The newly opened McPherson Classical Coaching Academy will begin dance classes at its facility located at 1321 N. U.S. Hwy 81 Bypass on June 10.
While owner Jessica Magnall will teach classes including ballet, contemporary, jazz and adult fitness in the studio, she wanted its name to reflect her philosophy about dancing.
"For me, teaching dance is about teaching the whole person, teaching life skills like friendship and responsibility and discipline," Magnall said. "...The dancing is the facilitator for the skills that they'll gain."
Magnall started her training with the Colorado School of Ballet in 1994. She has trained in Royal Academy of Dance, Cecchetti, and Vagonva Methods with professional instructors from around the world. She graduated from Wichita State University in 2009 and then moved to Toronto, Canada, to attend Canada's National Ballet School's teacher training program and became a professional dance instructor.
Magnall has been teaching dance for 15 years also holds numerous certifications including distinction ratings on World Class Examinations, Alixa Flexibility and Progressing Ballet Technique.
"This is my first time creating an independent business," Magnall said. "...This is not my first time running a studio, but (now) I get to be on my own, doing everything exactly the way I want it."
McPherson Classical Coaching Academy will offer classes and private lessons for male and female students from age 3 through adult.
"Dance is so cool, because it's not just about dancing — it's about the brain-body connection," Magnall said.
Learning dance can give students an outlet for expressing emotion, an additional form of exercise, or a way to keep up strength and flexibility during the off seasons of a sport.
"Dancing can be for everyone," Magnall said. "It doesn't have to be for a certain body type."
Dance classes also provide structure for children as they enter their school years.
"Most of the kids who come through aren't going to go on to be professional dancers, and that's OK," Magnall said. "It gives them the life skills that they'll need, later on in life, to succeed in whatever it is that they do. Dance teaches you to put your shoes in your cubby, stand in front of an audience and be OK with who you are (and) to be aware of other people around you."
Classes at McPherson Classical Coaching Academy will be limited to 12 students.
"I don't ever want to be so big and commercialized that kids aren't getting individual attention," Magnall said.
McPherson Classical Coaching Academy offers online registration and autopay for its classes, along with other features at its facility
"We have a student drop-off door so (students) can come inside safely at night," Magnall said. "They can walk into the lounge area instead of going through the front classroom."
McPherson Classical Coaching Academy also has a small store area with dancewear and T-shirts.
"We have bun kits, shorts and leggings for when it gets a little cooler out," Magnall said.
Dance students will wear outfit color-coded by their age level at their classes.
"I like the idea of uniforms — I grew up with them — because it helps everybody focus," Magnall said.
McPherson Classical Coaching Academy will hold an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. June 8. Attendees can tour the facility, learn about tuition and registration specials, snack on refreshments and take home giveaways. Free mini ballet classes will be held from 2:30 to 3 p.m. for children ages 3-7 and from 3:30 to 4 p.m. for those ages 8 and up.
For more information about McPherson Classical Coaching Academy, visit http://mcphersonacademy.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-280-0745.
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