Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma August 2018 - Page 11

Dance Makers owners Michael Pone, Gina Bramlett and Gary Bramlett. Dance Makers of Edmond has area residents of all ages interested in learning a fun new skill. instructor and choreographer, has received numerous Top Teacher awards over her 30 year career. She coopened Dance Makers in 1988 and then, in 2000, a ballroom program at the University of Oklahoma. Gary Bramlett has co-owned and operated Dance Makers since its debut in 1988. He has taught at numerous colleges throughout Oklahoma including a 15-year career with the University of Oklahoma. Michael Pone has been a professional Latin competitor, ballroom instructor, coach and choreographer for 35 years. In 1988 he co-opened Dance Makers Inc. and in 2000, partnered in creating the ballroom dance program at OU. Bramlett said most of their dance students range in age from 40 to 80. “We are Baby Boomers,” she said. “This a great together sport. We have people from 40 to over 80 here. We have just as many men students as we have women students.” Bramlett said they have students who have been with them since the beginning. “Most people come for the hobby,” she said. “They don’t dance anywhere but here at the studio. We have three couples that have been with us since we opened in 1988. This is their together thing that they do.” Bramlett said ballroom dancing has also gained popularity due to the television show “Dancing with the Stars.” “Dancing with the Stars has been a great advertisement for all dance studios,” she said. “Ballroom dancing is just a term of two people dancing together. It could be country and western dancing, swing dancing or salsa dancing.” Bramlett said they have a dance party every Thursday as well as dance events throughout the year. “We have a party every Thursday night for our students,” she said. “We do group classes and we all meet up in our big ballroom and we have a party. They can practice what they have learned from their lessons with other people who are learning.” Bramlett said Dance Makers offers something for everyone. “We are known for our red carpet service,” she said. “We make sure that our students get what they came for.” For more information call 405-285-0095 or email: info@dancemakers.net or visit www.dancemakers.net. August 2018 | The Business Times 11