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Clanton dance studio holds ribbon cutting

UnDiscovered Dance Studio, located at 601 Second Ave. N. in Clanton, opened Oct. 2 with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Emily Reed)

UnDiscovered Dance Studio, located at 601 Second Ave. N. in Clanton, opened Oct. 2 with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce. (Photo by Emily Reed)

A new dance studio in Clanton is hoping to provide an outlet for kids to get together and have fun through the art of dance.

UnDiscovered Dance Studio, located at 601 Second Ave. N. in Clanton, opened Oct. 2 with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce.

Husband and wife duo Trenton and Armeatrice Sawyer own the studio, and hope to use the space to train kids in Chilton County in ballet, tap, jazz and street dance.

“I grew up in Clanton, and when I was growing up there was a skating rink, but that was really the only outlet for children and teenagers to go. I wanted to be able to bring something else to Clanton that gives children and teenagers a place to go and have something to do,” Trenton Sawyer said.

Armeatrice Sawyer has been dancing all of her life, and Trenton Saywer started dancing when he turned 14.

The two will be the dance instructors for kids ages 3 through high school.

“We want people to come and enjoy learning how to dance,” Armeatrice said. “We just want the kids to have fun.”

Currently, dance classes are offered on Fridays from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Classes are offered in different increments throughout the day, Armeatrice said.

A Discover Fitness class will be offered on Saturdays at 1 p.m. for adults.

“We wanted to create something for the moms of the kids to come and take part in,” Armeatrice said. “It will be a mix of Pilates and Zumba type workouts.”

The cost for classes includes $10 a day, $15 a weekend or $45 a month.

Transportation can be provided for students who are unable to be brought to the classes.

Dress code for ballet, jazz and modern includes leotards, tights, dance skirts and ballet shoes.

Other dress code requirements include tap shoes for tap, and those attending street dance/hip-hop should wear comfortable clothing such as sweat pants, but no jeans.

Armeatrice Sawyer said the kids will perform for the first time on Halloween at the Trick or Treat Streets sponsored by the Chilton County Chamber of Commerce.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to perform since the event is right outside of our studio,” Armeatrice said. “It will be a performance of ‘Thriller’ like no one else has seen before.”

For more information about the studio, or to sign up for classes, call (205) 415-0170.