April/May Featured Dance StudioStarstruck Performance Company
Starstruck Performance Company
This month’s featured dance studio is Starstruck Performance Company located in Auburn, Indiana. We had a chance to interview the owner, Jen Timberlin, and find out more about what makes Starstruck Performance Company special. Enjoy!
DA: We’d love to hear the story of how you got into dance?
Jen: Dance has been a true passion and love of mine for as long as I can remember. As a young child, my family lived on a very small income so dance classes just weren’t an option for me. It didn’t stop me though, a friend of mine took dance and would come home and teach me everything she learned that day. Sometimes I would go with her to class and her instructor would let me watch. I remember soaking everything in so intently. I would go home and practice what I saw for hours in my room. Finally, at the age of 10, my grandmother saw this passion of mine and agreed to enroll me in classes. That first dance class was one that I will never forget. Ballet was my true love, my first pointe shoes were my most prized possession.
DA: Who inspires you in the world of dance?
Jen: My biggest inspiration in the dance world is beyond a shadow of a doubt, Rhee Gold. Rhee’s passion, integrity, and love for dance AND people have inspired me to keep going even when I have felt like giving up. His inspirational words and ideas are a huge motivator.
DA: How did you become a studio owner?
Jen: I started my studio with one small room that I rented from another company in our town and found myself with a waiting list after 5 years. I knew I needed to expand but I never dreamed that I would be able to actually have my own building someday. We are now in our 5th season as Starstruck Performance Co. There are so many that I’m grateful to for helping me make that happen.
DA: What is one of your favorite things about running a dance studio?
Jen: My most favorite thing about owning a dance studio is being able to mentor and inspire each child that comes through our studio. I love watching every student grow in their dance education and ability as well as confidence and life skills!
DA: What things contribute to making a dancer great?
Jen: Confidence is the key. If a dancer can believe that they will accomplish what they set out to, they will do just that. Where there is a will, there is a way!!
DA: What piece of advice would you give to new dance studio owners?
Jen: Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. This business is not for the faint of heart but keep this in mind, you are changing lives. You are making an impact on generations to come and you are providing a way for these young dancers to live out their dream just as you were able to.
I will be forever grateful to the woman who saw the potential in me and gave me the opportunity to become a dance instructor. Without her support and inspiration, I would not be where I am today. Thank you, Cathy Ann, you truly changed my life and allowed my dream to become a reality.
Thanks so much Jen, for sharing your story with us. We wish you and everyone at Starstruck Performance Company all the best!
To find out more about this wonderful dance studio you can visit their facebook page.