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We’ve been a Spotlight Studios family since fall 2008, when my youngest daughter Jenna was in Kindergarten. We chose Spotlight because it was conveniently located to where we lived and we had heard good things about the studio. We had no idea how much we would fall in love with the studio and everyone there! Spotlight Studios employs people who not only care about teaching children to dance, but they care about the whole child. Through their dance instruction they also teach responsibility, respect, and working together cooperatively as a group. Even though they are serious about dance, there is a relaxed family atmosphere about the studio. While their children are in class, many parents wait on very comfortable couches and talk with each other. There must be hundreds of families whose children dance at Spotlight and it impresses me that everyone including the owner Pam Butler, knows my name and who my child is. Jenna loves dancing there so much that this past year she made the commitment to join one of the dance companies and she couldn’t be happier. Now that the arts studio has been added, my oldest daughter Sydney decided she wanted to join the Spotlight family as well and so she started taking the Teen Triple Threat class with Ms. Allison. She enjoyed it so much and spoke so highly of it that Jenna asked if she could take the Tween Triple Threat class (on top of all the hours she dances already at Spotlight). Jenna absolutely adores the class! My daughters have truly never been happier! Spotlight Studios has brought so much joy into our family! There is no place we’d rather dance. I would highly recommend anyone who is looking for a dance studio to look no further than Spotlight Studio, you will not be sorry. ~ Robyn Dahl – April 2013
What a fantastic show at the Carpenter Theatre! Thank you so much for that opportunity! I was awe struck on that stage and just couldn’t believe I was there! Definitely a feather in my cap and I will never forget the excitement and pride I felt just being there with all of the Spotlight dancers! Thank you!! ~ Stephanie Crockett – May 2012
We love the family atmosphere that abounds at Spotlight. The teachers are fabulous at what they do. While teaching dance fundamentals they also instill a sense of importance and self respect to the dancers. The choreography is fantastic. ~ Orr Family – May 2011
Mattie, her father, and I want to thank you and the staff at Spotlight Studio of Dance for your support and encouragement of her over the years. To say that Spotlight is like a part of our family is an understatement. We want you to know that we have enjoyed every minute that she has been at Spotlight.
We will take with us so many special memories and friendships that we hope will endure in spite of the changes. It is our plan to stay in touch as we continue to support Spotlight Studio of the Arts. We wish you great success as you expand and include many new opportunities for some very fortunate young people. Thank you again for all you’ve done for Mattie. ~ Sincerely, Carson, Teresa and Mattie Rogers – May 2012
Spotlight has been the most positive experience for our daughter Catherine. She adores her instructors and simply loves the relationships with her fellow company dancers. I love the fact that Spotlight is not a “competitive” studio of dancers, but a studio that focuses on the development of the art of dancing and giving back to the community. We respect the overall integrity of the whole Spotlight program and its owner, Pam Butler. I highly recommend Spotlight to anyone! ~ Donna Villiott – May 2011
Spotlight has given me more than I could ever ask for these past seven years. The teachers have impacted me so much and really you have made me the dancer I am today. Having you as my teacher for the rockette dance way back at the beginning really made me fall in love with dancing and performing. I really do give full credit to Spotlight for giving me the chance to be a part of company and making me love dance so much…I thank you so much for providing me with all these amazing performances, I mean the Carpenter Center is something I never will forget! Spotlight has been like my second home and I have enjoyed it so much. Thank you for doing all that you have done. ~ Alex Cole – May 2012
My family became a part of the Spotlight family in the fall of 2009. My then, 7 year old daughter, wanted to take a Tap class, so we signed her up for Tap 1 with Ms. Kara. Her twin brother said that he wished he could take a Hip-Hop class. Spotlight offered a boys only hip hop class, so we signed him up as well, with Ms. Adele. As the year progressed, so did my children. They made new friends, learned new moves, and also learned that whatever talent level they were……it was good enough. There was no pressure to be the very best, or beat out anyone else….just to have fun and love dancing. At recital time, my daughter looked like a little girl loving tap…..not all made up to look like a teenager, which I appreciated. My son “transformed” into a dancer! The boys hip hop class started a journey into a world that he embraced more than I could ever imagine. He was invited to become a part of Wee Company, a group of children who love to dance and perform and express their joy of dance with everyone. We have only experienced one other dance studio in our lives, and it was no where near the atmosphere of Spotlight. This is truly a special place! Miss Pam loves these students and makes each one feel special. Her attitude is contagious among her staff, as each one goes above and beyond. My children love all of their instructors and have told me that they never want to dance anywhere else. That’s all I need to hear! ~ Debbie Halloway – May 2011
Thank you for your time, love, commitment and encouragement you all have given to my family over the years. ~ Heather Phelps – May 2012
We began dancing with the Spotlight studio years ago when they first opened their location in Woodlake Commons. What started as just a place to take a class or two became a love of dance for two of my three kids who have found many friends through this inspirational and energizing studio. Spotlight’s commitment to the community and desire to have the dancers love to dance rather than only striving to win a medal or trophy is what really drew us to this amazing dance studio. I cannot thank the team enough at Spotlight for opening my children’s eyes to a world of beauty shown through dance. ~ Linda Woods – May 2011
I want to say thank you for all that you have done for me over the past 7 years. I have learned so much from you and will always be grateful for what you have taught me. I auditioned for the Cosby show choir recently, and will be competing next season, I don’t think it would have been possible without you. ~ Erin Niciphor – May 2012
Hello, thank you for presenting “Your Children” at the Virginia Dance Festival. It was awesome! We loved the choreography and the performance by the children. What also caught my attention were the beautiful lyrics. It was so true, so applicable to all families with children. Parents need that kind of reinforcement every now and then. ~ Kumar Maniv – March 2013
Tap BoardsSpotlight Studio's original location's sprung, hard maple wood flooring makes a great portable practice board for all students. Available at the studio - $100. Ask the reception for assistance.
Recital InformationBe sure to check out the RECITAL "Information Station" located in the lobby. It's your "One Stop Shop" for the 2013 Annual Performance!
Family Favorite 2012!Thank you for voting us # 1 "Best Dance Studio" in Style Weekly's Annual Best of Richmond's Family Favorites. We are so honored to receive this award for the seventh year in a row... and continuously since we have opened! We appreciate all our Spotlight dancers and welcome new members to join our growing Spotlight Family!