A few local enthusiasts for dance and performance have turned their passion into a full-time business as they share their knowledge, experience and zeal with hundreds of rising performers.
Since opening July 2012, The Vibe Dance Center has provided a safe environment for youth and adults to get introduced to dance as recreation and receive proper training to refine dance skills for the more serious dancers.
“What sets us apart as a studio is we set our dancers up if they want to pursue a career in dancing,” said Jon Carr, co-owner of The Vibe. “We have such a unique thing we’re offering and we offer all kinds of opportunities for kids to perform at. We want the kids in our community to thrive. We really have an amazing group of kids here.”
Carr and his wife Elizabeth are owners of The Vibe along with Michael and Christy McCabe. The team came together several years ago when Christy taught a dance class at Baldwin High School, where Carr graduated in 2006.
“I taught at the high school in 2003 where I taught dance, world geography and economics,” Christy said. “I became a contracted teacher once I stopped teaching a full-day schedule, but I continued teaching the dance class. That’s where I taught Jon.”
Hailing from Wilkinson County, Elizabeth graduated from John Milledge Academy in 2007. Her dance experience also began under Christy’s direction at the age of 8.
“We have all worked together for so long and we all bring qualities to the table that we balance each other out,” Elizabeth said of her business team. “Dancing is not a hobby and it’s not a job. It’s almost like a different world when you’re out there. It’s a great way to express yourself, and a way for younger kids to find out who they are. There’s so much pressure from the outside world, but when they come here, they can be who they are; we want them to be creative and artistic.”