The Daily Iowegian
---- — The dancers at Buffy’s Dance Department have been very busy this season, bringing home lots of trophies. They have traveled to three competitions with huge success at each.
In March, Buffy took 18 solos, duets and trios to Nexstar in Des Moines. It was a one day competition that ended well for all of the kids. Some of the dancers had never competed before, some were old pros. Everyone went home with something. There were 15 first place winners, three second places and many, many overall winners.
In April, there were two competitions. The first was I Love Dance in Des Moines. Buffy had 42 routines competing. I Love Dance was tough, but everyone placed with a few routines receiving some overall high scores. Buffy received the Teacher Award for showing great participation with her studio, age appropriate routines and polite kids.
Dancers also competed in Kansas City at the end of April with solos, duets and trios at Talent On Parade. Buffy had 24 routines competing and the results were the best of the season. Aside from the trophies, plaques and ribbons that were earned, several dancers from Buffy’s were named Top Starz. Caylea Housh, Catherine Banez, Haddie Hurley and Caura Halverson all have the opportunity to perform at Nationals this summer as members of the Top Starz Performance Team.
Buffy is in her 20th season of teaching dance in the area. She has two instructors working for her, Megan Surber and Shelby Royer and offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and tumbling. She also recruits and teaches with the Capital One Bowl out of Orlando, Fla. and is a national dance judge. She travels a couple of times each year to judge all around the United States.
Buffy’s motto is, “Nothing is as important or precious as your child’s self esteem.”
“I feel like my job goes way beyond teaching dance steps,” said Buffy. “My goal is to give back to the community… pay it forward. I was lucky to have strong female role models as dance teachers. I want to help create strong kids who are confident. They won’t likely be professional dancers, that’s not what this is all about. I am teaching them that they are smart, talented, strong and beautiful. They can do anything. I hope to help turn out great teachers, doctors, nurses, moms… all around great assets to our community. That’s my job and I feel honored to have it. I am passionate about dance, but mostly about kids. I want to thank this community for these last 20 years. We have been offered so many opportunities to get kids in front of audiences… this is priceless. Community support is a great thing for the kids and my business. Thank you.”
Buffy’s annual spring recital will be held at the Simon Estes Auditorium on May 31 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door.