BIBLE HILL, N.S.
Deborah Mitton can now do a lot of her work without leaving home.
When she learned she had to move Show Case Studio out of the Halliday building on Arthur Street, since the building is soon to be sold, she decided to move some parts of her business into her home and to redefine some of the programs she offers.
Her office, shop and costume corner are now at 7 Main St., a large yellow house, and most dance classes are held in the meeting room at Enchanted Forest.
“The arrows kept pointing to doing things this way,” she said. “The shop and costuming is a big part of what I do and I love having it right in my home.
“I have a workshop where I make costumes, which I really enjoy. I love preparations for a big performance.”
She has recently been busy creating costumes for The Crucible, which is being staged Oct. 21 at the Alumni Theatre. She also sells dancewear and outfits for skating.
She said although the meeting space at Enchanted Forest isn’t large, it’s all she needs for most of her classes, as she is focusing on small groups.
“Quality, not quantity, is the goal. I want to create strong foundations and will refer students to other studios when they’re ready.”
Her goal is to have children ready musically, strength wise, attention wise and flexibility wise and disciplined enough to go into fields such as progressive ballet, highland, tap, gymnastics, martial arts and cheerleading by the age of seven.
Mitton, who has coached at the international level and danced with professional groups, will continue to hold adult ballet, belly dancing and ballroom classes, with thoughts of a larger space for ballroom.
“Dancing provides benefits for life,” she added. “It can give you the flexibility to do things like bending over to tie your shoes comfortably, and it’s a lot of fun.”