Impact Award: Kirby Crawford

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18 Mar 2019


Impact Award, Talent

What started as an idea became a dream and then this person turned it all into reality.

A true entrepreneur, Kirby Crawford, created and continues to operate her business while continuing to work tirelessly as a volunteer in her community.

She founded and is the director/owner of Kirby’s School of Dance in York.

Thirteen years ago, she started her dance studio. When an unfortunate fire caused her to have to move, she found another location and dance continued. Soon they outgrew that studio space and began looking for a new location. With a can-do attitude, a new studio was constructed and continues to grow.

For 13 years, Kirby’s School of Dance has taught far more than dance, nominators said in their narratives. “She has taught and encouraged and developed the young dancers into contributing members of society. They learn teamwork, sharing, leadership and that success is a result of hard work. Her influence with these young people helps make them positive role models for others.”

Five years ago, she also created Kirtsey’s Clothing and Gift Boutique, as well.

“It is easy to see that her economic impact on the community has a wide business range,” said one person nominating her for this award. “Both the School of Dance and Kirtsey’s bring customers to York who shop, dine out and participate in local organizations.”

Kirby’s School of Dance also offers a Dance for Grants program. Her students learn how to apply for and write grants for items in their school classrooms, such as computers, projectors, supplies, etc. To date, these grants have contributed more than $10,000 to area schools.

Crawford is a charter member (and the only member from Nebraska) to be selected to the More Than Just Great Dancing Organization, which mentors studio owners from around the world.

She is also a member of the York Chamber Ambassadors, York General Health Care Auxiliary, York Public Schools Booster Club, PEO, TeamMates and the St. Joseph’s Altar Society.

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