ROCHELLE CLARKSON MAKES YOUNG DANCERS SHINE
Question. What do you consider your biggest accomplishment?
Answer. Alliance Dance Academy is the most significant accomplishment in my career. We have created a studio that has filled a need in our community, and have given kids the opportunity to find their love of dance and still be kids.
Q. What recent project makes your services more accessible?
A. We are excited to offer our Stars Program for the more serious and dedicated dancer. The program is both affordable and obtainable for every family, allowing dancers to compete and perform without the family having to sacrifice other important commitments.
Q. What advice would you give to young women who want to succeed?
A. If you want to be a dancer, find the best training you can. A teacher with compassion and tenderness to guide you through your years of training. Surround yourself with like-minded people, stay true to your passion, and focus on your goal.
Q. How do you maintain a balance between work and fun?
A. My husband and I take every chance we get to spend time on our sailboat, Turning Pointe. It is ammazing how 24 to 36 hours aboard Turning Pointe can clear our minds and allow us to refocus on our businesses. My husband is the Owner of Alliance Group
Realty, with an office on Hilton Head Island and another in Old Town Bluffton, and He works crazy hard like I do. We both understand how important it is to step away from our work to reconnect and relax together and we do it often.
Q. Who helped you along your way to success?
A. I would have never opened another dance studio if it weren’t for the urging of Brian Biro, a motivational speaker and friend. He told me, “we are all put on this earth to do one thing, and it is our duty to do it as long as we are able.” Introducing dance to our youngest kids is what I love most. Providing a safe and nurturing place to explore dance is what I am good at. Bringing qualified, caring teachers together that have the desire to help kids find their passion is what I do best. The parents and dancers we have at Alliance Dance Academy prove to us every day that we have the right model and that it works.
Q. What kind of obstacles have you overcome?
A. Opening a new business as a woman is difficult. Growing it from scratch is difficult.
Together, my amazing staff, family and friends help every day to calm those fears. Obstacles are put there to challenge you and make you stronger. I have learned to face them head on and not to let them scare me away from making my dream a reality.
Q. What have you learned about entrepreneurship and teamwork?
A. Team work makes the dream work. Parents, dancers, teachers, and community support makes Alliance Dance Academy what it is today. Our more than 200 dancers have outgrown our current location in just 18 months, so we must be doing something right.
Q. How long have you lived in the Lowcountry?
A. I moved here from Orlando with my husband and our wheaten terriers in 2004.
4383 Bluffton Parkway, Bluffton