Denise McInnis began dancing at the age of 13 under the direction of her first dance teacher, Elaine Smith at I.S. 136 (Harriet Beecher Stowe) in Harlem. Through Mrs. Smith's instruction, she received an annual scholarship to the Dance Theatre of Harlem, in New York City.
She is an entrepreneur, who owned More Than Coffee, a coffee shop in Inman Park, Atlanta, Georgia. Years later, she became an Atlanta real estate consultant. However, despite her accomplishments, her professional life was not what she wanted it to be. She decided to take a leap of faith, and direct her energy and passion to something she longed to do since she was a teen . . . dance.
Born in Harlem in New York City, Denise received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, New York, New York. She moved to Washington, D.C., then to Houston, Texas, and later to Atlanta, Georgia. During this time, Denise continued to take dance classes. Each time she landed in a new city, she found herself at a dance studio - perfecting her technique.
Denise always dreamed of being a dancer, but she was steered toward business. Exhibiting the independence and resourcefulness that has endured throughout her life, Denise spent hours dancing in her parents' living room, choreographing her own routines, rehearsing dance class choreography.
In middle, high school, and college, Denise joined dance troupes. After college, she put her dancing dreams on hold. For the next 15 years she dedicated herself to becoming a successful Atlanta businesswoman.
By 2006, Denise was a real estate consultant. Yet, like so many who work hard in fields that don't fulfill emotional needs, Denise longed for passion in her work. It was time to make that leap. She began taking evening and weekend dance classes at local studios. Next were performances at churches, non-profit organizations, the national conference of The Black Church and Domestic Violence Institute, "This Far By Faith." Also, Denise was a featured soloist at the Amazing Grace Liturgical Dance Company 6th Annual Mother's Day Concert 2010.
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