Bri’s Dance Place in National Spotlight

Brianna Hairlson of Bri’s Dance Place in Merrillville is among 100 black women entrepreneurs selected by American Express for its nationwide 100 for 100 program.

Brianna has been awarded a $25,000 grant and 100 days of business resources, including education, mentorship and virtual networking. American Express selected Brianna, and she is the only entrepreneur showcased from Indiana.

Bri’s Dance Place offers hip-hop, ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling and modern dance to youth ages 2 to 8 and adult classes, such as cardio hip-hop, senior chair fitness and new mom dance classes.

“Bri’s Dance Place is truly blessed to receive recognition that the work in our community – specifically teaching African-American youth dance lessons and life lessons – is important,” she said. “It’s never too late to dream again and chase after the dreams that are in your heart. I’m so deeply grateful for this opportunity, and Bri’s Dance Place will continue to be a light to our community.”

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