Teacher brings out talent in Our Town

Published 07/18 2013 01:04PM

Updated 07/18 2013 06:36PM

STEWARDSON -- When a Shelby County woman saw the upper level of an old bank, she knew it had potential. So she turned it into a dance studio.

The building itself is more than 100 years old. But with some renovations and a fresh coat of paint, it's as good as new. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera takes us to Our Town.

Darcy Wernsing has been dancing all her life and teaching since she was 12. So she decided to open a studio in her hometown and share her devotion to dance.

"The high ceilings, the floors, the windows; being able to look out and see everything," said Wernsing. "It's just what you dream about in a ballet room."

Wernsing bought the building eight years ago. Cartwheels and choreography are just a few of her family's traditions.

"My aunt was a dancer," said Wernsing. "My grandpa actually ran away from home to join the circus as an acrobat, so it goes way, far back."

If you go even further back, about a century before that, the place used to be a bank. Wernsing found deposit slips and bank books boxed up in the basement.

"I was not expecting it at all," said Wernsing. "I would have thought they would have had to discard it."

Upstairs, there is even more evidence of old investments. 

"It's the original vault here and it has these handy, dandy little doors that lead you into it," said Wrensing. 

Instead of silver and gold, the safe holds a more fashionable fortune.

"We have our ballet shoes and I have our scarves that we dance with," said Wernsing. 

Even though you don't need to open an account to slip on your dancing shoes here, Wernsing still sees value in banking on the future. She welcomes anyone who's willing to take a tumble and have a good time.

"Once you're here, you're family," said Wernsing. 

Another great thing about working in an old bank is that vault could also be a tornado shelter. So all those dance shoes and scarves will be extra safe in case of an emergency.

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