A day in the life of
a local studio owner
4, 2000] Audra
Turley fell in love at the age of three—and she’s been
dancing ever since. At 32, Turley is the owner of
Audra’s Dance Studio on South McLean Street in Lincoln.
Mrs. Audra, as her students fondly refer to her,
puts in nearly 60 hours each week training people of all
ages the art of dance, whether it is tap, jazz, ballet,
clogging or Irish dance. “It’s what I want to do,”
teaches classes five or six days per week, year-round to
approximately 250 students. Her day begins around noon and ends
around 10 p.m., during which she teaches 45-minute sessions
back-to-back. She structures her classes in 15-minute increments of
stretching, technical training, and routine practice. To help her
out with her extremely busy schedule, Turley’s mother works with
her, taking care of her bookkeeping.
love of dance is what keeps her going, and plays a big part in her
success. “I don’t see myself ever giving it up,” she explains.
She believes her work is very rewarding because she is able to
witness the weekly progress and growth of her students. “When they
are finally done (with training) it’s hard to let them go, but to
see them mature over the years is very rewarding.”
pointe students warm up at the barre.]
the growth isn’t only evident in their dance ability. “Dance
gives the students a really positive self-image and confidence,”
she says. Intertwined in the dance instruction, Turley tries to
present the ideas of good sportsmanship and trying your best. These
ideas are reinforced through a variety of dance activities, such as
recitals, local performances and regional competitions. This year,
teams are planning performances in Branson, Missouri, Disney
World’s Magic Kingdom and Universal Studios in Florida.
Additionally, every year students have the option of performing in a
recital held for family, friends and the community. “It’s a fun
ending and a good experience,” she says.
believes equipping students with the proper technique is vital to
developing a good dancer.]
keeps abreast of the latest developments in dance by continually
learning new techniques and ideas at dance workshops. She explains
that she thinks it is extremely important for dance instructors to
have the proper training. “If you don’t know how to train them,
you could hurt them,” she contends. Turley holds a master’s
degree in dance and is a certified instructor.
the future, Turley would like to expand her studio by adding more
dance space and instructors. But she adds that she is very happy
with her work and appreciates the support of her family and her
husband. “I don’t mind coming to work every day,” she says.
“It really is fun.”
resides in Lincoln with her husband Brian.
learn the art of por de bras - placement of the arms.]