Growing up, Rubye Del Harden never thought of herself as an entrepreneur. But, one day she woke up and realized she owned seven businesses. What is surprising to her and to others is the diversity of those businesses - from printing to newspapers, to consulting and operating several dance businesses including The Dance Studio and All Star Dance Camp! Rubye Del, who has danced since 2001, says she can operate so many businesses by having great managers.
An amateur competitor, Rubye Del takes lots of lessons, attends group classes and parties, and works through many venues to build the North Mississippi ballroom community. She even teaches a few beginner classes at the studio in addition to lending her business skills to support the studio's great staff.
Tammy is both the studio manager and the artistic director at The Dance Studio in Tupelo, Mississippi. Prior to this position, she and her Mom, Linda Hong, were co-owners of The Dance Floor in Chattanooga, TN. At The Dance Floor, she developed a great reputation as a superior dance teacher. She consistently develops wonderful relationships with her students and, in Chattanooga, she developed one of the largest youth programs in the South. Tammy not only develops outstanding dancers but also serves as a role model and mentor for the youth.
As you look around any dance floor, you can always spot Tammy's male students because they are consistently the better dancers on the floor. While she is a meticulous and demanding instructor, her students love her because when they are “Tammy Trained,” they understand what they are doing, and they look like they know what they are doing.
Tammy is realizing her goal of expanding the Tupelo Dance Studio into the broader North Mississippi region with classes now offered in Oxford and Columbus. She is DVIDA certified in American style smooth and rhythm. Her dance coaches include dance notables Jim and Jenell Maranto, Ron Montez, Felipe and Carolina Telona, Toni Redpath, and Kasia Kozak.
Benjamin started dancing during his sophomore year of college at Jacksonville State University when he came in contact with Amy Henry-Hardy, Ballroom Instructor at the Abracadabra Dance Studio. Benjamin continued to learn under Amy as a "fun hobby," but he never thought he would find a career in the field. He later was offered the opportunity to be a dance host at All Star Dance Camp. Because of his boundless energy and infectious smile, Benjamin was offered a job on the pro staff at The Dance Studio of Tupelo.
He continues to learn and grow as a professional ballroom instructor under the tutelage of Tammy Wilson and Rubye Del Harden and helps to grow the dance community in Tupelo, and the surrounding area. Thanks to Benjamin's background in Child Psychology and his past job as a camp counselor, he helps with growing the youth program in any way he can. Benjamin is also a certified Zumba instructor at the studio where he puts his energy and smile to great use!
You will always find a warm welcome from Benjamin, and he will be sure to make you feel at home when you come visit the studio. "I see myself as the 'Entertainment and Hospitality Chairman' here at the studio!" Benjamin said.