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Conversations with Brieanna Hall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brieanna Hall. 

Hi Brieanna, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started Beyond Dance Company in 2014 with the dream of having an adult dance company that would tour and perform with a focus on liturgical dance. I didn’t know how I would do it or if it would be successful but I took a leap of faith and I never looked back. My business started by renting rooms to hold classes, to moving into my own space and doubling my business, and outgrowing that space within two years. The vision for my business has changed a lot over the years and the vision I once had, has grown drastically. Beyond Dance Company is no longer an adult-only company. We now accept students from ages 1.5 years old – adults. We offer a variety dance styles and training classes. I am happy to be where I am and I look forward to where we are headed next. I contribute my success to keeping God first, staying true to myself, hard work, and dedication. There were so many times I thought about giving up but I couldn’t. I had students and friends depending on me. I knew that ultimately this is what I am supposed to be doing and this is the way I make a difference in my community. I offer children a fun, safe, encouraging outlet for my students. My students are family and I love them dearly. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been smooth road. Starting a business has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. I’ve had to do so much on my own and that can be very frustrating. I am the owner, creative director, teacher, receptionist, accountant and so much more. I am responsible for everything and that is a level of stress I was not completely ready for. There have been a lot of long days and sleepless nights to get where I am now. Outside of feeling alone the biggest burden is finances and income. Dance can be a very lucrative business but anything that depends on children can be a financial roller coaster as well. When a parent is in a financial bind the first thing, they cut is extracurricular activities. When a child does bad in school the first thing, they cut is extracurricular activities. Let’s be honest, sometimes children no longer like dance or they’ve found something they enjoy more and they stop attending class. This is can hurt the business and the financial estimates I had for the year. I’ve learned to work around these issues but there are some things in business you can never predict. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a Dance Studio Owner/Choreographer. I specialize in liturgical, ballet, and lyrical styles of dance. I am most proud of the students I have and watching their growth. I enjoy the creative outlet that dance provides me and teaching my students to tap into their own creative mind. What sets me apart from others is my relationship with my students and parents. I am very hands-on, personable, and dedicated to every last student. I often offer one on one lessons, workshops, and stage etiquette classes at no additional cost. I want what’s best for my students and everything isn’t about a dollar. I believe that my parents appreciate the time I take with their children and the fact that I am accessible and understanding. 

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is preparing for my dance recital. The actual dance show is a big part of the memory but my favorite part includes my mom. I can remember my mom in the bathroom putting my hair in a big beautiful ballet bun, applying eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick. I remember her looking at me in the mirror and asking ” How do you look? Do you like it?” I remember shaking my head yes. I thought I was beautiful and I looked like a princess. She always made sure I looked beautiful and that I was happy with my stage make-up. These were small moments but I always enjoyed recital time. It was our thing, just my mom and me. The day was about me and she always made sure I felt special in every way. 

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