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Carmel Magazine, spring 2018

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The Dance Center Expands Nonprofit Wor k and Studio Space B Y B R E T T W I L B U R I n a soothing, spa-like entryway, dancers as tiny as two and up to age 18 eagerly await their classes at The Dance Center of Carmel (TDC). Co-founded by Laura Jeselnick and Tia Brown in 2015, the pair drew upon years of established reputations in the local dance com- munity to open a state-of-the-art facility. "Our goal is to be all inclusive," Brown says. "We want to give every child, regardless of whether they are just starting or have been per- forming in LA, a place….We offer all genres, from ballet to pointe, to hip hop, jazz, musical theater, competitive acro and teams." A nonprofit arm of TDC, Monterey Peninsula Ballet Theatre, presents the Nutcracker, per- forms at nursing homes, community events and more. "Wherever the community wants us, we will provide this," says Jeselnick, who has a special needs certification in Autism Movement Therapy. Demand for TDC has risen to the point that the studio, which has already expanded once, is planning to enlarge again. Jeselnick's husband Adam, who was the architect for the original space, will oversee the project so that more children can participate. "We see across the spectrum, parents saying that a child comes to us not self-assured or con- fident, and that dance has completely changed the way they view themselves," Laura Jeselnick says. "It allows them to find their voice." The Dance Center is located at 26135 Carmel Rancho Blvd, Suite B, Carmel. For more information, call 831/625-3262 or go to SHORTCUTS NEIGHBORS In order to meet the growing needs of their dance community, The Dance Center is once again expanding their Carmel Rancho Boulevard space. 76 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 8 Photo: Jacob Perl

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