The WyND program is a pre-professional, contemporary program designed for dancers ages 10 – 18 who want to further their training beyond the competitive world. We also offer training and creative exploration for the littlest of movers ages 3 – 9.

WyND was founded in 2023 by Co-Directors Tiffany Frost and Joshua Manculich. The program exists in close partnership with WhirlWind Dance Company and provides numerous performance opportunities. 

The WyND Program offers rigorous training in genres of contemporary, ballet, improvisation and more. Students are encouraged to create and discover their own styles of movement and have a voice in creative choices. 

Technical training and artistic guidance for our dancers is offered not only through the program’s directors and staff, but also through professional WhirlWind Dance mentors, guest artists/choreographers and community teachers. 

We pride ourselves in being an inclusive and safe place for our dancers to learn and grow.

THE WELL VALUES

 

The dancers, faculty and staff of The Well are a vibrant community of people who have a high regard for each other and the art of dance. We ask all who represent The Well, Whirlwind Dance and The WyND Program to respect and value the work we do. All who participate should be willingly held accountable to uphold the values and ethics as the fundamental guidelines of our space. As an expression of our love of dance, we show respect to the parents, our peers, the staff and faculty and all of the wider dance community. We consider it a privilege to participate in a worldwide community for the performing arts and ask all who participate with us to exemplify the values of integrity, leadership, responsibility, character, professionalism, kindness and DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility).

INTEGRITY: To conduct oneself with honesty, courtesy, and respect. To express consideration for one’s fellow dancers, educators, parents, sta and competitors. To be a person who leads by example and honors commitments. To be a person other people can count on and look up to.

LEADERSHIP: By setting an example through one’s actions and speech, we guide, direct and inuence people in achieving their highest goals and ideals. To inspire and serve the people of your class, your Company and our community through full participation in all dance related activities.

RESPONSIBILITY: To respect and adhere to the policies and procedures of the studio or the organizers of any performance, convention or competition. To be a person who interacts with peers and authority gures in a mature manner. To speak of any issue or grievance to the person who is able to resolve any concern. To be open and willing to receive coaching and appropriate direction for self betterment.

CHARACTER: To be a person who represents high levels of personal integrity and responsibility for oneself and others. A person who has the courage and willingness to face issues and concerns with maturity and dignity. To avoid gossip, criticism, or demeaning comments from any member of the dance community, parent, or peers. To treat others as they would treat themselves. To celebrate diversity, individuality and equality in all matters.

PROFESSIONALISM: To respect the dance profession and uphold our values and standards of conduct. To support and encourage one another. To voice opinions and initiate change that will elevate the dance community. To recognize oneself as a role model at all times. To love the study and performance of dance as a universal art form.

KINDNESS: To nd compassion and understanding for where the other person is in their life and their journey while maintaining your own boundaries and respecting your own needs. Be it through empathy, acceptance, kind gestures, thoughtfulness, the possibilities are entirely up to you.

DEIA: Diversity is the practice of including many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, cultures and beliefs. Equity is the consistent and systematic, fair, just and impartial treatment of all individuals. Inclusion is the recognition, appreciation, and use of the talents and skills of dancers, faculty, staff and families of all backgrounds. Accessibility is the design, construction, development and maintenance of facilities, information and communication technology, programs and services so that all people, including people with disabilities, can fully and independently use them.