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Young entrepreneur buys dance studio

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From play to passion to profession, dance has been at the center of Caitlin Privette’s life and the new owner of Toe 2 Toe Dance hopes to share it with others.

“Toe 2 Toe is a fun-loving studio,” Privette said. “It really is more than just a dance studio. It is a family-centered group where the people you dance with become more than just other dancers, they become sisters.”

Toe 2 Toe Dance was opened in 2008 by Stephanie Stancil and Privette joined the business 11 months ago.

“The previous owner approached me in December because she saw something in me and wanted to see the business,” Privette said.

Privette is studying dance at Meredith College in Raleigh, but with the help of her grandparents — Wanda and Sam Walker of Youngsville — along with her own savings, the 20-year-old purchased the business and took over on Aug. 1.

“The new staff this year are bringing a lot to the table,” she said. “They’ve all got great credentials and are helping make our programs even better.”

Toe 2 Toe has classes ranging from ballet to tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, tumbling, musical theater and ballroom for ages 2 and up. Privette can relate to the business’s youngest clients after having started tap and ballet when she was just a toddler.

“What got me into dancing at the age of 3?” Privette said. “My mom put me into it because she thinks every little girl should dance. When I started, I was dancing all the time and I didn’t want to stop.”

With five teachers in two studio spaces at 3475 Airport Blvd. Suite A, Toe 2 Toe also has a competitive dance team that will perform during the Dec. 28 halftime show at the Camping World Bowl in Florida. That team is made up of 22 girls between the ages of 3 and 18.

“Our competition team is growing and has doubled in size this past year,” Privette said.

The Youngsville native said she hopes to expand the business within the next three years. For more information, visit www.toe2toedancellc.com/.

SUPPORT FOR VETERANS

The application deadline for veterans seeking a mortgage-free home has been extended.

Wade Jurney Homes has partnered with Operation Homefront to provide a home in the Freeman Place neighborhood near downtown Wilson and applications for the three-bedroom house are due by Aug. 12. The program is open to active and inactive military, National Guard and reserve service members as well as honorably discharged veterans.

“Having a safe and secure place to call home is a critical factor in helping our military families have the opportunity to thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities they have worked so hard to protect,” Operation Homefront President and CEO John Pray Jr. said in a press release, “which is why we are deeply grateful for Wade Jurney’s continued support and thrilled to team with this amazing corporate sponsor to provide another mortgage-free home to another deserving military family.

“Simply put, it will be life-changing.”

Since 2012, Operation Homefront has awarded more than 600 mortgage-free homes to military families, including 54 families in 2017. More information as well as applications and a list of qualifications is available by visiting www.homesonthehomefront.org/.

EXTRA! EXTRA!

Operation Homefront is also wrapping up a partnership with Dollar Tree dubbed the Back-to-School Brigade. For the 10th year in a row, Dollar Tree customers can donate school supplies through Thursday at Dollar Tree stores. The supplies will be distributed to military children throughout the country with more than 300,000 backpacks given away since 2008.

Organization officials said families spent $500 per student in 2017, but the program helps to alleviate some of the financial burdens for veterans.

Got an idea for news to include in next week’s Main Street Minute? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 252-265-7821 or bhandgraaf@wilsontimes.com.

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