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“I’m a natural at tap and hip hop,” she said of what she likes the most. In her early years, though, it was a different sport that occupied Shearer’s time.
“I grew up as an ice skater,” she explained. “In 1996, our family moved from Canada to California.” She no longer had the easy access to ice so she took off the skates but continued the dance moves. That led her to getting more involved in dancing and
Even the youngest dancers enjoy the movement and fluidity, practicing ballet here with teacher Amber Blankenship at Powerhouse Dance Studio on First Street in Escalon. Photo By Marg Jackson
she pursued it in college, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Theater/ Dance in 2008. “I taught at a few studios here and there, then I found Powerhouse,” Shearer said. She worked with Ortiz and, in 2011, the pieces fell into place for Shearer to take the plunge and purchase the business. “I never thought I was going to be here,” she admitted of being a female business owner in small town Escalon. “There was a huge learning curve but I’m really proud of the opportunities I’ve been able to provide.” Shearer pointed to the staff she works with as being among the best and said they are truly like a family. Along with Shearer, the staff includes competition choreographer Liz Hallack and dance instructors Reya May, Amber Blankenship, Bethany Edwards, Jakkie
Cerna and Paislie Taylor, along with tumbling instructor Tatiyana Lovins. “I also just hired a new male instructor, Shean Bautista, so we will finally be offering a little break dancing,” Shearer explained. “Most of my teachers live in the Modesto area, they’re really dedicated individuals and I’d say 70 percent of them are in college studying dance.” Reya May serves as an allaround teacher, skilled in many genres, and will step in to take over the business while Shearer is on maternity leave, her second child due soon. There are classes in the morning, roughly from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday, followed by a break, then the afternoon and evening classes run from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. “We have dancing toddlers for those ages 2 to 4, they dance their little
Participants watch themselves in the mirror as they go through the steps in a tap dancing class, led by teacher/ owner Andreane Shearer, front left, and teacher Reya May, front right. Photo By Marg Jackson
hearts out,” Shearer added of getting kids started early. More information about classes and fees is available by calling 209-456-3581 or 209-691-8113, or by visiting online at www.powerhousedancestudio.com. Overall, through it’s a line of work that she never anticipated getting into, Shearer said now, she can’t
imagine her life without it. “I have a great staff, I wouldn’t be able to do this without them,” she said. “They put in a lot of off duty time, a lot of hours not counted for and their dedication goes beyond this building. We have a love for each other, we respect each other, I feel very fortunate.”
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Celebrating 65 years of service to our community!
Thank you to all my wonderful customers for the last eighteen years!
Our organization helps women and girls live their dreams through our Dream Programs and other scholastic programs. We also provide hands-on and monetary support to our community. For more info, check our Oakdale Soroptimist Facebook page, E-mail email@example.com, or attend our Mixer from 5:00-7:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 26, at the Oakdale Visitors Center, 7450 River Road, #6. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
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