What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
Having trained in all forms of dance including Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Point, Ballroom, Latin, Swing, & Salsa, Julie (the owner) is the perfect choice for "Nervous Newcomers", competitors & performers, as well as Wedding couples looking for that perfect choreography for their First Dance together.
What's one tip for first-time students that will make them feel like veterans?
The casual, social atmosphere at SUAD makes dancing FUN! Unless you put on 2 left shoes when you get up in the morning, you can learn to dance! No expensive equipment needed. Meet new people! Great exercise for the mind and body & soul. Business Networking potential! Why not? Try it you'll like it!
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I have danced all my life. Dance IS my life and my passion. After years of performing, competing and training in the professional dance world, I decided to share my love of dance with the community I was born and raised in. I opened my 1st studio in 1998 and having been sharing my gift ever since.
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting new people and enhancing their lives with the ability to dance. Nothing is more amazing then watching them on the dance floor having a great time and knowing that I gave them that ability and opportunity. Seeing the smiles on their faces is priceless. And sometimes I play Cupid!
Dance like no one's watching at Richard's School of The Dance in Oshkosh.
Richard's School of The Dance features dance classes that will make anyone great on their feet.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Inspired by watching her sister turning and leaping in ballet class, Harley Atkinson began dancing at the age of 3. Throughout her life, she has gained a strong groundwork for dance, performing at the prestigious Makaroff School of Ballet and moving on to study contemporary and modern dance in college. Now a teacher at her own studio, she believes that everyone can learn to dance. She aims to free her students of their self-imposed limitations, motivating them to move their bodies to the music and gain confidence in their own styles. Following in a tradition she learned from her parents, Harley also offers reiki sessions for people who want to relax sans toe tapping.
The studio’s light and airy atmosphere contributes to the freedom of leaping as high as your body will allow. Upbeat music plays over the speaker system, a cushioned wooden floor prevents injuries, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors wrap around the walls to expose any tap-dancing shadow people.