A dance studio business that Donna Brum started in the basement of her home in Lansing has continued to teach dance moves to thousands of students in northwest Indiana and the southern suburbs, including many pursued careers in the arts.
Donna Brum Dancers turns 50 this year. Dozens of Schererville Dance Studio alumni will mark the occasion by returning to participate in their annual recital at 6 p.m. on June 7 and 3 p.m. on June 8 in the auditorium of Morton High School in Hammond.
“Dancing has made a real difference in the lives of my students,” said Brum. “I have witnessed magical changes. Sure, this is a great exercise, but it also helps improve socialization skills. And kids develop the confidence they need as young adults. I think that’s what makes me the most proud of my years as a teacher.
Brum’s mother, Helen Trigg, always wanted to dance but never got the chance.
She passed on her passion to Brum. Trigg dressed his daughter like child star Shirley Temple, put her hair in banana curls, and took her on the bus to dance lessons every week.
After tap dancing in many school talent shows, Brum began teaching a variety of artistic genres in his basement studio in Lansing.
“We have gone beyond that space and built a new house, also in Lansing, with room for a much larger studio,” Brum said. “Then we moved to Schererville, which is even bigger and has state-of-the-art equipment. “