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It’s possible? Anything’s possible!

Amy Fuller Boyd: aboyd@linx-usa.com
July 23rd 2020

In the 2020-21 LINX Theater season “Anything’s Possible!” That open-ended, encouraging, flexible theme will be used to create a sense of optimism and exploration for all of our Theater students. It will also help set the tone on a season that will place a strong emphasis on the creative process and craft of Theater.

Our season will open with an Anything’s Possible Festival in late fall to give students an early performance opportunity. What will students perform after only a few months of class? Anything’s possible! For a Broadway Theater class, their performance might look like a musical review. A Recreational Theater class may present a one-act play. The show itself will be much less important than the experience of finding chemistry among classmates and exploring performance options.

In November, students will launch into the headline titles of the season—Seussical JR, The Wizard of Oz, and Jack and the Beanstalk. Dr. Seuss’ mantra to “Think and wonder and dream far and wide as you dare!” will carry into all of our classrooms as we ask our students to stretch as artists. For example, performers will be challenged to find the depth in their character’s silliness instead of focusing only on comedic value. Our instruction and rehearsals will also weave in lessons that go beyond the stage such as considering the humanity of characters even when we don’t agree with their actions, recognizing the value of hard work, exploring what it means to have curiosity, and building tolerance.

LINX Theater is offering both in-person and virtual classes in our 2020-21 season to make learning theater arts safe and accessible to all families! All classes will have small class sizes—for safety and to ensure individual attention for every student. Registration for our 2020-21 season opens on Tuesday, August 18th.

As Glinda so aptly says in The Wizard of Oz, “You’ve always had the power my dear, you just had to learn it for yourself.” We are excited that our 2020-21 season will guide students to find new strength in who they are and what they are capable of.

LINX is in its fifteen year of operation providing premier classes and camps from its offices at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Theater, visit http://www.linxtheater.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance Studio Perseveres Through the Pandemic

Amy Fuller Boyd: aboyd@linx-usa.com
June 9th 2020

The LINX Dance Studio has always been committed to providing premier dance programs using innovative, technique-based training. The global pandemic that shut-down Massachusetts in mid-March gave the studio the most significant test of that mission they had ever faced.

From the minute it was clear that virtual classes were the only way to continue to offer classes, the studio purposefully pursued a solution that most closely resembled an in-person learning experience. Instead of live streaming classes or offering pre-recorded classes, LINX Dance Studio held to their class schedules and used video conferencing technology to deliver interactive, instructive, and engaging classes.

Student safety was also a consideration in the studio’s virtual solution. Students, who were first required to log into their LINX family account, could only access the link to their virtual classroom three minutes before class began. Teachers were in the classroom before any students arrived, both to welcome students and to ensure positive, supportive behavior between students.

 

The responses from families were inspiring to teachers and encouraging for the entire staff. “Your ability to quickly transition to an online class has been a much welcomed bright spot in our family's routine and has given our kids a continued sense of community and investment in their unique interests/development at a time when both have suffered a dramatic and difficult drop off.” wrote one family. “Please keep innovating" and “I know behind the scenes this takes a lot of work and commitment so please express my gratitude to everyone involved!” emailed other families.

Yet one enormous hurdle remained: the annual dance recital. Joe Kahn, Owner and CEO of LINX, emailed parents in April to say “We are more committed than ever to providing celebratory, culminating experiences for our students so they don't suffer yet another loss of accomplishment and pride to the pandemic.” By early May the studio had decided on a plan that began with families making a no contact, costume pick-up from the studio on Linden Street in Wellesley.

The original recital was scheduled for Saturday, June 13th and the LINX Dance Studio—with incredible creativity and the help of parents recording their dancers at home—is delivering a complete recital on that same date! Families, alongside their performers, will watch the studio’s recital, Now That’s What We Call the 00s, real-time on Wellesley Public Media on their TV's or computers from the safety of their homes.

LINX Dance Studio is committed to offering classes in the fall, with both recreational and competitive programs. Registration will open to new students in early August. As placement in the competitive program is by audition only, the studio is offering personal info sessions and virtual auditions throughout the summer by contacting information@linxdance.com.

Social Interaction and its Impact on Children

Megan Mountzoures: mmountzoures@linx-usa.com
March 30th 2020

Years of research has supported the importance of social interaction as it helps children develop the social and emotional skills that provide the foundation for future learning and relationships. Children mainly have social interactions at preschool/school, enrichment classes, and playdates, all of which provide children with opportunities to learn and try out new social skills. Social distancing as required by COVID-19 has dramatically shifted children’s normal routines and schedules, most noticeably taking away the majority of their social interactions.

Ideas for Fulfilling Social Needs

In this unprecedented time, it’s important to fulfill social needs in a safe way, especially for children of all ages. Here are a few ideas for children to stay connected while socially distancing:

  • Call a family member and read them a story
  • Write a letter to a friend or teacher
  • Make a card/art project and deliver it to a neighbors’ mailbox
  • Record a video and email it to your teacher
  • Go for a walk outside and say hello from opposite sides of the street
  • Call family members to check in on them
  • Facetime friends and let them know what you’ve been doing

The LINX Response

While schools have closed and playdates have stopped, LINX took their classes online so that students could still have their weekly classes with their peers and teachers. So much uncertainty and sudden change can potentially lead to anxiety in children. LINX is working to maintain a sense of normalcy by providing LINX members with their regular classes and familiar LINX leaders with whom they feel comfortable.

Instead of using a one-way video streaming platform, LINX is utilizing a two-way interactive video program so that teachers and students can talk, ask questions, and interact with each other; simulating a normal LINX class as much as possible. LINX has also been adding “bonus” content for all members, including virtual, indoor recesses, with more content being added each week.

Why Social Interaction Is Critical for Child Development

Starting from a young age, social interaction is vital to children as it impacts other development, including language development, self-esteem, learning skills, creativity, understanding, and conflict resolution (1). By watching, imitating, modeling, and interacting with others, children learn to share, solve problems, and collaborate. They also build friendships, which promotes positive social and emotional development (2).

Years of research has supported the importance of social interaction as it helps children develop the social and emotional skills that provide the foundation for future learning and relationships. The main settings in which children have social interactions are at preschool/school and enrichment classes, and playdates, all of which provide children with opportunities to learn and try out new social skills.

Enrichment classes, like LINX, outside of school and the home provide children with another opportunity for novel experiences. They stimulate their minds in a non-academic way, but also build cognitive skills, large and fine motor control, language skills, creativity, and social skills. During these enrichment classes, instructors can also introduce positive self-talk that supports children’s long-term functioning skills. Students also have the opportunity to work with adults that are not their parents, like a coach or teacher. Research has suggested that teacher-child relationships play a significant role in influencing young children’s social and emotional development.

Finding new and creative methods of social interacting while social distancing is essential to keeping kids engaged and developing at this time. Let the existing habits of your family and your child’s imagination guide you to discover the best options!

References

  1. https://www.scanva.org/support-for-parents/parent-resource-center-2/social-development-in-children/

  2. http://csefel.vanderbilt.edu/briefs/wwb8.pdf

LINX Dancers Turned It Up at Recent Competition

Gina Seibold:
March 20th 2020

WELLESLEY, MA – MARCH 16- LINX Dance Studio’s competitive dancers delivered award-winning performances at the Turn it Up Dance Challenge on March 6th-8th in Derry, New Hampshire. This competition was the first time this 2020 dance season that the LINX dancers performed their group routines onstage.

"We are so proud of our dancers for finishing out their first official competition of the season! For some dancers, this was their first time competing. Each dancer showed professionalism, confidence and grace onstage. We are looking forward to the remainder of our competition season!," said LINX Dance Director, Heather Emley.

LINX Dance Studio earned the Studio Excellence award for Artistry and Choreography, multiple Nationals invitations, special awards, high scoring awards, as well as overall placements.

Senior in high school, Isabella Vega, received the overall highest score for her solo routine. Vega also received a Platinum Pro Award, Choreography Award, Turn it Up Scholarship, and an invitation to Nationals.

Dancers were able to watch and cheer on their fellow teammates in between dances and spend the weekend with them. Dancers really enjoy the awards portion of the weekend at Turn It Up because it includes exciting dance-offs and group dancing.   

This was the eighth time LINX Dance Studio participated in the Turn it Up Dance Challenge. LINX is in its fourteenth year of operation providing premier classes and camps. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Theater Congratulates New Theater Director

Gina Seibold:
February 27th 2020

February 27 - LINX Theater is excited to announce that LINX Theater teacher, AnneMarie Alvarez will be taking over the role of LINX Theater Director. A graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Theatre Education and an emphasis in Musical Theatre. AnneMarie has been working at the LINX Companies since 2015 and always works to push both her students and herself in looking to find new and creative ways to explore familiar stories. She strives to keep the fun and love of musical theater firmly rooted in the classroom, in the wings, and onstage. 

"Miss AnneMarie has been a wonderful mentor for my daughter and has immensely contributed to her positive growth, self confidence, and success in theater! She is going to make a fantastic Theater Director at LINX Theater. Yeah! Go Miss AnneMarie!!", a Westwood parent and 4 year LINX member commented upon hearing the news.

That fun was never more evident than in LINX Theater’s recent winter performances of Peter Pan and Aladdin JR. LINX Theater students wow’d sold-out audiences with their dynamic performances of these two beloved stories. 

LINX Theater sets itself apart from other theater programs by offering numerous productions so that casts are kept small and every young performer is given time to shine! Solo lines, singing or dancing solos, and comedy bits are just some of the ways that each performer enjoys being featured in a LINX Theater production.

