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Meet Sue White of Diamond Dance Academy in Exeter

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sue White.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Sue. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I owned a successful competitive studio on the Seacoast for over 19 years and am excited about my new adventure. Over the years I has been an active part of the dance circuit and community. My programs have expanded to offer something for everyone, from the recreational dancer to the professional. I grew up in New York and began dancing at the age of 5 and this is where my love of Dance began. I have studied in New York; Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maryland. I opened my first studio at the age of 24. While owning my own studio I continued to teach at local studios and outreach programs. I am proud of my dancers as they have appeared in Video Magazine and have been recognized in Dance Spirit Magazine as upcoming stars to watch out for. They currently are on the dance faculty of some of the best Colleges and have started their own studios and touring Dance Companies. I have been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine; received “NH Teacher of the Year” and was awarded “Dance Hero of the year”. I am proud to say that over the years my choreography has won hundreds of awards and I been recognized by the dance community for having a special connection with my students. I was a choreographer and Instructor for Team USA in the World Championships in Los Angeles (accompanied by 9 of my students that were chosen to be part of the team as well). I have taken my students to New York; Massachusetts; Georgia; New Jersey and Los Angeles. I truly believe that dance is for anyone that wants to dance. After years in the spot light, the loss of my Parents and Brother, I decided to take a couple years off and remind myself of why I wanted to teach and why I opened my studio. We sometimes need to step back before we can move forward. That brings us to the Diamond Dance Academy (with years in diamond sales it seemed fitting… dancers are strong yet beautiful…) …. We are a small studio on the seacoast of New Hampshire that offers classes for all levels and ages. I enjoy the smaller classes and feel that we not only teach our Dancers how to dance but we encourage them to part of the community…being role models in our Dancers lives helping to create strong, caring and hard working Adults of our future. The Diamond Dance Academy is new but we are have deep roots in the Industry. It is where every dancer shines with their own brilliance and fire.

Has it been a smooth road?
No it hasn’t… after losing my father in January of 1999 my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and the juggle of running a large competitive studio but being there for my Mother began. Doctors’ appointments, helping out with the family business and making sure I didn’t miss a beat at the studio…classes…competitions…performances…paperwork… and so on. After beating cancer my Mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. My brother with brain cancer and I got divorced. I lost my Mother in June of 2004 and my brother in March of 2005. This was a difficult time emotionally and financially as it was the beginning of a tough economic time and families were cutting dance to help pay for their homes and daily expenses. As a studio owner this was challenging as expenses continued to climb. I took on multiple jobs and downsized the facility but in the end decided it was time to close my studio and “regroup” when the economy got better.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Diamond Dance Academy story. Tell us more about the business.
The Diamond Dance Academy is a small studio born out of my love for dance and years in the Diamond industry. We are a small studio located in the Seacoast of New Hampshire. We specialize in dance education currently offering: Ballet, Pointe’, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Pre-Ballet, Creative Movement, Mommy & Me and more… We are known for our encouraging and supportive teaching styles while still offering quality technique in a positive environment. We offer fundraising opportunities for families to help cover Recital expenses. I am most proud of the Diamond Dance Academy for its students as they are supportive and encourage each other in every way. The very first outside community performance we participated in it started to rain. I asked the kids if they wanted to stop dancing or keep going…they chose to dance. Without missing a beat they danced with all their heart. I was approached by several people watching that stated that the kids showed great character and integrity. I couldn’t have agreed more!

What sets us apart from others? Hmmm that’s a tricky question… because we are ourselves. We believe that everyone should be able to dance and nobody should ever feel that they don’t belong in a class. No two diamonds are the same and neither are our dancers.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
I see many studios becoming more involved with their communities. The dance industry has become more of a melting pot of different styles and techniques. I am excited to see what the dance industry will do over the next 5-10 years.

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3 Comments

  1. Nancy

    October 2, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    So many great things came from my daughter’s involvement through dance with Sue. Now she’s passing it on to her children.

  2. Lynn Cox

    October 3, 2017 at 1:46 am

    The original studio, Footnotes, as an integral part of our lives. My daughter fell in love with dance and made many lifelong friends thanks to Sue. Sue is a very positive influence on people of all ages and I wish her and the studio all the best. Dance is more than just an activity; it’s a life altering force through emotional and physical expression. Sue White is dance!

  3. Mary Ellen Colford

    October 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

    My children attended Footnotes for several years and Sue is the absolute best! She is friendly, fun, and a great role model. She has been through so much yet always has the best interest of her students in mind. Best of luck Sue!

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