Laurie Charron is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts with a minor in Business. She was born and raised in Port Huron and still resides here with her husband Jim who is the Branch Manager and Director of Investments with Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. They have two children, Ryan (wife Mindy) who resides in Port Huron and is a financial advisor with Oppenheimer and Christie (husband Mike) who resides in Grosse Pointe Woods and works as an attorney for Ruggirello, Velardo, Novara, VerBeek, Burke and Reizen, P.C. in Mt. Clemens. She and Jim are blessed with two young granddaughters, Natalie and Isabella.
Laurie worked for Townley Orthopedic Clinic, retiring after 31 years as office manager. Additionally, she enjoyed videotaping many of Dr. Townley’s total hip and knee operations used for residency training as well as doing research on the results of his many total joint implant surgeries. In 1999 she purchased the old Huron Theatre in downtown Port Huron, known today as Huron Physical Arts Center, LLC, a children’s dance and gymnastics facility, which is the home of the well-known Starlites Competitive Dance Teams.
In 1999, Laurie created the Starlites Competitive Dance Teams, which is currently enjoying its 20th competitive season. The teams, ranging in age from 4-22 years of age, practice and compete in a year-round program. They perform in parades as well as community events. The program consists of learning 3-4 competition routines (pom, jazz, lyrical, hip hop) as well as technique classes and optional acro/tumbling classes. The team has enjoyed much success over the past 20 years, earning titles at local, state, regional, national and international events. Currently the Starlites Senior team has been invited to represent three separate national dance organizations (Jamfest Varsity, CSG Team Champion Varsity and Ameridance) at the world’s largest, most prestigious Dance Worlds International Dance Championships at Walt Disneyworld in Florida in April. There the team will compete against teams from across the U.S. as well as 40+ countries from around the globe. This will be the 9th year the team has been invited to attend this elite event.
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Additionally, the Huron Physical Arts Center offers recreational dance/tumbling classes. Pre’Nastics is a beginning gymnastics program for 1-3 year olds and allows mom or dad to join in. Dance’Nastics is our unique dance/tumbling/acro class which allows for a variety of dance techniques and skills as well as many types of tumbling, acro and contortion skills. This program is for ages 4 and up. We also offer Birthday parties and field trip opportunities as well as Friday night Open Gym from 7:00-9:00pm.
Since 2006 she has been the local administrator of a DEA Dance program, which is a grant funded program thru the National Drug Enforcement Administration offered to one of our elementary schools each year. Huron Physical Arts Center is the only studio in the entire state of Michigan that has been awarded this grant opportunity. We have also been noted as their largest DEA Dance program in the country. This program teaches fun hip hop dance skills and routines to 4th and 5th graders at one of the Port Huron Area elementary schools with emphasis on promoting staying healthy thru physical fitness and positive life-choices, while avoiding negative social forces such as drugs, alcohol, bullying, etc.
Laurie has been a member of the Port Huron Downtown Development Authority for over 15 years and currently serves as the Board Chairperson. She taught Sunday School for 5th grade girls at Colonial Woods Missionary Church for over 35 years. She has also served on the McMorran Authority Board. In the past, Laurie and her husband coached an Odyssey of the Mind Creative Problem Solving team which won the first State title for the Port Huron Area School District, going on to compete in world competition at Iowa State University against teams from around the world, placing 12th overall.
Laurie enjoys all types of music, the beach, antique cars, tennis, the Detroit Tigers and just spending time with her family. Please feel free to contact Laurie regarding the Starlites Dance Teams or any of the other programs offered thru Huron Physical Arts Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 810 984-5861. Happy Handstands!