30A Ballet studio celebrates two years

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

"The teenaged students are pushing for a mini fridge and hot tub," she said with a laugh.

Raymond, with the help of one other instructor, Lyndsi Stevens, teaches classes for any level dancer from age three to adult.

Children who practice ballet at a young age improve their mind and body, Raymond explained. Not only are they stretching and strengthening their muscles, but they're also learning discipline and focus. The same can be said for adults.

"Ballet is good for joints, especially for adults with arthritis," Raymond said. "It's great for your figure and a lot more fun than the treadmill.”

30A Ballet also hosts jazz classes, which are taught by Stevens. Although Raymond requires jazz dance hopefuls to take a ballet class first.

"It provides a good, classical foundation," she explained.

Through her years as a ballet instructor, Raymond has remained close with some of her students, following them through school, marriage and motherhood.

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