of South Lane Ballet Academy in Cottage Grove

Pennsylvania – Danielle Fritz O’Brien of 3d Dance Studio in Northampton, and Alice Mount of Adrenaline Dance of York in York

Tennessee – Ashlie Wells of Center Stage Dance Company in Winchester

Wisconsin – JoJean Retrum of Monona Academy of Dance in Madison, Meaghan Johnson of Neenah-Menasha YMCA in Neenah, Anne Marie Abderholden of Valley Academy for the Arts in Neenah, and Alicia Knopps of Diamond School of Dance in Eau Claire

Learn more about the 2017 National Dance Instructor of the Year Award at https://www.greatmats.com/dance-flooring/greatmats-annual-national-dance-instructor-of-the-year-contest.php

As part of the National Award Series, Greatmats is also presenting awards to to Martial Arts Instructors, Cheerleading Coaches, Dog Trainers, Horse Trainers and Personal Trainers. Learn more about the National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php

L.E. Phillips Senior Center – Aerobic Fitness and Dance Floor

Seniors Stay in Motion at Eau Claire Senior Center

Max Tile Aerobic and Dance Flooring at L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

By Brett Hart

LE Phillips Senior Center close up Greatmats Max Tile Aerobic Dance FloorWhat better way is there to maintain or regain your youthful vigor than to keep your body moving? The folks at L.E. Phillips Senior Center in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, have fully adopted that philosophy. Among the numerous activities for its more than 2,000 members ages ”50 and better,” are approximately a dozen fitness classes which take place on Walnut patterned Max Tile Raised Floor Tiles. The not-for-profit senior center, now in its 18th year at its current location on Bellinger Street, purchased the vinyl wood laminate flooring tiles from Milltown, Wisconsin-based specialty flooring company Greatmats in December of 2010. Four and a half years later, Executive Director Mary Pica-Anderson is still thrilled with the decision.

Greatmats Max Tile Aerobic Dance Floor at LE Phillips Senior Center”The floor was easy to put together,” Mary said. ”My husband and I did it. It cleans exceptionally well and has held up to all kinds of usage (five classes per day plus large group lectures as needed) and still looks great!”

Underneath the modular, interlocking raised tiles is a 3mm rubber floor underlayment, also acquired from Greatmats. The rubber underlayment adds much-needed cushion and sound buffering qualities, that make it a perfect multipurpose fit for the center.

Greatmats Max Tile Jazzercise Dance Floor at LE Phillips Senior CenterAmong the fitness classes offered at L.E. Phillips Senior Center are Chair Yoga, Circuit Training, Jazzercise, Pilates, Reflexology, Walking, Strength Training and Tai Chi. Through quality programs and flooring, this Wisconsin facility is set to meet the needs of its community for years to come.

 

LE Phillips Senior Center Aerobics Class using Greatmats Max Tile Aerobic Dance Floor

Mary Pica-Anderson
L.E. Phillips Senior Center
Eau Claire WI 54703
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St. Paul Ballet Leaps Forward With Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor

Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor System Improves Traveling Flooring System for Ballet Company

St. Paul Ballet at Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater
After performing on various forms of hard surfaces since it was formed in 1997, the St. Paul Ballet, which travels across Minnesota and Wisconsin to perform several times per year, has been in search of a portable dance subfloor that would ease the stresses on its dancers at an affordable cost.
St Paul Ballet with Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor

While the dancers are able to practice on marley over a sprung dance floor, that system was too cumbersome for the Artist-Led company to transport for its traveling performances.

Instead, they’ve dealt with performing over hard surfaces, such as brick, cement or wood floors.

”We’ve performed on everything,” said St. Paul Ballet Artistic Director Zoe Emilie Henrot. ”Our Board of Directors and dancers have been looking to create a traveling dance floor for quite some time to help keep the dancers safe while performing while at the same time allowing the dancers to perform in many different types of venues.”

After much research, St. Paul Ballet Board President Dave Trayers decided that Greatmats’ Dance Subfloor system would be the most cost efficient subflooring system – and the easiest subfloor to travel with.

The Greatmats dance subflooring system consists of a layer of 2×2 foot interlocking foam tiles, topped by a layer of 1×1 foot snap together flat top plastic court tiles. The foam layer adds cushioning while the plastic layer offers a firm surface on which to lay a final layer of marley.

