Donna Brum Dancers: A Tradition of Dance in the Region

2014-03-16T00:00:00Z Donna Brum Dancers: A Tradition of Dance in the RegionHeather Augustyn
March 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

When Donna Brum was just three years old, her mother, Helen Trigg, had a dream for her. “She wanted me to be another Shirley Temple,” says Brum. Part of this dream came from her mother’s own passion in life that she hoped her daughter would share. “As a child, my mother always wanted to dance but never got the chance—she had me. But when I was little she signed me up for dance class and took me every week on the bus. I loved it. Dance has always been a part of my life, and something I have loved sharing,” says Brum who made dance her life-long mission to involve others.

Opening her first dance studio in Lansing, Illinois in 1969, Brum’s legacy has lived on within her long list of students, who have appeared everywhere from the field of the Orange Bowl to the deck of the Disney Cruise Line. Many of Brum’s students have returned home to teach for the studio where they once learned which is today located in Schererville. “Now that almost all of my staff are previous students I have trained since they were children, it really feels as if everything has come full circle,” she says.

The Donna Brum Dancers studio offers classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, funk tap, hip-hop, lyrical and modern, pom and cheer, performance and competition, and tumbling for students ages three and up. The whole family gets involved in the fun. Brum says, “Every year we have dads who dance in our performance with their children and we had 30 dads who were featured in our last performance! We also offer a class for our dancing moms who are parents of students. It’s a family environment here and we bring it together at our show.”

Brum and her business partner, Tracie Keene, who has been a member of the studio since she was three years old, offer classes in their new 4,000 square foot studio which actually features two dance studios equipped with Marley flooring. This special floor is suspended on springs which are easier on the dancers’ knees and feet. The studio also features spacious waiting areas where friends and family can watch their loved ones via special TV monitors.

As active participants in competitive dance, the Donna Brum Dance studio is also known for their award winning tap, ballet, hip hop and jazz teams who have enjoyed great success in dance contests across the country. And while Brum and her students say they enjoy the accolades, they realize dance means much more than awards and ribbons.

“When children take dance, they not only get great exercise, but their socialization skills improve,” says Brum, whose students come from all across the Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area. “They are able to relate to people better, especially with their peers at school. I can’t tell you how many children I have seen change before my eyes, simply because of the confidence they find within themselves through dance.”

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