Karen Muccioli, owner and director of Rage Box Contemporary Dance Center in Forest Hill, says she always knew her students were well rounded. She designed her curriculum so students could receive instruction in multiple dance forms.
But it wasn’t until a friend came to visit a few years ago that she figured out a way to verbalize it.
“She called the kids ‘Swiss Army knife’ dancers because, like a Swiss Army knife, they have so many tools,” says Muccioli, a Bel Air resident. “When they learn here, they’re armed with those tools.”
With nine instructors, Rage Box provides ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, modern, lyrical, hip-hop and musical theater classes for children ages 18 months to 18 years. Classes are broken into three divisions: early childhood, recreational and preparatory, which prepare students for careers in dance. Many of the center’s preparatory students have gone on to study dance in college or become professional dancers, Muccioli says.
Regardless of the division, Muccioli says she wants all 300 of her students to find something they are passionate about — even if it’s not dance.
“Allow your passion to become your purpose, and it will one day become your profession,” she says.