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Detonate! 171 N Main St.
Granite Falls, NC
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About Us

At Detonation we pride ourselves in having exceptional dance instruction in the Sandhills and Foothills areas of North Carolina.  We are dedicated to providing the best instruction around for our students, who range from 4  to Adult by providing a balanced learning environment through recreational and competitive dance options, that build life skills and lifelong friendships.


Currently our clogging teams travel and compete under the American Clogging Hall of Fame and the Clogging Champions of America sanctioning bodies, allowing dancers to travel and experience new places. Along with national competition, Detonation honors our commitment to community through numerous local performances.


We have two locations in Laurinburg, NC and Granite Falls, NC both within a short drive to many other cities including Hickory, Morganton, Lenoir,  Aberdeen, Lumberton and Fayetteville.   If you are interested in becoming a part of the Detonation family, please visit our contact page.  We look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!


Detonation Dance - Granite Falls began with owner and director Derek Starnes' dream to build a dynamic dance environment in his hometown.  In 2014 we started our first dance season offering a wide variety of dance options from Ballet, Street Jazz and Social/Ballroom dance with our specialty being in Clogging, American Step Dance and Hip Hop.  We begin enrolling at age 3 and offer adult classes as well.


Mission:  Our mission at Detonation Dance Studio is to be the premiere choice for dance education in the areas we serve and to grow our students to be the best they can be by the constant commitment to be the best at what we do -  Dance.


Vision:  Our vision is to be THE choice for dance education in North Carolina and to offer a full versed dance studio option in under-served communities.  Promoting health , fitness and dance in a consistent form throughout our studios.


Derek Starnes - Owner/Director - Clogging & Hip-Hop Instructor

At the age of 10, Derek's mother decided to take him to a clogging lesson to provide his cousin moral support and to show him a dance form that Derek's father and she had grown up doing for fun.  Derek fell in love instantly!  Within 3 years Derek began actively competing in clogging with the Sims Country Cloggers, winning numerous team, solo and duet awards with his cousin he began clogging with years ago.


While on Sims, Derek began to progress his skills and abilities to include more advanced choreography and won many America's Clogging Hall of Fame national awards along with medaling 8 times at the Junior Olympics in Clogging.  Upon graduating high school  Derek became a part of the Wolfpack attending NC State University to pursue his degree in business administration and to become a member of NC State's Clogging team.  During his tenure Derek served as the Head Choreographer, President and Coach and led NC State to become a competing force in clogging, a legacy that lives on today.


In 2010 Derek was inducted to the All American Clogging Team as the first NC State clogger to receive the honor.  Upon graduation with his degree concentrating in Marketing,  Derek moved to Charlotte, NC and looks to continue his successes in clogging and share his passion of  dance as he begins directing the Rhythm Explosion Cloggers and  Detonation Dance Studio.


Derek does freelance choreography for individual teams along with workshops and conventions to share his love of dance and to progress clogging's exposure within the dance world.  If you would like to inquire about a booking please visit our contact page.

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What we Offer

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Classes meet weekly with scheduled holiday and school breaks.  Pricing is based by number of classes taken.  If a dancer takes one hour of dance (or one class) per week their monthly dues are $40.  Payment is due by the 4th of each month to avoid a late fee.

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