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Abby Brunty of Crawfordsville (left) is a sixth grader at Granville Wells. Ali Hieston of New Ross is a freshman at Southmont.

If you are on Facebook at all then you’ve probably seen the many dance videos spreading like wildfire of local dancers, dancing away at several recognizable locations including, The Paper of Montgomery County! Talent Factory Arts & Dance (TFAD) look for unique ways to celebrate National Dance Day each year and this year did not disappoint when TFAD launched its “Bust a Movement Challenge.” Owners, Jim and Paula Kochert challenged their dancers to go out and spread happiness through the art of dance. Challenge participants had to take videos of themselves doing a dance move in different locations and post the videos on Facebook and Instagram.

“We decided to do this to get kids out . . . to get our dancers up and moving before dance classes start. This encourages families to get out and plan on how they were going to do this challenge together. Parents had to go with their kids to drive them around at the different locations . . . getting families to interact with one another,” Kochert said.

She spoke as to how social media has become such a huge part of people’s lives and that with this challenge the kids and parents alike get their “social media fix” and everyone can participate at any skill level. The challenge encourages families to interact and spend time together. Kochert said, “Talent Factory is all about family.” This mantra shows in how she and husband Jim run their business. Her children, daughter’s Madeline and Marigrace have both been involved in Talent Factory as well as the couple’s grandchildren.

Dance dad, Courtny Cotten says, “My girls, [Dorothy and Frances] are always excited to go to dance class and always leave there happy. Regardless of skill level, they are taking these young children and molding them into healthy bodies.”

Two Montgomery County participants, Abby Brunty and Ali Hieston recently brought their love of dance to The Paper of Montgomery County. Along with many other locations the young dancers danced in front of our offices inspiring fun and bringing smiles to those around them.

Ali Hieston of New Ross, accepted and conquered the challenge, winning first place in the ‘Bust A Movement Challenge.” Hieston has danced her way through towns such as Lebanon, New Ross, Ladoga, Jamestown, Advance, North Salem, Lizton, Brownsburg and Crawfordsville. She has gotten business owners, employees, and even the local Walnut Township Fire Dept. to dance with her! Hieston is beginning her third year as a member of the Talent Factory Dance Company and took on the challenge on full force. Hieston expressed her excitement at winning the challenge saying, ”Thank you so much to everyone who helped me win this super fun contest! A huge thank you to Talent Factory Arts & Dance for creating this awesome challenge! I’ve had so much fun going around and dancing everywhere! I met other dancers and got some employees to dance with me too!”

Hieston’s mom, Pam Collins writes, “I am so proud of her! We had so much fun with this. Loved the smiles on people’s faces when she was dancing . . . It was awesome when employees and customers joined in!”

Kochert expressed how proud she was of Hieston and of all their participants. Saying, they had no idea when this started just how big it would get!

Talent factory is located in downtown Lebanon and is open to all skill levels and abilities.

Originally published: The Paper of Montgomery County

While dancing is no doubt a fun activity, it is also greatly beneficial for developing children. At Talent Factory we provide our students a comfortable and encouraging environment to express themselves and achieve the highest level of success.
 One of the greatest benefits of any dance class is creative expression. Long hours in a classroom and screen time limits a child’s ability to tap into their imagination.  Additionally, the CDC recommends a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each day.  They break it down between aerobic activity, muscle and bone strengthening – all of which we cover in dance classes.
Four of the greatest benefits we’ve seen children at Talent Factory gain are:
  1.  Physical Fitness.  Dancing is an awesome cardio exercise for kids and helps boost their heart health. All the dances we teach at the Factory, particularly ballet, jazz, hip hop, acro, and tap, are perfect opportunities to improve flexibility which aides in muscle growth. And, since our dancers often follow complex routines designed by our instructors, hand-eye and overall body coordination develops strongly.
  2. Socialization.  In addition to the physical benefits, child dancers can also enjoy important mental benefits that will serve as great tools for them throughout their lives. Since our classes are filled with students of similar ages and interests, kids easily make friends. Practicing and performing in dance groups enables dancers to improve their skills in collaboration and teamwork.
  3. Self-Esteem.  Dance is also a great confidence booster. It can help many kids embrace healthy body confidence and acceptance. Since Talent Factory is a performance-based dance studio, we train our dancers to perform in public venues and dancing competitions. With these experiences, students gain self-esteem and learn to overcome fears.
  4. Improved Grades.  In addition to improving coordination, dance routines build children’s memory.  We have seen numerous children at the Factory whose performance has improved in the classroom because they’re flexing their minds doing an activity they love – dancing.  Whether students are memorizing multiplication tables or complex algebraic algorithms, they’re using the same tools they would use to execute a hip hop routine.
Want to learn more about the benefits of dance?  Give us a call at Talent Factory or consider signing up your child for dance classes (link to registration form.) See you at the Factory!

