30A Ballet studio celebrates two years

Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 09:21 AM.

When it comes to priming ballerinas, 30A Ballet Studio founder and instructor Allyson Raymond says it's all about tradition.

"What I offer is a more traditional dance school," she said. "I do not believe in competition like you see on television; that's not what it's all about. I concentrate on technique."

When Raymond moved to Seagrove with her husband Robert and their son Lars, she was excited to live a quieter life by the beach in comparison to their metropolitan life in Atlanta . The only problem was that Raymond, who has had a long career dancing in professional ballet companies as well as teaching at the Atlanta Ballet for 19 years, found that there was no place for her to continue working.

"I feel that some of the art programs offered to the children in the area are lacking," she said.

Wanting to fulfill an unmet need, Raymond opened the 30A Ballet Studio in October 2011 and last March re-opened the studio in its current location in Inlet Beach .

"I wanted to provide a more serious dance education," she said. "I pass on a lot of ballet etiquette as well as the history. There is so much heritage in proper dance."

30A Ballet's building itself is a proper representation of a professional ballet studio. Raymond made sure to have a dressing room available for students coming straight from school and the dance studio is equipped with the same sprung dance flooring that is used in professional companies.

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