At Miss Maddi’s Dance Company in Stony Plain, students not only learn dance but also yoga and mindfulness.
The studio teaches various styles of dance from jazz, ballet, contemporary, lyrical but focuses on holistic living and nutrition for students as well.
Studio owner, Maddi Stroh, says nutrition and healthy eating is important for everyone but especially for children.
“What’s the point of having perfect dance moves when you’re not feeling good?” she said.
That’s why the dance studio is partnering with Parkland School Division to donate $1 piece of fruit part of the Healing Seed program. Students at Forest Green School and Stony Plain Central School will have healthy food choices thanks to Maddi’s generosity.
This isn’t the first time Stroh is giving back. In fact, it’s something that’s always in the back of her mind since she opened her studio.
Although her current studio space has been open for three years, she has been teaching dance for five years. Stroh chose to support various nutrition and anti-bullying initiatives the first two years she started teaching dancing.
The last two years have not been easy to give back with the addition of the studio costs, but this year, some profits from the winter performance will go towards the Healing Seed.
Stroh’s winter concept shows are popular because it doesn’t just have dance performances but singing as well.
“If I have a really confident singer, I ask them to come and sing,” she said adding that it only helps in empowering students.
Empowering students is important to Stroh, that’s part of the reason why she likes to get involved in schools and the Tri-Region community so she can give back.
“I’m all about empowering and creating a sense of community for children so they have a place where they can belong,” she said.
She believes a healthy body and healthy mind go hand-in-hand which brings her to proper snacking. She wants children to learn to opt for healthy food choices instead of grabbing chocolate and chips when they are feeling overwhelmed.
“I feel there’s a need for it because kids today feel so overwhelmed at times,” she said.
Stroh’s dance studio is growing with about 200 children coming through the studio doors last year. The first year, she started teaching dance, she had about 10 kids.
She explains she has both full-season students, who go from September to June and seasonal students who take part in six to 10-week workshops hosted by the studio.
The full-time students build long-term friendships while the short term kids often transfer over to becoming full-time students.
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