I have been given the great opportunity to teach all three Yerigan girls. It has been a joy to watch these sisters grow as dancers, athletes and young women. They support each other in every aspect of life and have very supportive parents that have given them great guidance through it all.
Stephanie, the youngest, started dance in 2004. Each week would be a surprise if she would make the choice to come into the classroom or not. She wanted to make her own decisions!
Stephanie is now fourteen and has made the decision to work towards a career in dance. I am proud of the dancer she has become here and look forward to the knowledge she has gained while at her summer intensives. She has grown not only into a beautiful dancer, but a respectful, responsible young lady. I look forward to what the future holds for this determined girl.
Thank you Yerigan family for the experience you have given me to be a better mama.
I've been dancing at SVAD since 2002. I started dancing when I was 2 years old and have loved it ever since. Both my older sisters Alexandra and Madison have also danced here so my family has been a part of the SVAD family for a very long time.
I have danced in many recitals and performances of The Nutcracker and had the honor of dancing the role of Clara in 2014, and Sugar Plum Fairy in 2015.
I am a part of Dansations Performing Arts Foundation and have been to regional and national competitions with the team. I also have traveled to other competitions as a soloist.
A couple years ago I realized that I may want to be a professional dancer in the future, so with the help of my family and teachers, I decided to audition for many professional companies to be able to attend summer intensives programs. In the summer of 2014 I danced with The Joffrey Ballet School in New York City for five weeks and then flew straight to Orange County, CA to dance with The American Ballet Theatre for three weeks. The next summer I danced for three weeks with the Joffrey Ballet Academy in Chicago, IL.
I have had so many amazing experiences and none of it would have been possible without the help and support of my family, teachers, friends and most importantly, my mom who is always finding me more opportunities, being at every competition, performance or class demonstration cheering me on and for reassuring me that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to if I work hard and never give up.
SVAD is my second family and I wouldn't be where I am today in my dance career without them. I am so excited to see what this year has in store and how much further I can grow as a dancer. - Stephanie Yerigan