Hello Absolutely AMAZING people of the world!✨
Hi there! I'm April and I am addicted to dancing. I have a wonderful husband who is also my creative partner and we have two amazing kiddos. Random wiggles, giggles, twirls, and dabs are an everyday thing for us. You can catch us dancing down the aisle in the grocery store, at the bus stop before school, or any random night having dance parties in our living room:). Dancing makes my heart smile, and being able to pass those skills along to my kiddos and your kiddos makes my heart smile even more.
I help you – the parents - by keeping it simple and stress free, and I help the kids by allowing them to just be kids - all while learning proper technique and having that magical escape that all kiddos need. (Even more so now than ever before)
As a former dance studio owner, I’ve done all the hoorah of big recitals and competitions, and while those are great if that’s your thing, I knew I wanted Hello Dancer to be different. As a parent of 9 and 10 year olds, I know the struggles of trying to juggle every day tasks and adding in extracurricular activities, especially if they involve lots of extra fees. It can make it difficult or sometimes not even doable for all families. I knew that there needed to be another option – which is why Hello Dancer was born.
April L. Peters✨
Director and Creator of Magical Experiences
+ April's Teaching experience all began with big dreams and a little little red barn! - Click here to get the scoop.
April’s lifelong love for dance began as she would twirl, leap, and boogie all around her bedroom as a young child. Choosing her own music and making up different dance moves to put on small classes and showcases for all her stuffed animals, friends, and family were all part of the magical movement that ignited her passion for the art. She always knew that she wanted dance to be a part of her life, and it certainly was!
After dancing with a couple of wonderful dance studios as a child, April began training with the Lake Charles Civic Ballet at age 15, and performed principles roles in numerous ballets while dancing with the company. In addition, April supplemented her training with extensive study at Ballet Austin, Broadway Dance Center, Millennium Dance Complex, Alvin Ailey, and the University of Louisiana, studying with some of the top professionals in the world of dance.
While a senior in high school, a mom reached out to April to teach her daughter dance – which somehow turned out to be 10 kids. They needed a place to dance and April’s grandmother just happened to have the perfect little red barn that she converted into a small dance studio. The second year of teaching she had 20 children she taught in her grandmother’s barn.
“I always knew I had a love for dance, but my passion for teaching all began in that little red barn."
By year three April was a sophomore in college and needed a “real” job – so she moved out of the barn and onto Main Street opening a “real” dance studio with over 100 kids her first year!
So, while Hello Dancer may be new (Opening February of 2018), the world of dance, teaching dance, and owning studios are not new in April’s life. April’s teaching career is varied, in addition to owning and directing her own studios for over 11 years and teaching for the Lake Charles Civic Ballet, April began the children and adults dance program for McNeese State University’s Continuing Education Department, as well as was involved in creating and developing a children’s dance program for the International Dance Academy in Hollywood. She has also directed and choreographed for award winning competition teams, as well as professional sports dance teams.
"I ablsolutely love teaching the young dancers! Giving children that play based structure to explore dance from a conceptual approach, creating imaginative and engaging lesson plans, and giving them the tools and space to escape into the magical world of dance - even if only for an hour is where my heart lies."
When not dancing she's... Spending time with her husband and two children riding bikes, kayaking, camping (yes in a tent!), exploring new cities, listening to music (especially children's music),and going to concerts.
“Giving children that play based structure to explore dance from a conceptual approach, creating imaginative and engaging lesson plans, and giving them the tools and space to escape into the magical world of dance - even if only for an hour is where my heart lies.”
Meet the Heart and Soul of Hello Dancer!💕
Our teachers create happiness by providing a creative, educational, and magical experience with dance by bringing joy to each person, through each moment, and every creative journey.
All of our assistants and teachers are adults with an excellent dance and teaching background. All of our teachers not only attend an annual teacher training, but do continuing education throughout the year as well with Hello Dancer and our affiliates.
Click on their picture to all the the amazing things that make each of them so special.