Classes for the spring semester have just begun and the young performers will again dazzle audiences performing several well known stories - James and the Giant Peach JR, Marliana, Puss in Boots and The Ugly Duckling. LINX Theater works with students as young as three and all the way through high school. Contact us for information regarding any of our theater classes or our summer theater camps by chatting online at www.linxtheater.com, emailing information@linxtheater.com, or calling 781-235-3210.

 

 

Come Play with Us!

Megan Mountzoures:
February 25th 2020

Children aged three to five are in an explosive time of development. It is the start of a transition period from being dependent on their parents to becoming more self-sufficient and independent. It’s also a time when children start to develop an identity, begin to show interests in certain areas, and enjoy playing with peers. The best way for young children to do all this important learning and development? Play!

LINX Classes, as seen in this video, offer purposeful play experiences, using a fun-based learning philosophy, that encourage development in three critical areas:

Social

As toddlers are growing to the preschool age, they are learning to express themselves. Through natural conversations between same aged peers, children learn how to relate and interact with and start to develop empathy. Around this age, children transition from parallel play (side by side) to social play (friends interacting, sharing ideas, and building play off each other). During this time, they also learn to play games, take turns and share, and adhere to rules.

Intellectual

One of the biggest milestones of preschool age is vocabulary growth. At age 3, children know only about 900-1000 words. But by age 5, they know 2,500 words. In any class, children are listening to directions, asking questions, and conversing with peers and their teachers. All of these conversations contribute to both their receptive (listening to what others say and understanding it), and their expressive (putting words together to form a thought) vocabulary.

Physical

Children at this age are also starting to develop their gross motor skills, such as hoping, climbing, jumping, throwing, and somersaulting. Whether a child is in a dance, theater, sports, science, or martial arts class, he or she will be up and moving, strengthening muscles, and learning how to control different parts of their body.

From dance to martial arts and sports to theater, children who play at LINX grow at LINX! No matter what type of class most interests your child, they are practicing and learning new skills in a safe environment with teachers and peers with whom they feel comfortable. Attending a weekly class builds routine and helps children become more self-sufficient and independent. Call 781-235-3210 or email info@linx-usa.com to sign your child up today.

LINX Dance Studio Earns Diva Dance’s Overall Highest Scoring Routine of the Competition

Amy Fuller Boyd:
February 4th 2020

LINX Dance Studio students of Wellesley claimed the overall highest scoring routine of the competition with a routine titled "Long Way Down". Additionally the studio earned 14 title placements, and 3 special judges’ awards at the Diva Dance Competition on February 1st and 2nd, 2020 at the Lowell High School in Lowell MA. This was the third year that the LINX Dance participated in this live judging competition and half of the competitive dancers in the studio’s Petite, Junior, Teen, and Senior Groups—40 dancers in all—participated.

"We love to kick off our competition season with Diva! We find the live judging aspect to be so insightful for our dancers as they are able to take away valuable advice from the judges and apply those corrections to the rest of the season.” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley.

The live judging was especially helpful for dancers who were performing more than one dance, as they could immediately apply feedback to subsequent routines during the competition weekend. Dance teachers found the feedback gave validation to their class instruction, and parents enjoyed hearing what the judges liked about their daughters’ performances. 

“Heather and I are both so incredibly proud of our dancers, and look forward to the next competition with all of our dancers!" said Assistant Dance Director of Competitive Program at LINX Dance Studio, Kaely Schuh.

LINX Dance Studio is in its twelfth year of operation providing empowering recreational and competitive dance experiences using innovative, technique-based training. The studio is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about the LINX Dance Studio visit linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

Martial Arts Combines High-Energy with Mindfulness

Amy Fuller Boyd:
January 3rd 2020

Children are more stressed and technology reliant than ever before, while also experiencing less recess and gym time. Martial Arts, largely misunderstood as a fighting sport, is being rediscovered as an active form of mindfulness that increases mental health and physical activity.

LINX Martial Arts capitalizes on the energy of students and their eagerness to punch, kick, and block to teach them to see, feel, and listen both internally and externally. Classes use high-energy movements, active stretching, and meditation to help children develop mindfulness, get a better feel for their body in space, and develop motor skills that our modern world leaves under developed. Students learn self discipline, goal setting, and attention that can be applied to everyday situations. For children age 3-5 years who naturally express emotion and release pent-up energy with punches and kicks, LINX Martial Arts teaches them to move thoughtfully and builds their mental and physical resilience. Older students benefit from the LINX Martial Arts curriculum that includes learning about strategies and ethics.

Todd Livingstone, a.k.a. Mr. T, is the sensei at LINX Martial Arts. He teaches with the mindset that “It is more successful to outwit life's problems rather than out-fight life's problems." His black belts in Kempo Karate and Jiu-Jitsu inspire students to work hard and set goals.

LINX invites all children ages 3 years - 12th grade to try something new in the new year by taking a free class (or classes) during our January 13th-18th Open House Week. Learn more

Bullying and the Mitigating Effects of Camp

Megan Mountzoures:
November 14th 2019

Bullying is a purposeful, repetitive, and a world-wide epidemic that is seen across all races, classes, ages, and genders. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) defines bullying as “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance." While bullying can happen in the workplace, it tends to be most prevalent in school settings among the youth:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 students (21%) report being bullied during the school year, impacting over 5 million youth annually. National Center for Education Statistics, 2018
  • 160,000 kids per day skip school for fear of being bullied. American Society for the Positive Care of Children, 2018
  • Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others. Bradshaw, Sawyer, & O’Brennan, 2007
  • Bystanders make up the largest group of students affected by bullying in school, with 71% of students saying they have witnessed bullying within the last month. Bradshaw, Sawyer, & O’Brennan, 2007
  • Almost all forms of bullying peak in middle school with 6th grade students reporting the highest percentage of bullying (29%). National Center for Education Statistics, 2018

Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression (CDC, 2019). They are also at risk for health complaints, loss of interest in activities previously found interesting and decreased academic achievement. When children feel unsafe at school, they’re unable to able to focus, take academic risks, and less likely to participate. Studies have found the effects of bullying to be serious and long lasting on one’s mental health and overall well being. It is important to note these negative outcomes affect all involved in bullying, the bullies, the bullied, and the bystanders (CDC, 2019).

A noted educator, author, and psychologist, Dr. Peter Scales says, "Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Most schools don't satisfy all these needs" (ACA, 2019). LINX Camps strives to make our day camp environment the perfect setting for children to learn how to problem solve, socially adjust to new and different people, take on new responsibilities, and learn new skills that increase their self esteem under the supportive eye of staff who have received extensive training on signs of bullying.

A part of the LINX Camps mission is to help all campers be “C squared” or comfortable and confident in three ways: with themselves, their counselors, and their peers. First, we want campers to be comfortable and confident with themselves. Counselors work to make sure campers are happy with who they are and feel that they can be who they want to be. Secondly, we aim for campers to feel emotionally safe with their counselors so that they are comfortable going to their counselors for support and are confident that staff will validate and help them. Finally, we strive for campers to find comfort and confidence with their peers. When there is little to no fear of being made fun of or judged campers are open to meeting new friends and trying new skills.

LINX Camps has a zero tolerance policy with regard to bullying and we pride ourselves on creating a safe environment for staff and campers. To learn more about LINX Camps, explore our camps by age.

LINX Theater program spotlight: The Year of the Underdog

Anna Pearson:
November 7th 2019

LINX Theater program has themed its 2019 – 2020 season “The Year of the Underdog!” and selected Aladdin, Peter Pan, James (from James and the Giant Peach), and Marliana as the underdogs everybody will love to root for. While the underdog is a character traditionally expected to lose, the underdogs in these LINX Theater productions triumph over extreme odds through their powers of kindness, wit, imagination, and intuition.

The underdog theme clearly resonates with families because Broadway, Company, and recreational classes are fully enrolled. Additional classes have been opened for James and the Giant Peach JR and Marliana, which begin the week of February 3rd, 2020. Auditions for these productions take place on November 15th and 16th, and registration for the 15-minute, supportive audition process is free. Sign-up to audition

“It is important that our students see themselves in the characters they play,” says Director of LINX Theater Ari Chernoff-Lamb. “So often, children feel less than powerful in the face of a big world full of big adults and big ideas. The stories that we have chosen to explore on stage this year, demonstrate to our young performers that your size and origins do not matter if your heart is pure and your mind is open.”

The underdog theme clearly resonates with families because Broadway, Company, and recreational classes are fully enrolled. Additional classes have been opened for James and the Giant Peach JR and Marliana, which begin the week of February 3rd, 2020. Auditions for these productions take place on November 15th and 16th, and registration for the 15-minute, supportive audition process is free. Sign-up to audition

The underdog theme extends to all of the 2019-20 LINX Theater junior (3 years old – 1st grade) and recreational (2nd – 12th grades) classes. Participation in these programs does not require an audition. Learn more

Basketball Campers Get Professional Attention

Gina Seibold:
August 16th 2019

LINX and LX Basketball campers got all-star treatment this summer! Along with camp favorite guest coach, Brian Scalabrine, LINX Camps welcomed former professional player, Justin Wingard as the Basketball Coordinator and a counselor this summer! Justin focused on every aspect of the game of basketball, starting with fundamentals that help any players increase skill level including their mental development.

Wingard says, “A key thing that motivates our campers is competition for spirit points and the bragging rights that you get from winning a drill or game. Everyone wants to be the best!” Over the course of a camp week, he sees the most improvement in dribbling skills—“80% of the game of basketball consists of dribbling. Positive feedback helps them find confidence in themselves and gives them energetic support.”

