The Triple Pointe Dance Academy, named after the three sisters who founded the company, is set to open in September.
“It’s been a childhood dream we’ve always talked about, to one day open a studio together,” said Lexie Anne Stephens Brown, the eldest of the trio. “We had a little dummy dance studio in our basement at home where we invented dances, so that was a long time coming.”
Over the past few months, that dream has come true, Brown said. She and her sisters, Mary Blaire Stephens and Colbie Normann Stephens, are putting the finishing touches on a storefront in the Spring Lane shopping center between OfficeMax and Dollar Tree, Brown said.
The studio will offer dance lessons for people of all ages, from 18 months to 80 years old. Toddlers can take the “Mommy and Me” class, which gets them used to creative movement, Brown said.
Children aged 2 to 18 can then take combined lessons, which cover the basics of tap and ballet before incorporating acrobatics, lyrical dance and contemporary dance. The studio also offers adult jazz and tap lessons.
“There’s a little something for everyone,” Brown said. “Dancing is a great outlet for self-esteem, for meeting friends, for feeling part of something bigger than yourself. Learning to perform and sort of coming out of your shell.
Each of the sisters started dancing when they were 2 years old and studied dance in college, Brown said.
She majored in dance at Meredith College in Raleigh before teaching at Jordan High School in Durham and Deep River and WB Wicker Elementary Schools in Lee County.
“My favorite thing about teaching is watching kids fall in love with dance and sharing my passion with others…and watching them learn to be confident,” Brown said. “Seeing a child light up after being on stage and knowing they’re really proud of their accomplishment is probably my favorite part of teaching.”
Studio management will be a full-time job for Brown, while Mary Blaire and Colbie Normann will help teach part-time lessons. Born and raised in Sanford, one of the sisters’ goals is “to bring a new avenue (of expression) to children in the community,” Brown said.
“We’re really excited,” she said. “It really won’t be such a big change for us to work together because we’re already together all the time. It’s just an added bonus that we’ll be able to do something the three of us love.
An open house for the Triple Pointe Dance Academy is scheduled for August 8 at 2 p.m. The studio is at 869 Spring Lane. Classes start the last week of September.
Visit triplepointe danceacademy.com for more information.