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When Annlee Hoy started Metropolis Dance five years ago, she could not have anticipated that she would be opening her own studio half a decade later.

“I started Metropolis Dance in 2014,” Hoy said, “and we actually just opened the studio up Nov. 16, so the studio location is brand-new, but Metropolis Dance started at Queen Anne Community Center. We would just do kids hip-hop and break dance, also.”

These classes at the community center gained so much notoriety that Metropolis Dance was asked to share its programs at Seattle public schools. The dance business has sent instructors out to local schools to teach dance as an extracurricular activity for most of its existence.

“It’s really great because it’s good for kids to get something to do and stay moving after school, get some physical activity,” Hoy said. “It’s also helpful for working parents who aren’t able to always transport their kids after work to an activity, so we just come and meet those kids when the bell rings and take them to the gym, or whichever room that we are assigned at, and teach them.”

Metropolis Dance has cycled through about 20 schools over the years, Hoy said, and this winter quarter the participating schools include Cascadia Elementary, John Hay Elementary, McDonald Elementary, Salmon Bay School, Lawton Elementary and Whittier Elementary.

Each instructor comes up with their own choreography, and carts it out to their assigned school. At the end of each quarter, all the dancers from each of the schools come together to show off their various dances. Hoy said there are usually between 120 to 160 dancers per quarter, and that kids have to sign up at metropolisdance.com at the beginning of each quarter. Registration is now open for select programs.

Once the business hit its five-year mark last summer, Hoy set her sights on expanding with a new studio to offer adult, teen and family classes, on top of in the classes offered at the Queen Anne Community Center and in the schools.

The new studio is located at 523 First Ave. W.

“Our shows are huge hits, with hundreds and hundreds of people there, so we just decided maybe it’s time to start offering adult classes,” Hoy said. “We just decided that, since it was our five years, we could do a little more growth and have our own place. It’s been great to have our own home.”

She said the new adult classes were partly a response to parents asking to be taught.

Adult classes currently being offered include hip hop, K-pop, breaking and popping. The studio will also offer youth classes that range from musical theater and jazz, to hip-hop and breakdance.

The addition of youth classes at the studio was intended to provide an alternative to after-school programming, Hoy said.

“We’ve been getting asked to offer different times for students who can’t make after school…” she said.

Hoy also teaches classes for toddlers and dance fitness classes.

She began dancing as a cheerleader in high school, but received no formal training until years later.

“I didn’t start dance until my college years, which is very late in the game, but I grew up in an underprivileged family with a single mom,” Hoy said. “She couldn’t afford to take me to dance classes, and I think that if we had a program when I was a kid that was on site at the school, I would have loved it.”

Hoy went on to dance for the Super Sonics from 2003 to 2006 before opening Metropolis Dance.

I just think that dance is such a positive thing for anyone of all ages,” Hoy said. “It’s universal. It’s good for you, physically, mentally, emotionally. You can use it as an outlet. It brings community together. It can bring people from many different backgrounds to come together and share something."