Art of Motion Dancers Honored in Houston


Art of Motion dancers honored in Houston
By Special to the E-E
Friday, October 1, 2004 1:29 PM CDT

Shelly Beech, owner of Art of Motion Dance Studio, returned from the Texas Association Teachers of Dance’s annual summer convention, where her studio received some outstanding achievements.

Ashley Cooper, her student/assistant, was awarded honors for her talent in ballet; Beech’s two-year term on TATD’s Board of Directors was increased to three; and former Art of Motion student/assistant Jana Brown was appointed to the Board of Directors.

Beech will serve a three-year term, attending regular meetings in Texas to discuss matters regarding the association and planning its conventions. Duties such as hiring faculty, reviewing finances, and other convention details are board member’s responsibilities.

“This is quite an honor,” said Beech. “I’m excited about our mini-convention in Austin, Texas scheduled for October. Then there is all the planning for the 75th Diamond Jubilee. It will be the end of June in Richardson, Texas.” This is Beech’s seventh year as a member, and third year as an examiner for TATD.

Over 400 students were observed and considered for scholarships during the four days of classes. Technical ability, style, attendance, appearance and behavior were all considered during judging. Only four awards were presented in each discipline: tap, jazz, and ballet.

Cooper, a Bartlesville High School senior, was recognized as outstanding in ballet among the senior students. Last year she was one of four recognized in jazz. She plans to pursue a dance degree in college.

“I am so pleased that one of my students was acknowledged among such outstanding dancers,” said Beech. “This really is an award to be proud of.”

Jana Brown, a 1996 graduate of Bartlesville High School and 2000 Dance Management graduate from Oklahoma City University, is the newest member of TATD’s Board of Directors. Beech said, “Jana is part of the second generation of teachers coming from my studio. She is the director of dance education for Bill Austin in Houston, Texas. She is the perfect example of what one can achieve when they are dedicated.”

TATD is recognized as one of the nation’s leading teaching organizations. The association was organized April 27, 1930, in San Antonio, Texas with the aim to keep the art of dancing and the dance teaching profession on the highest level by upholding its ideals and principles and passing these principles on to the next generation of teachers. New members must be voted into the organization unanimously after passing an entrance exam and take an oath to uphold TATD’s code of ethics.

The 2004 convention was held June 27-30 in Houston, Texas at the Hyatt Hotel. Awards were announced at the Hollywood Ball and Banquet held on the final evening of the convention.

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