NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA – Members of a black-owned dance studio are dismayed and seek answers after a hate sign was left on the front of the business.
“If she sees me I’ll let her know we’re not moving. We’re holding on and we believe in it. No one is pushing us out, no one at all,” said owner Kayla Shuler.
Shuler owns Creative captions, a budding two-year-old dance studio that is growing every day, so much so, in fact, that they had to move from their old building in Germantown and to an Oxford Circle location, to accommodate the more than 130 students enrolled in various classes.
The atmosphere was exciting, hopeful and electric. This all changed on October 16 when a woman posted signs on the building, as seen in surveillance video.
“It says, ‘You’re not welcome’ or ‘You’re not welcome’ and, so, imagine my shock to the parents? They had kids three to six years old in ballet, now in business, in broad daylight and they see ‘You are not welcome’, “Shuler described his horror.
The hate phrase was immediately photographed by parents and workers and then deleted.
Shuler thinks it was intentional and meant to intimidate.
“Yes, I have the impression that we have been targeted. We are obviously a minority studio, owned by a black woman. They target children, too! A program for young people! Shuler exclaimed.
A police report has been filed and the person seen on video has not yet been identified.
Tanishia Feggans has three children enrolled in school classes. She does not understand why the company was chosen.
“They come here, they don’t bother anyone, they come to class, they leave class. Nothing’s going on outside. They literally come, do their dances and leave,” Feggans explained.
Shuler’s aunt, Latasha Miller, works at the school and her children are enrolled.
“We belong here. We will be here. We are not going anywhere. Nobody is going to chase us,” Miller remarked.
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