At the age of 3 years old, Donna Brum had one simple dream.
“I wanted to dance like Shirley Temple,” laughs the longtime dance instructor. “Dance has always been a part of my life, and something I have loved sharing with my students. And now that almost all of my staff is previous students I have trained since they were children, it really feels as if everything has come full circle.”
Indeed, since 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. Now offering everything from ballet to jazz to modern lyrical classes in her Schererville studio, Brum says the dance craze has never been more popular.
“Our hip hop classes are always full these days, and everyone can benefit from our tumbling classes, which can help so much with strength training,” says Brum, who works alongside her previous student and now business partner Tracie Borowy. “Our classes are offered for anyone ages three and up, and our adult classes are extremely popular. We even had 30 fathers in our latest dance production.”
Working within a new 4000 square foot studio, the Donna Brum Dancers now enjoy two dance studios, beautiful hardwood flooring and 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 much 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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