Since opening in downtown Apex in 2001, the Academy for the Performing Arts has grown and flourished as an academy of dance in Apex, NC. Over the years, their dance studio has expanded to offer a range of classes for children from the ages of 4 to 18. Even through their expansion, the dance school has stayed committed to the original goals of providing the highest level of education to students while also providing quality customer service through constant communication and a friendly, helpful staff – defining features that set them apart from other dance schools.

The state-of-the-art dance studio offers a number of courses and activities, including:

  • Dance Instruction (Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Contemporary)
  • Competitive Dance
  • Mommy and Me Dance Class
  • Summer Dance Camp
  • Birthday Dance Parties

The Academy for the Performing Arts is more than just a dance studio – it’s a way of life. Students that were part of the very first class in 2001 enjoyed it so much that they stayed enrolled until high school graduation. There have been multiple applications from former students that have completed college and want to join the staff. Kids that have never danced before join a class for fun and have the time of their lives. These and countless other examples showcase how incredible the impact in the community has been and will be for years to come.

Recognizing the need for a larger facility after years of tremendous growth, Harley Dietrich and his daughter Hillary reached out to our team to seek funding for commercial real estate and working capital. Our talented Business Development Officer worked closely with the father/daughter team to ensure their needs were met throughout the entire loan process. With our expertise in small business financing, we were able to secure an SBA loan so that the Academy for the Performing Arts could continue to expand their business.

Here’s what Harley had to say about his experience:

FNB Small Business Finance was a huge help to our business. Their knowledge of the industry helped us to complete the loan process effectively. There we times when other banks would have turned their back on us; FNB Small Business Finance always stayed positive and created solutions that would work for us every step of the way.

With the loan from FNB Small Business Finance, Academy for the Performing Arts was able to purchase a 10,000 square foot facility and equip the studio with highly developed technologies – such as floating floor systems – that keep safety in mind for all participants. They look forward to continuing to grow and touch more lives in the Apex area.

Academy for the Performing Arts
844 Perry Rd.
Apex, NC 27502

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