Kinspire Pre-professional Dance Studio wins big and returns home with serious hardware.
(Excerpts from Eric John Monson, News Editor, The Chronicle News)
Kurtis Aragon glistens with beads of sweat and is slightly breathless; a man always on the go. “I have five graduating seniors this year. I promise the students that when they are a graduating senior, I’ll do a duet with them. So, I have to do five duets at this recital.” “This recital” is the annual spring concert where Aragon showcased the 130-some students featured in the award-winning performances that won 33 trophies at the recent Talent on Parade competition in Colorado Springs.
This has been a bellwether year for Kinspire as they’ve begun to accomplish feats that even studios in much larger, urban areas, could only dream of. In April Aragon took 60 dancers to the Talent on Parade competition which is large and popular and filled mostly with urban studios. Kinspire brought home multiple medals in 15 categories and was the most announced studio during the awards ceremony. “The most we’ve taken to a competition before is 25-30, so we took a lot of first time competitors.” Aragon even picked up a new student who was so insistent that he be trained by Aragon that he is now traveling regularly from Colorado Springs for classes in Trinidad.
Because of his studio’s growth and reputation, Aragon is now expanding to a second location in Pueblo which will open this month (July).