1965  Patty Harper opened her one-room dance studio in Abilene

    

1980  Due to the huge number of students, Patty moved the dance studio to its present location on North 1st Street in Abilene

       

1988  Patty Harper retired in 1988, and her student Mary Milstead become studio owner and creative director

 

1990  Patty Harper Dance Studio extensions studios are opened in Stamford and in Sweetwater

 

1993  PHDS extension studios are closed to focus on the Abilene studio growth and development as well as the growth of Ms. Mary's family

 

1993  Mary Milstead joins Abilene Ballet Theater as co-director. ABT, a member of Regional Dance America, performed annual performances of The Nutcracker as well ++++ and ____Regional festivals. This partnership continues for fifteen years.

 

2001  Patty Harper Dance Studio takes its first dance cruise on the Carnival Cruise Ship "Celebration" in the Dancing On The Seas program

 

2008  Ms. Mary writes, directs, and choreographs her first production "Once Upon A Christmas Eve", which is performed annually  

 

2011  Ms. Mary writes, directs, and choreographs her second full-length story for stage "Beeatrice", which is performed every four years  

 

2013  Ms. Mary writes, directs, and choreographs her third production "Pearl", which is performed every four years  

 

2013  ## dancers and family members participate on the Dancing on The Seas performance cruise on the Carnival Cruise ship "Triumph"

  

2014  Patty Harper dancers visit New York CIty for classes at Broadway Dance Company as well as enjoying live shows and special back stage opportunities

 

2015  The 50th Anniversary of the Patty Harper Dance Studio is marked with studio and marketing renovations

 

2016  Patty Harper Dance Studio students will perform at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida

STUDIO HISTORY

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