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August 17, 2013

Steppin' With Stacey celebrates 30 years

CLINTON — For 30 years, Stacey Hagge has had one passion and one inspiration in her life — dance.

A recital at the Vernon Cook Theater today will celebrate that milestone of what Hagge has accomplished with her studio, Steppin’ With Stacey, and the generations of dancers she has taught.

“I have loved each and every one of my students,” Hagge said. “Kids that I taught years ago are now bringing their own children in to learn; it’s pretty amazing.”

One of those students, Bree Crigger, has danced at Steppin’ With Stacey for 13 years and now her daughter is a part of the studio.

“It’s an experience that I didn’t want my daughter to miss out on,” Crigger said. “She’s now in her third year at the studio.”

Hagge’s dancers have preformed at the Vernon Cook Theater for the past 29 years and today’s show will mark the 30th performance for the group.

When Hagge looks back on her years performing and teaching only one thing comes to mindL: “Where does the time go?”

After an opportunity to open the studio fell in her lap in August 1983, Hagge decided to roll with it and see what happened. Now, 30 years later, she continues to teach with the same passion she had as a young woman, opening her very own dance studio.

“If you have a passion for dance you will always find a way back to it; for me, I’ve never left it,” Hagge said.

As the years pass, and dancers have come and gone from the studio, one thing has always remained the same; the street name listed on the Steppin’ With Stacey brochure.

Although the buildings may have changed, Steppin’ With Stacey has been located on the Main Avenue strip in the Lyons District of Clinton for its 30 years of existence.

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