Owner Nadia Duncan leading our anniversary dance party.
The dream of opening an adult dance studio in Fort Collins began in 2015. The owner Nadia Duncan had danced all her life and moved to Fort Collins in pursuit of a degree in psychology. She fell in love with Fort Collins and settled right in, but found herself missing dance.
“Fort Collins offers so many wonderful community spaces and loads of opportunities for artistic expression, but the dance community was small and spread out… We needed a space.”
Missing the release of dance and self-expression, she latched onto the only adult dance form she could find: dance fitness. For years, Nadia taught dance fitness classes all over town and completed group fitness certifications in Zumba, Strong, AFAA, and BodyJam.
“Dance is therapeutic, a release, and an opportunity for self-growth. I love dance fitness and the feeling of doing something good for my body while having fun!”
Nadia got to know the dance community through classes, instruction, and workshops. She then realized what she wanted and what the community of Fort Collins needed: a space for adults to come together and support one another in positive self-expression and personal growth – all through the art of dance!
“The beauty of dance is not in the technique or coordination. The real magic happens when you allow yourself the freedom to let go into pure self-expression without caring what you look like.”
Nadia took classes all over town looking for instructors who saw the same vision she did and cherished these core values: Community. Expression. Accessibility. Happiness.
With lots of help from friends, family, and wonderful community resources like the SBDC, Impulse opened on National Dance Day in 2018.