Anyone Can Dance {pay-what-you-can dance classes}

Did you hear about the new dance program in the High Country?

Anyone Can Dance! is a dance program offering classes in ballet and tap to children ages 3-12 in the Boone area through Northwestern Studios. The program is structured with a sliding scale payment plan depending on income. Donation amounts will be kept private. Classes are taught by Appalachian State students who have a background in dance.

All classes are combination classes, meaning that they are split into two sections. Each class will have a ballet and tap section and students will learn both disciplines each week.

Emily Sharpe says, “I was fortunate enough to come from a family that could afford dance lessons and all the supplies that come with it-costumes, shoes, leotards, tights, etc. However, there are many children who do not have access to dance classes for financial reasons. Dance can be very expensive, especially to pursue more than one area of dance. I want every child to be able to be able to dance and express themselves, so I started Anyone Can Dance!”

For more information on classes and how to enroll your child, please visit the Anyone Can Dance! website.

Free Dance Program Coming to Boone in January 2018

Boone, N.C.  – A new dance program, Anyone Can Dance!, is coming to Boone in January 2018. The program, which will take place on Fridays at Northwestern Studios, will offer free ballet and tap lessons to children in the Boone community. Its mission is to expand access to dance classes to all children.

Anyone Can Dance! is led by Appalachian State University student, Emily Sharpe. She has danced for 15 years, focusing in the disciplines of ballet and tap. She has six years of experience as an assistant dance teacher and two as a lead teacher. She credits dance with giving her confidence and friends that are more like family, and sought to create a program that would allow all children to have the same experience.

The program offers classes for two age groups. The first class, held from four to five o’clock, is open to children ages three to seven. The second, held from five to six-thirty, is open to children seven to eleven. The classes have no strict dress code – students may wear any clothing that is comfortable to move in. Some examples are leotards, leggings, athletic shorts, and t-shirts. Students are also not required to bring their own shoes.

Classes for the spring semester begin on Jan. 19, 2018. For more information on the program or to register your child, visit or email Sharpe at