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Adult dancers with Soar Creative Arts Center begin with a fun warmup to start the class led by Ashley McGlothren, an alumna.

Adult dancers with Soar Creative Arts Center begin with a fun warmup to start the class led by Ashley McGlothren, an alumna.

Adult dancers with Soar Creative Arts Center begin with a fun warmup to start the class led by Ashley McGlothren, an alumna.

Adult dancers with Soar Creative Arts Center begin with a fun warmup to start the class led by Ashley McGlothren, an alumna.

Madeline Cancienne, Staff Reporter

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Soar Creative Arts Center, a local fine arts business, took over Hammond with its friendly and creative atmosphere. With dance, music and art lessons, the business has become a well rounded environment for anyone with a passion for the arts. 

Ashley McGlothren, the owner of Soar Creative Arts Center and a 2005 alumna, created the business because of her family’s love for the arts.

“My husband is a worship leader and is in a Christian band,” said McGlothren. “It’s a family business. My husband built the ballet bars. My mother-in-law works at the front desk, and my kids even help out stocking snacks.”

SCAC stands out from other local dance studios because of its diversity in the arts. The center offers different styles of dance classes such as hip hop, tap and jazz. There are recreational dancers as well as competition teams that compete throughout the south from Mobile, Alabama to Lafayette, Louisiana. The music department offers lessons in guitar, piano and vocals. The art department provides creativity, painting and drawing classes at different levels for their students. 

Not only does SCAC provide a variety of options to choose from, but it accepts people of all ages. As of now, ages range from 2 years old to 70 years old. While one child is in dance class, and another is in art class, a mom can learn to play the piano. This is a common dynamic in SCAC.

According to McGlothren, although variety makes the business stand out, the family’s Christian values play a crucial role in the business’ success. They keep a code of modesty and incorporate Christian music into their work. They believe that people should not have to compromise their beliefs while doing something they are passionate about.

SCAC grew from 150 students to 240 in a short span of time. This meant a change in venue, a larger staff and more classes within three years. What was once a two-room, small building, is now a large facility including an art room, two dance rooms and three music rooms.

“I never thought we would get this large. I’m having to turn at least five people away every day,” said McGlothren. “I think we’ve taken off the way we have because of our values.”

McGlothren takes pride in the business’ morals and providing a warm, welcoming environment for all who walk through the doors.

“I do not want my students to be another number that goes through here,” said McGlothren. “I want to know their names and personalities.”

University students teach a variety of classes at SCAC, mostly dance and tumbling classes.

SCAC encourages any student who is looking to learn at a beginner level to sign up for classes this spring. SCAC welcomes all students, regardless of age and experience, whether they want to learn how to play an instrument, dance or draw.

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