East­ern Shore Dance Academy opens new stu­dio

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — The East­ern Shore Dance Academy cel­e­brated the grand open­ing of its new dance stu­dio at 3123 Aireys Way in Cam­bridge on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 3.

Dorch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­bers joined the cel­e­bra­tion by hold­ing a rib­bon cut­ting with East­ern Shore Dance Academy Di­rec­tor Jes­sica Hind­man-Wheat­ley and her dancers.

The new 5,100-square-foot fa­cil­ity opened for classes Aug. 1 and of­fers three dance stu­dios. Con­struc­tion was done by Glenn Ruark Inc., and the ar­chi­tec­ture was com­pleted by Crosby and As­so­ciates, both Dorch­ester County com­pa­nies.

“This was my goal to have our own fa­cil­ity and have a nice place for the stu­dents here in the com­mu­nity,” Hind­man-Wheat­ley said. “We want the stu­dents to have pro­fes­sional teach­ing. A lot of our dancers have gone on and be­come pro­fes­sion­als. We have stu­dents from Dorch­ester, Caro­line, Tal­bot and Queen Anne’s coun­ties.”

East­ern Shore Dance Academy of­fers a va­ri­ety of styles in­clud­ing Bal­let, Jazz, Tap, Con­tem­po­rary, Mod­ern, Hip Hop, Act­ing, Cheer, Ac­ro­bat­ics and African. The academy has more than 200 girls in classes.

Miss Mar yland 2014 Jade Kenny, a 2009 Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High School grad­u­ate, is an alumni of East­ern Shore Dance Academy. Now a Wash­ing­ton Red­skins cheer­leader, Kenny re­turns to the academy to teach classes.

“A lot of our stu­dents have got­ten scholarships,” Hind­man-Wheat­ley said. “I feel like for the com­mu­nity it has been a re­ally good thing. I was born and raised in Dorch­ester County, and I just knew that I wanted to make

sure that I gave back to the youth.

“I’m start­ing my 13th sea­son and lit­er­ally the first year I opened the stu­dio, I was over­whelmed with the amount of sup­port I had from the com­mu­nity,” she said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate all the sup­port from the com­mu­nity, and we are ex­cited for a bright fu­ture.”

Dorch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bill Christo­pher said the new fa­cil­ity is out­stand­ing.

“This is awe­some for the com­mu­nity,” he said. “Jes­sica does a great job for the kids. The East­ern Shore Dance Academy is al­ways at lo­cal events do­ing out­stand­ing per­for­mances. We are thrilled they have a place of their own in Dorch­ester County.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the East­ern Shore Dance Academy, visit www.east­ern­shoredancea­cademy.com, find them on Face­book or call 410-221-0037.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

East­ern Shore Dance Academy Di­rec­tor Jes­sica Hind­man-Wheat­ley and her dancers open their new dance stu­dio in Cam­bridge.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

East­ern Shore Dance Academy Di­rec­tor Jes­sica Hind­man-Wheat­ley and Dorch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce mem­bers hold a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony for the new East­ern Shore Dance Academy on Aireys Way in Cam­bridge.

East­ern Shore Dance Academy Di­rec­tor Jes­sica Hind­manWheat­ley and her dancers open their new dance stu­dio in Cam­bridge.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.