It’s Your Business: Mint Hill Dance Center

Since 2010, Mint Hill Dance Center has offered the youth of Mint Hill instruction in a wide variety of dance styles.

Owner and director Whitleigh Cook has been dancing in the Charlotte area since she was six years old, going on to receive a B.F.A. in dance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

The Center is in its third year, and Cook says they’ve nearly doubled their students each and every year, starting with 10, and having nearly 60 this year. Teaching ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, tumbling, modern, and cultural dance, Mint Hill Dance Center offers classes every night of the week except Sunday, to students ages 3-18.

One of their more memorable performances is this year’s flash mob at Mint Hill Madness. The center is involved in many charities, giving to Relay for Life, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the American Heart Society, among others.

 

MHDC also has a competition team, which began in 2011-2012, has already won a number of awards, and has already begun auditions for the 2012-2013 team. Cook said the studio is currently looking to move from their current location at 4614 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road to a larger, more central location in the McEwen shopping center on Lawyers Road.

For more info on what MHDC offers or how to register for classes, visit minthilldancecenter.com.

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Barnes acts as ‘home wrecker’ during Homecoming game

Isiah Robinson returns the opening kickoff.

Friday nights’ game between Independence and the host South Meck Sabres took a while to get action going on either side of the ball. Both teams went scoreless in the first quarter. It was not seconds into the second quarter when, Patriots QB Jason Connella connected with his favorite wide out, Dequan Barnes for an 18 yard touchdown catch. Indy went up first, seven to zero at 11:09 left in the second quarter. About three minutes later, Connella kept the ball and ran it 16 yards for the second score of the night for Indy. The extra point was good, and the Patriots were up 14-0 with 8:08 minutes left in the first half.

Defense makes big plays

Senior Jack Tocho made some big plays in the next possession of the ball by South. Tocho made an open field tackle that prevented the Sabres from scoring and also intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop South as they marched down the field into Indy territory.

Getting looks

Barnes would get one more look from Conella before the end of the half. This time, he caught a five yard TD pass with 19 seconds to go before the half. The extra point was no good but Indy led 20-0 at halftime. It would take Independence almost five minutes before they were able to score in the third quarter. Connella looked Barnes’ way again and threw him a 65-yard TD pass. The score is: Indy 27, South Meck 0. Almost four minutes later the Connella-Barnes duo connected again, this time with 29-yard TD pass in the third quarter. The Patriot defense had two more big plays during the next two possessions of the ball by South. Defensive back Deion Washington saved an open field TD run by bringing down the Sabre ball carrier, stopping him on the Independence 14 yard line. Senior LB Chris Turpin put an end to the Sabre drive when he intercepted a pass.

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