Laura Branfuhr began taking dance lessons when she was two years old. She danced in class, in her room, in the grocery store and just about anywhere big enough to attempt a pirouette. As much as she loved dancing there were a couple of hindrances along the way. Inappropriate lyrics, dance moves and costumes were all concerns her family faced, each year at recital time. As they continued through the dance world, they found a growing determination that there MUST be a better way then what they were experiencing. Silver Lining Dance Academy was not something that was planned. It was one of those things that God drops in your lap unexpectedly. Sometimes the gifts that you least expect, end up being some of the greatest blessings of all.
In 2002, as a 12-year-old ballerina Laura LIVED to dance. When the opportunity presented itself for her to share her love of dancing with an energetic 6-year-old, she jumped at the chance. In the fall of 2002 she started tutoring a little girl named Katie in ballet for 30 minutes a week. Because she was not affiliated with a dance studio she was able to choose her own music, dance moves and costumes. A new freedom was born and with that a joy of teaching and Silver Lining Dance Academy. After three months of tutoring Katie, it was time to add two more students to complete the trio. Rachel and Sidney joined the dancing crew that winter. Katie, Rachel, Sidney danced in the very first Silver Lining Dance Academy Recital (at the time called Laura's School of Dance). By the time the second recital rolled around she had added four more students to her mini-studio. Jumping ahead a couple of years, by 2004 in was apparent that Laura's living room just wasn't big enough for God's plans. She began teaching structured classes through a series of homeschool co-ops and continued to expand her student base. Spring Performance 2005, with 30 students to it's name, our name was changed to Silver Lining Dance Academy. We chose this name because it was so clear that this had been God's vision all along, to bring this silver lining into the dance world of Myrtle Beach.
In 2007, after Laura had graduated high-school she faced a difficult dilemma. Should she leave her dance academy to pursue her education in dance at a four year college, or should she stay and work the field that God had placed her in. If she stayed how was she to continue improving and better herself as a instructor beyond her natural abilities? After much prayer and debate the answer began to surface. She would stay September through May and continue her education over each summer in places like New York, Atlanta, and more. This was the answer for it all, she has continued this every year and is in the process of becoming certified through Dance Masters of America. With that decision in place it was time to stop teaching in Conway, Surfside at different churches and co-ops and put down SLDA's roots for good. We opened our Forestbrook location that Autumn and have been there ever since.
Though we have grown very much in size (from 7 to nearly 100), our mission has remained the same. We don't believe that you have to dance only to Christian music while wearing robe-like costumes. However we do believe that in an up-beat and contemporary way, we can have fun and please God through dance as it was originally intended (Psalm 150:4). Make sure to check out our instructors page. From our family to yours, thank you so much for the last 10 years of dance, we'd love to have you for the next 10 too.