This is a brief overview of the curriculum
offered by Martin Dance Studio at The Dixie. For
more information, please visit the Martin Dance Studio
Self-confidence, personality-development, grace,
fitness and fun are
only some of the advantages of good dance training.
It is our intent to provide encouragement and
challenge to the student
in a positive and educational environment.
Class sizes range from 5 - 15 students.
We pledge to take a personal approach and interest
the dance experience of every student.
It is our goal that students enjoy dance while
learning proper technique
and developing poise, confidence, coordination and
The Martin Dance Studio accepts girls from the
age of 3 years and up, offering a wide variety of
classes from beginner to advanced levels.
Pre-School: 3 - 5 years old
Our Pre-School classes emphasize the development of
basic coordination, rhythm, grace and repetition
incorporating stretching, simple acrobatic
exercises, and basic dance steps in a playful
manner. Our classes are filled with fun and
laughter. The emphasis is that dance is to enjoy.
Unlike the intellectual learning experiences in
later school life, the musical, rhythmic experiences
during early childhood are senso-motoric learning
experiences and are considered extremely important
for proper development during all facets of
pre-school life. Among our teaching techniques, we
use imaginative stories and songs to develop
creativity and memory, various props like ribbon
sticks for exploring creative movement, hand eye
coordination, grace and use of arms. Other props in
combination with mat exercises are used to build
muscle strength, spatial awareness and confidence.
For more information, please request our Pre-School
Ballet. By the
age of 5, children can begin “serious” dance
classes. We follow the guidelines of The National
Dance Association suggesting class sizes of 7-15
students to be taught for 45-60 minutes. We also
strictly enforce a dress code.
In our ballet classes, students will learn proper
posture, correct terminology and music appreciation
as they gain strength, discipline and grace.
Cecchetti and Vaganova methods of training are used.
dancing on toe) classes are offered to students who
have gained sufficient strength through proper
training, well-developed body coordination and
proper skeletal alignment. We do not recommend
pointe work before the age of 11.
Tap is the most
important dance element of the American Musical. Our
students will explore the complex interactions of
rhythm, sound and movement to achieve a sense of
rhythm and “groove” for this truly American artform.
Jazz forms the
basis for musical dance. Our classes offer different
styles and an opportunity for students to become
creative as they explore traditional and modern
All classes will include technique lessons
encompassing stretching and body conditioning
exercises. These exercises are designed to augment
and support each student's endeavor to gain strength
and a broader knowledge of dance.
Cornelia Link started dance training during
her grade school years in Germany. Her
parents enrolled her in dance classes at the
State Opera of Braunschweig where she
participated in over 30 performances. As a
student assistant she discovered her love
for dance and her desire to work with
children. Later, she attended master classes
at the Dance Academy in Vienna, Austria.
In 1973, Miss Cornelia began offering
classical ballet classes in Martin,
Tennessee on the second floor of a small
drafty warehouse. Ballet training was
initially offered in Variations, Repertoire,
Pas de Deux and Pointe. Classes in Tap,
Jazz, Modern were added shortly thereafter.
A very popular, comprehensive pre-school
program was developed in recent years to
meet the needs of early childhood education
for 3 - 5 year old girls.
Today, Miss Cornelia is teaching in studios
located in Martin, Milan, Paris, Brownsville
and Huntingdon. Miss Cornelia has been
involved in programs with the Giacobbe
School of Dance in New Orleans, choreography
for local performing groups, theatre
performances at UTM, numerous dance
presentations as well as exercise and
aerobics programs. She has performed as a
Senior Member of the Jackson Ballet Arts in
such works as: "Nutcracker", "Who Cares",
and "Les Sylphides".
Mr. Michael has a B.S. degree in Food &
Agricultural Sciences as well as a minor in
Music Education. They reside on their farm
near Paris, Tennessee and have two children,
Dierk (32), Sabina (30), and one grandchild,