On Thursday Sept. 16, The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce held an official ribbon cutting for local business Sole Impulse Dance Studio.
Sole Impulse offers clogging and hip hop classes for all ages, from three-year-olds all the way up to adults. The studio also boasts several very successful competition dance teams. According to Sole Impulse owner Sarah Hughes, she and her business partner Katelynn Cagle are both longtime Dawson County residents and graduates from Dawson County High School.
“We are ten-time national champions now, so clogging competitions are predominantly what we do as far as competitions go,” Hughes said. “We have four competition clogging teams and we have two competition hip hop teams as well — we’re one of two studios in the whole state who offer competitive clogging.”
The traditional dance that was once characterized by wooden shoes and barn dance floors has evolved. These days, the dancers incorporate other contemporary dance forms, such as hip hop, into their routines while they move their feet to the beat of popular artists.
At one point, the dance studio was the focal point of a TLC reality show “Dance Down South,” focused on the clogging team’s journey to nationals
The studio, now in its 15th year of operation, started in Dawson County before moving to Forsyth County for 10 years. As of last year Hughes and Cagle decided to move their business back up to Dawson.
“We’re just so happy to be back in this area,” Hughes said. “It was nice in Cumming...we were there for 10 years and we did really well there, but we’re both from here, so we’re happy to be back up here. Most of our students are more from Dawsonville anyways.”
Cagle took classes from Hughes for 10 years before becoming her business partner, and the two, plus their other teacher Karley Thurmond, operate the studio. Hughes said that she was excited to bring on Cagle as her business partner and to further a local female-owned business.
“We’re just happy to continue to try to encourage women getting involved in small business and women running it,” Hughes said.
In a short presentation before the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dawson County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Chair Heather Warner welcomed Sole Impulse back to Dawson County, expressing how excited she and the rest of the chamber are for the studio to join them.
“We’re always so excited for a new business to come in that can provide activities for our younger children, and if you offer an adult hip hop class I might sign up,” Warner said. “So welcome, we’re super excited to have you here, and we hope you grow to love this community as much as we do.”
Sole Impulse Dance Studio is located at 124 Storage Way Suite 140 in Dawson County. For more information about the studio, go to http://www.soleimpulsedance.com/.