Monday, 04 June 2012 by Terryn Kelly
Owner of Lisa's Dance Connection, Lisa Shed, kicked off her new year with the 20th anniversary of her studio in January 2012. The studio first opened its' doors in 1992.
The first class was small with only 25 students in the beginning. The studio later grew to see hundreds of new faces over the years.
The celebration continues with a recital at the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center at Temple College May 19. Performances are at 10 a.m. and at 2 and 6 p.m.
"It's free and open to the public it will be over 400 students performing and there will be ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop and mommy and me dances," Shed said. "A highlight of the recital is the finale. The very last dance is going to be performed by the teachers and three of our dance companies are actually going to perform together: Shining Stars, Super Stars and the Hip- Hop Company. After we all dance, all of the students will come across at the end for their big finish."
Shed plans to keeps busy after the recital offering different types of classes and camps during the summer months.
"We have three different summer sessions to choose from," Shed said. "We have all kinds of classes: ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and something new we have is Zumba. Zumba is on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:30 and on Monday and Thursday evenings it's from 6-7.
"During the summertime you can also purchase a dance card. You can come to any six dance classes throughout the summer. It's a good option for people who are very busy because they can use it at their leisure. In addition to classes in the summertime we have camps. We have princess camps, hip-hop camps, American Girl camps and lots of different things."
Her studio has been repeatedly voted number one dance studio in Central Texas. Shed continues to visit various workshops and conventions to keep her choreography current in the ever-changing world of dance and music. She also trained with Mia Michaels and Wade Robson from "So You Think You Can Dance."
Shed truly has a deep rooted passion for dancing and being able to teach her students.
"I love it because I love children and dancing so it's such a great way for me to share my love of dancing with my students," she said. "And now it's really neat because some of my students are graduating from high school, some of my students from the very beginning are now teachers at my studio. Now I have some of the children from some of my former students so I'm getting the second generation. You get a chance to be involved in people's lives and it's exciting."