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Studio nurturing local talent
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Inspired Performing Arts was established to help develop a cultural arts center in Liberty County. Currently, the studio has 35 students. - photo by Photo by Edith Anderson
It may not be Alvin Ailey Amercan Dance Theater in New York, but it’s just as important to the students who train there.
Inspired Performing Arts was established to help develop a cultural arts center in Liberty County. The studio offers an opportunity to learn arts education in cheerleading, dance, singing and piano to children and adults.  
Children who have a desire to perform and demonstrate their talents can now train in Hinesville.
“We currently have 35 students from various backgrounds and three instructors,” Juanita Lowery said.
The oldest student is 42, and the youngest is 2.
Lowery, founder of Inspired Performing Arts, is a native of Queens, N.Y,. who has been dancing for 20 years.   
“I have been dancing since the age of 9,” she said, noting she attended Gloria Jackson Studio in New York.  
“The children love the arts. In the beginning, it was awkward. They thought it was a job. Now I see creativity. Some of them have gone to not moving at all to inspiring me. Dance helps with their creativity and confidence,” Lowery said.
“Some who were initially shy have become outgoing. I have seen those who are shy come alive when they are performing.
“One of my students, Monica Purnell, is a young lady who desires to become a stage director. She has become the co-director.
“I want them to be able to compete with other students from different areas. Inspired Performing Arts gives them an outlet to compete and be prepared to compete with students from larger schools.”
The studio sponsors annual  Christmas and spring recitals, a sweetheart ball and a male/female pageant; and dance company members provide free services to the community.
They have performed at the Armstrong Atlantic State University Family Day, Department of Family and Children Services Foster Parent Banquet, various weddings and Christmas celebrations in Ludowici and elsewhere.
“My vision is to have a performing area magnet school here in Liberty County. Lowery will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall to complete a master’s degree in fine arts.  
“I desire to have the education I need to give to the children,” Lowry said.
Lowery is is employed with the Department of Family and Children Services as an office manager. She serves as the area coordinator for the International Dance Commission and is also a Mary Kay consultant.
Lowery and her husband, Ronald, reside in Hinesville.
Inspired Performing Arts is hosting a summer dance camp that ends July 31.
The studio is also in the midst of a fundraiser to help build a larger facility, scholarships for an arts camp for financially disadvantaged children and costumes.
Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It’s at 445 EG Miles Parkway in Hinesville. Call 876-2226.
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