Dance studio still popular spot

Addison Bethel, Abby Cobb and Hadley Knoepflein of Montgomery City work on their dance moves at the Epic Dance and Gymnastics Studio on April 21. THEO TATE PHOTO

When she was a little girl, Emily Cobb practiced at a dance studio that was built onto her house in Big Spring.

Now, the Montgomery County High School graduate is the owner and instructor of a dance studio in Montgomery City called Epic Dance and Gymnastics. The business, located at 609 S. Sturgeon Street, opened in 2019.

“We happened to see the for sale sign out there and called them up,” Cobb said. “It was exactly what we needed. We really didn’t have to do anything to it because it was a gym here previously. It was all open. We were able to come right in and get started.”

Epic Dance and Gymnastics also has a location in Hermann. It has been in business since 2016.

Cobb’s younger sister, Faith, came up with the name Epic Dance and Gymnastics. She’s a primary dance instructor at the Hermann studio.

“Faith has been involved in dance competitions,” Cobb said. “She traveled out of the country. She traveled to different states. She was very heavily into dance competition.”

The Montgomery City studio is open twice a week on Monday mornings and Wednesday evenings. It attracts about 50 children from Montgomery, Audrain and Gasconade counties.

“This year has been a little more challenging with kids being placed on quarantine,” Cobb said. “I had one girl who was quarantined three or four times for two weeks each time and had to miss all of her classes. This year actually has been more challenging than last year was.”

Last year, the studio was shut down for four months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had a very short year last year,” Cobb said. “We didn’t get to have our dance recital at the end of the year.”

Cobb said she always wants to see the children have fun when they’re in dance or gymnastics classes.

“It’s fun to teach them the cartwheels and the different tricks they can do,” Cobb said. “What I really like seeing is their confidence and themselves build up because some of this stuff is scary to do the first time. We help them build up their self-esteem and their self-confidence to think that, ‘I can do this.’”

Cobb said her mother, who taught dance for 20 years and worked as a teacher at the Montgomery County R-II School District, lived in Kansas City for several years before returning to the county in 2016.

“That’s when we came together and opened up the dance studio down in Hermann because there was another studio here at the time,” Cobb said. “Once the studio here (in Montgomery City) shut down, we grabbed onto this building and opened up a second location for the kids who were traveling from Montgomery City down to Hermann.”

Cobb, who graduated from MCHS in 1997, competed in dance and gymnastics for many years.

“We had a dance studio built onto our house, so I spent every evening after school either dancing or helping my mom teach,” Cobb said. “Then, I also did competitive gymnastics in Columbia and Jefferson City growing up until I got to high school, when I decided I didn’t want to travel to Jefferson City three days a week anymore. I played high school sports, graduated from Montgomery, ended up marrying a farm boy from Montgomery and now, I’m back in Montgomery.”



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