Carolina Premier Dance holds ribbon cutting

NEWTON, NC – Kick up your heels, sashay across the room or pop and lock yourself to your heart’s content at Carolina Premier Dance Company, 514 West 21st Street. The new dance company held a ribbon cutting ceremony Monday to celebrate its opening in Newton.

Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said, “On behalf of the City of Newton, I want to welcome you. We’re here to support you.”

Carolina Premier Dance Company offers clogging, hip hop, ballet and tap, ballroom, Carolina shag, East/West Coast swing, acrobatics and tumbling and cheerleading classes. Private lessons are available, as are competition teams, dance companies and workout classes such as Zumba and a body blast program that incorporates core aerobics, Zumba, pilates and yoga.

Co-founders Stefanie Grubbs Canady and Darren Hedrick began their dance careers in 1983 and have collected several accolades along the way across a variety of dance styles. Carolina Premier instructors hail from around the nation and dancers and students will travel from eight states to learn and compete.

The dance studio is located in the former Moretz-Gold Toe plant, whose wooden floors appealed to them as dancers, Hedrick stated. Canady said Newton also serves as a central location for the many members of the competitive teams.

Find out what Carolina Premier Dance Company is all about at Fusion Fest 2014. From July 18 to 20, the dance studio will offer workshops for all skill levels. The dancing begins at 7 p.m. Friday night with a fun dance where all attendees are taught dances. The night ends with a solo/duo competition. Workshops ranging from hip-hop to jazz to shag will be offered throughout the weekend. For more information, visit

Carolina Premier Dance

From left, Newton Festival and Events Committee member Mike Sherrill, Newton Business Advisory Committee Chairperson Jerry Hodge, Newton City Council Member Wes Weaver, Council Member Tom Rowe, Zumba instructor Sarah Lail, hip-hop choreographer Melvin Howell, Carolina Premier owner Darren Hedrick, hip-hop instructor Cody Meadows, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Shareholder Relations Sabina Hardy, Carolina Premier owner Stefanie Grubbs Canady, Council Member John Stiver (rear), and Mayor Anne P. Stedman.