Established in 1949 by Jeanne Maddox Peterson, Maddox Dance Studio strives to offer you the highest quality in dance education! My faculty and I extend a warm welcome to you and your families into our wonderful world of dance!
Personal attention and analysis of a student’s abilities, progress and achievement are all important factors in the successful training of a dancer. Dance training develops self-esteem, listening skills, discipline, physical fitness, musicality, responsibility, respect and many more qualities, that last a lifetime.
The schedules reflect class placement to begin the year, but as a student continues he/she will be evaluated for placement in different groupings throughout the year as not all Students advance together as a class, just as in any other form of group instruction.
PHOTO: Student Abby Z poses en pointe at the old Battery Russell, an Army installation on the Oregon Coast during WW2. History tells us that the Japanese actually shelled it ... from a submarine!
Regular attendance insures progress. My faculty and I are very serious about our art. Our classes are planned with progressions on every level. When a student misses those introductions to a new step, or misses the “adding on” to a combination, it is detrimental to the student’s over all progress. Regular attendance is part of the discipline of dance!
Dancers involved in activities that take them away from class will be placed in groupings from the time they return to class-missed choreography cannot be repeated. The dancer will be placed according to their attendance.
Dancers selected for Little Ballet Theatre have reached a technique level necessary to perform the company repertoire. All students are encouraged to study several times a week with a focus on one category or a mix of styles.
Remember, a dancer is only as accomplished as his or her ballet discipline. It is central to the philosophy of our school to encourage each student to give forth the very best effort of which he or she is capable. The teachers are dedicated to this purpose and spend many hours outside the classroom developing lesson plans and seeking additional resources to help meet our students’ needs.
“If you can think, feel, move ... you can dance!”
All Students will be presented on stage in costume at the Astoria High School in Astoria, Oregon. See Calendar for dates.
is an annual gala holiday production, including professional guest artists, over 100 local dancers, nearly as many volunteer staff, and a professional 50 piece orchestra has been featured nationally by NBC’s Today Show and has been invited to perform in Pendleton with the Oregon East Symphony. The three traditional holiday performances are the jewel of North Coast holiday events.
The Young Choreographers Concert is a yearly showcase featuring our Little Ballet Theatre company members in a fully staged showcase. Held at the historic LIberty Theatre in Astoria, the event begins with an adjudication of the original works of the students, by a panel of dancers and teachers from out of the area, offering constructive criticism based on appropriateness of the music for the skill level of the dancer, the choice of costume, stage presence and originality. One week later, they are presented in the public appearance; their numbers are performed throughout the spring season in various community shows.
The Tap Festival is a salute to the tradition of tap dance, and a tribute to National Dance Week. Always the first weekend of May, dancers from our studio are joined by dancers from the Hollywood Dance Center in Portland, and other tap dance groups. A highlight is the Audience Participation Tap Class on stage. The show traditionally concludes with a group number, The Shim-Sham. The Liberty Theatre is alive with the sounds of the many tapping feet!