Providing a place for locals, students to dance
Northumberland Elementary School’s special education teacher Shanita Curry says she is ecstatic to open the first dance studio in Northumberland County.
With the grand opening for her studio this Friday at 7 p.m. Curry wants it to be a place where local students can socialize with each other, meet kids their age outside of the county and simply go for fun.
“This is a great way to exercise, and this is a great way even for adults to come in and exercise,” said Curry, who noted her desire to be able to give back to her community.
“It’s a big dream for me to be able to do it and also one of the biggest accomplishments with is to have the first dance studio in Northumberland County,” said Curry, who noted that she draws her inspiration in life from Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Curry’s experience in teaching dance-related activities includes four years as dance choreographer at Macedonia Baptist Church in Heathsville and two years of coaching the cheerleaders at the high school.
“I took a liking to dance and every one kept saying ‘You should do a dance studio!’” Curry said with a smile. After looking for a place to start the studio, she was given the opportunity by Merthia L. Haynie within the building in a space that adjoins Haynie’s “Abilities Abound” physical therapy and wellness center.
Curry’s studio will hold classes in hip hop, liturgical dance, stepping and line dancing for adults; Curry is also in the process of finding someone who will be able to teach ballet and ballroom dancing.
Curry said she hopes her students will be able to go out into the community when they have social engagements such as Edwardsville Day and showcase the dance moves and lessons that they learned at the studio.
Curry also wants to involve students—particularly from the elementary school—in performing during halftime for basketball games.
“Because they really don’t have that opportunity whereas the high school and the middle school have cheerleaders and a dance group there, but they don’t have that opportunity at the Elementary School,” said Curry. “That will be a way to show unity even if we did have kids outside of Northumberland County participate. I’m just excited about getting started, but in due time there will be more to come.”
At her dance studio, Curry looks to get involved with local organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, Macedonia Baptist Church and the Delta Academy.
For the grand opening, there will be entertainment featuring local churches, Northumberland cheerleaders and the step team from Essex.
“There are just different kids in the community who really aren’t involved in a lot, but they do dance, so this will be their opportunity to come and show what they have as well,” Curry said.
Shanita Curry’s dance studio is next to Abilities Abound in the building located at 765 Northumberland Hwy. in Callao.