Created over 30 years ago with the intent to expose unique platforms and dance possibilities to all areas of the country, the original 3D Dance Network has evolved into its current family with a permanent home base in Tuscaloosa, AL. Connected over the years through dance, marriage and children, the owners’ backgrounds display how the art form can bring people together to form lasting relationships reaching beyond the realms of dance. They are now eager to share their passion through progressive teaching methods and versatile philosophies that will appeal to all levels and ages of dancers.
We took a few minutes to learn more about how they’re #EmpoweringTuscaloosa through dance.
What motivated and inspired you to start your own business? 3D dance network began over 30 years ago to provide unique educational opportunities to dancers of all ages and backgrounds. Now with a permanent home base in Tuscaloosa, we’re excited to create a place where everyone has the chance to dance regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status.
Tell us about 3D Dance? 3D Dance is a dance studio that prides itself on quality dance education for everyone. Our goal is to promote dedication, discipline and diversity to all students. From your first steps to your final bow, we ensure each dancer is given the tools and opportunities to surpass expectations.
One big thing that will make our studio unique is we like to give the children a chance to explore their own movement to music, enhance their curiosity. An example from a real class a while back… Gregg was asked to teach a class of boys, and when we took a break I did some tap-dance moves and all the boys were looking and were amazed by it! “Hey can you teach us that? That is pretty cool!” So I taught them a few ballet steps and off they were. This is something they may not get in a regular dance class; we give them room to explore new things.
Where are you located? We are located at 4029 Greensboro Ave Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 near Academy Sports.
Are there any specific awards, certifications or accomplishments you’d like to highlight? Both Miss Tessa and Miss Kristen are highly regarded in the community for their teaching talents. Gregg Russell is an Emmy nominated choreographer who has worked with some of the biggest names in music and dance. From performing with Gene Kelly to teaching Michael Jackson to Tap, his talents both in and out of the classroom make him one of the most versatile educators around. During his professional performing career in Los Angeles, he continued to work with dance studios around the country and his love of teaching dancers of all ages and levels shows in every class he teaches.
What has been your biggest challenge so far and how did you overcome it? A few months ago Tessa and Kristen were all at crossroads on what our next step would be. While one incredible chapter was closing, the next one was uncertain. Tessa, for example, was confident that her dance career had ended & Kristen was looking to relocate. With Gregg’s history of always working at a local dance studio, he was eager to get back into one and share his knowledge and talents with all students regardless of age or level. It soon became clear that our vision for the local dance community surpassed any other desires. It became evident through an outpouring of local support that our ideals and values were highly regarded. Choosing an area of town that could benefit from an exemplary dance studio made our mission more accessible to all.
What is the best advice you’ve received lately? We are very fortunate to have some amazing mentors through this process. Our mentors, Francisco Gella and Jeffrey Hoffman, Melissa ‘MJ’ Jackson and Dale Lam have all been an incredible support system through this entire process. The main message from all of them has been to believe in our vision and trust the process. To keep steadfast with our message and keep our heads down and focus on our mission. Honestly without them, we probably wouldn’t be here today! Most importantly, without the guidance and inspiration of Gregg, we would have never had the courage to take this leap of faith. His ability to make anyone and everyone believe in themselves is truly a gift. Tuscaloosa is incredibly lucky to have that kind of educator working with its youth.
What advice would you give to an entrepreneur? Trust the universe. Trust your gut. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. And GO FOR IT!
What is a good book or article you’ve read lately? Kristen has been reading Dance Studio Transformation by Clint Salter and is an avid listener of podcasts like Girl Boss and The Goal Digger Podcast. Tessa can’t stop watching Childish Gambino’s This is America music video. Gregg is a huge fan of Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson
Is there anything you’re currently looking for help with for your business or future goals? Getting our message out into the community and promote our message of dedication, discipline and diversity. We are always looking to find ways to give back to the community that has given so much to us. Striving to make dance accessible to all, we are always looking for opportunities that will provide education and artistry to today’s youth.
Are there any promotions you’d like Tuscaloosa to know about? We are holding our fall registration now and each registered student gets a free 3D dance t-shirt!
What’s the best way to reach your business? You can visit our website 3ddancetuscaloosa.com or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org