Former Celtic, Brian Scalabrine returned for two fun, high energy weeks this summer! His hands-on expert instruction, and participation in all things camp, makes him an ideal role model for sports-loving campers. Kids love his humor and enthusiasm for having as much fun as possible with them. Over the years, he has been spotted having lunch with the kids and participating in camp-wide activities, such as the LINX Friday special events.

“Basketball camp is something that I look forward to every summer. I love working with kids who want to work hard and care about improving their skills. We work hard and play hard at LINX Camps. The counselors and I also have fun while teaching kids the importance of doing things the right way, on and off the court,” said Scalabrine.

Serving the greater Boston area since 2009, LINX Camps offers over 40 premier camps. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. Learn more about its recreational basketball camp at http://www.linxcamps.com/SportsCamps/Basketball?pr2019 and its intensive basketball camp at http://www.linxcamps.com/LXBasketball?pr2019. Or call 781-235-3210.

Let's Hear it for the Girls!

Gina Seibold:
August 9th 2019

LINX Camps G.I.R.L. Power campers this year are being treated to talks from successful women as part of their camp experience! During the week of August 5th girls heard from Reading Cooperative bank president, Julieann Thurlow, and NBC10 newscaster, Christa Delcamp. In the coming weeks of camp their guest speakers include a professor of mathematics, a firefighter, an engineer, and police officer. 

G.I.R.L. Power is an annual camp favorite among parents and girls that are entering the fourth through eighth grade. G.I.R.L. is an acronym standing for generosity, integrity, responsibility, and leadership. This LINX Camp program has proven to be a useful resource for both parents and their daughters covering topics that come up in school, with friendship circles, and siblings. The girls are trained on how to build a team from the ground up, remain positive, and be optimistic. LINX Camps operates at Dana Hall in Wellesley all summer. For more information about LINX Camps, visit http://www.linxcamps.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance Announces Promotions

Gina Seibold:
July 29th 2019

LINX Dance Studio is pleased to announce two significant promotions: Dannea Reali to Assistant Dance Director of Recreational Programs and Kaely Schuh to Assistant Dance Director of Competitive Programs and Dance Administration! Both women started with LINX in 2016 and have worked closely with LINX Dance Director, Heather Emley. Each of them have demonstrated incredible enthusiasm for dance, strong leadership skills, and are well-liked and respected by students and fellow staff alike.

Heather Emley, LINX Dance Studio’s director shared, “Dannea and Kaely have been integral parts of the LINX Dance program for several years now and I’m excited to work even more closely with them and watch them continue to grow in their new roles.”

In addition to assisting with the recreational dance program and working with all LINX dance teachers, Ms. Reali will be responsible for LINX Dance Studio's special events, community outreach programs, and social media posts. In the summer she is a team leader at LINX Camps.

Ms. Schuh, will balance assisting the competitive dance program with attending to the administrative needs of LINX Dance Studio, including scheduling, competition logistics and billing, and working with The LINX Company’s MarCom and Customer teams, taking the lead of the LINX Camps Customer Service team in the summer.

“I am very proud of the growth and commitment that both Kaely and Dannea have demonstrated in their time at LINX Dance Studio. Their dedication and passion for both teaching and supporting the studio have been incredible. The connections they have made with our staff, kids, and community are amazing. We are so lucky to have them on our team.” said LINX owner Joe Kahn.

LINX Dancers Finish Strong at the Imagine Dance Challenge

Gina Seibold:
June 11th 2019

LINX Dance Studio finished their competitive season strong at the Imagine Dance Challenge on the weekend of May 18th and 19th in Nashua, New Hampshire. All LINX competitive dancers participated in the competition. This was the first time for LINX dancers, ages 5 through 18, to take part in the event.

This was the last competition of the season - and was the last competition for LINX graduating seniors. It was a special weekend celebrating their love for dance, and spending time together as a team! LINX Dancers received many awards including overall placements, technique awards, special awards and awards for highest scoring routines. Many LINX dancers danced during the same sessions and were able to be backstage to watch one another and cheer each other on. This created camaraderie between teams, allowing the dancers to further bond!

"I was so impressed with the professionalism and performances from all of our LINX dancers. They have all improved throughout the season and thrived on stage. I would like to congratulate our graduating class of 2019. They have been a staple to our studio. It was so great to end this journey with a big team win!" said Dance Director Heather Emley.

Imagine Dance Challenge supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, and throughout the weekend showed support of breast cancer survivors and taught dancers and families more about the foundation. LINX is in its thirteenth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater and sports. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Presents Cool Science at Wellesley S.T.E.M. Expo!

Gina Seibold:
April 16th 2019

LINX was among about 100 organizations present at The 2019 Wellesley STEM Expo held at Wellesley High School on April 6th. LINX teachers wowed attendees with dry ice bubbles during the event.

Many area families were in attendance at the event sponsored by the Wellesley Education Foundation. Kids and parents alike enjoyed the event as well as the dry ice experiment presented by LINX. When water is poured over dry ice it rapidly starts to melt releasing carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide was then trapped in the bowl by creating a bubble over the top of the bowl. Once the carbon dioxide reaches the bubble over the bowl, it forces the bubble to expand creating a gigantic bubble. Once it pops, it releases a fog of carbon dioxide!

"It was awesome to represent LINX at this town-wide event!” said LINX teacher and customer service specialist, Chloe Norris. LINX is in its thirteenth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports- and of course, science. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance Studio Earn High Scores at the Turn It Up Dance Competition

Gina Seibold:
April 11th 2019

LINX Dancers were excited to return to The Turn It Up Dance Competition in Bellingham, Massachusetts the weekend of March 22nd-24th and earned many awards. All LINX Dance Studio competitive dancers performed in the competition, ranging from the Mini Team to Senior Elite level. Dancers ranging from kindergarten through high school seniors competed in the event, many were competing for the very first time in a dance competition.

LINX dancers performed their hearts out, showing that their hard work and dedication has paid off! They look forward to continuing to work hard during classes and at competitions for the rest of the season. Dancers performed their group dances, solos, duos and trios for the first time this season. LINX Dance Director, Heather Emley expressed, “It was so great to see so many of our dances on stage for the first time. I am so incredibly proud of all our dancers' professionalism and passion. Their joy and enthusiasm truly shined and we look forward to the remainder of the season."

LINX Dance Studio was among ten dance schools represented and was fortunate to receive multiple accolades throughout the weekend. These included high scores, special awards, overall placements, and Teen Miss Turn It Up Titleist. The studio’s student-choreographed routine, "Silhouette" earned 1st place overall in the Competitive Senior Teen Duo/Trio Division. Many LINX dance routines were selected as outstanding routines and invited into The Turn It Up National Dance Team! This was LINX Dance Studio’s eighth time competing at The Turn it Up competition.

LINX is in its thirteenth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance shines at DIVA Dance Competition on February 2nd

Gina Seibold:
March 5th 2019

LINX Dance had a great start to their competitive season taking home many awards and accolades at the Diva Dance Competition on February 2nd, 2019 at Amesbury High School, Amesbury, MA. LINX Dance had members of their company and elite groups competing in thirty separate routines. LINX Dancers competed their solos, duos and trios. LINX Senior Elite group also competed their group routines.

"We are so proud of all of our dancers’ accomplishments from this past weekend at Diva Dance. It was an incredible start to the season and was great to see their hard work and dedication truly shine! We look forward to the rest of the season and watching our dancers perform!", said LINX Dance Director, Heather Emley.

LINX dancers ages 10 through 18 earned 8 Title placements, as well as the Top Overall Duo/Trio Routine, Top Overall Group Routine and Top Scoring Routine of the Competition. Two LINX Dance soloists also received special awards from judges: the "IT Factor" award, and the "CdLS Spirit Award" which are testaments to the dedication the dancers put into their performances and the emotion portrayed through each of their routines.

This was the fourth time LINX Dance participated in the Diva Dance competition which incorporates live judging while the dancers are still on stage which can help them improve routines later in the season. LINX is in its thirteenth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater and sports. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

Brian Scalabrine Returns to LINX Camps as Guest Coach in Summer 2019

Carolyn Long:
January 31st 2019

LINX Basketball campers will be thrilled to know their favorite guest coach is back for more fun this summer during the weeks of July 8th and August 5th at the Dana Hall Campus in Wellesley. Brain Scalabrine’s high energy, hands-on expert instruction, and participation in all things camp make him an ideal role model for sports-loving campers.

“Basketball camp is something that I look forward to every summer, I love working with kids who want to work hard and care about improving their skills. We work hard and play hard at LINX Camps. We also have fun while teaching kids the importance of doing things the right way, on and off the court,” said Scalabrine.

Kids love his humor and enthusiasm for having as much fun as possible with them. Over the years, he would be seen having lunch with the kids and participating in camp-wide activities, such as LINX’s Friday special events.

Scalabrine will coach 2nd – 8th grade basketball campers, who’s day typically includes 3 daily periods of the sport, lunch, swim, a bonus camp activity, and traditional camp-wide activities. He will also coach LINX’s LX basketball campers, 4th – 8th grade, who have more periods of the sport built into their day.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its thirteenth year of operation with over forty premier camps. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps at LINX, visit http://www.linxcamps.com/SportsCamps/Basketball or call 781-235-3210.

LINX takes school vacations to camp in 2019

Carolyn Long:
January 10th 2019

Starting in February, LINX has packed more into school vacation camps, with better flexibility for working parents during the school year, and even more fun for kids who are beginning to long for the activities and traditions they became accustomed to in the summer.

