Oct 11, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff WriterCandace Warren's goal in opening Motion Bliss Academy was to offer a variety of classes to Riverton dancers.
"That's a big thing for me," Warren said. "It's for fun."
Her roster of courses reflects her desire to share different dancing styles with her students. In addition to ballet, tap and jazz, she has included hip-hop as well as a "variety arts" session and a creative movement class for younger dancers. She also offers dance conditioning, core power yoga, dance tumbling and pole fitness from her studio at 309 1/2 E. Main St., which serves people of all ages.
"We start at age 4, and it's all the way up to adults," Warren said. "There's no age cap on our classes."
She already has recruited about 70 students since she opened Sept. 1, crediting the success to her history as a dancer in the Riverton area. Warren was a member of the Fremont Freesteppers when she was in elementary school, and she took formal dancing classes locally for 13 years until she left Riverton for Colorado. She moved back to Fremont County about three years ago, and she said she has realized a dream by opening Motion Bliss.
"It's my passion, so I'm pursuing it, and I'm happy about it," she said.
She has enjoyed the opportunity to share her love of dance with the girls who populate many of her classes. Candace said dancing can develop childrens' confidence and coordination, but it also helps them feel more comfortable in their own bodies.
"We've got a class called creative movement for 4- to 6-year-olds," Warren said. "That gives them time to play around and express themselves. ... They still get their basic techniques, but they also get to mess around a little bit and have fun."
The children play with scarves and hula hoops, and Warren said the props keep the class upbeat and energetic.
"I just want them to feel comfortable here," Warren said. "I want them to be able to open up and express themselves. ... Because that's where their love for dance starts."
Eventually she would like to form a competitive team that could perform at public events, such as the spring recital she has planned for June 8 at Central Wyoming College.
"Dance opens up a lot of doors and opportunities, whether it be singing or drama or acting or, of course, dancing," Warren said.
She also is looking for a bigger dance space. Warren said she can fit up to 12 students in her second-floor studio on Main Street, but she anticipates a growing base of customers. She has classes Mondays through Fridays beginning with an 8:30 a.m. yoga class and usually ending around 8:30 p.m. Warren said she also will accommodate private lessons with the help of fellow instructors Danna Rossi and Kaci Miller.
For more information, visit motionblissacademy.com.
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