Indianapolis, Indiana – Motionwear, the Indianapolis-based dance apparel manufacturer, announces the winner for their “Why My Studio Rocks” program in effort to shine a spotlight on the winning studio. Motionwear acknowledged Turning Pointe Dance Academy in Corinth, Mississippi by awarding them a $500 cash prize.
Turning Pointe Dance Academy opened one year ago. In that time, studio owner Crystal Scarborough had turned girls who had never danced before into regional Showstopper winners. “I believe this happened because we are encouraged in a positive light,” said the student who nominated her studio. Students say the studio has become their home. Every team member is always welcome to “claim a spot at the bar and work”, even when its not his or her class time. Scarborough offers her time and money to teach, and buy shoes, and costumes for those who cannot.
TPDA now has two competition teams and fifty recreational students in just the first year alone. “Our studio is small, but it belongs to the dancers. Many of us consider this our safe place. There are no harsh words. I have seen little girls come into the recreational classes so timid and shy that they would cry the first day. One little girl did just that three months ago, but by the time the performance came around, she beamed on stage. After the performance we were having pictures taken and her mother and grandmother came over to Mrs. Crystal and said “We have you one child, and you have given us back another. God bless you! We never thought it was possible for her to look so happy or confident!” says student Maurryn Bingham. Studio Owner, Scarborough replied “That was always there! She just needed to believe it!”
Bingham, who nominated her studio, said” “Not only has our studio brought ballet back to the life in our area, but it has helped the confidence in every girl inside as well. That’s why my studio rocks!”
Bingham states “She finds what each of us excel at and builds out of that. Our studio is small, but it belongs to the dancers.” Turning Pointe Dance Academy helps bring confidence to young dancers and teachers them the art of dance.
The “Why My Studio Rocks” program is a campaign to highlight one studio per year for their work and impact in the dance community. Studios and students submitted written essays detailing why their studio should win. Studios play an integral role in the life of a dancer. Motionwear realizes that the studio is the foundation of where the dancer’s dreams come to life.
“As a father whose daughter danced her entire young adult life, there is no question that her experiences in the studio were the main reasons she loved the art and danced so long. We wanted to bring fun exposure to the winning studio and give back as well,” says the VP Sales and Marketing at Motionwear.