Dance studio

2 friends realize their dream by opening a new dance studio in Lexington

LEXINGTON, NC (WGHP) — For years, Kristie North and Beth Kennedy watched their daughters compete in dance.

They see how it helps their daughters gain confidence and make friends.

The two decided they wanted to create that kind of atmosphere for the other kids.

After years of talking about it, they opened Allegiance Dance Company in Lexington.

“We offer hip-hop, jazz, tap and ballet lessons,” said co-owner Beth Kennedy.

Whatever type of dance your child wants to try, Beth Kennedy and her business partner, Kristie North, are ready to teach it.

“There is certainly no experience necessary. We have excellent instructors. They’ll teach you everything you need to know and you’ll have fun doing it,” Kennedy said.

North grew up merrymaking and dancing.

Kennedy works as a nurse.

In her spare time, she is completely a dance mom.

These days, they both love watching their daughters master the moves and compete at a high level.

They opened Allegiance Dance Company on West US 64 in Lexington to give other kids the same opportunity.

“My partner and I have wanted to do this for a long time. We talked about it and finally seeing it come to life has been just amazing,” North said.

Since the studio opened in early December, many people have taken advantage of the classes.

“It’s so welcoming and happy, it’s a very cool place,” said Grade 10 student Addison North.

The dancers express themselves in a room with just mirrors and bars.

“It’s such a positive place, a place where our girls feel supported and excited to come and they leave excited,” Kristin North said.

Sarah Paschal has been dancing since the age of 3. She has spent years competing and is now teaching the next generation.

“Dancing has always been a place for me to get away from the real world and be in this great environment. I love it and it’s so heartwarming,” Paschal said.

She is happy to be a part of Kristie and Beth’s dream as they tap into the community and plan to continue growing.

At this time, Allegiance Dance classes are for children ages 4-18.

Adult classes are expected to be added in the future.