Ready to see a shift in dance culture? One dance studio is doing just that – shifting the norm!
Madeleine Twyman has clearly proven that she is paving a way for a different type of dance. This dance is seen as art. It is emotional and raw. It is relevant and brings an awareness to its community that dance is not just for performance, it is for reflecting life back at us.
Seeing her students perform in the Spring of 2019, I couldn’t help but notice the authenticity within their movement. They weren’t just executing the choreography, they embodied the movement. When asked how she brings that out of a dancer, Twyman says that she likes to be completely honest with them. She knows how perceptive and aware they are and so to create authenticity in the dance you create it in the process of the dance. She tries to make her dancers understand that if they are not being authentic and adding that third realm expression than its just athleticism. This is what makes her dancers stand out. – Merle Gonsalvez, The ArtScene July 2020 Issue https://pineridgearts.org/ArtScene/#issue/Issue/portrait/5
The training our daughter has received since she started has been second to none! We have watched her grow not only as a performer, but also as a person. Being a member of the DSBCD Comp Team has given her self confidence and also taught her to be a good teammate. Probably her biggest takeaway from the studio is the great friends she has gained, she will be friends with these girls probably for the rest of her life and they are a great group of kids. Our daughter absolutely loves her dance classes. The teachers push the girls to get better every single day, not just in dance but in life, whether through charitable events or social experiments. It is truly an amazing place. Keep up the great work! – Kevin and Pamela Broome
The vision and inspirational pieces year after year are breathtaking… With high regard the teaching instruction is exceptional! The passion and the emotion that is exemplified during each choreographed piece created really does speak for itself. This level of training is so difficult to find in the journey of helping our children grow as dancers and it’s wonderful when you find it. DSBCD provides not only top notch dance instruction but wonderful mentors and excellent teachers who create unique pieces specific to each individual. Thank you for believing and instilling the love of arts in our daughter and for the amazing dance education you provide everyday! – Angela Modica
We have been a part of the dsbcd family for the past three years now. Beautiful thought provoking choreography, an excellent ballet program that holds the traditions of the study of dance close, rounded out with a strong and exciting acro program. The instructors at Dsbcd have brought my daughter’s dance to the next level and I am looking forward to see what they will create next. – Sarah Capon
I dont know how you get so many young people to give so much of themselves. It was not about going through the motions, they told stories and shared themselves with the audience. I am in awe of what you accomplished. – Angela Park
Thank you so much for creating such a warm and welcoming environment. Gracie has high functioning autism and dance has been a God send for her and us. She has been able to leave all the focus on inability and just dance and float for one magical hour every week. Her self confidence and calm are soaring! It is truly amazing to have a space where she is able to just be her! We are looking forward to September. – Jennifer Hicks Blair Morley
Madeleine Twyman is the creatively mind blowing, inspirational, spiritually grounded visionary behind all of these contemporary master pieces…Now I have never met a woman much less a teacher that was willing to take it back to the beginning, #OURROOTS, to create change and awareness through the power of dance. From her spiritual retreats to native reserves, to her song selections and her countless choreographed dances, to the tribal symbols…. all the way down to the beautiful soul she genuinely is inside. She has taken these girls on a life journey of love, dance and appreciation. It’s not about competition for this studio…it’s about the love for dance and it’s culture..it’s about Family and Unity…..Because of this woman right here, I have seen them pray together….cry together….support one another…💓💓.I have seen them grow… – Dominique Chevers