St Paul Ballet installing Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor
St Paul Ballet installing Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor

After ordering the subfloor, Trayers quickly went to work custom building a cart that would be able to both transport the tiles easily, but also fit neatly in the company’s trailer without wasting critical space.

”(It was) very easy to transport and install using simple carts on wheels,” Henrot said. ”Lightweight enough for anyone to help with the installation.”

That proved to be a good thing. As an artist-led company, the artist not only dance, but are responsible for administrative roles, organizing performances, outreach events, fundraisers, lectures and even installing their own floors.

The St. Paul Ballet was first able to test the flooring on Sept. 16, 2016 when they performed at the historic Mabel Tainter Memorial Theater located in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The 127-year-old theater, named one of the 15 most spectacular theaters in the world by CNN Travel, accommodated a relatively small 26×20 foot dance floor.

St Paul Ballet installing Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor with Marley Floor

With a team of six working on installation, the subfloor was laid in about a half hour – the same amount of time it took to roll out and tape down the finished marley surface.

”I was very impressed with how little time it took to install the floor,” Henrot said.

After studying dance for more than 20 years and being professional dance for five years, Henrot knew exactly what she was looking for from the flooring system.

”Jumping felt great right away,” she said. ”This system definitely felt MUCH better on the joints when compared to the other floors we have performed on. … Our bodies were not as sore from the shock of landings the next day.”

The one drawback she found, however, was that the floor was ”just a little too soft” to support pointe work. ”It would be excellent as is for modern dance,” she said.

”We are thrilled to be working with Greatmats on the dance floor system,” Henrot said. ”We hope to be able to help design a floor that will protect dancer bodies for year to come!”

St Paul Ballet installing Greatmats Portable Dance Subfloor with Marley Floor
Zoe Emilie Henrot
St. Paul Ballet
St. Paul MN 55104
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Greatmats brings National Award Series into 3rd Year of Honoring Instructors and Trainers

Greatmats National Award Series LogoMILL TOWN, WI – Greatmats is in search of trainers, instructors and coaches from across the nation who embody the essence of community service, customer service, integrity and quality in the industries of dance, martial arts, personal fitness training, dog training, horse training and cheerleading.

If you know someone who fits the bill, nominate him or her for one of six awards included in Greatmats 3rd Annual National Award Series. The winner of the award will be given the choice of $250 in new mats/flooring or $150 in cash.

The Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award is part of Greatmats 3rd Annual National Awards Series, honoring instructors, trainers and coaches who have made a positive impact in their communities.

Greatmats Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year Award LogoThis year’s awards include:

National Dance Instructor of the Year

  • In its third year, the National Dance instructor of the Year Award contest has had nearly 2,700 votes cast over the first two years. Previous winners include Rosanne Vavasis and John Culbertson.

 

Greatmats Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award LogoNational Martial Arts Instructor of the Year

  • In its second year, the National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year Award Contest witnesses more than 1,300 votes cast in its inaugural year which resulted in Grandmaster Bryant Harrell being named the 2016 winner.

 

 

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National Personal Trainer of the Year

  • 2017 marks the first year for the National Personal Trainer of the Year Award Contest. In 2015, Greatmats offered the National Aerobics Instructor of the Year Award, which has been expanded this year to include all personal trainers and fitness coaches. The 2015 Aerobics instructor of the Year was Jeanette Raichle

 

Greatmats National Dog Trainer of the Year LogoNational Dog Trainer of the Year

  • In its third year, The National Dog Trainer of the Year Award Contest has also had approximately 2,700 votes cast in the first two years, resulting a back-to-back victories by Jeremy Joseph Brown.

 

 

Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year LogoNational Horse Trainer of the Year

  • Also in its third year, the National Horse Trainer of the Year Award Contest. The 2016 contest, won by Jessica Moctezuma, generated more than 1,400 votes.

 

 

 

Greatmats National Cheer Coach of the Year LogoNational Cheerleading Coach of the Year

  • In its second year, the National Cheer Coach of the Year Award Contest, has an overwhelming popular inaugural showing with 26 nominees and nearly 4,000 votes cast. Amy Beth Klopf was named to 2016 winner of the award.

