August 2, 2022
Member Spotlight of the Week
Name of Business: The Les Cher Classical Ballet Academy
Point of Contact: Kelly Pasciuto

Length of time business has been operating: 1982
Description of Business:
The Les Cher Classical Ballet Academy provides students of all ages and abilities with an opportunity to learn and develop a strong understanding of classical ballet artistry and technique.
Your Business Mission Statement
Ballet is a fine art and requires a strong basic foundation. The Cecchetti Method is a graded system of classical ballet which takes the student from the first lesson to solo status. The Les Cher Classical Ballet Academy offers primary through professional level classes to establish and develop artistry as well as technique for those interested in studying classical ballet.
What’s Your Why?
Leslie Parreco & Cherry Dowsely began this business to share with their students a love for classical ballet after dancing together in the ballet company at Ballet Theatre of Maryland. In training with them to become a certified Cecchetti Council of America teacher, I transitioned into being the owner to be able to continue to share this love for classical ballet as well.
What sets your business apart from others?
Over the years, The Les Cher Classical Ballet Academy has become a place for dancers to gain a strong foundation in ballet, regardless of their goals for dancing. Those that want to become professionals can do so, we have had, and currently have, alumni dancing in various professional companies. Those that want to study for the joy learning this beautiful art form, while focusing on other areas of interest, are also able to do so.
What are some of the personal rewards that come from your business?
For both the founding directors and myself, sharing our love for classical ballet has always been the greatest reward. We are blessed to be able to say that since 2000, our teachers have all been able to study with Leslie and Cherry for their Cecchetti certification. Currently, we are over joyed to have students that studied with Leslie and Cherry not only returning to dancing, but bringing their children for classes too.
How long have you been a chamber member? This is our 1st year, since relocating from Upper Marlboro in August of 2020.
What benefits have you experienced with your chamber membership?
In this 1st year, I’m not exactly sure, but this is partly because in order to keep the studio open, I have to work another job. I currently teach 1st grade in addition to this, so I’m just not as available for participating in chamber events etc.

Do you offer any discounts? Please specify: Sibling discount, 10% 
Interested in joining our organization ~ Visit Our Website
Emerging Leaders Committee Message
Happy August! As many are soaking up the last few weeks of hot weather, and summer vacations before the kids head back to school the Emerging Leaders committee is hard at work planning our events for the fall and beyond. 
Much like the Business Development Committee we are also on a short hiatus for the month of August. Our next Emerging Leaders event will take place at the Multi-Chamber Fall Bash at Walden Country Club on September 15th by hosting the Annual Cornhole tournament to benefit a charity of choice by the tournament winner.
This fall we will return with events that combine professional educational content and networking. We are always looking for new committee members to bring fresh and exciting ideas to the Emerging Leaders committee. Our next committee meeting will take place at 10am on Monday August 8th on Zoom. If you are interested in joining please reach out to for the Zoom link, everyone is welcome.
Wishing you all the best,
Amanda Johnson
Emerging Leaders Committee Chair

Connections ~ Marketing ~ Community ~ Visibility ~ Friendship
Upcoming Events:

National Night Out
at Crofton High School
Presented by: Rehab 2 Perform
Tuesday, August 2, 2022 | 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Free for all to attend

Power Connections Networking Breakfast
Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 8:00am - 10:00am
Members $35/ Nonmembers $45

Bowie Baysox Game - Back to The 80's Night
Thursday, August 18, 2022 | 5:30pm Happy Hour \ 6:35pm Game
Portion of each ticket purchased through our link benefits the Alzheimer's Association
Save the Date - ticket link available soon

Crofton Ace Hardware ~ Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting
Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 10am - noon, Ribbon Cutting at 10:30am
Free for all to attend

Blood Drive
Sponsored by: Mia Anderson, Realtor - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty
Thursday, September 8, 2022 | 9am - 3pm

Other Networking Event:

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 | 6:00p-8:00p
Our Presenting Sponsor is Rehab 2 Perform. Make sure to stop by their table and thank them!

We also have several Friends of National Night Out participating in our event:

CQI Energy Co-op
Savings Opportunity for Members 

Have you looked at your utility bill lately? Are you concerned about how much you are spending? What's going on?

The war, inflation and hot temperatures are just some of the factors causing rates
to hit a 50-year high! As Bloomberg News reported, “The U.S. Energy Department Secretary Jennifer Granholm was spot on with where oil and gas are going — and it isn't staying at home. Nearly 75 percent of natural gas produced in the United States is being sold to Europe. Many countries in Europe have higher prices for gas than the U.S.” Natural gas is the major producer of electricity.

CQI Associates will continue to watch the market and seek creative ways to provide protection, stability and savings for our customers. Clients with agreements, ending between now and May 2023, should contact Sean Corcoran to assure their paperwork is up to date. This will allow us the opportunity to jump on any opportunities that present themselves between now and then.
Sean Corcoran
CQI Associates, LLC
Direct: 443-896-7090
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Upcoming Chamber Members' Events
Arbor Terrace Waugh Chapel
Professional Networking Event
Tuesday, August 9, 2022 | 3pm - 5pm
Nonna Angela's Italian Bistro & Wine Bar, 2225 Defense Hwy, Crofton
See below for details.

Meki's Tamure Polynesian Arts Group, Inc.
Pacific Fun Day Festival
Saturday, August 20, 2022 | 10am - 7pm
See below for details

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