Fifth generation Tampa native Shara LaColla married her King Senior High School sweetheart, Nick LaColla in 2002.
While she knew everything about him, one thing she didn't predict was that he'd be the reason she would come to own her own business.
Shara entered the corporate workforce at a young age, while teaching her passion on the side: dance.
"I started dancing when I was three years old, all genres and styles," Shara said. "After I had my second son in 2007 I got into fitness and being the dancer in me, my favorite form of fitness was dance so I created my own high energy dance workout."
Nick knew his high school sweetheart, who he nicknamed Bird (which she goes by now), would be happier spending all of her energy on dance, so he encouraged her to open her own studio.
On April 29, after the family renovated a Seminole Heights space at 6119 North Florida Ave., the LaColla's held a grand opening for Lvl Up Dance and Fitness.
Shara has lived in Seminole Heights for almost 14 years.
"I knew I wanted to open a studio in my community (Seminole Heights) working with adults and kids," Shara said. "It's different from a regular studio. You don't feel like you're in a ballet studio. It's down to earth with my old records hanging on the walls. I wanted a place where people could in and feel comfortable about dancing."
Her dance fitness workout incorporates hip-hop, jazz pop, Broadway and more and she teaches in repetition so that students will remember the moves.
"I really just love teaching and dancing so much and I have a supportive family who allowed me to be able to do this," Shara said.
For more information and to view class schedules, visit lvlupdance.com or call (813) 842-1446.
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