Please see the graphic above, or click here, to view the Group Dance rehearsal schedule for the week of June 4-8. These are mandatory practices for the Recital participation. Students must be in attendance for the group practice, or they will not be in the group dance at Recital. Group Dance rehearsals take the place of regular recreational classes during this week.

Students need to wear recreational class dance wear and their designated dance shoes. Send water with your child’s name on it. Girls – please make sure hair is tied back securely in a bun or ponytail.

This post includes all the details you need to know for TFAD Studio Picture Day on Saturday, May 19! We know it’s long, but please read! The schedule is below, and can also be found by clicking here. We ask that all dancers attend Studio Picture Day, even if parents do not plan to purchase pictures, for the purpose of full group shots for our studio display wall.

  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your child’s scheduled picture time to ensure that we can start promptly, and to keep the schedule running as smoothly as possible. If you are late, your child will miss the photo. No exceptions. Please note – if the photographer is running 30 minutes ahead of schedule, and your dancer is not dressed and ready to go, they will not have their picture taken.
  • Children should be dressed in their first scheduled costume when they arrive, with hair and makeup already done. Click here for hair and makeup tutorials! All female dancers must be wearing the dance tights that are included with their costume. Recital earrings and small, non-color specific stud earrings are allowed, however all other jewelry should be removed (unless it is a part of their costume).
  • Remember to bring all of your child’s costumes, accessories, dance shoes and extra tights. Additionally, you may want to bring hairspray, bobbi pins, a comb and makeup for touch ups at the studio.
  • Dancers must check in with the front desk when they arrive. Students ages 12 and under must have a parent or guardian remain at the studio with them. Staff will be busy with keeping Studio Picture Day on schedule, and will not be available to babysit or change costumes. It is recommended to keep small siblings at home who are not also students, as the studio will be very busy and congested.
  • As in previous years, parents are not allowed in the dance rooms while pictures are being taken. Please plan to wait in the lobby, as your child may need your help if he/she has a costume change.
  • If your child has a costume change, please change them IMMEDIATELY and have them ready for their next scheduled picture. If your child has a wait between scheduled picture times, please feel free to bring bottled water, dry snacks (something that will not get on their costume), and quiet activities for the lobby.
  • If you plan to order pictures, please bring your completed order form and full payment to Studio Picture Day. Order forms will be distributed with your child’s costume. Representatives from Memory Makers will be in the studio lobby to answer any questions you might have.
  • This year we are excited to announce that Glam Fairies will be with us on Picture Day to offer their services! Schedule an appointment with these professional stylists at the TFAD front desk by Friday, May 1, and take the stress out of Picture Day! Hair is $7/dancer, and makeup $5/dancer. Makeup & hair combo $10/dancer (payment due at time of reservation). All supplies and hair products are included in the price. Limited appointments are available – appointments will be scheduled in the order of paid reservation. No walk-ins accepted on Picture Day. Don’t forget to thank your Glam Fairy on Picture Day – cash gratuities are greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions, or need to place an order for dance shoes, recital earrings, tights, leotards, makeup, etc., please contact Miss Paula at the TFAD front desk. Order deadline is Friday, May 1. The studio is open to place orders Monday-Friday, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars! The Holiday Showcase will be the first recital of the year for all of our students!

3rd Annual TFAD Holiday Showcase
Saturday, Dec. 9 @ 6 p.m.
Lebanon High School, Auditorium

TICKETS:
(update: 12/1/17) Tickets to the 3rd Annual Holiday Showcase are 100 percent SOLD OUT. If you still need tickets, please email Miss Paula ASAP at info@talentfactoryarts.com with how many you need and she will try her best to track some down for you.

LOGISTICS:
There will be NO dress rehearsal for the Holiday Showcase.

Students will be given a call time for the performance at a later date.

ATTIRE:

Remember, all girl’s hair must be pulled back securely out of their face. Dancers may wear red, white or green bows. No headbands, please.

TAP classes must have a red TFAD t-shirt, solid black bottoms (girls: dance shorts, leggings, yoga or athletic pants and nude tights. boys: basketball shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants and black socks) and black tap shoes.

HIP HOP classes must have a red TFAD t-shirt and solid black bottoms (girls: dance shorts, leggings, yoga or athletic pants and nude tights. boys: basketball shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants and black socks) and black jazz shoes.

JAZZ classes must have a red TFAD t-shirt and solid black bottoms (girls: dance shorts, leggings, yoga or athletic pants and nude tights. boys: basketball shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants and black socks) and black jazz shoes.

