Bri's Dance Place was birthed by founder, Brianna Hairlson, while attending Howard University in the Dance Minor program. We have been in the Northwest Indiana community since 2012, offering Brianna’s Winter Dance Camp for 2 days held at Embassies of Christ in Gary, IN for over 20 students.
7 years later, we officially opened a physical location to work with ALL ages through ALL stages. From our Tots N' Tutus class for 2-3 year olds, to our nationally recognized Bri’s Bump, Baby N’ Dance Classes for new and expectant moms, to our Special Abilities Classes for special needs students, we truly offer the joy of dance to all!
Our mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals through dance by providing discipline, character development, confidence, and integrity through age appropriate choreography, music, & costuming from the best instructors in the industry and exposure to international arts related and performance opportunities.
We are providing children an outlet to express themselves while remaining children. We focus on age appropriate music, choreography, and costuming as well as teach our students Dance History as it relates to Blacks in the Arts. For our teens, we offer a traveling competition team to expose them to performance related opportunities and life outside of Northwest (NW) Indiana. Our adults are encouraged to remain active through our Hip Hop Cardio classes (Bri's Dance N' Fit) as well as our pregnancy and new mom dance classes (Bri's Bump, Baby N' Dance).
Since the Grand Opening of our physical studio in October 2019, we grew to 75 students prior to COVID-19, ending with 34 students participating in our June 2020 recital. We're located in NW Indiana but there is so much opportunity for growth. We are expanding to partner with businesses/organizations that work with families in low income housing, foster care students, and children in group homes. Offering in person and virtual classes, we have the opportunity to expand globally.
We pride ourselves on partnering with our community. In less than 1 year of operations and the effects of COVID-19, we have still managed to partner with over 20 organizations to bring dance to students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities.
Most recently, our partnership with Tradewinds for our 2020 Summer Camp, allowed students with special needs to experience the joy of dance.
To support our school system and working parents, we have expanded our service line to include affordable E-Learning assistance at our dance studio for students K-12, Monday through Thursday from 7:30am-3pm. Most of our parents who have enrolled their students, work midnights, so assisting their students with their education has indeed been a joy to share.
Since 2018, we have worked with over 500 families, comprised of predominantly African Americans throughout NW Indiana, Chicagoland, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Indianapolis.
We are seeking $10,000 for immediate funding to cover past expenses associated with rent and utilities as a result of COVID-19. From March until May, we utilized virtual classes until we could return to in-person classes.
Prior to COVID-19, we were growing at a steady rate, and had reached 75 students since our Grand Opening in October 2019. We ended our first dance season with a recital on June 21st (Father's Day) entitled Good Good Father, with 34 dedicated students at an amphitheater for an audience of 193 socially distanced supporters.
We are excited to expand our services to continue offering premier dance services in person as well as virtually, focusing on Outreach Initiatives. Funding in excess of the $10,000 will be directly applied to funding our program Operation GiveBack to provide dance at no cost to students living in low income housing. Partnering with Park Shore Commons in Gary, Indiana, we will allow students who are taking E-Learning from home to have dance class at their apartment complex, during their break, which will serve as Bri's Dance Place 1st satellite location. Not only will they take classes, but they will be a part of dance performances with children at our studio and the end of the year recital.
Our vision is to provide transportation for these students to our main location to be exposed to in-studio performances and to work with our current students. Anything raised in excess of the $10,000, will fund, 2 Brand New 15 Seat Sprinter Vans to transport our dancers from both our North and South campuses to rehearsals and performances.
Our team is comprised of 7 dynamic individuals who serve as teachers and administration for the studio.
Mrs. Brianna- Owner, E-Learning, & Strategic Partnerships (Teaches: Hip Hop, Boys Classes)
Ms. Theresa- Studio Operations / Parent Liaison/ Rentals
Miss Alicia - Teacher Support/Community Outreach & Partnerships (Teaches: Pre Ballet, Tap, Performance Team)
Miss Denise- Adult Dance Classes (Teaches Jazz, Tumbling)
Miss Taylah- Ballet Program (Teaches Ballet)
Miss Christina- Special Abilities Programs and Partnerships (Teaches Hip Hop)
Mr. Artrell- Teacher Technique Training & Conventions (Teaches Modern, Hip Hop)
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The next generation of dancers at Bri's Dance Place thank you for investing in their future to aid in them knowing they are valued, loved, and seen. Your contribution will show them that dance teaches life lessons, such as perseverance, tenacity, and discipline which not only makes them better dancers, but better humans.