"First of all, congratulations on putting together an All That Jazz Dance Studio recital that was so incredibly poignant, beautiful, meaningful and emotional!!!
I cried like 7 times throughout the three performances, sobbing at times! Wowza. Was a gift to all of us and you handled the grandparent zoom bombers with great aplomb!
That is certainly one for the record books!"
"I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all the effort you put in to make the zoom dance classes for kids and the dance recital so incredible and meaningful. With all the disappointments this spring, knowing that that they can dance and see their dance studio friends regularly has been such a life saver.
I also was impressed with how you kept your cool during the 4th recital glitch....I think you were a great role model to show our kids how to stay positive when things don't go as planned!!"
"N. loved participating in the recital and we all loved to see her and all her dance studio classmates to perform. Special thanks to Miss Ellen for being so wonderful and patient with these kids during their dance lessons.
My mom who lives in Mumbai and sister who lives in Bangalore were able to attend the zoom recital, and I also had her cousin aunt from PA join the recital too. Everyone were happy to see her on video!!! Thank you so much for arranging that!!"
"First off, I would just like to thank you immensely for putting the recital together. It was so much fun and can't wait to do it again next year!
I loved the dance lessons that I took this year and want to take even more in the coming months. The environment that All That Jazz Dance Studio provides is really like no other I've ever experienced and has given me a love for dance."
"Brava! It was a wonderful afternoon of dance and went off as well as could possibly have been hoped.
Seeing the big kids dance their big numbers really brought a tear to my eye and a catch to my throat, especially Swan Lake. The work that they put in, mostly in the solitude of their homes, was just extraordinarily touching.
We love your emphasis on having fun and I have found these dance lessons to be the number one experience of D's life.
We had family watching from all over including my dad in New York, who wrote, “A terrific class and first-rate show...thanks again for all the details that got us online to see.”
Thank you again Deb and big big congratulations!"
"What a phenomenal dance studio recital! Well planned, organized and executed 👏👏👏 I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but it was very professional and N. was happy and excited. The best part was that the virtual setting enabled our family from Israel to watch!
I also wanted to thank you and Ms. Ellen for such a wonderful experience that N. had and all the tireless preparations that you and your team had conducted! Thank you for keeping us engaged and sane during these months of uncertainty! Ms. Ellen's lessons were fun and provided much needed exercise and connection that children are seeking in times like these!
Thank you so much for a wonderful year and a great ending albeit complicated circumstances."
"YOU did it!!!!!! So happy, so admiring and so grateful of you – amazing leadership, thank you for giving this gift of resilience to all of our kids, with all of its ups and downs. They will look back on this, and remember it, and be stronger for it."
"You have been doing an amazing job at keeping the All That Jazz Dance Studio community going during this time.
I truly feel for the Newton seniors this year (I have one myself) and even though this recital experience is nowhere near the same, you are still letting them finish their ATJ careers on a high note.
You have been so dedicated to making sure all your dancers feel some sense of normalcy and I want you to know that your hard work does not go unnoticed."
"I just wanted to send you a quick note to both check in on you & your family, & to thank you for all you're doing to keep dance in our children's lives! You have clearly been working hard to get dance lessons up online & to stay in touch with all your students -- it's been really wonderful to see. I know that's incredibly hard to do but I wanted to let you know that I've recognized & really appreciated the effort to keep some sense of "normal" in G's life right now 🙂. I also think your efforts to get the dance studio costumes into the hands of the little ones is particularly sweet -- I loved seeing some of the photos in today's email."
"I want to congratulate you and your team of dance studio teachers for the amazing work you did this weekend.
Thank you for navigating the performance with so much good energy and enthusiasm. Your smile is contagious.
Mike and I watched 3 shows, non-stop, while L. took over our living room. We actually thought we would take breaks when it wasn’t L’s dance but we loved seeing everyone transform their living space to participate so much that we watched the entire shows.
Our favorite was the Swan Lake dance with the various classes coming in and out. How did you get those kids to be so perfectly synchronized? It was video editing in real life. Amazing!
Your students are as committed to you as you are to them. You really made this performance memorable for all of them."
"On the eve of the last dance studio class, we wanted to thank you and Miss Ellen for providing fun, predictability, and structure for R. over the closure.
The recital was lovely. Through the technology challenges of the first dance, you were able to have a teachable moment and give those dancers a lesson in patience and persistence. You would not allow even one dancer to be “frozen” in her box and the kind words and encouragement you offered reminded them that they are cared for.
Looking forward to dancing in the fall!"
"Just wanted to add my congratulations to what I am sure is a lot of support. It was a fabulous day and a wonderful recital(s!). L. and M. were excited and had a lot of fun. Their dance friends have become some of their truly closest friends. It is so nice.
