Five years ago, Laura Klima-Fehr followed through on her dream of continuing her dance instruction career as the owner of her own dance studio. Saturday, students and their parents were invited to Danceography’s fifth birthday party to celebrate. In addition to hitting the five years in business milestone, Klima-Fehr celebrated a year of accomplishments with students.
After winning at the StarPower Invitational dance competition in Wichita in April, 2019, Danceography’s 17-member competition dance team received top honors including a golden ticket for their Large Line Dance, “Our Work is Never Over.” The ticket qualified them to compete at the World Dance Championship in Meadowlands, N.J. in August.
“Usually it’s one of those things, you ‘re glad to get it, and it’s a huge honor, but you don’t go, because it’s expensive,” Klima-Fehr said. She met with parents, and began sharing her vision for how they could go, including the logistics of flights and hotels, and asked them to take some time to consider the possibility.
“Everyone took a week to think about it, and then everyone came back and said yes to this once in a lifetime opportunity,” she said.
“Our Work is Never Over” is an open routine choreographed by Klima-Fehr and included a variety of dance styles-- tap, jazz and hip hop as well as acro, a style of dance that incorporates classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. The combination of styles set their dance apart from many of the others. The team competed in the first round of competition against 30 other teams from three different countries.
“All the girls really stepped up to that higher level this semester and just killed the choreography and blew away my expectations,” Klima-Fehr said.
Parents were a big part of the team’s success this year too. Their support of their daughters and the team in general is a rare find, Klima-Fehr said, and made all the difference.
Currently, Danceography operates out of two studio spaces, one at 1403 Main Street, and the other at 1709 Main Street, both in Great Bend. Klima-Fehr looks forward to the day, which is coming soon, when she can announce a new location for the studio, where all students will meet under one roof.