Dancers Unite was established in 2009 in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte by sisters Julie & Elizabeth Emery with their mother, Jo. Julie & Elizabeth saw a lack of dance studios in the Dilworth and surrounding neighborhoods like SouthPark and Myers Park where students could flourish long term into serious dancers who were competitive on the national level. They established the first competitive dance company in the area, and they developed dance classes and curriculum for younger students starting at age 2 where students were learning the proper dance technique so that if the dancers chose to become serious dancers later, they would have the proper tools to do so.
Now they enjoy watching some of the young students they have taught since the beginning turn into beautiful competitive dancers! They also were happy to see their own students dancing in the Capital One Bowl halftime show in Orlando, Florida 2 years ago and then again later in the year, they were excited to see 4 of their dancers perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City! Then last January, they were excited to see 6 of their dancers dance in the Sugar Bowl halftime show in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is truly a testament to the wonderful dance program in place at the studio that so many students are being recognized at regional and national competitions. In fact, just last year, they were awarded one of the ultimate prizes in the dance competition world: two national championships! Dancers Unite was awarded the Senior National Jazz Champion and Youth National Jazz Champion.
Julie & Elizabeth saw this as a dance studio for local kids to go to, but were very pleased when the reputation of the good dance instruction at the studio spread so that students were coming from places all over the Charlotte metro area: Ballantyne, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Mount Holly, Belmont, Huntersville, Mint Hill, Matthews, Indian Trail, Cornelius, Waxhaw, Lake Wylie, Clover and Gastonia! It has truly been a case of dancers uniting! Julie & Elizabeth are very excited to see what the future will hold for this growing dance studio!