They have all been so supportive during these incredibly difficult and challenging times.
I know this took a TON of work and coordination to put not only the regular dance lessons but these incredible recitals together. Kudos to you and your staff - really amazing. I have to say I was surprised that everything went off without a major hitch - I was afraid you were going to have to reboot things much more often!! Fabulous!! Thanks for all your efforts."
In honor of the 20th anniversary of All That Jazz Dance Studio, a very special group of 13 year old students organized a HUGE surprise for Miss Deb Vogel, the Director and Founder of All That Jazz in Newton. Here is what they presented her at the recital:
"Eva: Since this is the 20th year of dance lessons at All That Jazz, we decided to celebrate by making a special gift for you.
Emma: Miss Deb, you are so kind, thoughtful, generous and so much more. Without All That Jazz and the support from Miss Deb and the teachers, none of us would be the people we are today.
Lily: Therefore, we decided to make a book to show you how much the whole community loves you, the studio and all the dance classes for kids. Thank you to all who contributed to make this project happen.
Molly: This book is filled with short and long paragraphs from almost every student and faculty member at All That Jazz. And a special thanks for Miss Lindsay for all of her help!
Gabby: From everyone at All That Jazz to you, we would like to say a big thank you for all the hard work and dedication you have put into the studio for the past 20 years."
"Deb, You and your dance studio came into my life right after I had been blessed with my first taste of joyful movement and was hungry for more dance lessons. Luckily, my smart parents found you, and it feels like divine timing. To have that kind of a haven, a safe space to learn and grow among friends, and with the loving support of a teacher-turned- mentor and friend, is a true gift. Especially during those high school years that can be so difficult. I tear up just thinking about and trying to articulate just what you and All That Jazz meant to me, and all of us, at that time in our lives. It is therefore especially gratifying to see you going on two decades strong, and to see how many, many more lives you and your studio have touched and continue to each day. In my adult years, even during times when we haven't been in touch much, you are a constant source of inspiration and support and I love that we have recently reconnected more. I loved getting to grow up with you and All That Jazz. I love your joy, your compassion, drive, dedication, generosity, mentorship and friendship. Thank you for being YOU and for being there for us. I love you, Deb! Congratulations on this beautiful milestone!
~Love, Light, and Gratitude, Emily (Class of 2003)"
"Dear Miss Deb, Congratulations on 20 years of bringing immense joy to our lives! Thank you for creating a space that is always there for me at the end of the day. I know I can count on dance to lift me up no matter what. Thank you for testing us physically and mentally, providing us with invaluable emotional support throughout the year, and always encouraging us to smile and have fun!!
~Love, Hayden" (Class of 2018)
"I Love All That Jazz because it's an amazing place where I've met some of my best friends and favorite teachers!! All That Jazz has taught me how to be confident and have fun while still working hard and being a part of a team. I'm so grateful for Miss Deb and how she taught me that with practice and effort, I can accomplish anything. I miss All That Jazz and all the people in Newton there all the time, and I am so happy I got to grow up in a studio with incredible women doing incredible things!!
~Anastasia (Class of 2017)"
"I love All That Jazz because I've always loved dance. The dance classes for kids are super fun here because the dance teachers are really fun and nice and I love dancing in the costumes on stage at the recital. I'm always really happy when my dance class comes. I really love All That Jazz!
~Maddie (age 10)"
"I love All That Jazz because of the kind people. The teachers and students are all wonderful. If you mess up, no one judges you or pressures you. They will only lend you a helping hand to you. It is special to me because through it I have evolved very much. Once I didn't think I could dance, now I know I can and I am a much more confident person.
~Caroline (age 13)"
"The disco ball is fun when we dance with it. It is fun when we have studio sleep-unders and when we have a dance party. Happy anniversary Miss Deb!
~Rachel (age 8)"
"I love All That Jazz because it gets my wiggles out and it improves your balance and everything about dance.
~Evan (age 7)"
"I love All That Jazz because I get to express my feelings.
~Leah (age 5)"
"I love All That Jazz because it is fun! Miss Deb is very kind!
~Charlotte (age 3)"
"20 Years of All That Jazz:" Anniversary Book created by All That Jazz students for Miss Deb Vogel
Thank you for another great year!! Julie loves dance and loves being at your dance studio. All she wants to do is take more classes and spend more time there because she loves dance and she loves the atmosphere that you create during her dance lessons. I pick her up and watch her walk out confidently and sometimes get misty eyed because I am so grateful that she has this safe haven where she can go and have fun and forget all her worries. It has been such a life saver for her. She will turn on music at home and just dance. I can't tell you how grateful I am for your dance classes for kids.
