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PAINTSVILLE — Allie Wireman, Paintsville Small Business Development Center, Paintsville/ Johnson County Chamber of Commerce members, local elected officials, family and friends held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Turning Pointe Dance Center.

The new business is located at Starfire Hill.

A native of Johnson County, Wireman always had a love for dance. She began training in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop dance at a young age. She trained and competed for eight years as an All-Star and in college with the Division One College Dance National Dance Alliance for three years.

Wireman also performed in “The Great Russian Nut Cracker” present by the Moscow Ballet at the Pikeville Expo in 2008.

She knew when she began college at Radford University in Virginia that she wanted to pursue a career in dance and open her own studio. After graduating in December 2013, Wireman along with the assistance of her family located commercial property suited for her dance studio and her dream of opening her own business began to unfold.

In March, Wireman visited Morehead State University’s Small Business Development Center in Paintsville to discuss the proper procedure for opening her own studio with Michelle Spriggs, SBDC management consultant.

Spriggs assisted Wireman on licensing, tax information, marketing, social media outlets and other information related to opening her dance studio.

“The services that I received from Michelle and the SBDC were more than I could’ve asked for. She helped me with every single step of opening a business from filing for taxes, to getting a license, to the ribbon cutting and getting set up for opening day. She was constantly checking in to see how things are going and always let me know she was there if I needed any help. We are so lucky to have a place like this here in Johnson County and I am so grateful for the help I received through this program. I couldn’t have made it without Michelle and the SBDC,” said Wireman.

An open house and registration for new student classes will be held on Saturday, July 19, from 1-5 pm. Registration will be for ages three and up. Classes will be offered in jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary dance.

Turning Pointe Dance Center will be open from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call 606-264-7045.

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