ROCKINGHAM — Holly Littlefield-Bowers wanted to be a dance teacher since she was a child, and now she’ll get to pass on her years of experience to girls in Richmond County.
After taking 15 years of dance under Rene Ward at Step 2 It Dance Studio, Littlefield-Bowers knew it was something she was very interested in, but didn’t know if she’d ever be able to pursue it as a career.
She graduated from UNC-Greensboro as an exercise science major but she still stuck to her roots, minoring in dance.
Once Ward sold her downtown studio, which was located in the old Steele building, to the city of Rockingham to make way for the new Villager Deli and assembly area for Discovery Place Kids visitors, Ward told Littlefield-Bowers she needed to take over.
“I wanted to do it, but I never believed it would actually happen,” said Littlefield-Bowers. “I thought about it for a week, and my husband said ‘Why not?’”
Littlefield-Bowers had been living in Asheboro and working as office coordinator for the physical therapy clinic Deep River Rehabilitation, and like a lot of other young people from Richmond County, never thought she’d move back. But here she is venturing back to the county where she grew up to start teaching dance at the Liberty Place located in downtown Rockingham. The name of her studio is Bold Moves Dance Company.
“Liberty Place has a 700-foot permanent dance floor that was a selling point for me,” Littlefield-Bowers said. “I didn’t have time to buy a building and remodel it. I wanted to do it downtown. I love downtown and wanted to keep it in that area.”
Her first class is scheduled for Aug. 25, the same day schools reopen for students, and until she can get into the rhythm of teaching full-time and due to the fact that Liberty Place rents out its space for other events, she’ll teach from 4 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and 3:15 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.
She’ll be offering classes in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, character, hip hop and Broadway dance to ages 3 and up.
Ward gave Littlefield-Bowers her seal of approval and also gave her the contact information of her former students in hopes that they will start taking dance lessons from the new teacher in town. Ward put in a good word with her old pupils and even helped Littlefield advertise through social media.
“She’s been the biggest influence in my life,” Littlefield-Bowers said.
It’s not too late to register, and anyone interested in doing so can go to www.BoldMovesDC.webs.com, visit the Bold Moves Dance Company’s Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reach reporter Matt Harrelson at 910-817-2674.