dance: dedrick perkins
In Conversation with Julia Foster
Dedrick Perkins was 21 years old and still a student at UNC Charlotte when he founded his own dance studio in 2014. He had begun teaching in dance studios in Monroe and Charlotte soon after coming to college and decided early on that he “valued the teaching aspect a lot more than performing.”
Now in its fifth year, Dedrick’s Dance District is thriving. The studio, located in the University area, has 50 students, two staff, and three instructors.
Dance/English major Julia Foster was a freshman when Dedrick was a senior. In their conversation, they talk about the challenges Dedrick faced as he started his business, how his dance education prepared him, and what Julia sees on her horizon.