Angie’s Dance Academy, the celebrated dance school in Haywood County, has new owners and a new name.
Hayley and Heath Justice have purchased the business and renamed it Legacy Dance Center.
Hayley Justice is a long-time student of Angie Henley, has owned the business for decades. The new owners say they are excited to carry on the traditions and excellence of Angie’s Dance Academy.
They promise the highest standards of dance education will continue through Legacy Dance Center.
The public is invited to meet the new owners during a grand opening event from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at 115 Glance St. in Clyde.
During the event, attendees may register for classes, take a tour of the facility and enjoy family entertainment, including a bounce house, face painting, photos with Disney characters and merchandise discounts.
There will be a free gift to the first 25 students to register. Former students of Angie’s Dance Academy and new students of LDC are invited to the celebration.
“Thinking about a name to replace Angie’s Dance Academy was very difficult,” said Hayley Justice. “I wanted to do something that would show the community my support and my appreciation for what Angie has done for this community and prior to her, Beale Fletcher. I want this place to be a place where their legacy can live on.”
Justice became a student at Angie’s when she was 6 years old. She was a student at the academy for 10 years where she studied jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and modern dance.
At the age of 14, she became a student teacher for the Academy and has enjoyed working with the younger children since.
In 2007, Hayley Justice joined the faculty of ADA and has choreographed routines earning Best Choreography, Champions of Champions, Creative Concept and many Highest Score of the Day awards in competition.
She is certified to teach through Dance Masters of America, Inc., and has an entrepreneurship degree from Haywood Community College. She has also worked as a judge for Star Systems National Talent Competition.
Hayley Justice recalls the time when she wrote in her senior dance biography her dream for her future. With passion and persistence, she can now say it came true.
“I remember when I graduated, Angie would have all the seniors walk across the stage and write a bio for themselves,” Hayley said. “In my bio, I said ‘I hope to one day own my own dance studio like Miss Angie.’”
It was a dream to which Henley could relate.
“It was the same dream I had,” said Henley. “I think Hayley is going to bring new, innovative ideas to things, mix it up a little bit and even make it better. I’ve often thought what Mr. Fletcher would say — ‘job well done, pass it on.’”
Legacy Dance Center is offering instruction and training in the performing arts with all levels of experience. Class offerings include Mommy & Me (ages 1-2.5) Pre-School Dance (ages 2.5 -6), Tumbling (ages 2.5 and up) Cheer (ages 5 and up), Ballet, Jazz and Tap (ages 5 and up), Musical Theatre (ages 5 and up), Hip Hop (ages 5 and up) and Lyrical, Contemporary and Modern (ages 7 and up).