Musick Studios shares goals with Rotary Club
By Joy Campbell Messenger-Inquirer | Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 12:00 am
At age 27, LeAnne Musick started Musick Studios on Second St. in downtown Owensboro with 98 students. Seven years later, she has 400 students, mostly ages 6 to 19, and she believes she’s training future Olympic athletes.
Musick shared her business’s growth with the Owensboro Rotary Club at noon Wednesday at the Owensboro Country Club and asked members to help with her goal of raising $60,000 for a student scholarship program.
Her presentation also included a hip-hop performance from the studio’s 60-member All-Star Dance Team.
“I’m impressed with this young woman who started her own business at age 27… and for the remarkable effect she’s having on the lives of these young people,” said Ron Roark, a certified financial planner and the club’s program chairman for August. “I think she was wise to locate in downtown early-on, and she has a beautiful location.”
Musick Studios features three studios in which instructors train in hip-hop, ballet, lyrical hip-hop, boys street, and step. Classes are for beginners to more advanced — ages 4 through adults.
“We also serve low-income students,” Musick said. “When I started in 2008, my goal was to make a change in my students’ lives and to give them identity and opportunity. I’m asking you also to invest in these students’ lives.”
Musick is attempting to raise $60,000 for a student scholarship program that will enable low-income students to continue to dance and allow her All-Star students to go to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The trip will cost about $1,000 per student, she said.
“My vision is to make Olympic athletes here,” Musick said. “You may not know this, but in eight to 10 years, dance will become a sport in the U.S. Olympics. And we will have athletes coming out of Owensboro.”
The studio owner introduced two of her dance instructors, and four students who have danced at the studio for six to seven years gave testimonials.
The dance studio company will provide its scholarship sponsors with advertising opportunities, she said.
To find out how to donate to the scholarship fund or to get more information about Musick Studios, go to the website at: http://musickstudios.com or call Musick Studios, 411 E. Second Street, 270-688-8908270-688-8908.
Joy Campbell, 691-7299, firstname.lastname@example.org