The February and April school vacation camps are now an extension of the week-long day camps in that children age 3 years to 8th grade will have a full or half-day adventure, complete with traditions and spirit, games, music, sports, science, team building, arts and crafts, theater, and more. The new program schedule includes the option for lunch, early drop-off and extended day, a benefit to parents looking for fun, full-day options during school breaks.

Might Mights, Rangers, and Liberty camps, modeled after the same programs offered in the summer, will take place indoors at LINX’s Linden Street headquarters in Wellesley, and thus will not include swimming or water games. As in previous years, all vacation camps remain available to members and non-members.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its thirteenth year of operation with over forty premier camps. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about school vacation camps at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com/events/SchoolVacationPrograms or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dancers entertain families at Sprague’s Cookie Walk

Carolyn Long:
December 18th 2018

Young LINX dancers in 2nd through 7th grade entertained families with jazz routines at the annual Sprague Cookie Walk in Wellesley on December 13th.

The dancers loved the opportunity to perform in the elementary school’s gymnasium in front of their classmates and families, who were excited to watch while munching on cookies and other festive treats from the jolly event. “Our LINX dancers have such a blast performing in the community. We were so happy to be a part of this year’s Sprague Cookie Walk. The event was a huge success and we hope we can help in the years to come!” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley. The dancers performed the same routines at the Bates Pumpkin Fair in October.

In addition to making a community contribution through entertainment, the dancers used the experience to perform together as a team in preparation for their winter and spring competitions.

All of the dances were choreographed by LINX’s teacher assistants who are members of the senior elite competitive team.

LINX Dance Studio offers recreational and competitive programs, including private lessons and drop-in classes, on weekdays and weekends for children of all abilities in preschool through high school.

LINX is in its thirteenth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, martial arts, and STEAM. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX’s lobby is an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots 2018

Carolyn Long:
December 11th 2018

LINX’s lobby at 141 Linden Street is once again a display of the generosity of the Wellesley community, where LINX members and the public can drop off their unwrapped toy donations to Toys for Tots. Donations will be accepted until December 12th in the festive bins decorating the lobby.

“We’re beyond grateful for our members’ generous contributions to kids in need and happy to support Toys for Tots in this way,” said Joseph Kahn, Owner and Founder of LINX. The organization continues to be an official drop off location for the charity.

For LINX’s drop-off hours, visit http://www.linxclasses.com/Details/FAQ#hours. For more information about Toys for Tots, visit https://toysfortots.org.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its thirteenth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, martial arts, and STEAM. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX gets creative with a Project Fashion Camp Tree at Mass Hort’s Festival of Trees

Carolyn Long:
November 26th 2018

LINX Camps of Wellesley has channeled confidence and creativity into its Project Fashion Camp tree, this year’s donation to the Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s Festival of Trees event in Wellesley, (November 23 – December 9th).

Standing nearly 5 feet tall, this year’s tree incorporates a dress form, used for sewing dresses and clothing tops, adorned with a Christmas tree dress made from faux branches, bow, golden ornaments, and lights, in the true spirit of LINX Camps’ popular Project Fashion Camp. The specialty camp is perfect for girls and boys in 5th to 8th grade to dive into the world of fabrics, colors, patterns, and clothing design. The tree, traditionally raffled off during the event, serves as an example of combining materials and sparkle into a masterpiece. Along with the tree, the winner gets a set of 3 $200 LINX Camps 2019 certificates, a children’s sewing kit set, fabric, and a Project Runway Portfolio play kit.

“Mass Hort is a unique society that we at LINX Camps hold close to our hearts,” said Josh Schiering, LINX Vice President. “In the past, 2009, we launched our camp at Mass Hort. We share their family-oriented mission and focus, making this an organization we want to see thrive. We are ecstatic to support and look forward to this event every year.”

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its thirteenth year of operation with over forty premier camps. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linxcamps.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX dancers shine at Bates Pumpkin Fair

Carolyn Long:
October 30th 2018

LINX Dancers of Wellesley, MA graced the Bates Pumpkin Fair on October 20th at the Bates Elementary School. The 2nd – 5th grade dancers performed jazz, hip hop, and contemporary routines, as taught to them by older assistant instructors who are currently dancing in LINX’s Sr. Elite Company program.

The assistant instructors choreographed all of the routines for the young dancers, applying their own experiences and skills learned through dancing and assisting at the studio. “The crowd was very impressed and entertained!” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley. “Our families enjoy the event because it gives LINX Dance Studio the opportunity to get together with the community, raise funds for the Bates School, and perform for the first time of the season!”

The children had fun dancing for family and friends who might not have had the opportunity to watch them perform at any other time throughout the year. “Our dancers love being able to perform for family and friends and enjoy the pumpkin fair with their loved ones after their performance,” said Emley.

LINX has sponsored and performed at the event for eight years, this time contributing a dance floor, DJ, and MC. LINX made raffle donations of three certificates of $200 off LINX Summer Camp 2019 for a lucky winner and up to two friends, and a certificate for a month of any LINX Class.

LINX Dance offers recreational and competitive programs on weekdays and weekends for children of all abilities in preschool through high school.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its thirteenth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance Teacher Dannea Reali joins the Celtics Dancers for the 2018/19 season

Carolyn Long:
August 31st 2018

LINX Dance Studio is pleased to congratulate and announce that Dannea Reali has joined the Celtics Dancers for the 2018/19 season, in addition to teaching dance at LINX.

Representing the Boston Celtics on and off the court, she will attend daily practices, learning fun new routines while also reviewing game day operations. The 18 dancers from across the country perform throughout each home game. They entertain the crowd in-between quarters, timeouts, and all other breaks during the game. At least 20 games will be nationally televised for the Boston Celtics this season, including the home game against the Philadelphia Sixers on Christmas Day. Reali will also attend promotional events in the Boston area representing the Boston Celtics.

The opportunity to help young dancers grow at LINX since 2016 has fueled her passion for dance “even more than before,” and led to self-reflection with memories of her childhood dance studio, where her teachers impacted her life and are the reason why she is doing what she loves. “I can only hope to make this same positive impact on my students. I have always had the hunger to perform, as I have done so with other professional teams, but I knew that I needed more. The more experience I have, the more I can give back to my students in the future,” said Reali.

As part of LINX’s pre-game performance program, which debuted in 2010, Reali coordinated, prepared, and choreographed for the performance at the January 2017 Celtics vs. New Orleans Pelicans game and the December Celtics vs. Phoenix Sun game at the TD Garden. “I had such a blast leading these dancers through this experience. I loved watching them work so hard in rehearsals and build excitement over the weeks leading up to the big performance. Fortunately, I was able to introduce the little dancers to the Celtics Dancers backstage. To this day, they tell me how incredible that night was and how nice the Celtics Dancers were to them,” said Reali.

Additionally, at LINX, she is certified in the art of acrobatic dance and has taught jazz, hip hop, tap, and technique to dancers age 3 to 17. This season her focus will be on teaching and engaging dancers age 3 to 2nd grade and visiting local schools and preschools to help spread the love of dance to youth.

Other achievements are a Bachelor of Science in Communications from Eastern Connecticut State University, professional experience including dancing for the UFL Hartford Colonials Cheerleaders and the WNBA Connecticut Sun Dance Team, and a former member of the MLL Boston Cannons Dance Team.

LINX Dance Studio is certified by Acrobatic Arts and offers recreational and competitive dance classes for children age 3 through high school. Serving Metro West, LINX is in its twelfth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, martial arts and STEAM. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about dance classes at LINX, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

WBZ’s Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher talks science with LINX campers

Carolyn Long:
July 24th 2018

Beautiful blue skies, temps in the low 80’s, and eager-to-learn LINX science campers greeted WBZ’s Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher for his visit Monday afternoon, July 16th, at Regis College in Weston.

"The best time to get someone interested in science is when they're most curious about how the world works...and the LINX camp is perfect for that! I'm always amazed how bright and inquisitive these kids are. Hopefully a couple become talented meteorologists that put me to shame someday," said Fisher.

The 2nd – 8th grade campers were interested and asked a lot of questions about his background and different types of weather phenomena. The kids listened intently about how he got into meteorology, how it has changed since he started, and what his job entails. They learned that technology has changed how the job is performed today. Fisher emphasized some of the ways weather apps can be useful, like tracking storms on the go and getting immediate warnings anywhere in the country.

This was Fisher’s 3rd year chatting with LINX’s young science campers. His passion for meteorology and helping kids understand and appreciate science and the world around them couldn’t be more clear.

Serving Metro West, LINX is in its twelfth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in general, junior, dance, theater, sports, STEAM, and leadership. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Camps wins Boston Parents Paper’s Family Favorite six years in a row

Carolyn Long:
July 6th 2018

LINX Camps of Wellesley is a family favorite, voted by readers of Boston Parents Paper for the 6th year in a row. Each year votes are cast for family favorite local businesses in categories from summer camps and enrichment classes to doctors and photographers.

2018 marks the 6th consecutive year for LINX Camps and 5th year in a row for LINX Dance to be recognized as #1, with dance camp and jazz classes taking the lead this year. It is LINX’s 2nd year in a row for #1 Dance and Ballet Summer Camps and 3rd year in a row for #1 Jazz Class.

LINX Camps is recognized as a top 5 winner for general and traditional, performing arts, academic, sports, arts and crafts, culinary, preschool age, and teen-focused categories. Top 5 wins in the classes category include enrichment and after-school programs, theater, martial arts, dance, hip hop, and tap.

LINX Camps is a leader in providing a premier camp experience for kids age 3 to 15, led by expert counselors with a 1:5 counselor to camper ratio. Children are free to have fun, learn, and try new things in a safe and inclusive environment.

