Dance “brings people together,” says Jonna “Gia” Hutchinson, who recently opened a studio in Weaverville to teach dance and gymnastics.

Hutchinson comes from a family of dancers.

“I feel like I have something magical that I can share with everybody,” she said.

When she moved to Trinity County about two years ago to be with her boyfriend, “I noticed right off the bat there weren’t a whole lot of places for kids to go,” she said.

She’s taught gymnastics and dance since age 15, and thought she could help to fill the void. She started out teaching camps out of other people’s spaces, and in February opened her own studio, Gia’s Gymnastics & Dance.

She teaches different levels of gymnastics, and dance classes including Hula and hip hop.

“There’s some form of dance that goes with every culture,” Hutchinson notes.

She plans to hold classes for all ages, Hutchinson said, “toddler and up.”

“I love mentoring people,” she said.

She wants it to be a safe place for youths to have fun and hopes to add a game room in the future. She plans lots of summer camps.

Located at 10 Nugget Lane in the building that formerly housed Radio Shack, Hutchinson opens classes as needed. She can be reached at 739-8162.

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