Dance studio grounded in faith

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 2, 2015

PERFECT FIT: Pointe & Motion owner Bridgett Hunt helps Elle Larson, 5, try on a new pair of tap shoes.

PERFECT FIT: Pointe & Motion owner Bridgett Hunt helps Elle Larson, 5, try on a new pair of tap shoes.

Incorporating Christ into dance has been Bridgett Hunt’s passion her whole life.

“This is my childhood dream, and I always said if the Lord gave me the opportunity to teach dance that I would make sure that the girls were well equipped to do it for him,” Hunt said.

This week Hunt expanded her dance studio by opening a dancewear store called Pointe & Motion. The store at 3429 Suite A Halls Ferry Road, offers dancewear, dance shoes and also adult workout wear for each class they offer.

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“We are going to be offering some yoga classes and adult classes this year, which is new to our schedule, so we’re selling the attire,” Hunt said.

The store is open weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Point & Motion was born out of RiverPointe Dance Academy, the dance studio Hunt has owned for five years. Hunt’s first job outside of her family’s business was at Ballerina’s-N-Things, a dance retail store that has since closed. She loved working there and decided to incorporate a store into her studio when her students’ parents requested she order the pieces they needed for recitals.

The RiverPointe Dance Academy studio is moving from South Frontage Road into a larger location next door to Pointe & Motion. Hunt had hoped to have the three brand new studios in Suite B completed when classes resume in August, but they are now projected to open the new studio in September.

Classes start on Aug. 17 and are held Monday through Thursday from 3 until 9 p.m. There are five instructors that teach ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop and contemporary classes to students age 2 to adult.

The instructors mentor the students and start each class with prayer.

“As we interview, we make sure they’re grounded in their faith and they can mentor and share with the kids on how to use their talents for the Lord and how to be a good example,” Hunt said. “The dance world has become pretty corrupt so we’re trying to restore the arts through Christ.”

Now that she’s opened the store, her next goal is to start a dance company called The Pointe. The dance company will compete, but that is not their main focus.

“We want to help the girls develop their leadership skills and be examples for Christ as they go out in the community and use their dance skills for him,” Hunt said.

The faith-based company will travel to a couple competitions this spring and will perform in the community.

“My goal is to mentor girls and to help them learn excellent technical skills and to be able to use their talents with grace and dignity and not fall into the bad reputation that dance sometimes gets,” Hunt said.