Lisa Lemoine Garner, owner of Lemoine Academy of Dance for over 25 years, has recently taken on a new project. She adopted a new studio in her name to expand her already prosperous business endeavors.
Roseland, La. Dance studio owner Lori Trahan approached Garner months ago in need of her expertise. Trahan says she loves the dance world but due to her hectic home life, is in significant need of assistance to keep her dreams alive.
She owns a small studio in Roseland, La., just north of Amite City. Trahan said, “I knew I couldn’t give up on my true love of dance, but my family always comes first. I hoped Lisa would be my saving grace to help me keep both.”
Garner has been an established studio owner in Hammond since 1987. Starting out with less than 20 students, her original studio has grown to over 250 current students.
When Trahan approached Garner for a helping hand, she was ecstatic to take on the new endeavor. “I do it for the children. It’s always been about the children. I want to spread to the joy of dance to as manyyoung lives as I can,” Garner said.
The new studio is home to about 50 students. Garner intends to instill the same techniques and discipline in these students as she does with her original students in her local town. She uses some of her veteran teachers as ambassadors and sends them to instruct at the new studio. She also continues to employ instructors who were already working at the Roseland site.
“I have experience teaching at both the Hammond and Roseland studios. All of the children have the same passion to learn and dance,” says Lemoine Academy of Dance employee Olivia Marceaux.
Both the Hammond and Roseland studios offer instruction in ballet, tap, jazz and tumbling. Classes are offered for children starting at age 2 through the high school level.
Garner expects this new studio to grow just as her first one did. By the end of 2014, she hopes to have over 350 students enrolled between the two locations.