Dance Studio 111 on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

After 20 years in business Dance Studio 111 continues to grow and is inviting the community to come celebrate and enjoy a production that shows off the best of the studio.

Kimberly Lewis started the dance studio, once known as Kimberly Lewis School of Dance, 20 years ago as a place for her dance team, the Suns Dancers, to work and practice. Since that time several students have gone on to become professional dancers around the world.

On Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31 the studio will show off those success stories and relive their favorite dances in a 20th Anniversary Production at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The production will begin with a video montage of former students sharing memories and their success.

“I was really touched by what people had to say about the studio and growing up in the studio and the fact that they are now working in the dance industry because of what they have learned from dancing at Dance Studio 111 and Kimberly Lewis School of Dance,” Lewis said. “It was very surreal. I’m very fortunate.”

After the video Lewis and her staff have taken their favorite dances from each production they’ve done over the years and combined them into one show with a variety of music and dance.

Lewis said it’s because of her excellent staff and those who have stayed by her side for more than 20 years, like her artistic director Carrie Matheus-Anders and the artistic director of the “Nutcracker Ballet,” Jill Hammond, that she has been able to stay in business.

“Most of my staff has been by my side and because of that and because of the support of our community and all the families in the Ahwatukee Foothills community, we’ve been around for 20 years,” she said. “This is a night of celebration. I’d love for our community to come out and celebrate with us.”

Tickets for the show are now on sale and can be purchased at the Chandler Center for the Arts box office.

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