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Crystal Raptelis

Since I was a young girl at the age of three I can remember loving to sign and dance. Any chance I got I had to perform for my family and friends. In school I was a cheerleader and my passion become even stronger. While growing up as a teenager I would spend my summers in Greece. I believe my passion for dance and entertainment was largely built from my experiences growing up in the wonderfully rich culture of the Greek islands. In this country everyone is taught to have two strengths. One to provide income for the family and the other to entertain. So naturally dancing, singing, painting, drawing and various other artforms are highly regarded and prevalent. Bringing this love back to my local town of Rocky Hill I set out for my own fate and destiny.

Just like many great performers I experienced both highs and lows along the way. But, I never lost my drive to give back to dance. As dance has done so much to sculpt me over the years. I can recall being accepted to tryouts for the prestigious Juilliard not once but twice and yet still finding a more rewarding career path. I had the pleasure training for and competing in professional ballroom dancing at the highest levels. This chapter in my life taught me discipline, structure, confidence and presence. From here on I realized that I need to channel my abilities into education and thus created my first modest dance studio. Within 1 year I tripled in client size and realized a new larger location would be needed. This was the answer to my true calling. I realized that through teaching of dance I could become a leader. Helping students learn structure in a supportive and stimulating environment. This type of positive stimulation and reinforcement can do wonders for one’s self-esteem motivation and creativity.

Dance Highlights: Beyonce, Wyclef, Ravaughn, Fox, & WFSB.

Taris Clemons aka PopTart 


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