3623 Old Conejo Road, Ste. 100, Newbury Park (805) 375-9988 • thrivedancecenter.com
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Q: When was your business founded, and who founded it? How many locations do you have? How many people do you employ?
A: Jennifer Maples and Ahjalia Hall founded Thrive in 2010. It has one location in Newbury Park and employs 25 people.
Q: In a few sentences, explain what your business offers.
A: We offer dance education for ages 3 and up in all different dance styles. We also offer dance company competition experience.
Q: What separates your business from others like yours?
A: Our motto is “confidence, discipline and the arts.” Our focus is on raising good human beings and that’s a byproduct of top-notch dance education, but our primary purpose is to create a safe, positive environment.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about operating a business in Newbury Park?
A: I worked in this area on and off while teaching and performing and a lot of our staff has worked in the area. I live here now and it’s just a great place for people to raise their families.
Q: What would surprise your customers about your business?
A: We’re really involved in community outreach. One unique thing we have is a performance group that travels to local assisted living facilities. We also participate in beach cleanups and collect blankets for rescue animals.
Q: Has your business ever received special recognition? If so, what?
A: Just a lot of dance trophies.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the work you do?
A: We love to watch the kids grow up. We don’t only have the kids for one grade or one year, we have them for a lifetime. We can work with kids from 3 until college. It’s wonderful to watch kids become who they’re going to be.
Q: What do you feel has been your business’ secret to success?
A: We’re passionate about what we do. We have a really positive staff and support environment where it feels good to come to.
Answers provided by Jennifer Maples.
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