 

Learn more about Greatmats National Award Series at https://www.greatmats.com/greatmats-national-instructor-of-the-year-awards-series.php.

Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competitions – Green Bay, Wisc.

Heart of the Valley Dance Academy Take High Point Award

April 26, 2017 – The Midwest Starz Dance Competition took its show to KI Convention center Green Bay, Wisconsin, March 24-26 for its 11th competition of 2017.

Highlighting the competition was the high point winning Solo Jazz routine ”I Want You” from Heart of the Valley Dance Academy in the 15-16 year old division. Studio Y won the Starzmanship award for outstanding sportsmanship.

Other Highlights included:
Ages 9-11 Solo – Lyrical winner Manty Dance’s routine ”Grace of God” – 271.74 points
Ages 9-11 D/T – Jazz winner Studio L’s routine ”Wings” – 272.74 points
Ages 9-11 Sg – Hip Hop winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Spice It Up” – 280.46 points
Ages 9-11 SG – Tap winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Shake Ya Body” – 281.46
Ages 12-14 Solo – Hip Hop winner Studio Y’s routing ”Trndsttr” – 271.24
Ages 12-14 Solo – Jazz winner Ignite Dance Studio’s routine ”Bird Song” – 288.06
Ages 12-14 Solo – Lyrical winner Kaleidoscope Dance Studio’s routine ”Rise Up” – 291.14
Ages 12-14 Solo – Open winner Transcendence Dance Company’s routine ”Galactic” – 290.14
Ages 12-14 Solo – Contemporary winner Transcendence Dance Company’s routine ”Day Dream” – 296.12
Ages 15-16 Solo – Hip Hop winner Studio Y’s routine ”Rock Your Body” 290.86
Ages 15-16 D/T – Tap winner Heart of the Valley Dance Academy’s routine ”Can You Feel It” – 290.68
Ages 17-18 Solo – Contemporary winner All That Dance Inc’s routine ”Heal” – 290.34

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Midwest Starz Dance Competitions are equipped with marley dance floors from Greatmats.

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Green Bay Regional Dance Competition
Midwest Starz Dance Competitions
Green Bay WI 54301
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Midwest Starz Regional Dance Competition – Inver Grove Heights, MN

D.D.’s Dance Studio is High Point Winner

April 26, 2017 — The Midwest Starz Dance Competition took its show to the Simley High School Theater in Inver Grove Heights March 24-26 for its 10th competition of 2017.

Highlighting the competition of 265 routines was the high point winning ”Magnatize” routine from D.D.’s Dance Studio which scored a 295.528 in the contemporary field for 12-14 year olds.. D.D.’s Dance studio also own the solo contemporary category with its routine ”Castle” which scored a 290.86.

Stacey’s Studio of Dance had numerous highlights. It recorded a score of 276.33 with its routine ”Opportunity” to top the Solo Lyrical field for 9-11 year olds. It also added a score of 280.702 for its Musical Show routine ”Consider Yourself” in the same age bracket. Its 9-11 year old Open routine ”Robots” produced a score of 284.294. Stacey’s Studio of Dance continued to set itself apart from the competitions in the 12-14 year old lyrical field with its ”Beside You” routine, which finished with a score of 288.522, and its 12-14-year old Musical Show routine ”The Chorus Girls” (293.094). These are just of few of its winning routines.

Janet Lang Dance Studio won the solo contemporary category for 15-16 year olds with a ”Can’t Stop the Gods” routine that scored a 292.28, and earned a score of 233.696 in Pointe for 15-16 year olds with its routine ”Unpredictable.” Janet Lang Dance Studio also tallied a 291.282 in 17-18 year old tap with a routine called ”Goody Two Shoes.”

The competition featured all kinds of dance including:

  • Jazz
  • Lyrical
  • Tap
  • Musical Show
  • Hip Hop
  • Ballet
  • Contemporary
  • Acrobatic
  • Novelty/Character
  • Pointe
  • Song & Dance
  • Open
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Midwest Starz Dance Competitions are equipped with marley dance floors from Greatmats.

To learn more about Greatmats-sponsored Midwest Starz Dance Competitions and its competitors, visit Greatmats Midwest Starz Dance Competition Resource Page.

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Midwest Starz Dance Competitions
Inver Grove Heights MN
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