• Relevé Studio owner Melodi Schlueter shows a group of students what to do during a dress rehearsal. Schlueter currently operates her studio out of Journey Church but looks to purchase new space during the summer months. —Standard-Radio Post /McKenzie Wedel

Dance studio focuses on art, expression

Owner 'rises up' when faced with adversity

Dancing out of a makeshift studio is just the starting point for Relevé Studio owner Melodi Schlueter.

When circumstances hit hard earlier this year, Schlueter went back to her dancing background to not only make ends meet, but to pursue her love of teaching dance. She is currently teaching courses out of Journey Church.

“In January, things got tough and I had been trying to figure what I should do next,” she said. “I love teaching dance. It gives me life and is something that has been very important to me.”

A dancer and model for 19 years, Schlueter said the opportunity to open a studio fell in her lap.

“People started asking when dance class was because they wanted to be there,” she said.

Schlueter currently teaches 15 students from ages 2 to 12, but will expand her offerings for the summer. She teaches tap, ballet, jazz and lyrical and a once-a-month Mommy and Me class.

She is also Barre certified. According to Fitness Magazine, Barre incorporates elements from ballet, yoga and Pilates into exercises that focus on strength training and high reps of small range-of-motion movements.

She also wants to gear her studio away from the staple of competitions and more toward community events.

Her summer courses will focus on performances for nursing homes.

“Think Shirley Temple-style,” Schlueter said. “I want to gear those performances toward the era and genres that those folks know.”


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