Dance studio

A former Milwaukee Bucks dancer will open a new dance studio in Menomonee Falls

Kim Johnson went from dancer with the Milwaukee Bucks to business owner and now business is booming.

Johnson, who has been dancing since age 3 and spent three years as Bucks Energee! Dancer, opened his first studio, Studio VIA – School of Dance in 2010 in Brookfield. A new site in Menomonee Falls is scheduled to open July 2. Johnson said she was expanding because she needed it to accommodate a growing number of people interested in dance lessons.

The Menomonee Falls site, N56 W16743 Ridgewood Drive, will have two classrooms, a dance shop and additional space for dance photography and video making. Johnson said the location is about 5,500 square feet, about twice the size of the Brookfield studio at 14685 W. Capitol Drive.

She said she plans to give the Menomonee Falls location an upscale look. “It’s about making it high-end and having chandeliers, and making all the kids feel special,” she said.

His studio offers dance lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pom and hip hop for ages 3 to adults. She said she offers classes and programs ranging from recreational to competitive dance. “Some just want to dance, but they can decide to be competitive later. We welcome everyone.”

She said that through dance lessons, staff work with clients on personal growth and development. She said one week they can focus on teamwork and another week they can focus on self-confidence.

“We try to use life lessons in dance,” she said, which she learned from her decades of experience. “(Dancing) taught me to have a strong work ethic and to keep going when you fail,” she said.

Johnson graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2007 with a degree in dance and athletic training. She has performed regionally and nationally since the age of 12 and was captain and MVP of the Brookfield Central Lancers from her sophomore year through high school. She was also named Universal Dance Association All Star and traveled overseas to Paris for a two-week performance opportunity.

Johnson said the new studio will host dozens of dance classes. She plans to hire three full-time dance teachers who have professional dance experience.

Studio VIA is also accepting students for the 2022-2023 dance season. For more information, visit www.studioviallc.com or call 262-510-3552.

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Cathy Kozlowicz can be reached at 262-361-9132 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @kozlowicz_cathy.