Serving Metro West, LINX is in its twelfth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in general, junior, dance, theater, sports, STEAM, and leadership. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance Studio wins #1 gymnastics school in Wellesley

Carolyn Long:
June 29th 2018

Wicked Local has announced that for 2018 LINX Dance Studio was voted #1 gymnastics school in Wellesley and won the regional bronze award for the most votes in Wellesley, Needham, and Newton combined.

Readers of Wicked Local have been voting for their favorite local businesses for over 20 years, and communities have come to recognize and value the coveted gold star certificates proudly displayed on the walls of winning businesses.

“This award is a great honor and we are very proud to be an Acrobatic Arts certified studio. Our certified teachers are a huge asset to our flourishing acrobatics program and enhance the overall dance program with their excellent instruction. We are looking forward to continuing to grow in this field,” said Heather Emley, LINX Dance Director.

LINX Dance has been certified by Acrobatic Arts for 2 years and is the only studio in Wellesley with this status. The training that comes with certifications helps ensure that dance programs are safe and effective for young dancers as they learn acrobatic elements in choreography. The studio offers recreational and competitive dance classes for children age 3 through high school.

Serving Metro West, LINX is in its twelfth year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, and STEAM. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about dance classes at LINX, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance Studio wins ADCC’s Studio of Excellence award

Carolyn Long:
May 16th 2018

LINX Dancers of Wellesley won top awards, including the Association of Dance Conventions and Competitions’ Studio of Excellence Award, at the Diva Dance Competition May 5th – 6th at Northampton High School. The ADCC promotes quality, integrity, and opportunity in competitions and conventions. LINX also won the award last year at the Turn It Up Dance Challenge in Bellingham.

“The dancers had a great final competition last weekend. Getting the ADCC Award was a testament to our hard work as a team and was a great capstone on a very successful season,” said Heather Emley, LINX Dance Director.

LINX’s 5 – 16-year-old dancers experienced live judging while still on the stage, which provided valuable immediate feedback to help them improve in subsequent dances.

Other top awards for LINX dancers included:

  • Top Petite Apprentice Large Group
  • Top Petite Corps Large Group
  • Top Junior Soloist - 3rd Runner Up
  • Top Teen Soloist – 1st, 3rd, and 4th
  • Top Junior Corps Small Group
  • Top Senior Duo/Trio
  • Top Petite Solo – 3rd and 4th
  • Top Senior Solo – 7th
  • Top Teen Solo – 6th
  • Top Junior Solo – 8th
  • Top Teen Duo/Trio
  • Top Teen Corps Small Group

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, and STEAM. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Elite Company dancers’ "Free Animal" wins best dance of the weekend

Carolyn Long:
May 4th 2018

LINX Elite Company Dancers of Wellesley won the award for the highest scoring dance of the entire Diva Dance Competition, among other top awards, with their performance of Free Animal at Amesbury High School, Amesbury, MA April 28th – 29th. LINX Elite Company and Jr. Company dancers performed at the event.

“I am so proud of how all the dancers have worked together this season as a team to support each other. These dancers have been dancing together for so long and it's great to see them grow both as dancers and young adults, ” said Heather Emley, LINX Dance Director.

LINX’s 10 – 17-year-olds experienced live judging while still on the stage, which provided valuable immediate feedback to help them improve in subsequent dances.

Other top winnings for LINX dancers included:

  • Junior Title First Runner Up
  • Teen Title Winner
  • Senior Title Winner
  • Senior Solos (1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th)
  • Top Teen Duet
  • Top Teen Small Group
  • Top Teen Large Group
  • Top Senior Duo/Trio
  • Top Senior Small Group
  • Highest Scoring Teen Routine
  • Highest Scoring Senior Routine

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, and STEAM. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX dancers win at the On Point Dance Competition in Bellingham

Carolyn Long:
April 16th 2018

LINX Dancers of Wellesley competed with 9 other studios in the On Point Dance Competition at Bellingham High School, April 6th – 8th, winning Dynamic Awards and more.

This was the first time LINX dancers competed at the event. “Our dancers had an amazing performance at this competition and they were so supportive of one another, cheering each other on and representing the studio in such a positive way,” said Heather Emley, LINX Dance Director.

The 5 to 16-year-old LINX Team and Company dancers were awarded the following, including Dynamic Awards, which ranked the top dances in each style for the entire weekend:

  • 1st and 2nd – Beginner Large Groups
  • 5th – Intermediate Jr. Soloists
  • 3rd, 4th, and 5th - Advanced Petite Small Groups
  • 5th – Advanced Junior Small Groups
  • 2nd – Intermediate Teen Solo
  • 2nd and 4th – Advanced Petite Duo Trio
  • 4th – Advanced Jr. Duo/Trio
  • 4th and 5th Advanced Teen Small Group
  • 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th – Advanced Jr. Solo
  • 1st – Recreational Mini Duo/Trio
  • 3rd and 4th – Intermediate Small Group Petite
  • 2nd and 3rd - Advanced Petite Solos
  • 1st and 2nd – Advanced Petite Large Group
  • Choreography Award-Concentrate

Dynamic Awards 12 and under:

  • 1st – Beginner Tap
  • 2nd and 3rd – Advanced Lyrical
  • 3rd – Advanced Jazz
  • 2nd and 3rd – Advanced Tap

Dynamic Awards 13 and over:

  • 2nd – Advanced Lyrical
  • 1st – Advanced Tap
  • 3rd – Advanced jazz
  • 1st – Intermediate Tap
  • 1st – Intermediate Lyrical

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

Rhys Thomas returns to LINX Camps as Soccer and IT Camps Coordinator

Carolyn Long:
April 13th 2018

Rhys Thomas brings soccer and IT expertise along with his much loved British accent and fun loving attitude back to LINX Camps for a second summer, as Soccer and IT Camps Coordinator for 2018. Coming from the UK, Thomas continues to bring cultural diversity and leadership to the Wellesley campus at Dana Hall.

Thomas is a 2017 graduate of The University of Sheffield (South Yorkshire, England) with a BA in Business Management with Employment Experience. He’s been a passionate soccer player since the age of 6 (playing every chance he gets), led training sessions, ran competitions at school, and was the captain of his team for many years. During the non-summer months, Thomas worked as a Project Manager in a team of web designers and developers, fine-tuning his leadership skills. Teamwork is the key to his success both in and out of work, and a vital part of working at LINX.

Thomas’ proven ability to engage the kids in fun, learning, and all-around good sportsmanship are complemented by his personal mantra, “giving your all is far more important than winning.” Like his role model Maya Yoshida, a Southampton soccer player, you can count on Thomas to give his best and set an example. “So many soccer players these days have a big ego and think they’re bigger than the team, but Maya just keeps his head down, works hard for the team and always steps in when he’s needed. He’s a prime example of what all professional sports players should strive to be like, and I always try my best to work and give my all for my team in the same way.” Thomas looks forward to sharing his passion for soccer and encouraging campers to love the game as much as he does.

“Rhys is a proven leader at LINX Camps and we are excited to have his soccer know how and coaching talents leading the path for summer 2018. His ability to create positive teams, combined with his ability to break soccer skills down to the fundamentals, make Rhys the perfect person to lead the charge on the soccer fields this summer,” said Josh Schiering, Executive Director of LINX Camps.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Camps or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linxcamps.com or call 781-235-3210.

Jen Downin returns to LINX as Junior Camp Director for summer 2018

Carolyn Long:
April 6th 2018

Jen Downin returns to LINX Camps as the Junior Camp Director for 2018, ready to lead the charge in providing the best experience in a wide range of full and half day programs for our youngest campers, 3 years through 1st grade. With her degree in Early Childhood Education, Jen brings over 20 years of skill and self-assurance working with children. She is EEC Director certified, a children’s certified yoga teacher, and former pre-school owner. Her professional background includes teaching at preschools, private elementary schools, libraries, and daycare facilities, and the development of a gross motor movement program for a daycare.

Jen is enthusiastic for her new role this summer and shares the same goals and values as LINX, “My plan for the junior division is to capitalize on each child’s love of learning, natural curiosity and desire to have fun! Our team will provide each camper with engaging curriculum and activities designed to meet the growing needs of each individual. We will incorporate art and science into their daily play and use a wide variety of indoor and outdoor play equipment.” LINX exposes junior campers to a wide range of activities in a safe learning environment. While at LINX Camps the children learn through play while building confidence, self-esteem, and relationships in a caring and nurturing environment.

“We are so excited to have Jen Downin take the lead in the Junior Division. As a mom of five, former pre-school owner and dedicated youth professional, she is staged to lead her team to new heights while giving each family, and camper, the love, attention and enriching experience they deserve!” said Josh Schiering, Executive Director of LINX Camps.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Camps or to register for classes and camps, http://www.linxcamps.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX dancers win at Star Systems National Talent Competition in Worcester

Carolyn Long:
April 2nd 2018

LINX Dancers of Wellesley competed in the Star Systems National Talent Competition at the DCU Center in Worcester, March 23rd – 25th. It was their first time competing at the event, and the first time the entire team performed together on stage this year.

“The dancers did an amazing job dancing together on stage as a full team for the first time this year. They showed a lot of studio unity and support for each other. It was a great start to our season as a team,” said Heather Emley, LINX Dance Director.

