“It all started with my mother.
Nearly 50 years ago, Laurie St. Pierre Falgoust, mother of Nicole Falgoust Tanner, started dancing lessons at Le Petite Danse by Duanne Cormier.
“The first dance studio was located in Norco, next to my mom’s house,” Tanner said. “Ms. Duanne was her very first, last and only dance teacher. She was also like an older sister to my mother and later my mother became her right hand in the studio. The tradition of dancing in our family has grown. was continued when I was born.I was destined to become a dancer.
Tanner said that for as long as she can remember dancing and performing have been her passion and the studio her home away from home.
“Ms. Duanne was not only my dance teacher, but she treated me like a girl and was a positive influence in my life,” Tanner said. “The studio was literally my second home… I was literally in the studio for at least 4 hours a day It’s in my blood Like my mom, I too gave dance lessons for Ms. Duanne and ran the Paradis studio.
With her family there since the very beginning of Dance Unlimited, Tanner said she was thrilled to have the opportunity to fulfill her dream of owning and running her own dance studio – she is now the owner and director of Dance Unlimited of Paradis.
“I am delighted to continue the legacy created by Ms. Duanne and Mr. Al, and grateful for the opportunity to lead and mentor the next generation of dancers at Dance Unlimited of Paradis,” said Tanner. “As soon as I finished hygiene school in 2008 and got back from Monroe I started teaching dance there and earlier this year she had a reunion with me and me. said she wanted to sell me the Paradise location. “
Tanner has spent the last few months learning the business side of the studio.
“I am very excited,” Tanner said. “Of course, I’ve always said I would love to have my own dance studio, but I never would have thought of opening a studio ad competing with it. It was still a dream. I never thought Ms. Duanne was going to retire… she’s been doing since she was 18.
And while a studio facelift, logo change and other tweaks are underway, Tanner said she is determined to continue what has been defined at the studio.
“She created a legacy,” Tanner said of Cormier. “She’s done it right all these years. I’m not changing much… I’m just giving it a little boost. I just want to carry her legacy to this new generation of young girls.
Tanner went from full-time to part-time as a dental hygienist when she had her daughter Camille in August – a schedule she will continue.
She was, however, clear about where her devotion was.
“This will be my full-time thing,” Tanner said of the studio, adding that she was thrilled to be able to continue working alongside her mother. “My mom was very excited for me. She still actively teaches in the studio… she is delighted that I am making my dream come true. We always talked about it, but we never thought it would actually happen.
And while having her mom in the studio is wonderful, Tanner said she was very happy to enroll Camille in dance lessons.
“I wish it was like tomorrow… I can’t wait to have this dance class,” she said with a laugh. ” I can not wait. I just pray that Camille wants to be a dancer.
For more information about the dance studio, visit www.DUofParadis.com.