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Meet LeToya Garland of School of Breaking in Aurora

Today we’d like to introduce you to LeToya Garland.

LeToya, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I first met my business partners, Chase and Tommy, as a customer of School of Breaking (SOB). I was taking my son to attend classes at SOB. After about six months of sitting in the lobby watching him dance, I started taking dance classes. I was inspired by Hip Hop Culture and the empowering School of Breaking community. I received support and encouragement that changed my life. As a gesture of gratitude, I started doing anything I could to give back to School of Breaking. I attended or volunteered at most SOB events to support the work they were doing for other students and the greater Colorado Hip Hop community. I told everyone I knew about School of Breaking and did my best to convince them they needed Hip Hop and Breaking in their lives. In the Summer of 2017, I officially joined Chase and Tommy as a co-owners of School of Breaking.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
School of Breaking opened its doors in 2012. Chase and Tommy had been working together for a few years and were friends for even longer before I joined them in 2017. Along with adjusting to working with these two brilliant minds, I was immersed in learning how to run a dance studio (on top of my duties as an IT administrator and code developer). Because friendship was such a strong foundation of School of Breaking’s leadership success, it was important for me to understand effective ways to communicate and provide feedback. I wanted to contribute and build trusting relationships that would lead to continued growth and success. A couple of months into this adventure, we were starting a new Fall Session, expanding our studio space to include the School Yard Community Event Center, preparing to perform at Breaking Convention at the Buell Theatre and optimistically waiting for Chase to recover from an unplanned hospitalization. The first six months were very challenging.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with School of Breaking – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
At School of Breaking, our mission is to educate, inspire and guide students to express their unique abilities and personalities through dance. We teach girls, boys, teenagers, women and men of all ages; from 3 to 60+ years old. We teach multiple styles of street and club dances but we specialize in teaching Breaking which is one of the four main elements of Hip Hop Culture. Hip Hop values peace, love, unity and having fun. School of Breaking is a place where everyone is made to feel welcomed and encouraged to express themselves freely. Our students are taught from a curriculum that is designed to help them progress from a Beginner to Mastery level. We also understand that there is no business without loyal customers. We do our best to provide high-quality classroom education and superior customer service. We employ certified instructors who are creative and talented champions of their chosen dance styles. The complete student experience, from online enrollment to attending the first class and our attention to details is what helps us stand out from most other dance studios.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
We are always preparing our business for continued growth. We want to do more to help dancers in our community have sustainable careers as competitors, performers and educators. We’d like to expand our School Programming outreach to share the healing power of Hip Hop with more youth in our state. We hope to find ways to connect with more students (children and adults) outside of our current location. This year we formed our first youth competitive breaking team. With all of the recent buzz around the potential for Breaking in the 2024 Olympics, we are excited to see what future possibilities will exist for BGirls, BBoys, and School of Breaking.

Pricing:

  • Tots Classes (age 3-6 years old) are $150 for 20-weeks
  • Kids, Teen and Adult Classes (ages 7+) are $250 for 20-weeks
  • Private Lessons are $60 per 1 hour (single person)
  • Drop-Ins are $18 per single class
  • 2-Hour Birthday Parties are $200 (for up to 15 kids)
  • Studio Rentals start are $20-$85 per 1 hour
  • School Programs (Assemblies, Workshops, Before/After School) start at $150 per 1 hour

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Image Credit:
DanVy Ngo, Fuad “Tommy” Talybov, Jason Braddock

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