LINX Dancers age 5 to 16 competed with dancers from 10 to 12 schools, and won the following awards:

  • 4th place Tiny Shining Star Small Groups
  • 1st and 2nd place Mini Shining Star Large Groups
  • 1st and 2nd place Petite Miss Star Systems
  • 1st and 2nd place Mini Super Star Duo/Trio
  • 1st through 4th place Mini Super Star Small Groups
  • 1st through 4th place Mini Super Star Large Groups
  • 2nd and 3rd place Junior Shooting Star Large Groups
  • 1st, 7th, and 8th place Teens Shooting Star Solos
  • 2nd and 3rd place Teen Shooting Star Duo/Trios
  • 2nd, 4th and 5th place Teens Shooting Star Small Groups
  • 2nd place Teens Super Star Solos
  • 1st place Teen Super Star Duos/Trios
  • 4th place Teen Super Star Large Groups
  • 2nd place Senior Shooting Star Duo/Trio
  • 2nd, 5th and 7th place Senior Super Star Solos
  • 4th place Senior Super Star Duo/Trio
  • Winner 13 and over Shooting Star Judges Choreography Award

Emley said the dancers learned a lot and obtained great feedback from the judges to improve for the rest of the season.

LINX Dance Studio will be holding auditions, open to the public, for the Fall 2018 competitive dance season on May 15th, 17th, and 18th. For information or to register, visit http://www.linxdance.com/auditions.

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

Brian Scalabrine returns to LINX Camps as guest coach

Carolyn Long:
March 16th 2018

LINX Basketball campers will be thrilled to know their favorite guest coach is back for more fun this summer during the weeks of 8/6 and 8/13 at the Dana Hall Campus in Wellesley. Brain Scalabrine’s high energy, hands-on expert instruction, and participation in all things camp make him an ideal role model for sports-loving campers.

“Basketball camp is something that I look forward to every summer, I love working with kids who want to work hard and care about improving their skills. We work hard and play hard at LINX Camps. We also have fun while teaching kids the importance of doing things the right way, on and off the court,” said Scalabrine.

Kids love his humor and enthusiasm for having as much fun as possible with them. Over the years, he would be seen having lunch with the kids and participating in camp-wide activities, such as LINX’s Friday special events.

Scalabrine will coach 2nd – 8th grade basketball campers, who’s day typically includes 3 daily periods of the sport, lunch, swim (including Red Cross Certified instruction), a bonus camp activity and traditional camp-wide activities.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Camps or to register for classes and camps, http://www.linxcamps.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX dancers win at Showstoppers Dance Competition in Foxwoods

Carolyn Long:
March 9th 2018

LINX Dancers of Wellesley won awards at the Showstoppers Dance Competition at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mashantucket, CT, February 23rd – 25th.

Dancers age 4 to adult from about 15 schools competed at the family-friendly venue. LINX’s 9 to 16 year olds performed to win:

  • 4th place Mini Advanced Duet/Trio
  • 7th place Junior Advanced Solo
  • 9th place Junior Competitive Solo
  • 6th place Junior Advanced Duet/Trio
  • 3rd and 8th place Junior Competitive Duet/Trio
  • 3rd place Junior Competitive Small Group
  • 2nd place Teen Advanced Solo
  • 6th place Teen Competitive Solo
  • 3rd place teen Advanced Duet/Trio
  • 5th place Teen Competitive Duet/Trio
  • 5th place Senior Competitive Solo

“We had a really fun weekend with our dancers at Showstoppers. They gave amazing performances and I’m really proud of their scores and placements,” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley. Winners enjoyed seeing footage of their dances displayed as they received their awards.

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Company dancers win top awards at the Starbound National Talent Competition

Carolyn Long:
March 9th 2018

LINX Company Dancers returned to win top awards at the Starbound National Talent Competition, February 16th – 17th at East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich, RI. 5 to 18 year olds from approximately ten schools competed, some wearing orange ribbons on their jackets or on stage to honor the memory of a recent Florida school shooting victim who had danced in past Starbound competitions.

“The girls wanted to honor her memory. It was inspiring for the dancers to be a part of the larger dance community coming together at this event,” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley.

Emley said the dancers performed very well and she is proud of their placements and accomplishments at the competition. LINX placed 1st for Top Teen Elite Soloists, Top Senior Competitive Soloist, and Top Junior Petite Competitive Duet/Trio. The dancers also placed 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, and 10th for top Junior Elite Soloists, and 5th for Top Senior Elite Soloists. The competition provided the dancers, age 7 to 16, with an opportunity to perform for a judging panel before larger competitions later in the spring.

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Elite dancers show their power at Providence Bruins game

Carolyn Long:
February 22nd 2018

LINX Dancers of Wellesley took to the concourse with a high-spirited, bold performance of #ThatPower during intermission at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Sunday, 2/11 for the Providence Bruins vs. Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins game in Providence, RI.

The dancers where thrilled to perform their 3-minute routine twice to the delight of fans, and of course their parents, in such a large arena. “We were so excited to perform at this event for the first time and hope to continue this relationship with the Bruins for years to come. Our dancers showed a lot of poise dancing in a large arena and I’m very proud of their accomplishments!” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley.

The event aligns with LINX’s goal of offering more opportunities for dancers to perform in the community. Most of the dancers take part in the dance studio’s recreational program, and the experience helps them practice learning choreography with the chance to perform outside of a yearly dance recital.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Camps welcomes international student-athlete as head tennis coach summer 2018

Carolyn Long:
February 13th 2018

LINX Camps welcomes international student-athlete from India, Aayushi Chouhan, to LINX Camps as Head Tennis Coach for summer 2018 at the Dana Hall campus in Wellesley. Chouhan is a junior studying sport management at Delaware State University (DSU) and plays tennis for the school (Division I) on a full scholarship.

Chouhan is excited about her new head coach role, "I have spent most of my entire life training and playing tennis, it is a life passion. While I have had the unique opportunity to be coached by some of the best coaches in the world, I look forward to bringing my knowledge to LINX Camps to help each camper maximize their skills, while having fun and the best summer ever!"

Chouhan holds a record of 6-2 overall in singles and plays at no. 1 in doubles. While she was in India, she became Chhattisgarh State Tennis Champion for 9 consecutive years and won 8 national titles. Her career in sport started with Table-tennis (TT/ping-pong) when she was 5 years old. She played TT at amateur level and was state champion for 5 years. She later shifted to Tennis as she found it more interesting. Aayushi has also participated in the National Games of India 2015 (also known as Olympics of India because if its concept, set up, and is the highest level of championship for any sport in India) in the discipline of Squash (racquetball) as the team captain of her state. At DSU, she recently became HBCU All-American athlete during the HBCU National Championship. Aayushi's father was her coach for both TT and Tennis in India, while at DSU, she played under Coach Dave Marshall who is also one of the coaches of the "Bryan Brothers" (World no.1 doubles pair from the USA), and Coach Ellis Ferreira, former professional tennis player who won 2 Australian Opens in doubles and was a runner-up in the US Open (2000). She is majoring in Sport Management and desires to work in the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Aayushi is excited to be a part of the LINX Camps family as Head Tennis Coach and is looking forward to making new friends and meet new kids.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Camps or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linxcamps.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Camps expands partnership with Regis for summer 2018

Carolyn Long:
February 18th 2018

LINX Camps has expanded its partnership with Regis College in Weston for the 2018 summer camp season. The expansion provides LINX Camps with more amenities, and as a result, LINX’s Adventure programs will run in addition to the popular STEAM camps introduced to the campus last year. Amenities include access to their state-of-the-art pool, gymnasium, dining hall and meal plan, and much more.

Additional benefits to LINX Camps families include improved transportation, which means direct bus transportation to Regis for all Adventure and STEAM campers, eliminating the need for a round trip shuttle bus from the Dana Hall campus. Transportation is still provided for any family wanting to keep their Dana Hall drop-off location. Adventure and STEAM campers will also enjoy opening and closing ceremonies and Friday Special Events, at one location.

"We are very proud of our expansion in Weston for our STEAM and Adventure Camps. We are staged to give our families a premier experience matched by superior facilities. This change also enables us to continue with our mission of providing a small and personalized experience for everyone we serve." shares Josh Schiering, Executive Director of LINX Camps.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Camps or to register for camps visit http://www.linxcamps.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX dancers win at OnStage America Competition in RI

Carolyn Long:
February 1st 2018

LINX Dancers of Wellesley took their performances on the road to the OnStage America Competition at the East Providence High School in East Providence, RI, winning top awards on January 26th to 28th. LINX Dance Studio and Dance Director Heather Emley received the award for the studio with the best technique in the junior age group, and the studio’s dancers age 7 – 16 won 6 special judges awards, 3 first place overall routines, and 5 diamond scores. Additionally, 5 LINX dancers placed in the runner-up position for Miss OnStage America. Approximately 9 other dance schools competed.

“I’m proud of the accomplishments of our dancers at this competition. They did a great job representing our studio with impressive technical performances and positive attitudes throughout the event. I’m looking forward to a successful competition season ahead!” said Emley.

The competition was the studio’s first of the season, and first time performing at OnStage America.

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM, and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

Toys take over LINX’s lobby

Carolyn Long:
December 20th 2017

LINX’s lobby on Linden Street was once again a display of the generosity of the Wellesley community, as LINX members donated a flood of pure unwrapped fun, including games, Legos, books, baby toys and so much more to the Toys for Tots program earlier this month.

“We’re just so grateful that we have such outstanding members who donated all this to kids in need,” said Joseph Kahn, Owner and Founder of LINX. The organization continues to be an official drop off location for the charity.

For more information about Toys for Tots, visit https://toysfortots.org.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX dancers "Walk This Way" at the Boston Celtics pre-game show

Carolyn Long:
November 30th -0001

LINX Dancers of Wellesley hit the parquet floor of the TD Bank Garden with a lively pre-game performance at the Boston Celtics vs. Phoenix Sun Game on December 2nd.

