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Local studio owner shares dance moves

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Summer Hinton works with young ladies during a dance class Tuesday morning at Danceworks in Prescott. The studio offers swing, tap, jazz and ballroom instruction.

Jo. L. Keener/The Daily Courier<p> Summer Hinton works with young ladies during a dance class Tuesday morning at Danceworks in Prescott. The studio offers swing, tap, jazz and ballroom instruction.

PRESCOTT - Summer Hinton has some smooth moves.

Hinton is sharing her decades of dance experience with students at her new dance studio, Summer's DanceWorks at 843 Miller Valley Road.

"I love teaching people of all ages," she said. "I'm smiling all day long because I'm teaching all day long."

Hinton teaches tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, partner and ballroom dancing, with classes for adults and children.

The first class is 9 a.m. and the last is around 8 p.m. to accommodate the schedules of young children, students and working adults.

Hinton credits her mother with getting her into dancing after playing records of Broadway musicals during Sunday morning breakfasts.

"After singing and dancing and knocking over a few lamps, my mother decided to put me in dance class to help channel my energy," she said.

Dance classes over the years gave Hinton the push she needed to seek a bigger stage.

"I knew that I at least wanted to try to be a professional," she said.

Three weeks after graduating from high school in the mid-1970s, Hinton bought a ticket and flew in for an audition at a prominent hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

Hinton got a job as a jazz and tap dancer a few days later.

"I just loved it so much I stayed with it," she said.

Over the ensuing decade, Hinton's dancing skills kept her busy with stints on television, three U.S.O. tours, and shows in Las Vegas and Reno.

Hinton then went into dance teaching and choreography.

"Ever since high school I've been very lucky to always make my living from some aspect of dancing," she said.

She charges $50 a month for once-a-week classes, and offers family and multiple-class discounts.

For information, call 583-7277 or visit www.summersdanceworks.com.

Contact the reporter at jsoifer@prescottaz.com

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