A step in the right di­rec­tion

Heav­enly Dance Steps opens its doors for classes

The Covington News - - BUSINESS - By Rachel Oswald

For Heav­enly Dance Steps owner Deb­bie Nelson, fi­nally hav­ing a proper dance stu­dio af­ter seven years of teach­ing dance classes in a dou­ble-wide trailer is a dream come true.

“We’re just ex­cited to be here,” said Nelson of the stu­dio’s new lo­ca­tion on Usher Street, in the for­mer premises of A Time to Dance.

The Chris­tian-cen­tered dance stu­dio, for­merly lo­cated at Eastridge Com­mu­nity Church, of­fers many of the same classes as tra­di­tional dance stu­dios such as bal­let, jazz, tap and pointe classes but with an ad­di­tional em­pha­sis on “us­ing dance to wor­ship God,” Nelson said.

As part of Heav­enly Dance Steps’ com­mu­nity out­reach, Nelson said the stu­dio gives per­for­mances at lo­cal churches, nurs­ing homes and at events on the Cov­ing­ton square.

“We’re try­ing to stay very com­mu­nity ori­ented,” Nelson said.

Heav­enly Dance Steps of­fers classes for all age groups (fouryear-olds to adults) and abil­i­ties. Classes are bro­ken down first by age and then by abil­ity said Nelson.

For ex­am­ple an in­tro­duc­tory bal­let/tap/tum­bling class is of­fered for four and five-yearolds to in­tro­duce them to dance. As they progress, dancers can choose which dance ar­eas they wish to spe­cial­ize in.

In­clud­ing Nelson, who also serves as artis­tic di­rec­tor for the stu­dio, there are five dance in­struc­tors at Heav­enly Dance Steps.

“Abil­ity is def­i­nitely im­por­tant but you also have to have heart for it,” said Nelson of her in­struc­tors.

Af­ter danc­ing for half of her life, Nelson, who is cer­ti­fied by Dance Ed­u­ca­tors of Amer­ica, de­cided to take a break from danc­ing to start a fam­ily but says she felt her­self drawn back to it and even­tu­ally formed her own stu­dio.

“The de­sire doesn’t die when you have a pas­sion for it,” Nelson said.

Class fees are $40 a month for a weekly one hour class and $45 a month for a 1.5 hour weekly class. Ad­di­tional classes are $10 a ses­sion. Sib­ling dis­counts are avail­able. Recital par­tic­i­pa­tion re­quires a cos­tume and recital fee.

A Christ­mas pro­gram and a Spring recital with var­i­ous out­reach events in be­tween are planned for the com­ing year said Nelson.

In ad­di­tion to three dance stu­dios, Heav­enly Dance Steps also houses a small ap­parel store filled with gen­tly-used dance cloth­ing do­nated by fel­low dancers.

Heav­enly Dance Steps does spon­sor chil­dren who oth­er­wise wouldn’t be able to dance said Nelson and is al­ways look­ing for ad­di­tional spon­sors.

There will be an open house at the stu­dio from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. this Satur­day. Classes be­gin Aug. 6.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

El­e­gant mo­tion: Heav­enly Dance Steps owner and in­struc­tor Deb­bie Nelson prac­tices bal­let move­ments in Stu­dio B of her dance stu­dio lo­cated at 1191 Usher Street.

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