"I just wanted to write you a quick note to say why All That Jazz Dance Studio in Newton is so important to us... The recital was simply incredible from a choreography and programming standpoint. I know it's for fun, and I know it's for them to be in a safe, supportive, caring environment. But in it all, we can't forget that it's hard work, it takes practice and dedication, and in your dance classes for kids, they learn to love their work. I'm so proud of my girls and for them to be in your program. You're teaching them exactly what we value in our home.
Renee and I spend a lot of time thinking about and grooming our daughters for the world they are growing up in, and you are a HUGE part of what I think we're doing right to prepare them for it.
With love and appreciation for you, your staff, Todd, and the extended family that is All That Jazz, thank you from the bottoms of our hearts."
"Wow! What an incredible day it was yesterday. Every year I am just completely blown away by how incredible the All That Jazz Dance Studio recitals are. Of course I love watching Ellie, and this year especially loved seeing Ellie and Bob dance together, but I'm also just so impressed by all of the other dancers and your amazing faculty.
Seeing the 21 young people getting ready to graduate from High School and head off to the next stage of their lives, embolden by the skills and confidence they've gained from dancing with you over the years is beyond impressive.
Seeing young women with all body types embracing their strength, flexibility and looking so self-assured is nothing short of a miracle in today's world of body shaming and an overwhelming sense from the media of what we "should" look like.
I love that Ellie has those girls to look up to, to be the assistants in her dance lessons and that they form her vision of what a dancer is- someone who LOVES to dance.
I can't believe you've been doing this for 20 years, and I hope that you'll continue for the next 20, 40, 60...
Being a part of the All That Jazz community is a true gift for our family.
Thank you for everything you give of yourself to ensure the success of these awesome dance classes for kids.
With so much love and admiration."
"I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how impressed I am with my daughter’s class and All That Jazz Dance Studio in Newton as a whole.
Miss Ellen is amazing!! It is incredible to see what she has done with the group in her wonderful dance classes for kids. She is excellent with the kids and has them all dancing and enjoying their dance lessons! I am so pleased! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings (and of course the recital!)"
I just have to let you know how incredibly impressed, moved, wowed I was at the recitals on Sunday in Newton.
FIRST of all I can't believe what you do as an educator in all aspects of these dance lessons. You and your dance studio staff are incredible.
The level of dancing, professionalism, enjoyment of the art in the kids was so impressive. Then the mechanics of the recitals. They were so smooth. The organization and effort that must have gone into that-I can't begin to imagine.
Then of course the heart and dedication of you to the kids and vice versa. Plus your skills as a business owner. And of course your incredible talent as a dancer. Just blown away.
All That Jazz in Newton is a wonderful dance studio for kids of all ages. Both my daughters take dance lessons there, and love it! The teachers are talented, enthusiastic, and caring. There are dance classes for kids in many different dance styles for both beginners and experienced dancers. The kids have fun, gain confidence, and put together impressive performances for the end-of-year recital. I highly recommend All That Jazz!
All That Jazz Dance Studio is a terrific studio and has been a wonderful experience for my daughter. The instructors are kind and energetic. The director is fantastic-knowledgeable, organized, responsive, and very dedicated to encouraging all of her young dancers, from beginners (of any age!) to the more experienced. I was blown away by the range of dance styles and the quality of dances at the recitals. Also it is clear that the students are having so much fun. Highly recommend these dance classes for kids in Newton.
"To Deb, Heather, all the teachers and everyone who is All That Jazz Dance Studio,
We are still smiling, glowing and dancing from all the fun yesterday. The recitals were truly spectacular. Thank you for making the end of this year much better than anyone could have anticipated. The ATJ teachers went above and beyond to create a tremendously positive and encouraging atmosphere during a time of great change.
Our kids saw the teachers turn literally on a dime, not miss a beat, and transition everything seamlessly to Zoom dance lessons. Throughout everything the teachers set an incredible example of how to navigate challenging situations with finesse, creativity and resilience. Our children learned extremely valuable life lessons via the unique and passionate community of All That Jazz.
All That Jazz has meant so much to our family over the past eleven years. The words that come to mind when I think of All That Jazz are:
•smiles •laughter •fun •hard work •dedication •pride •connection •community •support •healthy •self expression
Healthy self expression through dance is at the heart of All that Jazz. Our kids learn how to be in their bodies and feel comfortable and strong. They develop a deep connection to their bodies by learning the physical movement of dance and the emotional expression of dance. They expand their sense of identity as they gain skills for expressing themselves through dance. They learn to express themselves as individuals and within a group.
The gift of learning emotional expression through dance translates to many aspects of their lives. They learn to feel the power, strength and creativity of their bodies and the power, strength and creativity of their voices.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!!"
All That Jazz Dance Studio|330 Watertown St., Newton, MA 02458|617-641-0784|
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