Tuesday, September 2, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Studio celebrates 10 years of dance

Aaron River, second from left, gives tips on how to do a front roll while teaching a breakdancing class at Chapkis Dance Studio in Suisun City, Saturday.  The dance studio was offering free classes all day to celebrate ten years as a company and one year in Suisun City.  (Daily Republic-Adam Smith)

Aaron River, second from left, gives tips on how to do a front roll while teaching a breakdancing class at Chapkis Dance Studio in Suisun City, Saturday. The dance studio was offering free classes all day to celebrate ten years as a company and one year in Suisun City. (Daily Republic-Adam Smith)

By
From page A3 | December 09, 2012 |

SUISUN CITY — The Greg Chapkis Dance Studio has had a lot to celebrate this year.

Just a few months ago, the studio’s hip-hop dance team won second place in one of the Bay Area’s biggest dance competitions, World of Dance. Just weeks before that, the mega and varsity hip-hop crews won fifth and sixth places, respectively, out of hundreds of teams at the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas.

And Saturday, dancers new and old celebrated a different but similarly important feat: The studio’s 10-year anniversary.

Founder and CEO Greg Chapkis decided to celebrate the day fittingly with free all-day dance classes open to the public.

Before the company moved to its location in Suisun City, it was known as Vallejo Dance Unlimited. Since it moved, the company has gone by Greg Chapkis Dance or simply Chapkis Dance.

But in short time in Suisun City the company has become a powerhouse both because of the number of competitions its won and the number of students it serves.

And the name has become recognizable worldwide, Chapkis said.

The dancers have big plans for the future. They’re planning a showcase/competition called “Collaboration” in April. The hip-hop crew will perform for the Golden State Warriors this season, and the jazz crew will soon head to New York for a competition.

Even at home there’s a lot going on for its dancers. Every month, Chapkis said, the studio will feature a major dance choreographer. On Dec. 17, one of Rihanna’s choreographers, Yusef Nasir, will teach a class at the studio.

For all the trophies and opportunities the studio has, it’s the dancer’s enthusiasm and talent that has kept it alive for 10 years. Young dancers like Craig Chadwick, 11, and Frank Lakeman, 12, are two examples of longtime, faithful Chapkis dancers.

“It’s awesome,” Chadwick said between dance classes. “I love to dance, hang out with friends.”

“It releases anger,” Lakeman added.

Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or hahsan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San

Heather Ah San covers Rio Vista, features and general news for the Daily Republic. She received her bachelors of art degree from the University of Oregon.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 1 comment

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • BartieDecember 26, 2012 - 11:27 pm

    I saw these guys at the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships. They were absolutely one of the best out there! However, more than that the inspiration for me here is how the studio grew and become successful. I am currently reading this book (http://www.openadancestudio.com/) since I am considering opening my own. I believe this took a lot of hard work and sacrifice just to make it how it is today!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

Solano News

Labor Day not a holiday for everyone

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3, 4 Comments | Gallery

 
Labor Day breakfast introduces union-backed candidates

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3, 2 Comments | Gallery

Pool provides last dose of summer fun in the sun

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
SafeQuest schedules peer counseling training course

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Suisun City police log: Aug. 31, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

Suisun City police log: Aug. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

 
Fairfield police log: Aug. 30, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

VP Biden says workers deserve ‘fair share’

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 3 Comments | Gallery

 
Obama: ‘Revving’ economy calls for higher wages

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 4 Comments | Gallery

Senegal monitors contacts of 1st Ebola patient

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
San Francisco to be 1st to test urban farming law

By The Associated Press | From Page:

GOP challenger tries novel tactics against Brown

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
US eating habits improve a bit – except among poor

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 3 Comments | Gallery

 
No gray area: Beliefs shape views of Brown killing

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment | Gallery

Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Iraqi prime minister pledges to root out militants

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Poland’s PM: Ukraine’s war must be stopped now

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

 
Pro-Russian rebels lower demands in peace talks

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 2 Comments | Gallery

US helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden; all rescued

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Living

Community Calendar: Sept. 2, 2014

By Susan Hiland | From Page:

 
.

Entertainment

Inquiries begin into nude celebrity photo leaks

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 1 Comment | Gallery

 
‘Guardians’ tops Labor Day, summer box office

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A11, 2 Comments

 
.

Sports

Kirk rallies to win the Deutsche Bank

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Rockies top Giants after losing end of suspended game

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Dunn homers in 1st at-bat as A’s top Mariners

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Right guard Boone passes physical, rejoins 49ers

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Raiders name rookie Derek Carr as starting QB

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Armijo beats Vanden 2-0 to claim All-City boys soccer title

By Brian Arnold | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Armed with new deal, Chiefs’ Smith looks forward

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Column: Stewart’s Chase status doesn’t matter

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Raiders ink CB Dowling, 9 others to practice squad

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Serena Williams, Djokovic roll to US Open quarters

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Houston Astros fire manager Bo Porter

By The Associated Press | From Page:

Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
.

Business

Markets drift as Wall Street has day off

By The Associated Press | From Page:

 
Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

By The Associated Press | From Page: | Gallery

Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

By The Associated Press | From Page: , 8 Comments | Gallery

 
.

Obituaries

.

Comics

Beetle Bailey Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Zits Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wizard of Id Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Sally Forth Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Bridge Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Blondie Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Rose is Rose Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Get Fuzzy Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Sudoku Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
B.C. Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Baldo Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Frank and Ernest Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Crossword Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Dilbert Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

For Better or Worse Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

 
Peanuts Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Cryptoquote Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7

 
Garfield Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Word Sleuth Sept 2

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B7