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Red Rock Studios expands space and offerings
Jenna Corry, of Red Rock Studios, has loved the performing arts for years, so opening the successful studio was a personal dream.
Born in Long Beach, Calif., Corry said her family eventually moved to St. George.
“Early on my first love was sports,” said Corry, “but then a knee injury caused me to shift my focus. I got back into dance and theater. I especially had a real love of theater, and enjoyed dancing, singing and acting.”
She attended Southern Utah University in Theater Arts education. Corry met and married husband Jeff in 2005, and eventually the couple moved to Orderville, where Jeff Corry taught sixth grade. (He later transferred to Kanab Elementary.) The couple are proud and busy parents of four children, three boys and a girl.
Red Rock Studios used to be in the old Southern Utah News location, at 26 N. Main in Kanab. But it only took a few short years to grow out of that space!
“Shelley Stewart and Kelly Mousaw started the Red Rock Dance Studio,” explained Corry. “After teaching for a year, the opportunity arose for me to purchase the studio in 2015. I revamped the offerings to include theater.”
The new location at 533 East 300 South (the old Barco building most recently occupied by Zions Bank Call Center) has more room for the many performing arts classes that Red Rock Studios offers. In addition, they also offer karate and self-defense.
Corry teaches 12 classes herself. In addition she directs competition teams, teaches some recreational jazz classes, music theater classes and toddler creative movement classes.
“I also started a summer camp as well,” said an energetic Corry. “It focuses on singing, acting and dancing. Performing arts bring out confidence in young people.”
“We have 12 gymnastics classes that are taught using U.S. gymnastics guidelines, also a full musical theater curriculum,” said Corry.
Red Rock Studios has several adult and couples classes as well, like swing, hustle, waltz and rumba. “The classes are really fun for the adults. We’ve even had a tourist couple from out of town visit for a dance class. Dance is an awesome outlet!”
Corry tries to give back to the community, and attempts to instill a sense of service in her students. “We try to team up with the community and do service projects.”
In that vein, Red Rock has made 120 kits for kids with cancer, worked on Hugs for the Homeless, donated to Socktober and the Dove Center, and participated in Wreaths Across America. “This year we’re doing a fundraiser for local burn victim Rawkee Hunt.”
Corry has 18 instructors working with her on different class offerings. She also has 14-16 year old aides, and a 16-18 year old junior faculty. “It’s been so great to have them. “
Red Rock Studios is home to students who come to further their talents in the arts.
“We are passionate about students receiving a proper education and exposure to the arts,” said Corry. “We are passionate about them having a balanced education through a variety of classes and instruction. And we are passionate about these kids finding happiness and love within our studio walls.”