First, I wanted to let you know that I am so happy to see DC last for 20 years. I still remember when you opened the first studio by Kroger!! You, Daryl, & the rest of the DC staff have made such an impact on so many lives, whether it was inside or outside of the studio. DC Dance Factory to me is everything! Where do I even begin?
You & Daryl are like my second set of parents. I would never want to disappoint either of you. My DC teammates are like brothers & sisters. I know if I need anything, they would be there for me. Together we are one big family! We work, sweat, cry, laugh, & go through so many life changes together. I learned so many lessons that not only applied to dancing but to the real world. I was pushed to my limits because you believed in me. You encouraged me, gave me confidence, and most importantly you loved me like I was your own child. Without DC Dance Factory I would not be the strong, confident, & perservering woman I am today. I never give up & I keep a positive outlook on life because that is what DC has instilled in me. I was taught to be passionate about everything in life, not just dance. DC Dance Factory is not just a place to learn how to point your toes or keep your legs straight. DC is a family and a passionate lifestyle! Even if I don't talk to or connect with my DC family often, I know they will be there if I need a prayer or encouraging words. My most memorable moments in life were with DC and I carry them with me everywhere. I don't even want to know where I would be if I had never danced at DC.
I will never forget one of Daryl's many speeches to our group. He told us that we are the seeds of a flower and he is the water that helps us grow! When he told us this as teenagers, we probably thought he was crazy but looking back on it, he couldn't have been more correct. All of your students are seeds that put roots down in the studio only to grow into amazing young men and women!
I can only imagine how you feel knowing that you have made such a positive impact on so many lives! I hope that I can be at least half the inspiration that you and Daryl are. I love you and miss you all so much!! I am proud to say that I danced at DC Dance Factory and had such amazing teachers to help me grow into the woman I am today. Thank you so much for everything you guys have done for my whole family. You have helped my parents raise their 3 children and now I enjoy watching your raise your own 3 beautiful children. DC Dance Factory is celebrating 20 years but I believe this is only the beginning!
Love you all,