Colleen Clegg, M.A. Dance, owner
As you can see, I’ve included a picture of my two kids, Emma (10) and Quinton (7). I did this because they practically live at the studio with me. Every day after school, I pick them up and they say, “Is it a studio day?” and I say yes. It takes a few minutes for them to get relaxed, have a snack, and get ready for life at the studio. The plus side of all this is they both have developed great friendships while at the studio and they both take dance (so many people wish their mom had a dance studio – right!). Did you know Patrick Swayze’s mom was a dance studio owner? Also, we have had wonderful sitters that come and help them finish homework and play and have some company while their mom teaches. I am so grateful to all the sitters and families that help out while my family is there. Thank you!
Well, here goes my background. I have a P.E. degree in dance from Austin Peay in Clarksville, TN, and a Master of Arts in Dance from University of TX, Clear Lake. I have taught dance for longer than many of my students have been alive (ha ha), I’d say for at least 30 years I’ve been teaching dance. I taught hip hop at Vanderbilt University years ago. I’m too old for hip hop now – but I can get funky like the best of ‘em. My background is modern and that lends a natural flow and ease to all my movement. I just love getting barefoot and dancing. My favorite thing to do is choreograph and let the dancers tell my story. I have done many pieces about life experiences: my mom having Alzheimer’s, my friend’s young daughter passing, my real life successes and celebrations and, of course, those difficult things to understand in human relationships get danced out!
I also teach part-time at Metro State College. I teach ballet, jazz, tap, and modern part-time at the college level. I’ve been there 12 years. Where does time go when you’re having fun?
I love what I do and I’m grateful do it for a living! You can always find me at the studio, in fact, some of the younger girls thought I lived there!
Thanks for being a part of my real life dream of owning my own dance studio! I love it!