The dancers, 3rd – 8th grade, enjoyed their chance to shine in front of fans during their 3-minute performance of a remix, Walk This Way. Before the performance, the Celtics dance team coach met with the girls briefly on the side of the court, wishing them luck. The girls especially liked going back stage to see the players and cheerleaders getting ready for the game.

As LINX prepares for upcoming dance competitions, they see the opportunity as a means for children to hone their performance skills in a large venue while having fun. “As a studio, we are constantly looking for new and exciting opportunities to help our dancers grow, and this event has always been such a positive experience. Dancing in a large venue like this inspires them to see just how far their dancing can take them. I’m so proud of their performance and look forward to continuing to perform at the Celtic’s games for years to come,” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley. The dance marks the seventh time LINX dancers performed at a Celtics pre-game.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX lights up the season with cupcakes at Mass Hort’s Festival of Trees

Carolyn Long:
November 30th 2017

LINX Camps of Wellesley is sharing the joys of its most popular camp this year at Mass Hort’s Festival of Trees in Wellesley (November 24th – December 10th) with its donation of a 3 foot, white iridescent tree adorned with all things Cupcake!

In addition to the cupcake ornaments, baker’s hat, apron and white lights, the tree comes with gift certificates for Cupcake Battles Camp (one $200 off one week and three $50 off one week), 2 cupcake cookbooks, and a Real Cooking Ultimate Baking Starter Set (37 pc.).

Donating to Mass Hort’s family-oriented cause is a natural fit for LINX, who began their first camp offerings at Mass Hort in 2009. “The Mass Horticultural Society is a unique organization that has a terrific mission and focus. We recognize and value the role Mass Hort played in helping us begin what is now a camp movement that serves thousands of families each summer,” said LINX Vice President Josh Schiering. “The room is full of holiday spirit that is unmatched, and to see so many other organizations donating and decorating, well it’s just inspiring!”

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation with over forty premier camps. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

NYC choreographer sets the stage for LINX’s competitive dancers

Carolyn Long:
November 20th 2017

LINX Dancers enjoyed learning their competition dances from NYC choreographer Joey Ortolani on October 14th and 15th and November 18th and 19th at LINX Dance Studio in Wellesley.

LINX’s Dance Director Heather Emley, who continuously looks for new learning opportunities for the dancers, said the excitement of working with someone they were not used to working with helped the girls to pick up the choreography quickly. Ortolani will choreograph a total of 4 competition dances for the season. “Having Joey introduced our students to a new style and new learning experience. This experience motivated the girls to learn an entire routine in a short period of time.” So far, the girls learned 2 dances during the 2 four hour rehearsals with Ortolani.

LINX Dance offers recreational and competitive programs on weekdays and weekends for children of all abilities in preschool through high school.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Camps sponsors Full Circle event in Needham

Carolyn Long:
November 9th 2017

For a second year, LINX of Wellesley helped sponsor Circle of Hope’s Full Circle event on Saturday, November 4th on the Needham Common. Many families volunteered their time to help teach their young children about giving back by participating in 6 stations that focused on creating care packages for the homeless. Families and children assembled warm up bundles (hats, scarves, gloves and socks), filled backpacks with blankets, socks, and hand warmers, decorated toiletry kits, and much more.

Circle of Hope is a Needham based non-profit that supplies clothing and other necessities to homeless people and families in and around Boston. “The Full Circle team was excited to return for a second year to provide a venue and opportunity for families to experience philanthropy in action. It was an inspiring day watching young children run from station to station wanting to do more to make a difference!” said Christine Holland, Full Circle Planning Committee.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX is an official drop-off location for Toys for Tots!

Carolyn Long:
November 8th 2017

If you’re looking for a place to bring your Toys for Tots donation, LINX headquarters at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA will have a giant gift box in the lobby until December 15th for contributions of new, unwrapped toys. Help spread the joy!

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX dancers prove “the show must go on” rain or shine at Bates Pumpkin Fair

Carolyn Long:
October 18th 2017

LINX Dance of Wellesley, MA was once again an active sponsor of the Bates Pumpkin Fair, held on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Bates Elementary School in Wellesley. LINX Dancers in 2nd – 5th grade performed a mix of jazz and lyrical style dances, mostly choreographed by the dancers in LINX’s Sr. and Elite Company programs.

The unwelcome rain moments before the first group’s performance provided a unifying opportunity for the staff and dance families, as they came together to quickly relocate the dancers and equipment to the school gym, where each group performed with unwavering determination for a packed crowd that included their school friends and families.

“LINX Dance Studio absolutely loves participating and sponsoring the Bates Pumpkin Fair. It’s a great event that brings the Wellesley Community together for one cause. Our dancers love it because they get the opportunity to perform for their community and help raise awareness for Bates Elementary School. We hope to be a part of this annual event for years to come!” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley.

Along with providing a dance floor, DJ and MC, LINX donated gift certificates for a free month of a dance class, $200 off a week of camp 2018, and $125 off a class to lucky raffle winners.

LINX Dance offers recreational and competitive programs on weekdays and weekends for children of all abilities in preschool through high school.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

WBZ’s Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher talks about the coming solar eclipse with LINX science campe

Carolyn Long:
July 27th 2017

Blue skies and low humidity made the ideal backdrop for WBZ’s Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher’s highly anticipated presentation to LINX science campers on Friday morning, July 21st, on a grassy knoll of Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston located in Weston.

Fisher shared his thoughts with campers, “Growing up here I used to love the storms. I would go out to the front porch to feel the wind and watch the lightning.” The kids (2nd through 8th grade) were excited and curious, and asked about tornados and hurricanes during the 45-minute presentation. He spoke about a typical day for a meteorologist and explained how he tracks the weather, with detail on how radar works and how it helps him track the weather.

Fisher’s specifics on the upcoming solar eclipse sparked a level of curiosity and excitement among the campers, which they carried throughout the day. Kids could be heard leaving the presentation talking about doing more research on the solar eclipse, and one camper said, “I can’t wait for the eclipse, it is so cool!”

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM, and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX voted #1 family favorite in 18 categories by Boston Parents Paper readers 2017

Carolyn Long:
July 10th 2017

LINX and LINX Camps of Wellesley, MA won Boston Parents Paper’s Family Favorite Award in 18 categories this year, up from 10 in 2016. Each year, readers of Boston Parents Paper vote for their family favorite local businesses in categories from summer camps and enrichment classes to orthodontists and photographers. The winners are published in a special issue available online to the community.

“We are beyond excited and honored to be #1 in the hearts of so many again. The best way to enrich a community is by putting families first, and we do this in all aspects of our camp and class programs. Summer at LINX Camps this year is no exception and we can’t wait for all the fun to begin!” Said Joe Kahn, Owner and Founder of LINX.

2017 marks LINX’s 4th year in a row winning Best Dance Studio, and 3rd year in a row winning Best Tap Class, Martial Arts Class, and Science and Technology Class.

Winning categories for LINX this year include:
  • Arts and Crafts Summer Camps
  • Culinary Summer Camps
  • Dance and Ballet Summer Camps
  • Music and Singing Summer Camps
  • Performing Arts Summer Camps
  • Preschool Age Summer Camps
  • Sports Summer Camps
  • Teen-Focused Summer Camps
  • Winter Camps
  • Enrichment and After-School Programs
  • Theater Classes
  • Dance Studio
  • Hip Hop Classes
  • Jazz Classes
  • Ballet Classes
  • Tap Dancing Classes
  • Martial Arts Classes
  • Science & Technology Programs

Additionally, LINX placed in the top 5 for academic summer camps, school vacation camps, art classes, sports classes, parent-friendly playdate spots, science technology and digital arts summer camps, and gymnastics classes.

Serving Metro West, LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dancers win at Starbound’s national finals 2017

Carolyn Long:
July 7th 2017

LINX Dance Studio won awards at Starbound National Talent Competition’s 2017 National Finals June 25th – June 28th at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. LINX dancers, age 8 - 16 competed with more than 10 other talented dance studios across MA, NY and NJ during the three full days of competition. While LINX attended regionals in previous years, this was their first time at Starbound’s National Final Tour.

“I am very proud of the season these dancers have had. They truly showed how much they have improved and grown over the year. Having overall placements in a National Finals is a hard feat and they succeeded. I think their hard work and dedication shined on stage through their dancing and with the awards they won,” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley. “They had great sportsmanship and cheered other studio dancers on, wishing them good luck. They got the opportunity to compete at a very challenging level, as many of the studios won top regional awards during the year.”

LINX’s performance of Stimela won the highest score in the Senior Elite Duo/Trio Contemporary category, received a special judges award for “Great Musicality,” and placed 1st Overall for Senior Elite Duos/Trios for the entire competition.

Some of LINX’s dancers were invited to perform at the “Winner’s Performance” on the last day of Nationals, where they danced a routine one last time, cheered on by the judges. One of the judges gave Stimela (Elite Co. trio) a standing ovation, adding to the excitement of an already memorable week.

Three LINX dancers were honored to take part in the “Miss Star of Hope” program, a rewarding banquet style event with all proceeds donated to the Dancers Care Foundation.

More awards for LINX dancers included:
  • Junior Miss Starbound
  • New Face finalist
  • Highest scoring Junior Pre-Teen Elite Solo (Jazz division)
  • First place overall Junior Pre-Teen Soloist
  • 5th overall for Petite Junior Competitive Solos
  • 2nd place in Little Miss Starbound title category (age 8 and under)
  • 10th overall in Junior Elite Solos
  • High Golds and Elite Golds as adjudicated awards for solos, duos, and small groups

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance Studio wins Best Dance Teachers in Boston 2017 by Expertise.com

Carolyn Long:
June 23rd 2017

LINX Dance Studio of Wellesley ranks in the top 19 Best Dance Teachers in Boston, receiving the award for 2017 by Expertise.com. Expertise is an online company helping people connect with the best local experts across the US in many categories including dance education.

