A Penn State scholar from New Jersey who is about to graduate Friday is retaining her ft in Happy Valley so she will be able to educate individuals what to do with theirs.
Bri Clemente introduced Monday her plans to open Lucky Star Dance Company, simply days earlier than the 22-year-old is about to obtain her diploma. Opening her personal dance studio, the first-time enterprise proprietor mentioned in a press release, was a “lifelong dream.”
”Staying within the space was a giant think about my resolution,” Clemente mentioned. “Coming here for school, I fell in love with Happy Valley and so did my family. I knew I wanted to stay if I could. While there are wonderful studios here, I saw an opportunity to bring a unique approach and new offerings to the area.”
Dancing has been a continuing in Clemente’s life since she was 3 years previous. That continued when she arrived to University Park, leaving her looking for a chance to show at a neighborhood studio.
She labored for greater than two years at Hot Styles Dance Company in Bellefonte, the place she taught a spread of courses and coached the studio’s competitors groups.
That job, Clemente mentioned, helped her notice her “true calling.”
“Working with my academic advisor, I was able to customize a major and focus the rest of my coursework on things that will help me to succeed as a business owner and teacher,” Clemente mentioned. “At the same time, I took advantage of the huge growth in online courses during the pandemic to further my own education in dance and choreography. I developed my business plan and began looking for space, and things began to fall into place.”
Her about 2,700-square-foot dance studio is at 1510 Martin St. in Ferguson Township. Minor renovations are ongoing.
Classes are anticipated to be accessible for youngsters, faculty college students and adults. Styles embrace ballet, faucet dance, jazz, lyrical, up to date, hip-hop and improv.
The enterprise’ grand opening is scheduled for June 13.
“When I signed my rent papers, I was like, ‘OK, I owe this money for the next few years. I better make it.’ There’s that determination, that passion and the willpower to even take that leap of faith,” Clemente mentioned in an interview with the Centre Daily Times. “… I’m going to have highs and have lows, but I’m so proud that I’m even going for it and excited for what the future has in store. That’s the biggest feeling. I’m absolutely terrified and absolutely excited because I know that I’m going to put everything I’ve got into this to make it happen. I’ve dreamed about this since I was 5. I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”