Today we’d like to introduce you to Holly-Noelle Haworth.
Holly-Noelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Like most children, my parents put me in a variety of extracurriculars to see what I liked best. I tried things like gymnastics and art classes, but I would cry and run back to my mom, as to avoid going into class. But when my mom took me to my first dance class, I walked in courageously. And I think that’s how my love for dance began. Starting at five years old, I took classes in ballet, jazz, and tap. As I grew older, I expanded my dance training by studying hip-hop, contemporary, modern, ballroom, and Irish. I danced all throughout high school, where I was lucky enough to dance some super cool lead roles. I also trained with the Radio City Rockettes. (Becoming a Rockette was a lifelong dream ever since I was a little girl, but I’m too short!)
After graduating high school, I continued my dance training briefly at the California Institute of the Arts. I valued my dance training there, but I missed being in an academic setting, so I actually ended up transferring to UCLA as a philosophy and business student. In 2017, I needed a way to make money, so I thought I would start casually teaching dance classes. I knew a lot of parents because I worked at a couple of schools in the Valley coaching cheerleading and assisting choreographers, so I decided to reach out to some of these parents. To my surprise, some of them signed their kids up for my classes. When I first decided to host my own classes, I didn’t think of it as starting my own studio. I just thought it was something temporary and fun to do as I got through college. Now, it’s what I want to do as a career, and I really enjoy blending my passions for business and dance. Growing my studio has really been the most enjoyable challenge of my life.
Has it been a smooth road?
It hasn’t been a smooth road, but it hasn’t been completely tumultuous either. I’ve had challenges just like any business would. My main challenge is increasing my clientele. I always say once kids trial my classes, they’ll like them and want to join, and this is more often than not the case; however, most of my students are busy and participate in more extracurriculars than just my dance classes. They have school, they have sports, they take other classes, so I have some months when a lot of my students are doing other things, which can be really hard on my business. And because I’m a sole proprietor, I have to deal with these challenges on my own and have had to learn how to problem solve and overcome my weaknesses as a business owner entirely on my own.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Holly Noelle Dance – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I have a dance studio for children called Holly Noelle Dance. At the moment, I offer dance classes in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and musical theater to students ranging from 3 to 14 years old, though I hope to expand both my class offerings and offer my classes to more age and experience levels in the future. Los Angeles is full of dance studios and many of them offer classes for kids. However, I am the only dance studio that really tries to blend recreation with technique, all at an affordable price. Most other studios either focus too heavily on technique or too heavily on having fun. I want to train my dancers to be strong and technical, but I don’t want the learning environment to be onerous or overly competitive. I provide my students with a safe learning environment, where it’s okay to make mistakes, but where they are also expected to put in the work and do their best.
Quote from my website:
“Holly Noelle Dance is a new Los Angeles dance studio offering recreational dance classes in a variety of styles. Its welcoming atmosphere makes this studio an ideal starting point for young dancers looking to hone their skills, make new friends, and develop a passion for dance. Classes focus on building strong technique, self-expression, coordination, and rhythm.”
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
All kinds of people live in Los Angeles, which is part of what makes this city special and unique. Los Angeles also houses some of the best dancers, which is one of the reasons I wanted to develop my studio here. With a thriving dance and entertainment industry, LA offers a ton of work in a variety of mediums for dancers. My studio is a great place for students to hone their skills and learn because we provide a safe, welcoming environment. At the same time, we’re the only studio around where parents can trust that their child is getting the training they need to make it in the dance industry–if that’s what their child ends up wanting to do. I love nearly everything about Los Angeles, except for the traffic!
- $60/month for 1 class/week
- $17/single drop-in class
- $210/musical theater session (3 month long)
- Website: www.hollynoelledance.com
- Phone: 8184266601
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hollynoelledance/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hollynoelledance
Holly Noelle Dance