Dance Alley held its final performance at the South Laurel auditorium Sunday.

After 10 years in business, owner Heather Holliday is closed the doors to pursue other interests - primarily to spend more time with her family.

The recital theme was "This is Us," and Holliday said it reflected "who we were as a studio dance group in London." Sunday's recital featured pop, classical, and hip hop performances by the students who ranged in age from 2 years old to 18.

"In those 10 years, we've won 14 national titles, three World Championship titles and one Summit World Champion title," she added. "We've competed all over Kentucky and were part of the Universal Dance Association and competed there in Orlando. Teams with the UDA include independent studios and schools so we competed against school dance teams."

Holliday estimated approximately 500 dance students have passed through her doors - and actually has three students who have been with the studio for the past nine years. Some former students have since graduated high school and moved on to college but some of whom return to update Holliday on their lives.

Holliday's not giving up everything concerned with dance, however, adding that she will still be doing some choreography and judging. And she is encouraging her students to continue their interest in dancing by joining other dance studios in the area.

"I suggested to them to continue dancing and I think a good portion of them will go on to other dance studios," she said. "And even though I'm closing my dance studio, I'm really proud of the accomplishments we've had. I'll always remember the kids and all the people I've met and I hope I've made a real impact in their lives. There are friendships and memories that I will always cherish."

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