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Christina Million used the stuff of her dreams to start her own business. The Sunflower Dance Company will open this fall on the lower level of Village Square Mall in Dodge City and is now accepting applications.
The 24-year-old Dodge City High School graduate, who describes herself as a ‘give me the stage’ type girl, went on to earn her Associate of Commerce degree from Dodge City Community College and now wants to help girls . and boys of all ages, including adults, grow up in the art of dance.
Million was a can-can dancer on the Boot Hill Variety Show for nearly a decade and a fixture on her schools’ drill teams and cheer squads. She was also a Gunpowder Girl for the Dodge City Law football team.
“Dancing is not being afraid,” Million said. “I hear a lot of people say ‘oh, I can’t dance’, and I think that’s so silly because anyone can dance. It’s about taking that little voice in your head that says that you can’t and throw it away. It’s not about being perfect, it’s about having fun and using dance as a way to feel free.
Coach Christina, as she’s known from the Dodge City Middle School drill team, said she’s wanted to own her own dance studio since she was three years old.
“Dancing is the only thing I’ve ever known,” she said. “When they ask you what you want to be when you grow up, my answer was always ‘dance teacher.’ Pinch me! I’m making my dreams come true. I don’t know what got into me, but in January I decided to go for it.
She teaches dance lessons from her Dodge City home while construction of the 1,200 square foot studio in the mall is underway. She already has 40 girls enrolled in homeschooling, and more on a waiting list, but plans to educate 180 students at the new facility in August.
Students can expect jazz and hip hop lessons, with an emphasis on “cheerleader entertainment with visuals to grab the attention of the crowd that makes them want to watch.”
The mum-to-be said she might also offer a ‘mommy and me’ class as ‘a lot of people have contacted me about adult classes’.
Anyone who registers now on her website or Facebook page will receive a VIP link to secure a spot for the fall, she said.
For more information, visit www.sunflowerdancecompany.com or search “sunflowerdanceco” on Facebook or Instagram.