Kathryn Irey featured in SDVoyager MagazineMay 17, 2018
Stage 7 specializes in the excellence of training. Period!!!
Teaching at Stage 7 is thematic, so, without rote repetition of exercises, students grapple with sets of ideas and problems over time. In addition, we take an unorthodox approach to ballet technique that allows students to apply its principles to whatever other forms of movement they want… jazz, musical theater, circus, modern, post-modern, etc. Strong basics plus versatility is empowering. While we do produce student performances such as in-house soirees and community festivals, we never dilute class time with rehearsals. A class is a class. Rehearsal is a rehearsal.
I am most proud of the uniqueness and individuality of my students’ as they experience the power of their own dancing.
Speaking on pursuing a passing for dance:
On a broader cultural level, the “So You Think You Can Dance” phenomenon has infused our consciousness with an impression that dance is about of glamor, fame, and instant gratification or instant defeat. Since dance is a universal human phenomenon, our challenge is to stay grounded, real, and focus on the joy and power of dance for all.