SOMA Women in Business — Dancette Pratts, Inspirational Dance

Last fall, Matters Magazine cel­ebrated women in the South Orange-Maplewood business community with a feature spread on “Women in Business.” These women represent a range of  professions – from architecture and beauty to speech pathology and financial services. In all, 26 women-owned businesses are profiled. See the original Matters Magazine feature here.

Village Green has partnered with Matters Magazine to give these local women entrepreneurs a digital platform and is posting each profile individually on our website during the month of March — Women’s History Month. Today, we celebrate:

Dancette Pratts, Inspirational Dance


Dancette Pratts, Inspirational Dance. Photo credit: Jamie Meier.

Why I started my business
Eleven years ago, after dancing professionally, I was looking to transition out of dance to another career when I had the chance to take the helm at the Bette White Dance Center where I had been a student. Ms. White had inspired me to be the best I could be and now I had the chance to influence other students, opening up as Inspirational Dance.

My motto
“Never give up.” This is the mindset that kept me going, enabling me to dance professionally for so many years and I see it at work with my students who keep pushing themselves to realize their dreams.

My favorite moments in my business
I love seeing what my dancers are capable of doing and then performing, whether it’s at a recital, a show or at our annual trip to Los Angeles.


1634 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood

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