Angela Floyd Schools students dance for Fantasy of Trees attendees this season in Knoxville.
From Fantasy of Trees to the National Dance Competition and, most recently, Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Open House, Angela Floyd Schools students have been seen at a variety of venues.
Angela Floyd, director, started the schools out of a passion for music and dance.
“It was my passion, and my family and I pride ourselves on offering our students and parents the best-quality facility, instructors and office personnel,” Floyd said.
She opened her school in 1997.
“I had been teaching in the West Knoxville area and just found my Farragut location to be the best fit for my school,” she said.
The school also has a location in North Knoxville. With 20 instructors on staff, the schools offer classes for dance and music for ages 2 years old to adults, she said. “We offer classical ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop for dance,” Floyd said. “New this year is our preschool performing arts program for ages 3 to 5,” Floyd said.
“The Angela Floyd Performing Arts Program is a fall-through-spring program designed as an introduction to a structured classroom setting that not only immerses your child in the performing and fine arts, but also it prepares them for kindergarten and beyond by giving them a lifelong love of learning,” she said.
Children turning 3 years old by Sept. 15 and have completed potty training are eligible for that program, she said.
The school’s fine arts-based curriculum features group learning, hands-on cognitive activities, Music FunTime, acro, art, drama, dance, creative movement, academics and play, Floyd said.
“We are currently taking new enrollment for January start classes,” she said.
The music program includes classes in guitar, piano, violin, drums, saxophone and voice.
“In addition, we offer our Preschool Music Program —Music FunTime for ages 2 and up,” Floyd said. “Music FunTime is the only true preschool music education program offered in East Tennessee
“While other programs offer fun/play-oriented classes that incorporate music, Angela Floyd Schools program is the only studio offering this comprehensive look at music as an educational tool that is innovative, fun for kids, engaging and designed to access learning at the same level that it accesses fun and play,” she said.
Teachers at Angela Floyd Schools have backgrounds in education and years of experience in professional entertainment, Floyd said.
Some Angela Floyd students have gone on to achieve their own successes. Floyd said one such student is Sydni Stinnett, 16, who won the Bijou Award January 2015 for middle school vocalist. In February, she released her first original CD, “Without Gravity,” which is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
Stinnett also performed during the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival in November on the Gulf Coast.
In West Knoxville, the school’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.
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