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Cumming Dance is settling in at third location

POSTED: August 4, 2014 12:02 a.m.
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Niki Watkins, the owner of Cumming Dance Academy, has a new studio at Trammel Road and Buford Highway in east Forsyth.

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EAST FORSYTH — Niki Watkins was touched when a fellow dance studio owner decided to pass on her legacy.

Watkins, the owner of Cumming Dance Academy, said her associate, Sherri Sampson, called her this spring and asked if she would like to take over the Born to Dance studio.

“I told her I was honored for sure that she chose me to come over because she loves dance and loves the children, she’s just been doing it so long that she’s ready to retire,” Watkins said. “I totally understand where she is, and I was just very honored that she felt good enough about our program that she wanted us to come in here.”

The site, at Trammel Road and Buford Highway in east Forsyth, was recently converted to Watkins’ third Cumming Dance Academy site.

CDA also has locations on Tribble Gap Road and nearby Elm Street, both near downtown Cumming.

Watkins said she was happy to add the new site due to its location, which is more convenient for many of her students and their families.

“A lot of our students who live in areas like Windermere or Chattahoochee [River Club] have transferred to this location now because it’s closer,” said Watkins of the 3,800-square-foot facility that includes two studios, lobby area and a space that can be used for private lessons or birthday parties.

“This is something that I’ve been wanting to do, is to get on this side of town for sure … we’ve been wanting to come to this area for a while and we’re super excited to be here.”

Watkins said the additional space won’t require more staff, although Sampson will be coming on board to teach two classes each week.

“I’ll be teaching over here on Mondays and we have such a large staff already that we were able to fill in their gaps for over here,” Watkins said.

The new site will also offer everything provided at the other Cumming Dance Academy sites, Watkins said.

In addition, all the former Born to Dance students have been offered an opportunity to continue their training at the site.

“[Sampson] has endorsed us to all of her students who were already here, so we’ve offered them free registration to stay here with us,” Watkins said.

“We want to welcome them as well as new people on this side of town who thought it was too far to drive [to our other locations].”

Watkins and her staff moved into the facility on July 1 and have been working to revamp it since then.

“We’ve come in and repainted and remodeled and kind of put our CDA touch on everything,” she said.

“We’re super excited and I think it’s going to be a great location for us.”


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