Business Spotlight: Bravo Dance Company

Bravo Dance Company has recently opened at 5633 La Centre Ave, Suite 400 in Albertville, near Artisan Salon and Spa and next to what was Pubhouse 19 and will be Willie McCoy’s.

Emily Gilmore of the new Bravo Dance Company in Albertville is pictured instructing a group of aspiring new dancers.
Emily Gilmore of the new Bravo Dance Company in Albertville is pictured instructing a group of aspiring new dancers.

Bravo Dance Studio is owned and operated by Emily Gilmore. Emily started her dance lessons at the age of three at Stagedoor of the Performing Arts in Coon Rapids. As she grew to love dance  she started competition dance. In high school, she expanded her dance focus by becoming a choreographer and co-captain of the Elk River High School Dance Team. While attending college, she became an instructor at Dance Fever Dance Studio in Andover.

Two years later she was offered the opportunity to buy the dance company. She did and has successfully owned and operated the studio in Andover for twelve years prior to moving her business to Albertville. She changed the name of the studio to Bravo Dance Company about two years ago.  After moving to the area, she decided to relocate her studio to Albertville.

“I wanted to be part of the community we raise our family in. This is very important to both me and my husband,” Gilmore said.

The Bravo Dance Company offers tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical dance lessons for boys and girls ages 3 to 18. Classes are structured in basically two categories, competition and recreational lines, with a few additional items offered. Studio competition lines meet two to four nights a week to prepare for recital, and a minimum three regional and one national competition per year.

This summer Bravo Dance Company traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for the national competition. In addition, a recreational program is available that meets once a week for students who just want to learn dance and have fun.  Students will often start dance in a recreational program and move on to a competition line in following years.

Bravo Dance Company has five additional dance teachers on staff to support the work. “I look for creative and smart instructors with a strong dance background who love working with kids,” Gimore said. “While learning how to dance, you also gain insight to life lessons like self-confidence, friendship, sportsmanship, organizational skills and dedication. Our mission is to give the dancers the best possible experience, and to make them excited about reaching their  life goals.”

Classes are scheduled very similar to the school year, running from September through late May or early June. In June, recital for Bravo dancers will be held at the Monticello High School. This is a much-anticipated event as it is the showcase of all they have learned dancing throughout the year. Classes begin Sept. 9, registrations are being taken now by phone, email, or in person.

Bravo Dance Company can be reached at 763-443-7077, or at