Lisa Scobba, left, Jamie Stevens and Shelby DeFiore will be teaching at the new dance academy in Marathon. SARA MATTHIS/Keys Weekly

On Thursday, Keys Dance Academy will open its doors in the new space in Town Square Mall above Frank’s Grill. Owner Jamie Stevens and two friends — Lisa Scobba and Shelby DeFiore — will be teaching acrobatics, ballet, tap and jazz to kids; plus ballet and tap to adults.

“I have a passion for dance,” said Stevens, mom to Abbigail, 7, and Fisher, 5. “I’ve always dreamed of opening my own studio. I have the means, I figured out the space, figured out the instructors and decided to do it.” 

Classes begin Monday, Aug. 27. 

Stevens has a background in competitive dance. Although she never trained formally, she competed for 11 years in contests around Florida and Georgia. She also studied at the Steps on Broadway in New York City alongside top ballet dancers and Broadway performers. Scobba specializes in ballet and owned her own dance studio for more than two decades in Northern Kentucky. DeFiore, originally from Jacksonville, Florida, was a “level 10” gymnast, with experience teaching little ones. 

Class sizes are expected to be 15 students or less. Classes will be held Monday to Friday in the afternoons and evenings, and possibly some Saturday classes as well. Students as young as 3 years old will be accepted. Stevens said she looks forward to teaching adults, young girls AND young boys.

“Dancing is a great life skill,” Stevens said. “It’s good for the body, and teaches discipline and memory building. I still remember some combinations from routines I learned years ago!”

The studio is a brand new installation including a “floating floor” which is easier on the joints as it absorbs impact.

More information about classes, prices and times is available by phone at 305-735-6956 or email Jamie@kdastudios.com. 

The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting on Thursday, Aug. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Keys Dance Academy is located in the Town Square Mall, above Frank’s Grill.

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