It is important to know that dance training is a lifetime of repetition. The science of dance is simple, we use repetition to lengthen larger muscles and repetition to strengthen smaller muscles. While you might think your dancer is learning something over and over, that is the point. Here at Reality Dance Studio we focus on the small details that make our dancer’s technique the best in the area. Technique is the hardest part of dance training. It’s not about learning choreography or steps, it is the progression of muscle development and alignment a dancer has while executing a step.
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Elizabeth Harrison began her dance training at the age of eight. Liz credits Caroline for her falling in love with dance. Elizabeth has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, tap, modern, hip-hop, and musical theater. Elizabeth has studied Cecchetti Syllabus' under the tutelage of Caroline Beaty. Liz has also been a competitive dancer for years, receiving platinum plus, overall high scores, as well as scholarships and special Judges Awards. She has also participated in many showcases, competitions, auditions and shows. This is Elizabeth's second year teaching Ballet and Jazz. Elizabeth has also taught and choreographed for the REDC Mini Competition Team. Liz has performed in Alice in Wonderland, many Nutcracker's with many different roles, including most memorably Clara and Snow Queen. This year, Liz has been asked to perform the Guest Artist Role of Sugar Plum!
Elizabeth currently attends school via homeschool, which allows her time to train and travel in addition to her local training. She currently trains at Reality Dance Studio. She continues to train in Dance and Entertainment with Intensives, Workshops and Master Classes in NYC as well as with Private Coaching with Professional Dance Instructors. In addition, she has attended, Broadway Dancer Center, MIM Workshops, DANY Studios, as well as others. She has had the privilege to train with many professional dancers, including Enrique Brown, Shannon Rodriguez of the Rochester City Ballet, Justine Morrill, Michael Susteen, Anthony Raimondi of West Side Story, Brandon Leffler (currently in Broadway's Wicked), Ida Saki (feathered on SYTYCD Season 7), Melissa Ramos-Lopez (currently dancing with Brooklyn's Nets Dance Team), Stephen Satterfield, Joan Anderson, and Miranda Weese of NYC Ballet, Emma Gasset of “Gypsy of the Year” & MUNY. Liz has also recently attended a Modern Intensive with NACRE Dance Company and guest teachers from NYC. Elizabeth has attended seminars and workshops by many incredible professionals in NYC on career, theater and dance. She also participated in Master Classes with Chevalier Ballet Company of SLK under the direction of Sara Knight.
Liz has been very lucky to have 3 very special people in her dance life that goes the extra mile with training, mentors and helps in so many ways, Caroline Beaty, Anthony Raimondi and Shannon Rodriguez. Liz has been accepted by audition into the following prestigious summer intensives: SLK Ballet, Ellison Ballet, Saratoga School of the Arts, American Ballet Theater (ABT) and attended Joffrey Ballet School NYC and American Academy of Ballet.
Elizabeth has worked on projects in Print, Commercial and Film. Some of her credits include the film, Fado' as well as auditioned for many other projects. She has been signed by a modeling and acting talent agency. Elizabeth had also been represented by a talent manager. Elizabeth has trained in Voice, Music Theory, Choir and Acting through the Glens Falls Music Studio, Stephanie Schneider and Carol Anne Sussdorff. Elizabeth also performed in many talent shows at SMSA and Hyde Museum.
When she is not dancing, Liz enjoys spending time with her family, friends and church family. She enjoys spending time boating on Lake George. She is a real 'foodie' and loves going out to eat, dinners with her friends, attending Taste of the North Country with her Aunt & Uncle, cooking, baking and most of all, time with her Westies. She enjoys reading, all things 'health oriented' and is her local Church's Facebook Administrator.
Upon graduation, Liz will continue her dance career & pursue a business degree. She plans to attend various Professional Training Programs including Complexions Dance NYC, Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center's Professional Training Program.
Graduating Senior Skyler Collins
Skyler Collins is a graduating Senior from Lake George High School. She began her dance training at the age of six under the direction of Caroline Beaty. Her dance training includes; Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Hip Hop, Tap and Musical Theater. Skyler’s core training comes from her years as an accredited Cecchetti Ballet student, where she received high scores on her certified national Cecchetti exams. As a member of the Reality Dance Studios competitive teams, Skyler has received top over-all rankings in various regional dance competitions, with the highest possible adjudication scores and many invitations to nationals. Skyler has been a member of the Reality Dance Studio’s ballet company participating for years with lead roles in annual Nutcrackers such as; Clara, Arabian, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop. In addition to this Skyler was selected by audition two summers in a row to perform with New York City Ballet at SPAC. She was also selected by audition for the Joffrey ballet school of dance summer intensive.
When Skyler is not dancing she is pursuing her love for the arts and other performance opportunities. Skyler has been in the National American Miss pageant four times of which she placed top 5 every year, and received awards for “top talent’ and “Most Photogenic.” Recently, Skyler choreographed and performed in a tribute piece for her high school dedicated the loss of a local community member.
Skylers other passions include singing and bringing awareness to children with special needs. Skyler has participated in the Special Olympics in honor of her little brother Kolton.
Skyler is undeclared at the moment, but will be continuing her education by enrolling in college courses at SUNY Adirondack. She hopes to continue her passions of dance and performing as a member of the Reality Elite Dance Company, as well as continue to find ways to help bring awareness and contribute to children with special needs.
The studio was founded by Caroline Beaty. Caroline has been teaching, directing and choreographing for 13 years and has been a studio owner for 6 years. She is a nationally certified Cecchetti instuctor, receiving highest accreditations for levels I - Professional.She has coached levels I - V in Cecchetti syllabus with students receiving highest accreditations scores on exams. As choreographer and director of R.E.D.C. Caroline's choreography is recognized and has been rewarded at numerous dance competitions throughout New York. The Reality Dance Studio competitive team has also brought the studio much recognition with highest over-all scores and placements while competing in the highest level division in a variety of dance competitions. student credits include, acceptance into NYSSA Modern intesive, NYSSA Ballet intensive, Joffrey ballet intensive, American Academy of Ballet, Brockport Dance Program, Marymount Manhattan Dance Program. SLK summer intensive, national CCA scholarship winner.
Our Goal at Reality Dance Studio is to offer dance training of the highest possible caliber. We will provide our dancers with dance education and training to ensure if desired a dance career is obtainable. We offer a faculty that is specialized in a specific dance forms/styles. Our instructors are trained dancers, certified teachers and experienced professionals. Our dancers are immersed in all areas of dance and are saturated with performance and real world dance opportunities. Our Reality Elite Dance Company provides dancers a chance to compete in regional and national dance competitions, and perform locally in showcases and publicity performances such as benefits, community shows, our studio's annual Nutcracker and to dance in our yearly May Recital.