When Danielle Andre opened Today’s Generation Dance Co. in Pasco, she hoped to continue a legacy of award-winning dance instruction that her mother Lori Baker and co-founders Peggy Earl and Janet Bergeson started 19 years ago in Moses Lake.
Andre and her husband moved around the U.S. while he finished his medical degree. This allowed her — a mother of four — the opportunity to teach at numerous studios in Washington, California, Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Michigan.
When the family finally settled into Pasco last year, she decided she wanted to build on the legacy of excellence that shaped her as a dancer. The studio opened in October.
The dance company at 5220 Outlet Drive is inside the Broadmoor Park Outlet Mall.
“I grew up dancing in Moses Lake,” Andre said. “I was living all over the United States, but moved to Pasco last year. I have always wanted to be a part of the company that I grew up with, but distance played a factor. I didn’t want to drive an hour.”
“I told them, ‘We don’t have a huge dance presence here in Pasco. I would love to open a location here,’ ” Andre said. “I have always wanted to teach and own my own studio and be a part of the legacy that I grew up with.”
She is an award-winning choreographer, winning numerous first-place awards and state and national championships. Choreography awards include WIAA state championship titles in high kick, military, hip-hop and dance, national championship awards at the USA Dance/Drill Championships in high kick, military and hip-hop.
Her mom trained dancers featured on popular reality television shows like “America’s Got Talent,” “Dance Moms” and “So You Think You Can Dance,” where one of her dancers placed among the top three female dancers. She was recently inducted into the Washington State Coaches Hall of Fame by the Washington State Dance & Drill Coaches Association.
“We have a highly educated dance staff,” Andre said. “We have instructors who have danced in Times Square, they’ve danced in the Moscow Ballet, they’ve danced for (Washington State University) and other school teams.”
The Pasco studio already has 150 families registered. The company is leasing its studio building but has invested more than $92,000 in tenant improvements, including walls, mirrors, textured paint and a stereo sound system. Andre said most of the work was completed by her husband.
“We’ve been able to see an awesome turnout, which is great,” Andre said.
The facility features two dance studios and 10 dance instructors teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary, power tap, tumbling and hip hop to kids from 2 years old up to 18.
There’s also a performing arts preschool for 3- to 5-year-olds.
Today’s Generation Dance Co. offers a unique class called Firecrackers, specifically designed to introduce young dancers, ages 5 to 8, to the joy of performing. They will perform a big production number at local basketball game halftimes.
The classes range from $30 to $90 a month, excluding the cost of dance costumes.
Andre said the motto for the company is “Dream, believe, achieve,” which she said embodies the philosophy teachers and staff bring to the studio.
“If you can dream it and believe it, you can achieve it,” she said.
“One thing that pushed me growing up in a small town is that we became an amazing small team, but it wasn’t about the dancers that walked in through the door, but it was about the dancers that walked out of those doors,” Andre said. “I’m excited that as a teacher I can make them better dancers.”
Today’s Generation Dance Co. will host a spring recital in June.
Classes are offered from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings.
Preschool is offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.
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