“Family and friends, THANK YOU for your support with my studio career over the past 40 years! I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.”
Dellos Dance and Performing Arts is heading into their 40th year in the dance school business. “When I was 30 I figured I had another good 10 years in the business. When I turned 40 I expressed retiring at 45. When my 50th birthday flew by, I seemingly forgot my plans of retirement and now I find myself approaching my 60th! I have no plans for ever retiring and I look forward to celebrating the 40 years that Dellos has serviced our community!” smiles proud studio owner, Bobbi Dellos.
Dellos’ recent growth includes expansion of additional dance facilities in The Chino Valley, “The Dellos Dance Connection” and a “sister studio” on the Central Coast, “Dellos Performing Arts Center” (D-PAC), owned by prior Dellos student, Johnna Clark. Owners, Bobbi and Dave Dellos are as involved today as they were the day they opened their first dance studio in Rowland Heights in 1973.
“Never did we imagine that we’d grow this large,” shares Dave Dellos. “Bobbi has always approached teaching dance as more of a hobby…one that’s gotten out of control!” he laughs. Taking a tour of The Chino Valley location immediately reflects Miss B’s passion for children and her expression of sharing the dance and music world with them. Hallway walls are scattered with original keepsakes given to her over the years from students and her staff. Original theatre programs with their attached tickets line The Quiet Zone, from as far back as the 1960′s. A special wall is dedicated to Dellos students who have gone on to pursue professional careers and it’s common to find announcements of current students’ and staff accomplishments. “There’s nothing like changing a child’s life”, shares Miss B. “To watch them walk through our doors and dance out is what my job is all about. There’s nothing in the world that can match the happiness my students and staff provide me. I am the luckiest woman in the world!”
Miss B shares proudly that the Dellos Staff is made up of professionals in all genres of The Performing Arts. “I seek teachers who still train in their concentrated field of choice. For instance, Dellos has ballet teachers who just teach ballet and hip-hop teachers who only do hip-hop. I want only the best for my students, so I bring the best to them!”
“Each season our new dancers have even bigger shoes to fill”, remarks Connection Office Manager, Karen Durber. “Dellos has a long reputation of excellence and we’re not going to let the name down! Our staff is excited to be working with such an enthusiastic and hard-working core of young people. The Dellos Dance Connection has become a melting pot of very fine talent!”