MUSICAL THEATRE classes must have a red TFAD t-shirt and solid black bottoms (girls: dance shorts, leggings, yoga or athletic pants and nude tights. boys: basketball shorts, sweatpants, athletic pants and black socks) and black jazz shoes.

ACRO class must have a solid black leotard and solid black dance shorts, nude convertible tights or footless tights. Boys should wear black athletic shorts and a black fitted athletic shirt.

TINY TOTS class must have matching pink, lavender or light blue tutu dress (purchased at Talent Factory. Please see Miss Paula if you have not purchased one), nude tights and ballet shoes.

BALLET classes must have a solid black leotard and solid black dance skirt OR solid black dance dress, nude tights (convertible, body or footless) and ballet shoes.

LYRICAL class must have a solid black leotard and solid black dance shorts, nude tights (convertible, body or footless) and lyrical shoes.

*solid black means no color or visible logo besides black

EXCEPTIONS:

BALLET (Thursday 4:45-5:30 p.m. class):
Bright colored leotard (primary or bright pastel colors – no ballet pink). Please coordinate with the other dancers in your class so that you’re not next to someone in the same color (if you do not have a bright-colored leotard, Miss Paula has some available for $15). Black dance shorts or skirt, nude tights (convertible, body or footed) and ballet shoes.

TAP (Monday 8-9 p.m. class):
Black leggings, ugly Christmas sweater, nude tights (convertible, body or footed) and black tap shoes.

DVD:
DVD orders will be taken in advance at the TFAD front desk, and at the show. Click here for an order form.

FLOWERS:
Flowers will be available for purchase at the performance.

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Join Talent Factory Arts & Dance for our amazing one-day Holiday Camp for children ages 3 & up, with an extra special Nutcracker theme!

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 1-3 p.m.
Ages 3 & up
$20 for current TFAD students / $25 for non-TFAD students

Attire: dance dress or leotard with skirt/tutu, tights and ballet shoes

Give your child the gift of twirling their day away as they enter the enchanting tale of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. Children will listen to the story told by Mother Ginger as they create a special holiday craft and travel to The Land of Sweets for a hot cocoa party adorned with candy canes, gingersnap cookies, and a few special treats. Your little dancer will experience ballet and tumbling in a fun and creative way. Everyone will be costumed in magical Nutcracker-themed attire as they end their afternoon with a delightful in-studio performance for parents of the Sugar Plum Fairy Waltz with the Sugar Plum Fairy herself!

Parents that are looking for a few much-needed hours during the days before Christmas can sneak a few extra errands in, shop downtown Lebanon during Christmas on the Square, or even wrap some presents while your little ones are having a blast. Let us wrap up a special experience!

Sign up TODAY, before spots are gone! Registration is open Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m. at the TFAD front desk. Click here for the registration form. If you have questions, please see Miss Paula.


Thursday night is pizza night for the TFAD Company! Come support the competition dance team by eating Greek’s Pizzeria on Nov. 2. A portion of all sales (including carry out!) will go toward the Company’s trip to compete at Nationals next year.

Please be sure to show this email, the flyer, or the Greek’s graphic on the TFAD social media accounts to your server!

Don’t forget to snap a photo at Greek’s Pizzeria and post it using the hashtag #TFADPizzaNight. We would love to see your pictures on our Facebook page!

Below is important logistical information for your dancer for next weekend’s Dress Rehearsal (Friday) and TFAD Recital (Saturday)PLEASE READ the entire email, and see Miss Paula at the front desk if you have any remaining questions.

The TFAD Recital is completely SOLD OUT. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. No one will be allowed into the Auditorium without a physical ticket.

– Dancers should arrive at the Lebanon High School auditorium at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 2 for Dress Rehearsal. Please do not be late so that we can begin promptly, and get everyone home sooner.

– Look for our TFAD Helpers upon arrival! They will be wearing red TFAD t-shirts, and will be located in the hallway just east of the auditorium doors. They will escort your dancer backstage.

– Dancers are to arrive in costume, with hair and makeup complete. Students in multiple classes should arrive wearing their first listed costume (a TFAD Recital line-up is available here). No nail polish, please. Dancers may wear Recital/competition earrings only. Please make sure your dancer has all costumes, dance shoes, extra tights and accessories. Dancers will not be permitted on stage if they are missing part of their costume.

– Parents of dancers in multiple classes will need to stay at Lebanon High School for costume changes. This only applies to dancers who will need help changing costumes – older dancers may not need a parent to help them. Please designate ONE parent for costume changes, as space is limited backstage.  A separate email will be sent soon with more information regarding costume changes.

– During Dress Rehearsal, the auditorium will be open ONLY to those parents who’s children have costume changes. The parent must check in at the auditorium door with a TFAD Helper to gain entry. Only one parent per dancer, please. Parents must remain in the back section of the auditorium, since our photographers will be using the front.

