Dance studio

One-of-a-kind dance studio in Marana offers a non-judgmental space for all ages

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — The stress of the pandemic is affecting not only adults but children as well, and soon there will be a dance studio in Marana for children to exercise and express themselves.

Two Marana High School dance coaches, Maya Alexander and Madison Tweedy, open the Southern Arizona Spirit Squad, SASS, on the Northwest Side. The studio is located at 8567 N. Silverbell Road above Snap Fitness.

Alexander said SASS would appeal to dancers training for high school or college dance teams, as well as dancers of all ages who want to “let off steam.”

“We really want to be a welcoming, supportive and non-judgmental zone. We think it’s a great way for kids to vent that energy, practice and have fun with their dancing friends,” Alexander said.

Alexander said the studio will offer a variety of classes, but the main focus is pom. She said pom dancing is the type of dancing you see on high school or college dance teams, like the Arizona pomline at the University of Arizona.

“There’s nothing like it here in southern Arizona,” Alexander said. “Before opening this studio, dancers would travel to Scottsdale to train.”

With gas prices so high, Alexander said the studio could really help families here in southern Arizona. She said the coaching duo knew there was a need for a cheerleading studio in southern Arizona, but said dancing really helps kids mentally.

In fact, the CDC says dancing is great for our brains and mental health. Sticking to a regular workout plan can be tough, but dancing is a great option. Studies show that rhythm, balance, and music help areas of the brain that control memory and planning.

Along with the mental benefits, Alexander said it can be fun.

The studio will have its grand opening on Saturday, August 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot.

They’ve been giving free public classes all week, and on Saturday there will be food, music, and dancing in the parking lot.

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