Honoring Women: Arielle Harding of Boss Lady Dance Co.

Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 12:33 PM EST
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA) - March is Women’s History Month and ABC21 is highlighting women across 21Country who are overcoming obstacles, inspiring others, and writing their own piece of history.

Let’s meet Arielle Harding, the owner and executive director of Boss Lady Dance Company. She started her dance career at the tender age of 2 years old and has training from South Shore Dance Alliance & Emerson Visual and Performing Arts Academy both of Gary, Indiana.

Harding was a part of Fort Wayne North Side High School Dance Program from 2011-2014. Professionally, she danced with Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ “G” League Basketball Team, alongside Indiana Pacemates’. Throughout the years she has earned multiple awards for dance excellence. She has taught and choreographed various forms of dance to all ages over the course of 11 years. She is trained in modern, tap, contemporary, lyrical, hip hop, jazz, and her favorite style being ballet.

In 2020, Arielle imagined and created Boss Lady Dance to develop the knowledge and experience of young dancers. She is determined to help develop and nurture dancers to become outstanding in their dance career, as well as, upstanding citizens in society. She says that the name wasn’t always Boss Lady Dance Company. It was Boss Lady Majorette. “Majorette style dance, not like your typical batons with twirling, it’s more of a southern thing that has hip-hop and ballet with jazz and acrobats. It’s a mixture of all kinds of genres of dance.” say Harding. She went on to say “I noticed that Fort Wayne didn’t have a team like that, so I decided it was time to bring one like that to us.”

We asked Harding about the invest she is making in these young boss ladies. Not just a skill of dance but as we talk about women empowerment, how would she like to leave her legacy in Fort Wayne and beyond.

She told us, “When I first started my team, I thought about how boys have all kinds of teams and clubs and they can do everything. It’s just for boys but girls don’t have that same thing so I wanted something where they had somewhere as their safe place. Not only do they come here and they dance but I teach them life lessons too. Some of my dancers, I pick them up and I bring them to practice and I take them home and on the car ride we talk about everything. I always want them to know that I care about them and that I see them developing and I’m watching them. It’s not all about dance, I know a human being too and I can see that and I want them to feel seen as well.”

As we honor women in 21 Country all month long, we want to know the women who inspire our viewers. Share with ABC21 photos, videos and reasons why your are inspired with the hashtag #ABC21Women and tag us on social media.

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