 We kindly ask that parents do not post videos or photos of Dress Rehearsal on social media. 

– Tiny Tots will be released to their parents immediately after their dance at Dress Rehearsal. We expect this to be around 6 p.m., approximately.

– Tap 3-4, Hip Hop 3-4, Tap 5-6, Hip Hop 5-6, Boys Hip Hop 5-6, and Jazz 5-6 will be released after Act I rehearsal. Ballet 3-4 and Ballet 5-6 will be released after Act II rehearsal. Unfortunately, we are unable to predict this timing. We understand that many of our younger dancers have early bedtimes, therefore we will do our best to get them through Dress Rehearsal quickly.

– Dancers should arrive at the Lebanon High School auditorium on Saturday, June 3 for Recital at the following call times:

5 p.m. – Students ages 11 & up
5:15 p.m. – Students ages 7-10
5:30 p.m. – Students ages 2-6

– Again, look for our TFAD Helpers upon arrival! They will be wearing red TFAD t-shirts, and will be located in the hallway just east of the auditorium doors. They will escort your dancer backstage.

– Dancers are to arrive in costume, with hair and makeup complete. Students in multiple classes should arrive wearing their first listed costume (a TFAD Recital line-up is available here). No nail polish, please. Dancers may wear Recital/competition earrings only. Please make sure your dancer has all costumes, dance shoes, extra tights and accessories. Dancers will not be permitted on stage if they are missing part of their costume.

– Tiny Tots will be released to their parents immediately after their performance. Please send ONE parent to the Green Room backstage to sign your dancer out.

– Tap 3-4, Hip Hop 3-4, Tap 5-6, Hip Hop 5-6, Boys Hip Hop 5-6, and Jazz 5-6 will be released to their parents after Act I, during intermission. Please send ONE parent to sign your dancer out backstage from their designated room.

– Ballet 3-4 and Ballet 5-6 will be released after Act II, during intermission. Please send ONE parent to sign your dancer out backstage from their designated room.

– Dancers should bring a bottle of water or sippy cup. Water only, please!Per LHS rules, no food, candy or drinks other than water are allowed backstage.

– If you plan to send a quiet activity with your dancer, please label it! Small toys, cards or puzzles are great ways for our dancers to pass the time backstage. iPads, iPods, tablets, etc. are allowed backstage as well to keep your dancer entertained. LHS and TFAD are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

– Make sure your child eats a healthy meal before Dress Rehearsal & Recital. Everyone wants to see happy, energetic dancers on stage!

– Please review our Recital Etiquette expectations. Feel free to share these with your family and friends!

– No videotaping or flash photography is permitted at the TFAD Recital. We want our audience to enjoy your child’s performance!

– A Bram Photographyrepresentative will be in the lobby at Dress Rehearsal and Recital for parents to pre-order discounted photo packages (you may also pre-order online, here). Parents will have the ability to purchase individual photos or pre-built packages – including prints, digital downloads, or a mixture of both! All photos from both Dress Rehearsal and Recital will be available via the online gallery (link to be emailed after Recital).

– To purchase a professional DVD of the full TFAD Recital, please click here to print an order form. DVDs are $20 each. Order forms and payment will be accepted in the lobby at Recital (cash or check, only).

The Talent Factory Company competition dance team will be selling a variety of “extras” at the TFAD Recital.  All proceeds will go toward sending the TFAD Company to Nationals this summer. All items are cash only.

– Flowers will be available for purchase to congratulate your student for $1.

– A 50/50 drawing will take place during the performance! Tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are $1 each – buy 11 for $10, or 23 for $20!

-TFAD Company will hold a silent auction for a Gift Card Basket. Bids will be taken in the auditorium lobby. The winner must pay in full the night of Recital.

Don’t forget to place your order for a souvenir recital t-shirt by TODAY, May 12! Shirts are $15 apiece. The front will feature the design pictured above, and the back will have a list of all of our students. These t-shirts will be a great keepsake for your dancer!

Please see Miss Paula at the TFAD front desk to order, or call (765) 894-9888 between 4:30-7:30 p.m.

We love celebrating with our TFAD family! Wishing days full of cake, ice cream and dancing to our May birthdays:

2 – Aaliyah Thatcher
4- Rachel Shepherd
7- Mackenzie Schick
11- Madylin Gifford
13- Landry Shepherd
13- Anna Piekarski
16- Kaylee Woodard
21- Lila Hall
22- Hannah Pierce
25- Kiley Warren
26- Jacob Johnston
27- Kane Reiter
30- Ava Rasmussen
31- Temperance Thompson
31- Arnela Cajlak