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‘Talent from Day 1’: Raleigh native Ariana DeBose’s run to Oscars makes Raleigh dance studio proud

RALEIGH, NC – One of the stars at the Oscars on Sunday that we will be watching closely is Arale DeBose of Raleigh himself. She is a nominee for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story.”

Sunday is also a great time for CC and Co. Dance Complex in North Raleigh. Ariana started there in 6th grade, learned her art and stayed until the end of Wake Forest High School.

“He was a talent from day one, he knew what he wanted,” said the founder of CC and Co. Dance, Christy Curtis. “He was a great coach and he worked very hard.”

Christy founded the studio 17 years ago. He said that Ariana came back to teach lessons and the children who are learning their art have been inspired.

Curtis said her photos on the wall inspire dancers on a daily basis as well.

“It just let a whole group of people know that they can find their own way to reach their passion and purpose in life in a unique way,” Curtis said.

Curtis and many others will be attending the Raleigh Theater about ten minutes from the dance studio on Sunday.

Ariana’s mom, Gina, an 8th grader at Wakefield High School, will fly to Los Angeles to be with her daughter in person.

She said she was in the studio grading the documents while Ariana was chasing her dreams.

“I think going out and networking with industry professionals helped Ariana open a lot of doors she probably didn’t know she had,” Gina said.

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