AVON — The instructors at The Dancer’s Place here have many close ties. Owner Terri Click taught most of them when they were younger and now they’re following in her footsteps — passing on their dancing knowledge to their students, in her studio.
“This was our house when we moved here — my husband and I,” Click said of the renovated home on County Road 625 East, just off of U.S. 36.
Through a flood in 2003 and many renovations in the area due to Avon’s growth, Click said, the studio has remained there for 26 years.
Click has a degree in physical education with a minor in dance from Indiana University. She said she taught physical education for five years after school, but always taught dance on the side.
Dance is still a part-time gig for Click, whose full-time job is at Harrison Retirement Community.
“Everybody here has another job or is a student,” Click explained of her instructors, adding that they all have different levels of dance experience. “We always instill in students that there is a lot of opportunity through dance that is not dancing.”
Anita Collier has worked many years with Click. She has a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and is working on her master’s. She also has three children and works full-time as a vendor manager at Midwest ISO.
Collier and Danielle Grant, another instructor at The Dancer’s Place, are currently working on choreography for the Plainfield Junior Miss contest.
Grant, an elementary education student at IUPUI, is no stranger to choreographing. Last year, she said she worked on the Central Elementary School musical and planned out several routines as a cheerleader at Plainfield High School.
Ammie Moline has been at The Dancer’s Place since she was 3 years old, first taking classes, and now as an instructor. She is also a manager at T.G.I.Friday’s in Avon.
Jennifer Barnes, a registered nurse at Clarian West, said Click had taught her since she was 4. Later, she was Moline’s teacher.
Sammi Hatfield, a nursing student at IUPUI, is in her second year of teaching at Dancer’s Place. She said she has danced since she was a freshman in high school on the Avon Dance Corps.
Charlotte Drykos is the only instructor at The Dancer’s Place who has not been a student there, but she and Click had previously taken classes from the same instructor. She was a professional dancer and acrobat for Siegfried and Roy, but moved back to Indiana from Las Vegas after her daughter was born.
Click said the instructors mostly teach ages 3-18. They teach seven to eight classes per night and hold recitals at Avon High School each year.
For more information about The Dancer’s Place, call 272-0229.
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