When Danelle Watson speaks about the dance academy she took over six years ago, it’s as if she’s talking about paradise. And it’s not only because Alexander Academy of Performing Arts is located in what very nearly could be called paradise: the non-touristy northwest section of the Hawaiian island Maui. Snow days? Not a chance. Ice storms? Unheard of. Near epidemic bouts of winter flu? Not so much.
OK, so you own a dance studio. For your classes you use recordings or have a pianist playing various musical scores. Some of those songwriters or composers might include, say, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, John Lennon, Beyoncé, Neil Diamond, or Gloria Estefan. And artists like these have written some of the millions of song titles and compositions from the last century, including such diverse genres as Broadway show tunes, R&B, rap, rock, hip-hop, classical, Latin, New Age, country, gospel, Christian, and pop. And during the school year, chances are you have recitals and performances that utilize these musical selections.