Student Spotlight: Nick Hallgren

Dancer Nick with his volunteer

Dancer Nick with his volunteer

Meet Nick Hallgren. Nick has loved to dance since he was a little kid, so when danceability opened its doors in 2007, it was natural that he joined the studio. Nick has remained a part of our danceability family for all TEN years and it’s been such a joy to watch Nick grow up before our eyes. We asked Nick and his mom, Janell, what their danceability experience has been like.

Here’s what they had to say:

Nick: What’s your favorite part of class and what do you enjoy most about coming to danceability?
I love walking into the studio and getting to greet and say hello to my friends. We catch up on our weekly activities, share jokes and high fives throughout class. I love when we do tap and some break dancing! I love making people laugh and dancing with my friends. It’s been a great experience.

Nick: What would you tell potential dancers about joining danceability?
I would tell them to come out and dance with us. It is fun and definitely give it a try.

Nick: Which performance piece has been your favorite?
Definitely Fireball!

Janell: What changes have you seen in Nick since joining danceability?

Nick and his classmates before the 2016 Annual Performances

Nick and his classmates before the 2016 Annual Performances

Nick has become more confident and willing to try new activities. Nick and his friends have grown up together and always look out for each other.

Janell: What is your favorite part about coming to danceability?

My favorite part is the feeling of community among the parents and families. We learn from each other and share information about programs and services for our kids. We discuss our children’s struggles and share in their successes. Besides danceability, our kids participate in Special Olympics and other sports together. Also, we share information about our other kids, struggles and successes in college and beyond! Since we’ve been together for so long, we truly love these groups of families.

Janell: What would you tell families about joining danceability?
I’d say not to be afraid and give it a try. I think some parents might fear that their child would be too disruptive or unable to participate, but the teachers are able to customize a program for kids with all types of challenges.

BOTH: It’s danceability’s 10th year – what do you wish for danceability in the next ten years? 
We hope it continues to grow and welcome new students and families.
Nick and his current classmates at danceability!

Nick and his current classmates at danceability!

BOTH: What is your favorite danceability memory to date?

Our favorite memories are at the Annual Performances each year. The kids love getting dressed up, having their pictures taken and dancing on stage. It’s such a special day for all the families.

We love hearing stories from our parents and dancers. Thank you to the Hallgren family for being so supportive of danceability over the past ten years. In addition to supporting our program, Janell is also serving on our “Cheers to 10 Years Gala” committee. We hope you will save the date – Saturday, April 22nd, 2017, and join us for a wonderful night of celebration. Many of our 10 year dancers will be reprising a routine they previously performed at one of our Annual Performances. It will be a night you don’t want to miss. Stay tuned for more details in the new year.


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