Dance stu­dio gains in­dus­try mo­men­tum

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS WEL­COME - Hi­lary Ruthven

FROM the age of three, Sa­man­tha Howcroft dreamed of open­ing her own dance stu­dio and now at 22 she has done it.

Two-and-a-half years after open­ing SJ Dance Stu­dio un­der her par­ents’ name, Sa­man­tha has saved enough to ex­pand to a three-premises stu­dio in her name this year.

But turn­ing the dream into a re­al­ity wasn’t easy.

Sa­man­tha said she had to save metic­u­lously and move back to her fam­ily home while work­ing two jobs to cre­ate the “best dance stu­dio on the Coast”.

“I only just quit my other job, I was a phar­macy as­sis­tant,” she said.

“I have been work­ing my butt off ev­ery day and teach­ing all the classes and just been sav­ing heaps of money.

“I hope to ba­si­cally run a suc­cess­ful stu­dio that gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to take their danc­ing to the next level whether that be within the in­dus­try or take them over­seas.”

With the up­grades Sa­man­tha said there would be more op­por­tu­nity for kids to take part in pro­grams that catered for their dance goals.

“We have a bal­let pro­gram hap­pen­ing in term four that will ser­vice the de­vel­op­ment of kids that want to take their bal­let fur­ther,” Sa­man­tha said.

“We are also do­ing a com­mer­cial dance pro­gram in term four that will be for kids that want to go over­seas and go on the cruise ships or Dis­ney­land Univer­sal, and to LA to be the back-up dancers,” she said.

SJ Dance Stu­dio is tak­ing the Sun­shine Coast by storm, from danc­ing in a Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val ad­ver­tise­ment, to per­form­ing for a Mel­bourne based pro­duc­tion com­pany.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BIG DREAMS: Sa­man­tha Howcroft with one of her stu­dents.

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