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the Arts in Philadelphia in 2011.
Both had dreams of becoming professional
dancers and both spent some time pursuing that
dream, until they were eventually called back to the
place they once called home.
“We’ve both always been in leadership positions
here,” Whitworth explained. “It has been both of our
dreams to come back and own a dance studio. I think
we both thought it would happen later in our careers,
but it happened when we were pretty young. But the
opportunity presented itself and both she and I were
interested in what’s the next step for our careers,
longevity-wise. It’s a lot - you wear a lot of hats. You
do admin, you do customer service, you’re a dance
teacher, you’re a therapist, you’re a cheerleader, a
problem solver, a firefighter…but we love it, and we
work extremely well together.”
Stoner said their studio’s model is unique in the
area as they offer all forms of dance to all of their
students, and encourage them to step out of their
normal dance styles to condition different muscles
and expand their artistic abilities.
Teaching dance during a pandemic, though –
something that is nearly impossible to do right