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Check out everything you need to know about the upcoming dance season at ROOTS Summer is over, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop! There’s still time to enroll in dance classes at ROOTS Academy, but you’ll need to act fast. Our classes begin right after Labor Day on Sept. 4. Check out… Read More »

Dance program director Saskia Harmon reveals what’s coming to ROOTS in the upcoming season The 2018-2019 season is just around the corner at ROOTS Academy, and while the kids are still deep in the middle of summer fun, we’ve been busy getting ready for what’s shaping up to be our biggest year yet! During the… Read More »

The ROOTS Summer Dance Intensives are for dedicated, hard-working dancers with at least 2-3 years of prior experience who are looking to fully immerse themselves into a week of dance instruction. This intensive is open to all dancers; being a student at ROOTS is not required. Students will take classes in contemporary, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, turns, leaps & jumps and more. 

ROOTS is excited to introduce the new leader of our dance program For as long as Saskia Harmon can remember, dance has been at the center of her life. Now we’re thrilled to announce that she’s the new dance program director at ROOTS Academy. Born and raised in DeLand, Florida (about 40 minutes outside of… Read More »

ROOTS is excited to introduce our newest voice and piano mentor, Emmoe Doniz. Emmoe Doniz (voice • piano) finally comes home to Nashville to join the ROOTS team as its newest mentor. Emmoe began singing at age 13, leading worship at 16, and after joining the band D. Clea, discovered a passion for teaching music.… Read More »

ROOTS is excited to introduce our newest drum mentor, Dennis Palmer. Dennis Palmer (drums) has been drumming for 25 years and has played professionally for a number of groups including: Sweetwater Rose, Susan Benjey, Harlow and the Wager, Soular 7, The Solomon’s Porch Band, Rachel Harlow, Megan Santi, Lauren Maze and Tom & Co. He… Read More »

We’re in the Christmas spirit around here at ROOTS. Several of our staff and mentors shared some sweet Christmas memories, traditions, and favorite moments from the past year. Have a memory to share? We’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below.     Susan Russell, Music Program Director Favorite Christmas memory: “One of my… Read More »

We asked the mentors and staff at ROOTS about what they’re grateful for…. we thought you might enjoy the responses as well. What are you celebrating? Leave a comment below! What are you most grateful for? “I’m grateful for family. This year has been one of loss, challenge, and growth for us. The trials can… Read More »

ROOTS Academy welcomes Joe Tounge, our newest drum mentor and proud Bostonian! Joe Tounge (drums) studied classical percussion at Gordon College in Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (and a minor in math). He currently works as a drummer and writer for a licensed music therapist and plays drums as part… Read More »

ROOTS welcomes its newest voice mentor, Crystal Kade. Crystal Kade (voice) was born and raised in California. She grew up competing in dance where she discovered her love for music and performing at an early age. She has a passion for the arts and sharing her gift through her choreography, songwriting, and teaching. She is… Read More »

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