What do you do?
Where do you work and what is your title?
I am the co-owner of Lanay Dance and Yoga. We offer yoga and a variety of dance classes for all ages, including traditional (jazz, ballet, tap), zumba and hip-hop.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
I am the main dance instructor. I am responsible for making sure that the studio stays in order and helping the kids achieve their dreams.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
Well, I have been dancing since I was 6 years old. I have been teaching dance since the age of 12 and here on the Westside for two years.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
When I’m not at the studio, I am working around the community teaching the art of music and dance at middle schools. I just love watching kids learn and grow, not only helping them with dance but life itself.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
Well, I work for free right now in order to build the studio. Besides that, I wouldn’t change anything. I love my job and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
The studio I grew up in was very small and my dance teacher, Zetta Alderman, ran the program all by herself. As a teenager, I told her I wanted to own my own dance studio when I grew up. Throughout the years, she mentored me and taught me everything I should know and what to expect for running a studio. I would not be good at what I do without her guidance and help.
What makes working on the Westside special?
What makes it special is that this part of the community is very active and involved, which makes it a pleasure to have kids willing to participate in so many activities through dance.
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