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Sunday Lifetimes: Franklin dancers presents 'Shake Your Groove Thing!' (Record-Courier, RecordPub.com, July 16, 2017)
"More than 130 students recently graced the stage at Theodore Roosevelt High School's auditorium in Kent for 'Shake Your Groove Thing,' the 81st annual recital of Franklin School of Dance." [view pdf] 


Sunday Lifetimes: Franklin School of Dance Presents 'Get into the Groove' (Record-Courier, RecordPub.com, Aug. 9, 2015)
"More than 110 students recently graced the stage at Kent State University's Cartwright Hall recently for 'Get inthe Groove,' the 79th annual recital of Franklin School of Dance." [view pdf]


Snapshot: Franklin School of Dance Presents 'Music in Motion' (with Gallery) (Record-Courier, RecordPub.com, July 5, 2014)
"[Over 550 guests gathered] at Kent State University's Cartwright Hall for 'Music in Motion,' the 78th annual recital of Franklin School of Dance."  [read more] [view pdf]


 Snapshot: Franklin School of Dance Presents Recital, Summer Performances (with Gallery) (Record-Courier, RecordPub.com, August 11, 2013)
"Nearly 100 students took the stage at Kent State University's Cartwright Hall in June [2013] for the dance studio's 77th annual recital. All styles and ages were represented at the performance, dubbed "Dancelebration." [read more]



Encouraging Activity (Around Kent, Spring 2013)
"Dance classes give children and adults alike an opportunity to let loose, grow more comfortable in their own skin and simply have a good time while making new friends that can last a lifetime. Fun and fitness, happiness and health. They just go hand in hand" [read more]




The Interview: Courtney Watt talks dancing, determination & disco (Akron Life, April 2012)
"I've never turned a student away. They do the best that they can, and the bottom line is that they have fun," [says Courtney Watt, owner of Franklin School of Dance.] [Download PDF; 4 mb]




Franklin School of Dance Re-Opening (Record-Courier, August 19, 2011)
"There are all sorts of benefits to dance classes," (Courtney) Watt says. "Physically, you can develop and improve flexibility, strength and coordination. Mentally, you learn the importance of practice and discipline in an environment that builds self-esteem and confidence. Whatever your age, dance is just a great way to stay healthy and active while having fun."




Snapshot: Franklin School of Dance Grand Reopening (KentPatch.com, August 18, 2011)
"The owners of the Franklin School of Dance — and their downtown neighbors — celebrated the school's grand reopening with a ribbon cutting this afternoon..." [read more]




Catching Up (www.Kent360.com, August 15, 2011)
"Grab your dancing shoes and bust a move to help the Franklin School of Dance celebrate their grand re-opening (after 75 years!) on 152 N. Water Street in downtown Kent." [read more]




Grand Re-Opening Under New Ownership
(www.aroundkent.net, August 2011)
"Franklin School of Dance heads into the 2011-2012 year of instruction under new direction with
longtime instructor Courtney Nething Watt as new owner and lead instructor. Watt, of Kent, started taking dance lessons at Franklin School of Dance at age 3 and has been an instructor at the studio for 18 years. By taking over Franklin School of Dance, which was founded by Bill Franklin in 1936, she is fulfilling a lifelong dream."