Syracuse Dance Company Offers Small Town Opportunity

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When Lindsey Bjork’s family moved to Syracuse, they were sad that the city did not have a dance company to continue their dance lessons. Many years later, she decided to open the Syracuse Dance Company.

Bjork grew up in Derby, Kan., And began her dancing career there at the age of three. She took dance and gymnastics lessons. She moved to Syracuse at the age of six.

Bjork had to travel to Omaha to take dance lessons and Lincoln to take gymnastics lessons.

“As I got older and these opportunities presented themselves, I was like… it would be really cool to start a dance company so that other kids have the opportunity, maybe, to find a home in the dance company, like I did it as a child, ”Bjork said.

In January 2018, Bjork decided to start the dance company located on 5th Street after teaching at the fitness center. She said she had so many students that she decided to open a new location so that she could offer classes to more children.

The company offers tumbling and dancing lessons, and it also has a karate instructor.

Bjork calls it a hybrid class between jazz and ballet, but students learn techniques from different styles. Tumbling is a lot like gymnastics, but using only floor skills, she said.

“My favorite thing about a teacher is seeing their pure joy,” Bjork said of her experience with children.

Children can start taking lessons from the age of three. Bjork said they don’t have an age limit and hopes to have an adult option soon.

For Karate, children can register from the age of four.

At present, the dance company has 97 students, mainly from Syracuse, but also from surrounding towns like Tecumseh and Palmyra.

Each class meets once a week for one hour of lessons. Bjork gives ten dance lessons and four tumbling lessons per week.

The karate instructor meets with the students five times a week.

The Syracuse Dance Company has won the Best of Otoe County award for best dance school for two consecutive years. Bjork said they won the award because they have the most supportive parents.

The dance company will have an annual recital at the end of its season which will run from September to April. The theme of the recital is Royal and will be presented at the elementary school on May 1st.


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