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Hagen taps into its new Creation Dance Studio location

Hagen taps into its new Creation Dance Studio location

Classes began on July 10 at the southern space on the island.

Stevie Hagen has taken a huge step forward with her company, Creation Dance Studio.

The longtime Mercer Island resident, dancer and instructor welcomed students to her gleaming new studio for the first day of classes on July 10. The 3,400-square-foot southern space at 8451 SE 68th St. Suite 210 features a pair of square-foot studios that will bounce a slew of feet from dancers ages 18 months to 88 years old.

Classes on the program which will be led by six staff members include ballet, hip-hop, jazz, musical theatre, tap, pointe, hip-hop fusion and jazz/lyrical fusion. Parents or guardians can accompany their little ones up to age 3 in Dance With Me classes. Fall registration opens July 15 and information is available at https://www.creationdancestudio.com/.

The new youth program joins pre-existing adult ballet and pointe classes that Hagen, 27, has offered since 2016. Before her mentor and friend Deena Dunning died of cancer that year, she passed on her program at Hagen, then substitute teacher.

“They loved her. She was amazing. And I had the honor of helping her and teaching for her when she couldn’t make it there,” said Hagen, who renamed the program Creation Dance Studio “I just hope to continue to have as strong a community as she has been able to create in her program.”

Hagen, who is also a certified pilates and barre instructor, sublet a studio on the north end of the island until the business she was renting closed during the pandemic.

“So after that, I was like, ‘OK, I guess it’s time for a new adventure. We’ll see what happens.’ And that’s when I found this space and felt good and decided to move on,” Hagen said with a smile on July 8 while glancing. look at the empty studios that would be filled with dancers two days later.

It’s been 25 years since Hagen first walked on a dance floor during tap lessons on the island with instructor Camille Chrysler. Fast forward to high school and she trained at Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and later earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the Cornish College of the Arts.

At PNB she performed in ‘The Nutcracker’, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and more, and at Cornish she added another dance element to her repertoire by delving into choreography. Looking back on her career, Hagen finds it amusing that she walked through the door with a huge love for hip-hop and ended up turning to ballet as her main passion.

“I originally planned to audition for professional ballet companies in my senior year. And then I realized how much I loved teaching. And I was like, ‘You know, that’ is the direction I’m supposed to go,'” Hagen said, noting that she felt her calling to be an instructor while attending a teaching methods course during her final year at Cornish. peers, everything clicked and she never looked back.

By teaching dance, it is an honor for Hagen to see children and adults flourish while expressing themselves and challenging themselves in her positive, safe and supportive environment.

“I’m so excited to be able to bring and provide a place for kids to discover their passion for dance also on Mercer Island, just like I did,” she said.

That being said, Hagen laced up her ballerina shoes and strolled into one of the studios to take a look as the JournalistThe camera has turned off.

For the studio’s full COVID-19 policies, visit https://www.creationdancestudio.com/covid-19.