As a mom, I have seen how learning to be creative in music, art, theatre, and dance has improved my child’s ability to be creative in other areas of their lives, including academics. Our experiences with Blackbird Academy have given our children an excellent arts education. We believe that an arts education is one of the most important things a parent can give their children. We chose Blackbird Academy because we feel it is the most excellent place in Arkansas to inspire my children to be creative through the arts.
I was so inspired the first time I saw the spring academy performance. Blackbird uniquely used all students in every genre of the arts to produce an excellent, cohesive, beautiful, performance. The beauty and artistic expression demonstrated by the students was breathtaking. As a parent, I am thankful my children have the experience to be part of something so well done all while keeping costs extremely low. An arts education at Blackbird academy is the best you can give your child.
Our daughter, Mary Caroline, has attended Blackbird Academy since she was four years old. Over these last five years, we have watched her greatly improve in her dancing abilities and technique. But, more importantly, we have watched her confidence grow on and off the stage. Blackbird has become her second home. Mary Caroline feels very comfortable in that type of artistic environment. The teachers, students, and her peers are all very supportive and uplifting. Our daughter has also participated in the painting classes, the triple-threat (acting, singing, and dancing) summer camp, and much more. Each year, Mary Caroline wants to add one more class because she loves it so much. Jennie has built Blackbird Academy to be more than just a dance studio; it is an Academy of the Arts.
The Blackbird dance instructors create a positive environment in which they not only teach our girls dance technique, but also help them learn to express themselves through the art of dance. We have watched their confidence grow through the encouragement from Blackbird staff and their fellow students.
A trusted portal where creativity meets opportunity – this is the meaning of Blackbird for our family. Whatever expression my children have desired to explore has been bridged by the professional staff of Blackbird into a world of nurturing encouragement metered with sound instruction that wholly fits our family’s philosophy of learning and living. And the end result of Blackbird’s excellence? Two children who are now eagerly anticipating making the arts their joyful, lifelong vocation.
Our daughter, Melodie, has danced at Blackbird since the day it first opened! She calls it her second home. As her parents, we are so thankful for the wonderful opportunities she has experienced and for the Blackbird family that has touched her life in so many ways.