East Peoria dancers will soon have a new option for lessons within the city limits.



Former EastSide Centre dance director Sheryl Huggins, and daughter Shannon McVey, also a former EastSide dance teacher, will open Creations Dance Studio this month.


East Peoria dancers will soon have a new option for lessons within the city limits.

Former EastSide Centre dance director Sheryl Huggins, and daughter Shannon McVey, also a former EastSide dance teacher, will open Creations Dance Studio this month.

“Our first official class will be our tumbling camp,” she said. “It’s just a more intensive focus on tumbling skills and strengthening and coordination drills.”

The camp will run from Aug. 16 through 19.

Registration for regular classes is from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 24 and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 28. Dance classes will begin Sept. 13.

The mother/daughter duo will offer jazz/hip hop, tap, ballet/lyrical, tumbling and country line dance for ages 3 to adult.

Dance teams will help hold the interest as dancers gain experience.

“If you keep getting put in the beginning class, you’re not going to want to come anymore,” she said. “So we created the dance teams, so that they could be with other kids their level and for a commitment kind of thing.”

Plans for the studio’s first recital are not set but are in the works.

Huggins and McVey will have help from dance teachers Jacky Kent, Katina Crebo, Ami Hawkins, Sara Hawkins and Autumn Andrews.

Huggins said she felt budget cuts threatened the quality of the dance program at EastSide, where she taught dance and tumbling for 13 years. She was left wanting more.

“They were going to take everything away from me,” she said. “It wasn’t going to be a quality program anymore. It’s going to be almost like a babysitting service.”

Huggins said many students and parents suggested she start a dance school of her own.

“People have been telling me that for years,” she said. “I was happy all those years at EastSide, and now I’m not.”

While Huggins said she is a little nervous about venturing into the dance world as a business owner, she is comfortable working with McVey, a dancer since age 3 and dance teacher since 15. 

“She’s been working at EastSide for several years now,” Huggins said of her daughter. “We’ll butt heads every now and then, but for the most part we’ve been fine.”

Huggins is no stranger to dance either. She began dancing at D & D Productions in Peoria when she was 13 and began teaching dance at 15. She was at D & D Productions for 20 years.

She also taught at Tina’s School of Dance and Gymnastics in Texas and taught at Fitco Aerobics and Tumbling in Washington.

“I have 36 years of teaching and 38 years of dancing,” she said.

The studio, located at 1202 E. Washington St., is a bit smaller than what the pair is used to, but Huggins said they will “make it work.” 

For more information about the studio, visit creationsdancestudio.com.