Started almost out of necessity, Dance Studio C was a way for the husband and wife team of Cory and Chaney Lucas to make it through a rough time—and to find a way to dance in the process.
Cory had been hospitalized in 2009 with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system. Cory couldn’t talk or breathe on his own, and, at one point, went into respiratory failure. Somehow, he survived. Gradually, he recovered enough to leave the hospital, but he was still in a wheelchair, unable to walk.
“My wife was well-known as a dancer and dance teacher,” Cory says. As a dancer, Chaney had won scholarships and national awards and, in 2002, she was featured on the front cover of Dance Spirit Magazine! She had worked with well-known choreographers, such as Tally Gooch-Nikolaus, Ray Leeper, Mia Michaels, Justin Giles and Mark Meismer.
While her husband continued to recover, Chaney started teaching dance again. It not only helped with finances, it lifted her spirits and buoyed up others around her as well. By 2011, Cory was well enough and Chaney had enough students, that, together, they opened Dance Studio C in their garage.
Soon, the garage was too small to accommodate their growing business. In 2013, they moved into a larger studio, which they soon outgrew as well.
Now, in a 4,000+ square-foot facility in Mesa, Dance Studio C features custom wood dance floors throughout. Large, 4’ x 8’ viewing windows with one-way mirrors, make it possible for family and friends to watch their dancer without interrupting the class.
Dance Studio C offers more than 50 classes, ranging from recreational to performance-only teams.
“We have one of the strongest programs in the Valley for the 2- to 7-year-old dancers,” Cory says.
“We also have a super strong ballet program and a world-class hip hop program,” he says. “Our teachers are award-winning, and they are among the highest paid in the Valley. We also have excellent choreographers.”
While it may not always lead to the best financial choices, “Our vested interest is in creating the best program in the Valley for our own daughters. Our own kids go to Dance Studio C, and we want them to have the best.”
For this reason, they keep classes small. “While other studios pack in as many as possible, we have no more than 15 in a class,” Cory says.
Students are trained in classic dance techniques and given opportunities to perform in a number of different venues.
“We want them to be good dancers. We also want them to learn self-esteem, confidence, teamwork, dedication, loyalty and respect.”
Dance Studio C is located at 3049 E. McKellips Road in Mesa. For information, visit www.dancestudiocaz.com or call 480-748-9859.