Meet Melanie Perkins

Melanie is the Director and Founder of Ovation Studios. She has been teaching dance and baton twirling for 22 years. 

Bella Ross

Bella started dancing when she was four years old and has been dancing with us here at Ovation Studios for seven years. When asked what inspired her to begin dancing she replied “just watching

Abbi Washburn

Abbi started dancing when she was three years old and has been dancing with us here at Ovation Studios for eight years. When asked what inspired her to begin dancing she replied “my sister

Taylor Jones

Taylor started dancing when she was six years old and has been dancing with us here at Ovation Studios for twelve years. When asked what inspired her to begin dancing she replied “my mom

Amber Kennebeck

Amber started dancing when she was three years old and has been dancing with us here at Ovation Studios for five years. When asked what inspired her to begin dancing she replied “it&rsquo

Mallory Keeling

Mallory started dancing when she was three years old and has been dancing with us here at Ovation Studios for thirteen years. When asked what inspired her to begin dancing she replied “I&rsquo

Planning, Preparing,and Packing for the Big Day

We are just a few short weeks away from the recital, can you believe it!?   With that in mind, we’ve created this checklist to make sure you’ve planned, prepared, and

Awesome Audience Etiquette

As you already know, our annual recital will take place on May 16th.  With the date fast approaching, we thought this would be the perfect time to share with you our tips for

Taking Care of Costumes: Dos and Don’ts

There’s nothing else quite like a dance costume—it carries the excitement of the performance yet to come, and of course, there are all those sparkles!  For many children, wearing

Practicing at Home: Recital Edition

We absolutely love it when our students say they want to practice their recital dance at home.  Their enthusiasm is contagious, and then everyone in the class wants to practice at home too! 

Celebrating Eachother’s Success

Here’s a fun fact for you: In dance class, it is common etiquette for students to applaud after groups practice combinations or a student is asked to demonstrate.  This show of

The Benefits of Recital - Beyond the Performance

New knowledge and skills abound when it comes to preparing for the recital … and we’re not just talking about learning dance steps!  There’s more than meets

How We Define “Hard Work”

At Ovation Studios, we talk a lot about “hard work,” especially with regard to our competition team dancers.  Hard work, to us, means ALL the things a dancer can do to show

The Recital: What is it and Why is it Important?

You’ve heard us talking about it.  You’ve seen it mentioned on our website and in our emails.  You know there’s a lot of excitement around it …

Performing to Show Progress, Not Perfection

“Practice makes perfect.”   Chances are you’ve heard this saying many, many times in your life.  (We sure have!)  It’s one of the most well-known proverbs, with

The Benefits of Recital - Teamwork

What’s an invaluable life skill that everyone needs?  Teamwork!  And dancers must do a lot of it.  By working with their classmates on a group performance for the recital, our

Behind the Scenes at the Studio

Have you and your child ever wondered what goes on at Ovation Studios when you’re not there?  There’s a whole other side to the dance studio that some people never

The Gifts Of Gratitude

The dictionary defines gratitude as an expression of being grateful and showing deep appreciation for a benefit or kindness. What it doesn’t say is that gratitude itself is a gift!... 

Beating the Back-to-School Blues

“But I’m too tired!” It’s that time of year again!  School is back in session and after-school activities abound, meaning “I’m too tired” can

Congratulations! You’re Officially a Dance Parent

Welcome to the club, dance moms and dads!  Now that you’ve formally signed your child up for lessons and you’ve gotten all the pertinent information about the season, you are

Preparing For Your Child’s First Dance Class

Your child’s first dance class at Ovation Studios is on the calendar and it’s all your child can talk about … what they’re going to wear, who they

Practicing at Home: Dos and Don’ts

Many of our students absolutely love practicing dance at home.  You’ll find them twirling in the living room and tapping in the kitchen—they just can’t contain their enthusiasm!

What Progress in Dance Looks Like

Dance class is a lot like school in many ways: your child explores new ideas, practices skills, solves problems, and develops friendships.  Unlike school though, dance classes don’t have a new grade

Raising a Healthy Dancer

In our dance classes at Ovation Studios, we are committed to developing dancers who have healthy bodies and minds—and a healthy outlook on life!  We want our dancers to feel confident about

The Benefits of Recital- Confidence

So how can one special event create such a big difference?  Well, it’s not just about that day.  It’s also about the process leading up to it, followed by

Why Children Need Grit, and How Dance Makes a Difference

Children need to develop resilience in order to learn from their experiences and grow into their full potential.  This is why we value determination and tenacity so highly here at Ovation Studios, because we

The Push/Pull Effect

We’re sometimes asked by parents if we can “challenge” or “push” a child more in class.  The answer is not as simple as you might think, which is

Five Benefits of Dance

At Ovation Studios, we believe that learning how to dance should be an encouraging and positive experience for children at any age!  And while the dance steps themselves are an important element to every

Grateful Hearts

 “We should never underestimate the benefit to a child of having a place to belong—even one—where they can take off their armor and their hearts can exhale.” Our