Dance studio joins lineup of artistic offerings in Estacada
A new business in Estacada will soon encourage participants to get moving.
Chelsea Blackmon Vicknair, coach of the Estacada High School RIOT Dance and Cheer Team, plans to open Crescendo Dance Studio at 344 S.E. Main St. in September.
"I've always known I wanted to start a dance studio. It's always something I wanted to do," she said.
Blackmon Vicknair will offer a variety of classes, including ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, aerobics, cheerleading and musical theater. Options will be available for everyone from mothers and children to young adults.
Several times a year, participants will be able to showcase their abilities to the community during recitals.
Prior to the studio's opening, there will be extensive work completed on the building, including new flooring and electrical along with making the restrooms and entrances ADA compliant. In May, the Estacada Urban Renewal Agency approved $36,380 in grants for the project.
Blackmon Vicknair estimated that construction will likely begin in mid July and last for three to six weeks.
Three years ago, she restarted Estacada High School's dance team, which had been dormant for some time. She's coached the program ever since.
"I reached out to (the Estacada School District) because there was no dance team. I couldn't imagine a school not having a dance team," she said.
When the program started, there were four dancers. It has since merged with the school's cheerleading program and has 21 participants.
Blackmon Vicknair is looking forward to offering additional dance opportunities for the community.
"It's giving kids an outlet. Dance is such a different way to express yourself," she said. "If you're sad or mad or in a great mood, you can come to class and let it out on the floor."