SPRING 2020... First I would like to say thank you for all of the effort that has been put into trying to keep the dancers connected and to get things organized for possibly getting back together. Thank you for being understanding of everyone's different circumstances, Nicole
Miss Mary, Many thanks for all of the communications as you continue to creatively navigate this unusual time. Katie cannot wait to dance in the studio again (in whatever capacity) and she is looking forward to getting back to her friends, her teachers, and the mirrors :) at SDA! Warmly, Nancy
You are my hero in all your hard work for these kids in isolation. Stay well and thank you for all the wonderful years of dance for our Jillian and others. Leesa
Miss Mary, I would like to be in ACE again this year. I will continue to put forth the effort, because every year I learn so many new things, and you teach me so much. I really enjoyed dancing with my friends last dance year in ACE, and I would love to do it again! I can't wait to get back in the studios, and dance because you make everything fun, and creative. I miss your classes, and I hope I can start back up soon! Your Dance Student, Hannah
January-June 2019... Dear Miss Mary, I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how grateful we are to have you in Sophie's life. We have watched her grown so much over the last year as she has entered and excited your studio weekly. She has gained confidence and we are very happy to have watched her 2nd Nutcracker this year! We thank you for all you do to care for and nurture her! Affectionally, Heather
Miss Mary, Thank you so much for everything you do. Thank you for teaching me, correcting me and even yelling at me. You have taught me so much as a dancer and wherever this field takes me as a dancer it will always be thanks to you. I can't imagine how hard it must be to deal with so many girls and try to teach and manage them all. I just wanted to tell you, even though none of us really tell you this, we appreciate all the work you do so much. I always look forward to the classes you teach because I know it will be another opportunity to work hard and improve as a dancer. You really are like a second mom to me. You're such a great teacher and I love you so much. When I'm a senior, I'll always remember SDA as the place where I found my love for ballet and dance. Thank you so much for everything and another great year of Nutcracker. M
Dear Miss Mary, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your hard work and dedication you have put into this years Nutcracker. My girls are so excited to be performing and the whole family can't wait to see it and cheer for them! I love that the girls get to dance at a place that gives them quality instruction. Your commitment to SDA and all the dancers is fantastic and we are so blessed to be able to send our girls to your studio. Thanks again, Rachel
Miss Mary, thank you for being the best dance teacher ever. I appreciate you and everything you've taught me. I am so happy and proud to be a part of SDA. You mean so much to me and I can't wait for next year with you. Love, Claire
Dear Miss Mary, I am so glad my family and I found SDA! It was a great decision to come and dance here. I love the way you teach, and you always push me to be the best that I can be! Thanks for always encouraging me. I am so excited for what my future of dance holds. I can't wait til this fall when you get to teach me in class! Thanks, Love, Hannah
Dear Mary, I'm so grateful for all that you give and do. Your vision and your passion, your truth and your love, your relentless hard work and dedication are a gift and an inspiration to us all. Love, M.
Miss Mary and staff - Thank you Mary, and your wonderful staff, for another amazing Nutcracker! I can only imagine the amount of time and effort that goes into this every year, and it is much appreciated! It has become a part of our family’s holiday tradition, and we are so grateful! Hannah hugged me last week before the performance and she said SDA is everything she wants! To my little girl, you are making her dreams come true - and in turn making her parents and family feel very blessed. The shows that SDA puts on are always so classy, sharp, and entertaining - we are so fortunate to be a part of SDA! I also admire the generous words in the email about the man’s fall. Your words on prayer speak to the heart, and we don’t hear enough of that in our society today - so thank you. With much appreciation, Amanda
Dear Miss Mary, I'm writing this email to express my thanks and gratefulness to you and all the wonderful teachers and staff there at SDA studio. Angela absolutely loves dancing there. Every week, she has been super excited to come to dance class and Nutcracker rehearsals. Her love for dance has been renewed and has grown exponentially. She's always talking about how much she loved her dance class every week and has been talking since last night about how much she loved the Nutcracker. She's already talking about next year's performance and how she can't wait to do it again. I love the pure joy Angela has while she dances. Angela and I are both looking forward to many wonderful years of dance with SDA. Please share this with Angela's ballet and lyrical teachers, as well as the wonderful young ladies who taught her Nutcracker group. Again, thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New year!!!! Stephanie
Good morning! I just wanted to tell you that a friends husband is not a Nut fan, but came with his wife and daughter to support Grace yesterday. He informed my friend that it was his favorite Nutcracker performance. He really enjoyed it. Kudos to the SDA Staff and dancers for truly delivering a wonderful show. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas! Jill
Good Morning! First I just want to thank you and your entire staff for the wonderful job they did this weekend and the months leading up to the Nutcracker! It was fantastic as always! Kristin
PREVIOUSLY... Miss Mary, you have been my inspiration, my second mom and my teacher. I feel so blessed to have you in my life. You have helped me grow so much as a dancer and a person. Love, Kristin.
