No doubt turning the dream of owning a dance company into a fully operational business is a tough feat. From finding studio space, marketing, securing funding and more, it can all be very daunting. The challenge of taking a dance-related business to new heights can be even greater if you are a person of color. However, it's not impossible. According to the 2012 census, there are 27.6 million businesses in the United States, and only 2.6 million are black-owned. In honor of Black History Month, DT spoke with several black-owned dance studios and companies and asked them to reflect on the significance race has had on their efforts to run the dance company of their dreams.
Tiffany Anderson, Owner, Dancers Unleashed, Decatur, Georgia
Photo courtesy of Anderson
"As a minority business owner, there are many adversities that I have faced. One is that people may not take you seriously, because you provide services for low-income communities, so they expect your quality of dance technique and performances to not be up to par. Another adversity that I have faced is being able to receive a small-business loan. I am unable to afford my own spacing now, so I rent space at a recreation center, which may not be the best when you're only able to get a certain amount of days, due to other activities and classes taking place there. I enjoy what I do, and I have reached so many through the expression of dance—none of those stepping stones can stop me from sharing my gift."