Schulte mother-daughter combo teaming up in same plaza

Dance Works owner Kathryn Schulte, left, husband, Terry, and April Schulte-Barclay walk through one of the five dance studios at their new facility at 2586 Patterson Road. April teaches dance at the studio but also is expanding her acupuncture business.

The Schulte family gives new definition to the phrase “family affair” when it comes to local business expansion.

Kathryn Schulte, owner of Dance Works, and her daughter April Schulte-Barclay, owner of Healing Horizons Integrated Health Solutions, are expanding their separate businesses at the same time and helping each other in the process.

“We’re both expanding our businesses by about one-third and we both want to be open by June 17 — and we both try to help each other too,” Schulte-Barclay said.

Longtime residents of the Grand Valley, the Schulte family made a name for itself in the community when Schulte opened the Dance Works studio in 1980. The local business became more of a family affair several years ago when Schulte’s three daughters became instructors at the studio.

Another member of the Schulte family became a successful entrepreneur in 2004 when Schulte’s oldest daughter April Schulte-Barclay, doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, opened Healing Horizons.

Dance Works is moving from its North Avenue location to 2586 Patterson Road, moving into the north side of the building that previously housed Hi-Fashion Fabrics.

Healing Horizons is expanding into another section of the 12th Street Plaza at 2139 N. 12th Street.

Both women decided to expand within the past year. Schulte wanted a bigger dance studio, one she could design. And Schulte-Barclay growing clientele and decision to add more treatment options made her decide to expand.

“We really didn’t plan it. It just happened,” Schulte said.

Both businesses have come a long way from their original operations.

Schulte first began teaching dance in churches and other community spaces. She then moved to a small location on Ute Avenue for a brief period before moving to two other locations, ending up at the most recent location at 2893 North Avenue. Each move was to a bigger location to accommodate growing class sizes.

After dancing professionally for many years, Schulte-Barclay decided to go school for acupuncture and Oriental medicine. When she decided to start her business, she could not afford to open her own location so she worked out of her mother’s dance studio.

Schulte used sheets to divide off a section of the studio for April to work in, keeping everything for her treatments in the studio’s storage area. Schulte-Barclay would hang the sheets and take them down before and after each session, to not interfere with classes. Those sheets were later turned into dance costumes; Schulte makes each dance costume for her students by hand.

The co-location only lasted a few weeks before Schulte-Barclay quickly built a clientele and was able to afford to move into her own space. This is the second expansion for Healing Horizons. The business will now occupy three previously divided sections of the building in the 12th Street Plaza.

Healing Horizons is one of a few integrative and collaborative care facilities on the Western Slope providing acupuncture, massage, Rolf Structural Integration, physical therapy, exercise training and classes, homeopathy, skin care, nutrition, behavioral health, and chiropractic services.

Schulte-Barclay attributed her business success to the lessons she learned from dance.

“I had the confidence to (start my business). But I didn’t just get it. I watched it happen my whole life through Dance Works,” Schulte-Barclay said.

Dance Works offers ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary, hip-hop, musical theater, tumbling, pom and drill, competition, and performance company classes. Additional classes include Irish step, tribal belly dance, and ballroom.

The new location will feature five studios, three waiting areas, improved parking, study desks for homework, a dressing room and the Dancer’s Edge Boutique.

“This location is definitely a dream location. It’s an amazing space,” Schulte said.

The studio will also feature a special floor with wood imported from Europe, Schulte said. The specialty wood is designed to help protect dancers’ joints by being less rigid than traditional wood floors. Classes have been on hold until construction is completed.

Both businesses plan to open June 17, but grand opening celebrations won’t happen until July. Dance Works will have their grand opening July 27, although classes will resume before then.

Healing Horizons will have their grand opening July 20, when they will offer sample treatments in exchange for a healthy food drive to support the Kid’s Aid Backpack Program, Schulte-Barclay said.

Even with her expanded business, Schulte-Barclay said she plans to continue teaching classes at Dance Works and is excited to teach her 2-year-old daughter, who will have her first dance class at the new location.

This entrepreneurial mother-daughter duo said they have long-term plans in this community.

“(My mother has) been changing lives for generations, and I think we’re just beginning,” Schulte-Barclay said. “And we’re so happy to do it in Grand Junction. We love this valley.”


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