Miss Mary, I have learned more from you in these past 11 years than from anyone else. My passion for dance was ignited by you and never will I forget that. You are one of the most amazing people I know and words cannot express how grateful I am. Chelsea.
Miss Mary, when I was 4 years old, I was the first in our class to introduce myself to you. Now 13 years later the timid 'pipsqueek' I was has grown to dance and be inspired by you. You have been a teacher, a mentor and a second mother to me. I want to thank you for your time, effort and patience through all these years. Thank you for making me the dancer I am today. Carly.
All my teachers, I can not fit how thankful I am to you on this card. I could not have picked a better dance teacher than you. Even when I first started at SDA in level 1 you helped me so much. I would not have been half as good without you. Love, Lydia.
Miss Mary, Thank you so much for an amazing year! I’ve loved every dance I was in & I think this has been one of my overall favorite years of dance. I really appreciate everything you do to keep SDA up & running. Thank you for all of your effort you put in for us. Madelyn.
SDA, the gift you give is truly priceless to the Russell’s. Your talent & class & professionalism never lets us down…& your spunk entertains us!
Dear Miss Mary, thank you so much for an awesome dance year & thank you for allowing me to participate in the solo show. I had so much fun & really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed spending that time with you. I loved all the fun & challenging variations that you taught us in your ballet/pointe class. I. Looking forward to next years classes! Thank you again, Ava.
Miss Mary, this is a belated thank you for what you have done for our girls. Thank you for sharing your gift of dance & love of music. Julie especially is such a different person since she discovered dance. We appreciate all your hard work & look forward to the years to come. Happy summer! Jennie & Tony.
Ms. Mary, thank you SO much for teaching me! You have helped me grow as a dancer this year more than ever. Thank you for all the beautiful ACE dances & my amazing duet! Abby.
Dear SDA teachers, thank you for making all of our dance recitals & Nutcrackers possible. You do a excellent job at teaching our dance teachers how to teach us well. You all did an awesome job creating all of the finale dances & walking. Thanks so much, you’re the best ever! Your friend, Ella.
Dear Miss Mary, thank you so, so, so, so much for everything you have done for me this year! It hasn’t been the easiest year, but it’s definitely been a lot easier with all of your help & support. I’m so thankful & I really don’t know what I would do without you. You’ve helped me improve & grow so much as a dancer & as a person & I’ve had so much fun at dance & Nutcracker. Thank you so much Miss Mary! Love, Rani.
Dear Ms Mary, SDA has been like a second home to me & the staff (you included) has been like a second family. You have taught me so much from pointing my feet to determination. I don’t want to leave SDA at all, I am really going to miss class with you! I’m glad that I get to dance on pointe in my last Nutcracker. You are the best dance teacher ever. I don’t want you to leave. I guess I’m the one who is moving though. I love you. Wynn.
SDA, as usual I was very impressed with Coppelia. ‘Overwhelmed’ might be a better description. For me it is impossible to imagine how you can orchestrate so many things, music, wardrobe, & of course, the dancers. It was the most enjoyable ballet I have ever attended. Pure joy. It is immeasurable, the things you do for these young students. The lessons beyond dance, will last a lifetime. Thank you again, for your hard work & dedication…it shows in every moment. Sincerely, Greg.
Dear Mary, having been around the studio now for a couple of years, I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you some things that I really want you to know. You are a fabulous wonderful person with a huge heart & a boatload of passion! Your ability to focus & give your all is what has made the studio so successful. I know you feel you spend all your time at this business you do, however, as I have watched you & these children who benefit from your efforts, I can truly tell you that I believe there may be no better undertaking, & I know how much you have enriched their lives. Beth.
Dear Miss Mary, I can’t let this day pass without letting you know how much I appreciate all you have done for our Halie! She arrived 11 years ago-at your dance studio as a little girl & leaves today as a beautiful young lady & incredible dancer!! You have played such an important role in her life. While it may have started as a dance teacher/student relationship, it has certainly grown into much more. I can not think of anyone I would trust more to be such an important role model in my daughters life!! I’m so very happy we found YOU 11 years ago!! God bless & thank you-Greg.