The torch has passed to the Curtis Studio of Dance.
Bonnie Curtis, who followed in her mother’s footsteps at the Carpinteria studio, is retiring after 48 years.
Nikki Powell, who has taught at the Curtis Studio of Dance for the past five years, will become the studio’s new owner and artistic director. The change will take place once the fall registrations are closed.
The studio began in the fall of 1973 when Bonnie Curtis’ mother, Mary Lou Curtis, opened. The photos show Bonnie as a young performer.
And now, in the studio’s final chapter, Ms. Powell will be overseeing the next generation of young dancers.
Ms. Powell began her love of dance at the Curtis Studio of Dance, where she trained for 13 years.
She graduated magna cum laude in May 2013 from Southern Methodist University in Dallas with a BA in Dance and Philosophy. His dance studies have included the Idyllwild Arts Academy, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, and numerous workshops.
She has been dancing professionally for eight years.
Ms Powell said she was excited to continue what Bonnie Curtis and her mother have built over the years at the Curtis Studio of Dance, where she took her first dance class at the age of 3. She said that this experience “changed my life forever.
“My love for dance took me on an incredible and fulfilling journey,” Ms. Powell said in a press release. “It’s an art form that fascinates me so much because it remains interesting, physically and mentally stimulating, and continues to reveal new things to me every day.
“This last year and a half has been very difficult as a professional dancer, and it made me realize how important the gift of dancing is,” she continued. “I love teaching and am very grateful for the wonderful students I have seen grow up over the years. I am so excited to take on the role of Owner and Artistic Director and share my passion and knowledge of dance with the next generation!
According to the press release, Ms. Curtis knows she is “leaving the studio in very capable hands.” For more information see www.curtisdance.com.