RedX Dance founders open own studio
Published on: 01 Aug 2016
DANCING is their passion but now sisters Gabriella and Jasmine Sorisi-Thomas have turned their hobby into a fully fledged career.
The sisters, just teenagers at the time, founded RedX Dance in April 2012 with one solitary pupil.
But four years later they have hundreds of young people on their books and have chosen Staple Hill as the location for their first dance studio.
The girls had been renting space at Emersons Green Village Hall but in order to cope with demand they started looking for a space they could call their own.
When the old St John's Ambulance building came up for sale in Page Road, they grabbed the bull by the horns and purchased the redundant building.
During their spare time they helped with painting and decorating in order to bring the building into the 21st century.
Gabriella, 23, said: “ The building was really old and damp when we first bought it. My dad did most of it himself in his spare time to help towards the costs and it looks really nice now.”
The studio opened on May 21 and already has proved resounding success and a wise investment.
As well as their regular hip-hop classes, they also teach contemporary classes as well as several competition groups. They have now been able to add an adult street dance class which runs on a Tuesday evening and an all boys class which runs on a Wednesday evening.
Gabriella studied dance at SGS College, while Jasmine studied film and performing arts at St Brendan's Sixth-Form College. Their love of dance led them to start teaching four years ago.
A six-week teaching stint at Stanbridge Primary School in Downend followed and, sure enough, numbers started to rise and steadily increased over the years. To date they have more than 300 children who attend their dance classes.
Now it seems the sisters, who live in Emersons Green, are very much in demand and are launching new classes including a musical theatre group.
Jasmine, 21, said: “It’s been quite busy with everything going on, but we are expanding at a steady pace and are taking on some new dance teachers over the summer. We are looking to start some new after-school sessions starting with a new jazz class and musical theatre group in September as well as a mother and tots class during the day."
Jasmine said: "We are very grateful that we have been able to acquire our own premises and that’s down to the support of our family.
"We also couldn’t have achieved all of this without the children who attend RedX Dance and their parents. We have some great parents who have believed in us over the years and have joined us at the studio and we’d like to thank them for all their kindness and support.”