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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Dancing duo

  • If there’s anything Sadie Thomas and Sydney Zortz love more than dancing, it’s teaching other people how to danced.

    They’ll be doing plenty of that at the Dance Pitt, their new dance studio at 701 E. Washington.

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  • If there’s anything Sadie Thomas and Sydney Zortz love more than dancing, it’s teaching other people how to danced.
    They’ll be doing plenty of that at the Dance Pitt, their new dance studio at 701 E. Washington.
    “We both have always wanted to own a dance studio, and when we became best friends, we decided to do it together,” Thomas said. “It seemed like a good idea and a great opportunity, so we went for it.”
    “Our  first classes will start Thursday,” Zortz said. “We’ve got students lined up from pre-school to college age, but mostly they’re high school students.”
    Zortz and Thomas aren’t much older than that. Zortz will graduate from Pittsburg State University, and Thomas will graduate in two years.
    “We’re both majoring in elementary education, and this kind of gives us the background to work with kids,” Zortz said.
    And, despite their youth, both bring many years of experience to their studio. Zortz began dancing lessons with the Jody Phillips Dance Company when she was 2 1/2, and Thomas  enrolled when she was 3. Later on, both taught in the company.
    In summer 2010 both were selected as instructors by the Universal Dance Association, teaching high school students at UDA camps throughout Kansas.
    “I’ve always loved dancing, but when I started out teaching, I loved that even more,” Thomas said.
    “There’s something special about teaching somebody something,” Zortz added. “It’s great to see them learn.”
    Setting up their studio has been a learning experience in itself. It is located on the eastern side of the old National Mills building.
    “This was just a big open space, so we put in two dancing rooms and a parents room,” Zortz said. “We’re really excited by how much space we have. A lot of studios don’t have this much space.”
    “Our brothers and fathers have been doing the work,” Thomas said. “It’s been pretty fun.”
    “We’ve learned to sheet rock,” Zortz said. “We could go into construction.”
    In addition to their PSU studies and teaching at their new studio, Thomas and Zortz are also both members of the Crimson and Gold Dance Team. It’s a lot to do, but they aren’t worried.
    “We work best when we’re busy,” Zortz said.
    She is the daughter of Jennifer Lawrence, Weir, and a Southeast High School graduate. Zortz was an All-American with the Cheerleading Technical Camp for three years, and danced in the Champs Bowl in Orlando, Fla., and the NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. She won the Rhythm of Excellence Award, was honored as Studio Dancer of the Year by the  Tremain Dance Competition and also received the Megan Mallatt Scholarship for dance.
    Page 2 of 2 - Thomas is the daughter of Stacy and Steve Thomas, Pittsburg. She is a Pittsburg High School graduate, and was on the PHS dance team and cheerleading squad. She served as dance team co-captain her last two years at PHS and received the Megan Mallatt Leadership Award, an honor voted on by members of the dance team. Thomas was also honored as a Universal Dance Association All-Star.
    Anyone wanting additional information about their new studio may e-mail thedancepitt@hotmail.com.
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