The Upstate’s first combo dance and yoga studio designed to address socioeconomic divides in the arts
(Greenville, SC) – ReVision Dance and Yoga Studio (ReVision) is pleased to announce the launch of the Upstate’s first combo dance and yoga studio designed to address socioeconomic divides in the arts. Sumter county native, Dr. Monica Hughey (YTT 200), launched ReVision Dance and Yoga Studio to address social and economic inequities in traditional studios by offering affordable and accessible dance and yoga to marginalized communities. ReVision dance and yoga studio operates under the belief that dance is an art form that allows those who may not be able to articulate themselves verbally an opportunity to express themselves through movement, and yoga is an affordable way to address wellness.
Dance and yoga are forms of self-expression, self-care, and wellness. No child should be deprived of the ability to express themselves or take care of their mental well-being due to financial and social barriers.Dr. Monica Hughey, CEO & Founder of ReVision
“Dance and yoga are forms of self-expression, self-care, and wellness. No child should be deprived of the ability to express themselves or take care of their mental well-being due to financial and social barriers,” says Dr. Monica Hughey, ReVision’s founder, and CEO. “While I was fortunate enough to take professional dance classes from the age of 3 through adulthood, I realize that the average dance studio costs – tuition, costume fees, registration fees, etc. are barriers that contribute to unequal access to professional training. Equitable access is one reason I chose to create a nonprofit studio.”
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
ReVision operates under the core beliefs that diversity in the instruction of the arts, particularly in dance and yoga, is imperative to empowering the next generation of students and propelling the dance and yoga communities forward; commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion must be systemic and engage multiple stakeholders and that community support is essential to bringing dance and yoga to underserved communities. “It was my experience as a parent of two young dancers that made me realize the need to address diversity in studios in the Greenville area. The intentional disregard for varying skin tones in dance costumes and hair texture in considering recital styles by a local dance studio placed me in a position to want and need to address systemic barriers and discrimination in traditional studios.”
To Alleviate Barriers
To alleviate barriers to physical access, ReVision has partnered with the City of Greenville to offer classes at local community centers – such that classes are available to all Greenville County citizens.“Many parents simply aren’t able to leave work and rush across town for their child to participate in activities. Other parents may have to work a second job and need to access classes closer to their home,” notes Dr. Hughey.
Registration for in-person group, private and online classes for dance and yoga students ages 2 and up is ongoing. To register for classes, visit bit.ly/registerReVisionDance.