Where My Love For Dance Began

- Jessie

Miss Colleen’s Elite Dancentre has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. When the studio first opened, my parents insisted that we follow Miss Colleen over and join her new adventure. EDC is really more than just a dance studio. This is where my love for dance began. Even with a rocky start, Miss Colleen loves to tell me how my Mom used to have to push me into class. I ended up falling so in love with the art of dance that I chose to pursue it in college. I have to thank my teachers for allowing me to discover myself through movement. They taught me how to be a hard worker, a good listener, a good loser as well as a gracious winner. My teachers absolutely helped to turn me into the dancer and person I am today. Although all o f my teachers have been so helpful, Miss Lauren was the one who helped me really understand the beauty of dance. She always encouraged me, and pushed me to be the best dancer I can be. I’m so lucky that at this point I can consider her not only a mentor, but a friend. During my senior year of high school, a stressful time for most people, I found an escape at the studio. I was usually there 6-7 days a week for my own classes, extra rehearsals, or assisting to teach classes for the younger kids. If I wasn’t sure that EDC was my second home before then, I was now. I had found a family within the teachers, desk staff and all of the other students. Even after graduating, I would find myself at the studio teaching over the summer, taking classes, or just saying hi. As I approached my college graduation, I still turned to the staff at EDC to help guide me in the right direction. They have always encouraged me to follow my dreams. Even now as I start my professional career, I continue to turn back to the staff for guidance. I am always welcomed back with open arms and I cannot thank everyone enough for that. EDC will always be a second home to me and I’m so happy that they have been there for me through all the ups and downs, to support me every step of the way. Miss Colleen has always been the first to help me with anything I need, inside of the dance world and out, and I know that the staff she has at the studio all have the same mindset. I truly think it is the best environment for someone to grow up dancing in, you receive incredible training as well as a wonderful support system.