By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
STUART -- Stuart is home to several dance studios, but there are a few things that set The Dancers Studio apart.
One of which is the owner, artistic director, instructor and former professional ballet dancer Loretta Miller.
She has danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet, Boston Ballet, toured in Europe and Asia and even taught Broadway stars. She has taught locally at Indian River State College and was the artistic director at Florida Arts and Dance Company for six years, but decided it was high time she went out on her own.
When the opportunity presented itself, with a 30-year career behind her and the encouragement of students, Ms. Miller opened The Dancers Studio in January of this year and started teaching her students her way.
It is a way that includes artistry, discipline, a firm grasp of the fundamentals, and a love for the craft.
"It's always been a passion for me. I can't imagine my life without ballet or any kind of dance, really," Ms. Miller said.
It's a passion that she aims to pass on to her students, no matter what their age or aspirations.
At The Dancers Studio, Ms. Miller and former student Cristina Martin who went on to dance professionally, offer classes for both young and old, beginner and experienced alike. Because the classes are taught by former professionals, students can take away extra knowledge and insight from classes, according to Ms. Miller.
"I was there. I did it," Ms. Miller said. "Because I experienced it I have the capacity to inspire the children truly, honestly."
Insider tips on auditions, pointe shoes and choosing a dance company for dancers hoping to make a future of their talents helps, too, and no matter what their ambitions or skill level, she encourages them to reach for their highest goal.
"I just want to give back," said Ms. Miller, thankful for her own enriching experiences in the world of professional dance.
The Dancer's Studio offers classes for adults where she teaches students up to 80- years old and creative movement classes for children as young as four. The first class is always free.
The studio's first free performance, a Spring Showcase, will be at 7:30 p.m. on May 30 at the Huizenga Center in Palm City as the studio gears up for summer classes and workshops, including a Tinkerbell summer camp for aspiring young ballerinas.
For more information and class schedules for The Dancer's Studio, visit www.facebook.com/thedancersstudioinc or drop by the studio at 1239 S.E. Indian Street, Suite 111 in the Sawgrass Business Center.