A new dance studio is coming to Salem.
Arianna Thompson plans to hold the first classes at En L’air Academy of Dance and Acrobatics on Oct. 5. Thompson said she’s been a dance educator for 11 years and has a bachelor’s degree in fine arts in dance.
Her studio will offer ballet, jazz, acrobatics, hip-hop, modern and contemporary styles of dance to students ages 3 to 18.
Thompson said she’s been dreaming of opening her own studio her whole life, even when she was a little girl. She enjoys teaching kids, who can gain confidence from dance.
Thompson, who is a speech language pathologist for Roanoke City Public Schools during the day, is new to the area, though she attended Radford University.
“There’s a lot of artistic