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Cabarrus Dance Academy celebrates its 75th anniversary | Local News

The Peggé Lee School of Dance, now doing business as Cabarrus Dance Academy, will celebrate its 75th anniversary with annual recitals this weekend.

It’s a special moment for the dancers and an incredible milestone in the school’s history.

Peggé Lee Haywood, who opened the first dance studio in Concord, aptly named “Peggé Lee School of Dance”, was known throughout this community, state and nationally as an acclaimed leader of the dance industry. She opened her studio where she teaches ballet, tap, acrobatics and ballroom to children and adults. She served as president of Carolina Dance Masters and later Dance Masters of America. She loved judging contests and had a passion for NASCAR.

Miss Peggé retired from the studio after 40 years, but instead of closing the doors she wanted her legacy to continue, so she sold the business to former student and staff member Tammy Jordan. This season, Miss Tammy signed up a fifth-generation dancer in the studio.

“Diamonds are Forever” will pay homage to the studio’s past and present, featuring 20 senior graduates, Ashley Boone, Jordan DiOrio, Lauren DiOrio, Riley Dunmire, Makenzie Fain, Morgan Hurlbut, Marisa Iacovazzi, Kendall Johnson, Chloe Swanger, Lauren Mackling, Allison Mullinax, Sophie Newhouse, Sydnee Norwood, Claire Sexton, Anna Tarlton, Amelia Yodice, Ashlyn Childers, Shelby Witzer and Alivia Burris. Virtual student Danielle Armstrong is also a graduate. The studio will recognize 26 five-year-olds, 15 10-year-olds and five 15-year-olds.