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Eclipse Performing Arts Leaps Into Growth

Jun 1st, 2011

After Michele’ Brown’s girls entered the world of dancing, she knew a studio was in her future. Wanting to avoid the trek to Chicago, she opened Eclipse Performing Arts in 2008 to attract talented teachers who specialize in their respective genres: from tap to ballet to hip hop. The Chesterton center now boasts 14 instructors and recently moved to a new location with three studios to accommodate growth. This year’s recital is a Cirque du Soleil-like show that will hit the Star Plaza theater stage June 23 in Merrillville, moving up from the local high school.

While Brown celebrates the surge in students strictly through word of mouth, she also is working to catch up to the fast pace as she is a one-woman show. She is working to offer the same small-center feel to the additional students.

From Day 1, she has worked with business advisor LeAnn McCrum on business ownership challenges, including legal questions and organization decisions. Brown said McCrum was instrumental in the center’s move as she gave
her the confidence boost to take the leap.