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Meet Marguerite Endsley of Denver Dance in East Park Hill

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marguerite Endsley.

Marguerite, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am born and raised in Denver, Co to a musical family which exposed me to the arts at a very early age. My brother and I started playing instruments at the age of 8 and still play today. But when I was in high school, I saw the movie Tap with Gregory Hines and begged my parents to let me take tap dance lessons, which then eventually led me to hip hop dance, aerial dance, owning a dance studio and becoming a performer.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been an extremely fun journey and excited for how it will continue as well. I have been very lucky being able to study with great artists which has gotten me to where I am today and I don’t have any struggles that really stand out to me, except the normal struggles of always learning and trying to stay on top of my game!

Please tell us about Denver Dance.
I own a dance studio that caters to adults and offers classes in hip hop, tap dance and aerial dance such as the Lyra, fabric, pole, etc. The main difference about my studio is that it is a home based studio and is in my backyard! I have taught since the age of 19 and traveling to a different studio every day to teach, and loved it. But I always knew someday I would want my own dance studio, and my father was my biggest influence on having a studio at my home. I grew up watching my dad run a music publications business, trumpet making and trumpet lessons all out of the house, which meant no overhead, flexibility of schedule and a unique environment. He always told me that if I could avoid having extra payments the better and to be my own boss.

So when I started teaching private lessons out of my living room, my husband said to me one day, “what if we had a tuff shed built in the backyard and turn it into a studio”? I went out that same day to look at them and got the plans in motion. Eight years later, Denver Dance is up and running strong and has become well known and respected in the dance community.

Denver Dance has also led me to many opportunities and currently, I am producing a weekly aerial dance show at The Clocktower Cabaret in downtown Denver called Aerial Assault, which brings Colorado’s top aerialists together to put on a show.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memories from my childhood are being with my parents, and how much they took time with us to have fun and really live life to the fullest. They made sure we did our work and had discipline, but there was no shortage of playtime, lunches and laughter!

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All photos are by Mel Haynes Photography

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