Monday, June 28, 2010

Who's Headed to the Summer Intensive with Me? And Did You See My Pic on the Brochure?!

I am so excited that GEO and Beth chose to use my picture on their brochure for the summer intensives. I think it made winning ICON of the Year even more real to me. I couldn’t be prouder to represent a company and people that I truly love so much! They have done so much for me, I hope I can do the same for them in return. Thank you everyone for your warm welcome. I’m going to be a great role model for our Complex, because we are all ICONS in our own way. BTW... I can’t wait for the Summer Intensive, can you? If you wanna see the flyer, click here.

Summer Dance at ICON is here... and Of Course, We're Headed to Nationals!

Summer classes have just begun at ICON. Last week I took some of the open classes that they offer throughout the summer. Beth ran an amazing Jazz class, and GEO’s Hip Hop is always just amazing! There is nothing like taking GEO’s Thursday night open class! It’s always a great workout and just so fun. I took a technique class that helps perfect skills and helps us keep in shape. 
Early this summer, I’m so psyched to once again model for DanceCouture NY’s catalog. It was so much fun last year, and I can’t wait to start working on this year’s catalog! In the middle of July, you can find many of the ICON dancers in Atlantic City at the USTD Nationals! We have a great time there, the people are so nice, and it’s a great atmosphere! It’s ALL about dance… which of course, I love! Will you be with us in AC, if so let me know what you’re looking forward to. Is it the boardwalk, the dancing, the togetherness of the dancers? I wanna know! Talk to me, dancers. ;)

What I'm Thinking of Accomplishing this Year... What do you Think?

I am so excited to represent ICON as the ICON of the Year! In addition to taking advantage of my scholarship by adding more classes to my schedule, I hope to think up new and exciting activities for our company to take part in. I would love to help run some fundraisers for our company. In addition, I’d love to put together some creative ways to help raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital, which is special to me, as well as ICON. My dad, my sisters (who also dance at ICON) and I have brainstormed some ideas for ICON’s First Annual Golf Tournament, which would be lots of fun for all! And just for fun, I’d like to have a Pool Party ICON Bash this summer. It would be nice to get everyone together, outside of dance, for just some fun, relaxation, good food, and just time to hang out with friends. I can’t wait for summer to begin!
Being that GEO’s biggest role model was Michael Jackson, and the year to his death is just days away, I would love to contact the Jackson family and run a performance for them. I would love for them to see how GEO carries on Michael Jackson’s legacy through all his dance moves and music choices. I would just love to see Janet’s face when she sees what GEO brings out in all of us. We ALL love to dance, and we are STILL inspired by Michael Jackson. I can’t imagine what they would do when they would see us perform “Scream” or our infamous Michael Jackson Tribute. They are both unbelievable!  More to come... Do you agree with me? Tell me some of the things you think the ICON of the Year can portray...

Meet ICON of the Year 2010-2011, Katie Fasbach, and Find Out What Went Through Her Mind as Her Title Was Announced

Before they announced the 2010-2011 ICON of the Year, I was totally moved from the award in honor of Rachel from Horizons. I knew how much she had inspired Geo and Beth, and I could see the emotion on their faces, and it was so heartfelt. When they announced the award winner to be my good friend Mikayla Sottile, I couldn’t help but shed a tear for her. She was perfect for that award!  When they then continued to announce the new ICON of the Year, I was still so excited for Mikayla. As my name was announced, I think I went into shock! My mouth dropped, and I couldn’t help the tears of surprise, excitement, and joy just overcoming me. I was, and still am, so surprised.  I dance with so many amazing dancers, I just thought, “WOW!” I am so proud and honored that I was chosen to represent ICON and Geo and Beth! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for all of us!

"Ain't about how fast I get there, ain't about what's waitin on the other side...It's the climb!"

CONGRATULATIONS Katie Fasbach on an honor well deserved!
'ICON of the Year' is a title that suits you well because you have always been an ICON to me and all of your peers due to your combination of talent and character. You exude a warmth that makes you approachable to everyone at the studio. You are genuinely happy for everyone around you and you celebrate the successes at the studio whether it’s your success or the success of others. With your talent, strength of character and intelligence you don't need tips from me except to be true to yourself, remain as you are and continue to treat and respect others as you would like to be treated yourself.
Organizing the 'Thanks & Giving' Dad's football game fundraiser was an AMAZING experience for me. I could not get over the way that everyone just wanted to GIVE. There was such an outpouring of love, encouragement, support, time, energy, excitement and enthusiasm... everyone was so generous with all donations!! GEO & Beth even found a way to arrange a sunny, beautiful, flawless fall day for all of us!
And the blogging... it'll just feel natural to praise and applaud all of the accomplishments and talents of everyone around you... btw... as a signature to my blogs, I started them off with a favorite line from a song that would then set the tone for the rest of my blog.. .it kept me focused (you'll actually find it difficult to remain within the short word 
The best tip that I can give you is to just follow the lead of GEO, Beth and the whole ICON staff!! They'll always lead you in the right direction!
If life's a dance, then dance full out and enjoy every step, turn, leap & lift of this dance!  Congratulations again to an INCREDIBLE dancer who is also an INCREDIBLE person!
You can always count on me if you need an extra pair of hands... just call my name and I'll be there!
With My Eternal Gratitude & Appreciation to GEO, Beth & The ICON Staff,
Zan Bongiovi, ICON of the Year, 2009-2010.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

“Dance, dance now everybody. Move, move now everybody. Shake, shake now everybody. EVERYBODY DANCE NOW!”

It’s here! ICON IV has arrived and we’re ready to rock & roll...or should I say lock & pop...or should I say relevĂ© & fouettĂ©…alright you get the point. At the end of every show we always say, “This was the BEST show ever, it will never get better than this!” and yet somehow GEO,  Beth and the talented ICON staff manage to find a way to make the following year’s show even more SPECTACULAR than the year before! And from what I’ve seen at rehearsals, they’ve outdone themselves again. What an AMAZING year I’ve had as ‘ICON of the Year’! Thank you GEO and Beth for introducing me to so many FABULOUS people, opportunities and experiences! You’ve opened up a whole world for me where I’ve been able to experience more in a year than some performers get to experience in a lifetime! I will be forever grateful and honored for having been chosen for this title. From the minute Alyson Stoner stood on stage and announced my name as ‘ICON of the Year 2010’, to this final week of tech rehearsals, it has been an incredible journey and this awesome ride doesn’t end at ICON IV, it just makes a pit-stop until we hop back on the ride for the next journey that continues with ICON Dance season 2011. Good luck to the next ‘ICON of the Year’! There are so many of my talented peers that are deserving of the title and I don’t envy GEO, Beth or the ICON staff for having to make this extremely difficult decision. Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation for all that you’ve done for me (or my parents’ appreciation for the scholarship…lol) not just for awarding me this title, but for being the ICONs that I will continue to emulate and aspire to be like. THANK YOU GEO, Beth and the whole ICON staff…you are my ICONs! <3