Today we’d like to introduce you to Chrissy Bowman.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Chrissy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I am originally from Somerville, MA and that is where I started my dance training at age 3.
When I was a teenager, my family moved to Wilmington, MA and that is when I started dancing at Lorraine Spada School of Dance. Upon graduating, I continued my education at Plymouth State, where I majored in Dance and Business Management. While I was studying there, the owner of Lorraine Spada School of Dance, Lorraine, asked me to take over teaching a few classes on the weekends. After graduating college, I went on to teach almost 10 years at Lorraine’s. In spring of 2013, Lorraine made a decision to retire and relocate- and asked me if I would be interested in purchasing the studio. Since then my team of teachers and I have worked hard to be a studio that Lorraine can be proud of.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Being a part of the studio for so many years prior to becoming the owner, I was lucky enough to know most of the families at the studio. Because of the support of the dancers and families, it made the transition a smooth one. Our studio has always been a close knit group, so their kindness and encouragement really gave me the confidence I needed to take over and run the studio. The teachers also played a key role in pulling together as a team to create a plan for the upcoming season. A lot of them are alumni and my past students, and others I have taught with before. My team of teachers are incredible dancers, educators, and people. The teamwork that goes into everything involving the studio is something that I appreciate every day. Behind the scenes we help each other through struggles, support each other’s decisions, and work together to figure out what is best for each and every dancer. Being able to call my teachers my friends is an added bonus, and I am so lucky to be able to work with them and have them as a part of our studio family. I have been very fortunate to have the support of my husband, family, friends, teachers, parents, and dancers throughout the first 4 years of directing Lorraine Spada School of Dance. It really does take a village, and my village is the best.
Please tell us about Lorraine Spada School of Dance.
Lorraine Spada School of Dance offers a fun, nurturing, supportive, and creative environment for both competitive and recreational dancers. Our costumes, music and movement are all age appropriate. We offer Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acro, Irish Step, & Musical Theatre. What sets us apart is our sense of family at the studio. The older dancers look out for the younger dancers who look up to them and the studio families pull together for support. We have always had a close bond with each other, and that is something we strive to keep going forward. Being a part of our studio is more than just dancing, it is about friendships, respect, and dedication. We try to teach them life lessons and create amazing memories to look back on. Whether it be raising money for a cause, performing at a Red Sox game, attending our various outings, or just being in class- every moment is a memory in progress. Seeing all our dance families together as one- having fun, laughing, encouraging, succeeding- makes me so proud. Having our dancers graduate and come back to remain a part of our studio is so rewarding. We have a large group of alumni that will still visit, help out, and root for our studio. It shows exactly how close we are as a studio.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would not change a thing about my journey. I was so fortunate to be able to grow up and learn at LSSOD, teach at LSSOD, and then become the director. Not everyone gets the chance to do that. I am so fortunate that I was given this opportunity, and I am so happy I get to share my love for dance in the place that did the same for me. Obstacles and challenges are part of life, and all of them are lessons. I am so proud of the changes we have made, all while keeping the core of what is important at Lorraine Spada School of Dance. In addition to our students learning from us, we learn things from them every day.
The great thing about dance is that it is always changing and evolving. You are never done learning.
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