Stephanie Foy is the owner and president of The Dance Line Inc., which she started 16 years ago. It is the only dance store in South Dakota that is not owned by a studio and also the only one that has three professionally trained pointe shoe fitters. The Dance Line sells dance, cheer, skate, gymnastics, theater and show choir products. Stephanie and her husband have two daughters, and she loves being involved in the Sioux Falls community.
Q: What is your favorite thing about Sioux Falls?
A: I love that Sioux Falls still has a small-town feel, but the benefits of having a variety of choices of businesses of a larger city.
Q: What is the best and worst part about owning your own business?
A: The best part of owning your own business is you get to set your own hours, hire your own employees and choose what you will sell. I would not say there is any part of owning a business that is a negative. However, being the owner, you are responsible for everything in running the business. My store is open 6 days a week, so I work 6 days a week. If the bathrooms need cleaning, I do it. Owning a business makes you humble.
Q: 3. Do you have a favorite style of dance?
A: My favorite form of dance is modern. I love the classics like ballet and pointe, but the movement in modern is very unique. I have a new appreciation for this form of dance.
Q: What is one community or non-profit organization that you support? Tell us about it and why it is important to you.
A: I was a schoolteacher, so I am very concerned with child hunger. Both personally and professionally, we donate to several local organizations that work very hard to keep food available to everyone.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
A: The best advice I have ever received is to never say anything in a bathroom that you would not say in a public place. You never know who is sitting in the stalls!
Restaurant/Retail Series Question:
Q: Besides your own, what are some of your favorite locally owned shops or restaurants?
A: My family loves to eat out at Granite City Food and Brewery. We also really enjoy a sweet treat from Nothing Bundt Cakes.