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Dance Industry Trains Aspiring Professional Dancers

By Kelly Church

With a high reputation for astounding talent and true professionalism, Dance Industry is the place to go for professionally taught dance classes for boys and girls of all ages. The Plano, TX studio is owned by Christy Wolverton who has more than two decades of experience teaching dance. She opened the studio in 2000 and teaches dancers as young as two years old and up to 18.

"Kids can benefit so much from dance classes," Wolverton said. "Not only is it obviously great exercise, but it is [also] a disciplined art form and instills a great amount of integrity and character in a child."

Wolverton believes dance classes can bring shy youngsters out of their shell and provide a level of confidence they will carry with them through life. Dance, she said, also shows kids what their capabilities are, and simultaneously teaches them self-motivation and to believe in themselves.

"I believe dance bleeds into every aspect of life, whether they continue with it or not," Wolverton said. "Dance has a great amount of life lessons that go hand in hand with each other."

Classes at Dance Industry cover a range of styles, including jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet and hip hop. The studio offers beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. The studio has a large staff of professional dancers as instructors, so students are able to tap into the knowledge and experience of the staff.

Wolverton's studio has helped many students continue their dance career beyond Plano. Several have gone on to work on Broadway, be part of large ballet companies or become professional cheerleaders. Many have also received college scholarships for dance.

"My advice to budding dancers wanting to go professional would be it is hard," Wolverton said. "You can do anything you put your mind to, but be prepared for all the ups and downs. Talent will definitely take you far, but perseverance and hard work is what will get you there. You should always try to outwork everyone at all times."

Dance Industry has its own performing company, as well. Students are invited to try out for the company. Tryouts are held in August, and the week prior the studio holds audition prep classes. For students in the junior level and up, hip hop and tap are required to join the company. Students who make the company will participate in about three conventions and six competitions per year.

Parents can enroll their children in Dance Industry classes online at danceindustry.net, and also see an updated class and tryout schedule.

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