Positive Image Performing Arts

by Terry Watson | April 29th, 2015
Courtney Taylor-Porter

Courtney Taylor-Porter

Courtney Taylor-Porter, owner and director of Positive Image Performing Arts has been perfecting her craft since the age of five. She is a native of Kernersville, N.C. and has committed her life, passion and dreams to teaching girls and boys between the ages of three to 18 various disciplines of dance.

In 2004, Porter was the director of a dance studio in Kernersville and received an opportunity from her father who offered her studio space to work with students in her spare time. Not realizing the divine plan that God had ordained for her, she started the process of establishing Positive Image Performing Arts in Winston-Salem. In the spring of 2005, the dance studio opened its doors with 17 students and by the end of the summer she had a roster of 100 children. Currently, the studio has 12 instructors and offers classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, contemporary, praise dance and tumbling through competitive teams and non-competitive programs.

Porter has worked hard to live out her dreams through Positive Image Performing Arts. In 2014, her dance studio appeared on the Lifetime TV show, Dance Moms and her dancers were handpicked by Debbie Allen to perform in her summer tour. She is dedicated to working with children and over the years she has seen tremendous growth with the students who stay in her program. She has watched them develop higher self-esteem, a deeper understanding of being committed, practicing, time management skills and an appreciation of community. Most importantly, she teaches her students about morals and the value of being kind. “If you try to do great things and do right by people, in time you will see all of your dreams come true,” says Porter.

Through Porter’s successes, she has definitely faced challenges over the past 11 years of being in business. “Some of the obstacles I’ve faced have been trying to convince people, especially parents, to understand the importance of the arts and investing in it to help their children progress in life,” she says. “However, what keeps me motivated is seeing the youngest children in the program who are three years old enjoying class; it’s just their spirit that keeps a smile on my face.”

In May 2015, Porter is bringing Positive Image Performing Arts programming to Charlotte, in June she is moving into a newly renovated 7,000 + sq. ft. studio-facility in the downtown Winston-Salem area. In addition, Positive Image Performing Arts offers a summer camp for girls that teaches them dance, tumbling, cheerleading, enrichment, manners, etiquette, and creativity.

For parents interested in signing children up for Positive Image Performing Arts programming, please visit www.pipartsnc.com to see the listing of program offerings.

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