“We are happy to be recognized as one of the top studios for best dance teachers in Boston. Our instructors are experienced performers, dancing at a professional level. They are passionate about teaching proper technique in a safe environment to both competitive and non-competitive dancers,” said Joe Kahn, Owner and Founder of LINX.

Expertise rated 155 dance teachers on more than 25 variables across 5 categories, which included reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism.

Other recent awards won by LINX Dance Studio include:

Studio of Excellence Award: March 2017 at Turn It Up Dance Challenge in Bellingham, MA.

Class Act and Sportsmanship Award: May 2017 at World Class Talent Experience in Tolland, CT.

LINX challenges its dancers through exposure to new genres and varied Master Class teachers. Dancers enjoy participation in convention competitions, the chance to work with master choreographers, community dance performances, and the rare opportunity to dance in full-length productions, such as Swan Lake earlier this year and The Sugar Plum Suite in the coming fall. Additionally, LINX has enhanced their dance programs through certification in the art of acrobatic dance and is the only studio in Wellesley with the certification.

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dance Studio ranks 8th in Starbound’s Top 10 Performing Studios 2017

Carolyn Long:
June 15th 2017

LINX Dance Studio placed 8th in Starbound National Talent Competition’s top 10 studios. LINX Dancers age 7 to 16 earned 350 points for awards including 40 elite gold, 4 special judges, 1 audience choice, and 5 overall first-place finishes, 5 overall first place group dance, and other top ten placements during the March competition in East Greenwich, RI.

“It is very exciting to be recognized as a studio ranked in the top ten standings at such a well-known competition. This competition has traveled to over 60 locations across the United States this season. It is a huge accomplishment for the LINX Dancers and I could not be prouder of this achievement,” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley.

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Camps embraces cultural exchange in a day camp setting

Carolyn Long:
May 17th 2017

To hire a culturally diverse camp staff for summer 2017, LINX Camps of Wellesley has partnered with Camp America to hire 59 international young professionals from 6 countries. Additionally, LINX hired 19 students from Spelman College and Morehouse College, both HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in Atlanta, GA. These partnerships will add cultural diversity to LINX Camps’ programs, led by experts in science, art, technology, engineering, dance, theater, sports and more.

“We’re excited that our campers will benefit from a unified camp experience, rich in cultural diversity. We continue to create the greatest camp experience for all our camp families, and we look forward to making 2017 our best summer ever,” said Joe Kahn, Owner and Founder of LINX.

“As a camping professional/consultant, I have had the privilege of visiting and partnering with hundreds of camps across the US and I am very confident in saying that LINX summer camps are offering some of the most innovative and creative programs I have ever seen! It’s been a pleasure to match our international staff’s skills to their programs,” said Sam Roberts, National Field Representative for Camp America. “We are truly honored to partner with them to provide the world’s best staff to their program.”

LINX’s ability to house international and out of state counselors provides day campers a culturally diverse experience normally only found at overnight camps. Roberts said that international staff has traditionally always been a very exclusive experience for only residential camps.

Through Camp America, the biggest international summer camp staff provider, LINX had access to over 8,000 prequalified and fully vetted candidates worldwide who were looking to work in the camping industry.

Starting in June, International staff will arrive from Australia, New Zealand, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Poland. Counselors hired within the US are coming from IL, CA, TX, AL, GA, VA, NJ, and NY. Both international and out of state camp staff will reside at Regis’ dormitories in Weston. Regis’ college campus is the new home of many of LINX’s STEAM Camps.

Parents will receive the same high level of commitment from LINX in providing an emotionally safe environment led by counselors who are experts in their fields. “We hire champions, people who are dedicated and committed to putting children first every day. Everyone goes through an interview process one on one with me; I only hire people I would trust to work with my own children. Our families trust us to hire the best people to take care of their children, and whether they are signed up for junior, STEAM, sports, leadership, or performing arts, kids feel confident to challenge themselves and have fun,” said Josh Schiering, LINX Camps Vice President. “These young professionals have the skill set they need to manage and lead our campers.”

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its eleventh year of operation with over forty premier camps. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dancers proved to be a class act at World Class Talent Experience

Carolyn Long:
May 15th 2017

LINX Dancers of Wellesley proved to be a class act, winning awards that included the Class Act and Sportsmanship Award at World Class Talent Experience, May 6th – 7th in Tolland, CT.

“I was so proud that LINX Dance Studio won the “Class Act and Sportsmanship Award. It was an honor for our studio to win this award, as it recognizes our dancers for being supportive to other studios, dancers, staff and each other,” said LINX Dance Director Heather Emley of their first time competing at the event.

LINX dancers, age 6 – 16 appreciated the opportunity to perform against 7 schools, known for being tough competitors. They pushed themselves to perform better, taking home additional awards that included: 3 Breathtaking and Innovative Choreography, 3 Title, Brilliant Costume Design, Future Star, Fabulous Flow, Great Connection, and Entertainment.

The requirements for the solo title division were new to LINX’s dancers. In addition to their solo routine, title competitors had an onstage introduction where they answered a question from the emcee. Dancers also had to perform a 20-second dance, without music, in a style different from their solo routine. The experience tested versatility, composure, and stage presence.

LINX is in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Dance Studio, visit http://www.linxdance.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Science Camp Promises Expert-Level Counselors and a Hands-On Engaging Curriculum for Summer 201

Melissa Habersaat:
May 14th 2014

For a second consecutive summer, LINX Camps of Wellesley, MA, has recruited expert-level counselors to head its Science Camp, located at the Dana Hall Campus, for Summer 2014. The full day camp, designed for children in K – 8th grade, will engage children in weekly hands-on experiments and activities in Physics/Engineering, Chemistry, Biology/Earth Science, Electronics, and Outer Space/Flight. Traditional camp activities, such as swimming and sports, are also included to round out the camp week experience.

Tara Stewart (Ph.D. Biomedical Neuroscience, Boston University), is experienced in teaching 4th and 5th grade scientists through hands-on experiences, and is energized to continue the adventures as a LINX Science Counselor for Summer 2014. "Campers have a head counselor who leads them to many of the science specialists throughout the day/week. In this way, the campers get exposure to different projects and teaching methods from experts in each of the areas of science!" said LINX Vice President Josh Schiering. Other experts leading LINX’s Science Camp include Rod Thomas, (B.A. Psychology, Colgate University, Masters in Education, Salem University), and Jake Dore, well-known at LINX last summer for his creation of "Mysterious Chemical X". Dore, (B.S. in Elementary Education, Boston University) and current 4th grade teacher, is back for more lessons that promise to be not only mysterious, but gooey and sticky as well. Sean Conley, 7th grade Science teacher in Natick, MA, and lead Science counselor for LINX last summer, is looking forward to sparking the curiosity of his students and getting them thinking about the world around them. In addition to teaching science, Conley trained other science educators on how to present fun and energetic science programs.

"LINX Science Camp has experienced a 40% increase in enrollment this year and it is showing no signs of slowing down as we get closer and closer to camp," said Schiering. "Combining our fun-based hands-on approach to learning with experienced Science Teachers who are trained in the LINX methodology has propelled our program to new heights," Schiering added.

Serving Wellesley and surrounding communities, LINX is now in its seventh year of operation with over thirty premier camps. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information on LINX Science Camp or to register, visit www.linxcamps.com/SpecialtyCamps/Science or call 781-235-3210.

Nick Martinelli returns to LINX Camps as Head Basketball Coach

Carolyn Long:
February 16th 2018

Nick Martinelli is no stranger to LINX sports camps, returning for summer 2018 as coordinator and head basketball coach at the Dana Hall campus in Wellesley.

“Any chance I get to work with kids is an excellent opportunity for me, and it’s why I became a teacher. It only adds to that joy of mine when it’s working with a game I love. I tell my friends all the time, ‘Playing basketball with kids all summer, what's not to love?’”

Nick looks forward to working with former NBA Champ Brian Scalabrine for some sessions again this year, as their personalities complement each other, and they share the same values as basketball mentors. In addition to Nick’s love of coaching basketball all summer, he looks forward to LINX’s traditional activities, which allow him to connect with campers outside of sports camp.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its twelfth year of operation. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about LINX Camps or to register for classes and camps, visit http://www.linxcamps.com or call 781-235-3210.

LINX Dancers Perform at Boston College Football Game

Carolyn Long:
September 15th 2017

LINX Dancers performed at Boston College’s Alumni Stadium in front of thousands of football fans to show their support of the Eagles during the 2nd quarter timeout of the game on September 9th, 2017.

The one-minute routine began with a back tuck by one of the dancers, gaining an immediate roar of support from the student-packed crowd they faced on the sideline. The dance team enjoyed watching a collegiate level football game and were excited and grateful for the opportunity to project their energy up into such a large crowd when it came their time to dance.

The dancers, grade 4th – 11th, were introduced to the Boston College Dance Team. “Boston College was such a great host to our LINX Dancers! The crowd was extremely responsive to the routine. They showed a lot of support and encouragement before and after the performance. This experience had a great impact on our dancers!” said Heather Emley, LINX Dance Director.

Serving Metro West, LINX is now in its eleventh year of operation providing fun-based classes and camps that specialize in dance, theater, sports, STEAM, and early childhood programming. The main office is located at 141 Linden Street in Wellesley, MA. For more information about camps and classes at LINX, visit http://www.linx-usa.com or call 781-235-3210.