ST. LOUIS ( -- Giving your kids a competitive edge in the world of extracurricular activities can be costly.

St. Louis Proud: Non Profit Dance Studio Needs Community's Help

CNBC reports parents of competitive dancers spend between $5,000 and $10,000 a year.

But one dance company in the Central West End wants dance to be more accessible than expensive.

The Consuming Kenetics Dance Company (CKDC) is a non-profit dance studio that provides need-based scholarships to kids in the St. Louis area who want to dance. The scholarships allow kids to take classes and perform in costumes free of charge. CKDC also provides tap and ballet shoes for students to eliminate that typically high expense. 

Patricia Hennessy's daughter dances and CKDc and benefits from the scholarship program.

"When we found this dance studio we were going through a hard time in life," said Hennessy, "She's able to go because of the concept."

When illness hit Adrienne Moore's life, she was worried she would not be able to afford to continue sending her daughter to dance class. She was relieved to learn about CKDC's scholarship program.

"In 2016, I actually had brain surgery and I wasn't able to pay for classes and her other studio they would have kicked her out…and that was not the case here," said Moore.

These scholarships are funded through donations and adult recreational classes. Most nights, adults take a classes in a variety of dance styles, they pay to attend and then that money goes back into the youth program.

CKDC Founder and executive director Arica Brown calls her dance company an ecoystem, where each part benefits from one another. "We really just try to make it as affordable as possible," said Brown.

Making dance so accessible has made CKDC grow in size exponentially over the last three years.

"Our youth program has grown from just a couple people I was accommodating to 60+ students that we have now," said Brown. 

However, a place that's been helping so many in the community express themselves through movement is not turning back to the community asking for their help to move. 

"Unfortunately, our building is being sold and rezoned to residential, so it sort of displaces us," said Brown.

CKDC's days a numbered at their current space on Whittier & Olive in the Central West End. They are now looking for a new studio space and need to raise $20,000 to make the move and purchase. 

"It would be such a disservice to the community to lose something like this," said Melissa Singleton, a choreographer and teacher at CKDC.

If you would like to donate, click here. 

You can also attend an upcoming trivia night to raise money for CKDC's move. To learn more about this event or to sign up, click here.

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