TIFTON — Dancers at the Mallory Ward School of Dance will soon have more space in which to pirouette.

The dance studio broke ground on a new facility on June 5. The facility, which will be located on Victory Drive, has been a dream for years since the dance studio has long outgrown its Tift Avenue location.

Current studio owner Mallory Ward and original owner Carolyn Ellis, along with friends and family, hefted shovels at the groundbreaking.

Ellis began the studio in 1973 and founded the All That Glitters dance troupe, which has performed all over the world. Ward, who grew up dancing under the tutelage of Ellis, took over ownership of the studio from her mentor after Ellis was diagnosed with cancer.

“Here we are, and I’m very excited to be here,” Ward said at the ceremony, which was attended by current and former students and their families. “We’ve been in the same location 45 years and we have needed space for a long time. I’m so excited to be here in the official location where we’re going to be. This is definitely a dream come true and a blessing from God.”

Ward said that construction on the studio will begin in the near future.

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