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D. Simone School of Dance




Transforming Fort Wayne’s Youth and Seniors Through Comprehensive Dance Training Programs and Community Engagement

Finding Rhythm, Building Resilience: The D. Simone Dance Experience

In the heart of Fort Wayne, amidst the bustling streets and vibrant culture, Destanie Rogers is orchestrating a dance revolution with D. Simone School of Dance. With a lifelong love for dance cultivated through years of training and teaching, Destanie’s vision is to create a haven where youth and seniors alike can discover the transformative power of movement.

Simone School of Dance isn’t just about teaching dance steps; it’s about fostering confidence, self-expression, and a sense of belonging. Drawing from her own experiences and successes, Destanie understands the impact dance can have on individuals’ lives. From ballet to hip hop, tap to contemporary, the studio offers a diverse range of classes catering to students of all ages and skill levels.

Destanie’s dedication to her craft is evident in her achievements. As a choreographer, she has garnered accolades and invitations to prestigious competitions, showcasing her talent and commitment to excellence. Now, with D. Simone School of Dance, she aims to pass on her knowledge and passion to the next generation of dancers, empowering them to reach new heights and embrace their artistic potential.

With the support of her mentor and a clear vision for growth, Destanie plans to use the grant from the Fortitude Fund to launch a dynamic website for her studio, enhancing accessibility and outreach. Additionally, she intends to allocate funds towards strategic marketing efforts, spreading the word about D. Simone School of Dance and attracting new students to join the movement.

Destanie’s journey is not just about building a successful business; it’s about creating a legacy of inspiration and empowerment through dance. As she paves the way for aspiring dancers in Fort Wayne, she embodies resilience, passion, and the transformative power of pursuing one’s dreams. D. Simone School of Dance isn’t just a studio; it’s a sanctuary where rhythm meets resilience, and every step tells a story of triumph.

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