We had the good fortune of connecting with Anne Gnoth and Mary Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anne and Mary, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Dance is for everyone. It’s not just for girls, or kids, or someone with loads of natural talent. Dance is for ALL ages, genders, abilities and levels of physical fitness. For children under the age of 5, movement is an essential part of their development and dance helps to give kids the tools they need to reach their full potential. Dance gives children confidence, coordination, strength, kinesthetic awareness and so much more. Being in a classroom environment teaches structure, etiquette, cooperation and team work – skills that last for a lifetime and apply to all areas of life. For the aging adult it helps to keep their brain sharp and their body moving. On top of all of those amazing benefits dance is FUN!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We are most proud to offer such a diverse offering of classes with qualified and experienced teachers, in a safe and nurturing atmosphere. Especially our ability to bring Jazz dance to the area. Based off our college curriculum and professional experience in a Jazz dance company in Chicago, we are experts in the technique. Plus- it’s so much fun! Dancing together and running a dance company in Chicago gave us a plethora of the tools we needed to be where we are today. There is no easy road when it comes to being successful in the dance world. You have to absolutely love what you do, have the passion and drive to keep going and the skills to stand out from others. The biggest lessons we have learned is that education and communication are keys to running a successful studio. Just as dancers train rigorously to be the best, dance teachers must continue to learn from the best and find well respected programs to bring to their studios. We are very proud to have done just that. As a business partnership, we’ve discovered that communicating our ideas and thoughts is the only way we will survive! While we might not always agree, our common goals and desire to succeed help ease the challenges that arise. A well rounded dancer is the best dancer! A happy dancer is the best dancer! At LCDC you have the ability to train in every style, taught by the BEST. LCDC is a studio where a dancer will be challenged, encouraged and inspired. We help dancers remember why they love dance and create a love for dance for those experiencing it for the first time.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Anne’s favorites – Red Rocks! Hands down my favorite place to be in the summer. A must see for anyone visiting even if it’s not for a concert. Breckenridge would be my go to day trip destination, with a quick stop to hike around Lake Dillon or paddle board in the lake. We’d also head to Estes Park, Vail, Garden of the Gods with a quick drive up to Pike’s Peak. If hiking was on the agenda that would be St. Mary’s Glacier and Hanging Lake. Checking out the vapor caves and some hot springs in Glenwood to relax a little. For a night downtown, Root Down would be my choice for dinner and then take in a show at DCPA. Mary’s: If I had a friend in town for a week and we had unlimited funds we would… We would go to a show at Red Rocks and also Yoga on the rocks. Eat at Sushi Den. Also at Root Down. Go for a hike and then hit up Holidaily Brewery when Dedicated Bistro is there. (good food is important!) Definitely head into the mountains and spend the day in Breckenridge, head up the gondola and hang out at the top. I’d love to take them to a mountain lake, Horsetooth Reservoir, and rent a pontoon boat to float and fish for the day. Perhaps get an Airbnb in the mountains, with a hot tub of course. We would hit up a hot spring and attempt to go golfing every day. Not sure that would fit into the week, but a girl can dream!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The support of family and close friends along the way has been essential to the success of building LCDC. Especially our husbands, Adam and Don. From the beginning when LCDC was just an idea and now in the midst of a pandemic they have never doubted that what we are doing is important and needs to continue.
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