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Dance studio under new ownership wraps up first year with recital, looks forward to year ahead | Local News

In its first year under new ownership, Miss Lee’s Dance Expressions of Altavista concluded a successful year with a successful recital. And while the owner is different, she’s not a new face for the studio formerly known as Rhythm Dance Company or for the Altavista-area dance community.

LeAnn Yeatts, aka “Miss Lee,” a longtime resident of the Altavista-Gretna area, started dance lessons at the age of three at the Altavista YMCA. “I danced at the YMCA from age 3 to 14,” she noted. She then studied with Amy Pickeral, former owner and her predecessor. She danced under his tutelage until she graduated from high school. “Then I helped her with a few lessons,” Yeatts recounted.

When Pickeral decided to retire, she offered Yeatts the opportunity to take over the reins of the studio. The transition was smooth, and last year, on August 26, the renowned studio at 519 Main St. in Altavista had its groundbreaking ceremony.

The new owner brought a youthful enthusiasm to her new role, as she was only 21 when she became the owner. She confessed in an Altavista Journal article last August that she was surprised to find herself a business owner so young. That didn’t seem like a problem though, as she recently wrapped up her freshman year with the end-of-year recital on June 11-12 at Gretna High School, themed “Dancing the Night Away.”

Speaking about her freshman year, she said, “It went really, really well. It was a good experience. I got to know a lot of girls and bond with them, and I can’t wait for next year to be another great year.

She communicated her thanks to everyone who supported her and the studio and helped make her dream a reality.

Yeatts teaches dance to students ages three to 18. In its first year, there were 65 students. Since she does all the teaching herself, all young dancers receive personalized instruction from “Miss Lee” herself.

While the 2021-22 dance year is in the books, Yeatts is looking forward to the 2022-23 dance year. Registration for the new dance season will take place from August 22 to 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the studio. Classes for this season will begin on September 12.