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After 63 years, dance teacher Freddie Finn hanging up his shoes; final performance is Sunday

By in Press Enterprise on June 18, 2017

By Anne Marie Walker

After 63 years of serving the Riverside community and teaching thousands of pupils how to dance, Freddie Finn’s Dance Studio is closing its doors – albeit, in name only.

The studio will hold its final performance, “Dancin’ Steps–63 Finntastic Years,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 18.

In its place will open a new dance studio – started by one of the studio’s former students.

Freddie, his wife Gerry, son Chris and former students and teachers gathered together at the studio on Thursday to reflect on the studio’s history, and how lifelong friendships and even marriages were formed there.

  • Rebekah Mitchell, who was a Rockette for 14 years and a former student of Freddie Finn, demonstrates a few dance moves at Freddie Finne Dance Studio. Over the years, many students would return to the studio as teachers. Anne Marie Walker, Contributing Photographer.

  • Freddie and Gerry Finn in 1962. Freddie opened the studio in 1954 to help pay off his dance studies. Eventually, he came to love teaching dance more than actually dancing. Since then, thousands of students have gone through the studio and onto successful careers. Courtesy of Chris Finn

    Freddie and Gerry Finn in 1962. Freddie opened the studio in 1954 to help pay off his dance studies. Eventually, he came to love teaching dance more than actually dancing. Since then, thousands of students have gone through the studio and onto successful careers. Courtesy of Chris Finn

  • The Freddie Finn “family” – which not only includes the Finns, but also their students — poses for a group photo at Freddy Finn Dance Studio in Riverside. After 63 years, the studio will be handed down to a former student under a new name. Anne Marie Walker, Contributing Photographer.

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