Dance studio gains industry momentum
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.
BIG DREAMS: Samantha Howcroft with one of her students.