Influential Dancers

Have you wondered about the meaning behind our studio names? Each of our four dance rooms are named after famous dancers that made an impact in the world of dance. KEEP READING to learn more about these amazing dancers and why they are so great!


Misty Copeland
Misty Copeland endured a difficult home life as she dealt with verbal and physical abuse from her mom’s fourth husband. However, she didn’t let this keep her down! Copeland would perform dance routines at home to the songs of another icon, Mariah Carey, and eventually was chosen to be the captain of her drill team at her middle school. The teacher who ran the team thought Copeland should take ballet classes at the Boys and Girls Club she already attended. Copeland eventually did so under the tutelage of Cynthia “Cindy” Bradley, who realized that the youngster was a prodigy, able to see and perform choreographed movement immediately and dance en pointe after a very short period of ballet training. As her home life continued to spiral, her mom ultimately decided to allow the 13-year-old dancer to move in with her teacher’s family. Copeland was thus able to continue her training while also entering the public spotlight as a promising up-and-coming performer, featured at special performances such as a charity event with actress Angela Bassett. Around this time Copeland also had a lead role in the Debbie Allen production The Chocolate Nutcracker. Copeland continued on to join the studio company of American Ballet Theatre in 2000, becoming a soloist several years later and starring in an array of productions such as The Nutcracker and Firebird. An icon whose star shines beyond the world of classical dance, in late June 2015 Copeland became the first African-American performer to be appointed as an ABT principal dancer in the company’s decades long history.


Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse is a choreographer and screenwriter known for his work on “Cabaret” (1972), “All That Jazz” (1979) and “Lenny” (1974). In most of his choreographed sequences, you will see him or his proteges wearing a hat or gloves. Fosse received three Emmy Awards in 1973 for Producing, Directing and Choreographing the television special “Liza with a Z” (1972) starring Liza Minnelli. He has also received an Academy Award for “Cabaret” and a Tony Award for “Pippin” making him the only director to win all three major industry prizes in a single year.


Martha Graham
As a child, Martha Graham was influenced by her father, a doctor who used physical movement to remedy nervous disorders. Throughout her teens, Graham studied dance in Los Angeles at Denishawn. Graham left Denishawn in 1923 to take a job with the Greenwich Village Follies. Two years later, she left the Follies to broaden her career. She took teaching positions at the Eastman School of Music and Theater in Rochester, New York, and the John Murray Anderson School in New York City to support herself. In 1926, she established her own dance company in New York City and developed an innovative, non-traditional technique that spoke to more taboo forms of movement and emotional expression. She danced well into her 70s and choreographed until her death in 1991, leaving the dance world forever changed.


Gregory Hines
Gregory Hines was an American tap dancer, actor, and choreographer who was a major figure in the revitalization of tap dancing in the late 20th century. When Hines was six, he and his older brother performed at the Apollo Theater in New York and 2 years later made his debut on Broadway. He has performed in The Girls in Pink Tights (1954), Eubie!, Comin’ Uptown (1979), and Sophisticated Ladies (1981). Hines received a Tony Award nomination, as well as other nominations for his performances. He later performed the role of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the television film Bojangles (2001).

Family Friendly Dance Movies

We love movies. We love dance. What do we love even more? You guessed it, DANCE MOVIES! Instead of providing you with a list of classic dance movies (like Grease, Dirty Dancing, & Footloose) we opted to switch it up and give you a list of not so classic dance movies to inspire your little Wylie dancers to move it! What’s even better? They’re all available on Netflix or Amazon prime video! That’s right, movie night just got easier! Click the movie titles below to view the trailers.

Available now on Netflix
Why we were inspired: This movie’s adventurous vibes are perfect for girls and boys. Siblings of your little prima ballerinas are sure to enjoy it as well!

Barbie in the Pink Shoes
Available on prime video
Why we were inspired: The theme song for this movie says “Dance is who I am,” so naturally, we were hooked from the get go! This cute movie is about knowing who you are and experiencing magic!

Hope Dances
Available on prime video
Why we were inspired: Softball & dance? This flick is all about decision making, multitasking, and being comfortable in your own skin.

You Can TuTu
Available on Netflix
Why we were inspired: The main character moves to a new town with her dad and has to work hard to find her place in her new ballet school.

Available on Netflix
Why we were inspired: This Netflix series is perfect for your tween/teen dancers that want an inside look at dancers who attend performing arts schools. An age appropriate story line includes some real issues that dancers face when seeking to become professionals!

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Available on Netflix
Why we were inspired: Obviously, a favorite of every dancer! This “movie” gives your dancer the experience of a real ballet in its original art form. Plus, it will give you moms a break from all the kiddy music. Enjoy the classical Tchaikovsky music while the kiddos are watching a movie and you’re cooking a holiday meal!

Whether your dancer takes ballet classes, tap classes, hip hop classes or jazz classes, we hope you dance along with these great movies!

Back to Dance!

Our school year season of dance and acro classes start back up in ONE WEEK (classes start September 4) and we are SO excited to welcome back our returning dancers and meet lots of new ones! We have some tips and tricks for you to get the Red Door Dance season off to a great start!

  1. Get Motivated!
    Make a list of goals for your dance year. Maybe this year you are ready to focus on your flexibility or the height of your jumps. Maybe you want to work on picking up new choreography faster or you want to improve your turnout. Making a list of your specific goals is a great way to stay motivated to reach your goals.
  2. Get Organized!
    We know school just started and along with dance many school activities are also in full swing. Get a calendar or a planner to keep track of all your commitments, homework assignments and class times. Find the Red Door full year calendar with important dates on our website here.
  3. Get Prepared!
    Be sure to check out the dress code for each of your classes (can be found here) and practice those bun making skills! We have bun tutorials as well (HERE) if you need some help in this area. Look your best when you come to class!
  4. Get Inspired!
    At Red Door Dance our goal is to get our dancers and the community inspiRED! Find your own inspiration before classes start! Watch some dance videos, get together with some dance friends or browse for cool dance pictures. We can’t wait for YOU to come inspire US!