TRAVERSE CITY — Ellie LaPointe gives a big part of her life to the art of dance.
LaPointe, 17, spends four hours a day, five to six days a week, at the Dance Arts Academy off U.S. 31 in Traverse City. She and dozens of other young women move in unison to music. They run, jump and gesture with a grace that appears completely natural.
“When I was little and first started coming here, it was something to do to keep me occupied,” said LaPointe, who dreams of being a professional dancer. “I guess we didn’t realize what it would turn into.”
LaPointe is one of hundreds who take classes at the Dance Arts Academy co-owned by Betsy Carr and Sue Buck. The goal, Carr said, is to help young men and women find “a sense of self” through dance.
“A sense of belonging to something special,” Carr said. “A voice. A way to speak. You can hear their hearts speak when they dance.”
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