Hall-Lobley Expands Dance Studio and Services
By Zenaida Kotala // April 28, 2013
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – World Dance Champion Heather Hall-Lobley is celebrating her 15th year in businesses by realizing a life-long dream. She’s opening a new studio in her own building on Palm Bay Road and she’s launching summer camps.
“I still can’t believe it,” Hall-Lobley said. “It’s been a long road and I’ve received so much support. I’m so grateful for my students and the community that has helped me accomplish my dream.”
WORLD DANCE CHAMP
Hall-Lobley, a 2003 U.S. and World Dance Sport Champion, has operated Heather’s Dance Studio with locations in Indialantic and Palm Bay for years. But until now, she didn’t own her own space. She rented and that limited what she could offer her students.
She’s still renting space in Indialantic to give parents in Central Brevard a convenient option. But she now owns a 3,300-foot facility with space for two classes to run concurrently as well as observation areas and changing rooms for her award- winning competition teams.
‘DREAM COME TRUE’
The extra room also means dance camp for the first time this summer June 3-7 and June 10-14 complete with dancing, gymnastics, crafts and performing.
“It all really is a dream come true,” she said. “This is what my family and I have been working toward for years.”
Hall-Lobley has deep roots in Brevard County. She was born and raised in Melbourne and attended Melbourne High School where she was part of the Melbourne Miracles dance team. After high school her first dancing job was at Busch Gardens. Soon after she was competing with her dance partner at the national and international level.
She has trophies from competitions in the United Kingdom, Holland and the United States. And she got to perform with exceptional dancers including Karina Smirnoff and Louis van Amstel from Dancing with the Stars.
She also worked with several of So You Think You Can Dance choreographers including Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin, Jean-Marc Généreux and France Mousseau and Edward Simon.
APPEARED ON BROADWAY
Along the way she appeared on Broadway and was featured on PBS’s special Champion Ballroom. She opened her dance studio while dancing professionally and continues to share her enthusiasm and passion for performing with her more than 300 students.
“I’ve always loved dancing,” she said. “I couldn’t imagine not doing it. It’s an integral part of my life that each day challenges me and also makes me feel alive.”
She’s shared that love with her students and her own children, Owen, 6, and Kilynn, 6 who also take dance lessons at the studio.
When she’s not at home with her husband and children, you’ll find her leading a class or coaching one of the four competition teams or soloist hoping to someday get a scholarship to college, join a ballet company, compete at the national level or appear on a dancing show. Some years she also teaches the ever-popular Mommy and Me class.
Every student at the studio gets their moment on stage, whether on the competition team or not. This year more than 80 different numbers will debut at this year’s two recital performances on May 19. “Dancing on Air” will showcase her students and competition teams at noon and at 4 p.m. at Satellite High School.
“I love seeing the joy on their faces as they dance on stage and shine,” Hall-Lobley said. “It’s that happiness, that’s what it is all about.”
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World Dance Champion Heather Hall-Lobley is opening a new studio in her own building at 2528 Palm Bay Rd. in Palm Bay, Florida.