Local Women: Ann Buffa

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Ann Buffa has been a dancer all her life and part of the local dancing community in East Lansing for the past seven years with Ann’s Dance Studio. She has performed both nationally and overseas and aspires to give her students the same exposure. Her studio is currently open to new enrollments in fall classes. Q: WHAT IS IT LIKE RUNNING YOUR OWN DANCE STUDIO? A: It’s a wonderful experience. The best part is being able to share the joy of dance with all the students, being an active part of the community and being involved in children’s lives helping to shape them, giving them confidence and abilities. Our studio offers lessons to those as young as 3 years old all the way to adults — there is no age limit. We teach lyrical, tap, ballet, jazz, gymnastics, hip-hop, ballroom and a creative movement class for beginners. Q: WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT WORKING WITH YOUR DANCERS? A: I like the younger dancers’ eagerness to learn and the way they express themselves. Working with older dancers is great because it shows there’s never any age limit in enjoying dance. I’ve had students up into their sixties. It just gives people an outlet, a nice sense of recreation, fun and movement. Watching the young dancers complete their senior recital is the best, to see how they’ve blossomed as both a dancer and an individual person. I had three seniors last year, and they were just amazing. That’s a really neat aspect about the studio, as well, is that you get to be a part of their family. Q: WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT WITH FALL CLASSES COMING UP? A: Seeing all the students we haven’t seen over the summer — that’s a great thing to bring back. Also, bringing fresh ideas and choreography to the dancers and welcoming new faces, to bring them into the excitement of dancing.
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