The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Education

June 7, 2014

Dancing up a storm

Studio owner realizes life-long dream


“I get my girl fix at the dance studio,” Yeagy said with a laugh.

Bobby works for AT & T, gets the kids to evening activities, and is her go-to person for props for her dancers. He is using PVC and bungee cords for props for the annual recital, which will be in the M-G High School auditorium June 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.

“I have a graduates class,” Yeagy said. “It’s for people who have graduated high school. They’re dancing to 'Cell Block Tango' from the show ‘Chicago’ and they will be behind jail cell bars.”

All students will perform and she’s gearing them up, getting their costumes in, and making special plans. For the second year, she is organizing a “Dancer Dads” class that will perform.

“The dads secretly love it,” she said. “They were calling me last year for extra practices. They did hip hop. It is a riot.”

Recently, after telling the littlest dancers to focus, she overheard one tell her distracted dance partner, “If you do this really, really good, I will pay you 100 dollars and lots of pennies.”

Shannon Decker-Young and her husband, Terry, have three girls dancing at the studio, spanning in age from a kindergartner to a 16-year-old.

They started dancing at 2 and they now enjoy Yeagy’s gentle, encouraging teaching style and the school’s atmosphere.

“I think it’s the camaraderie with the girls. The girls are nice to each other. They all help each other. If one is struggling, the other ones help her,” Decker-Young said.

Sara Engle and husband Beau’s 8-year-old daughter, Josie, is a dancer.

“I’ve known Brittany since she was little,” Engle said. “Brittany and my sister were best friends growing up. It’s nice it’s somebody local.”

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