Charlize Theron opens dance studio

Charlize Theron opens dance studio

Charlize Theron has opened a dance studio in Los Angeles.

Three decades after an injury forced her to give up her dream of becoming a ballerina and pursue a career in the film industry instead, the 48-year-old Hollywood actress has been busy working on her new project – a studio called “The Six Compound” for dancers ages eight to 18.

In a post on Instagram, Charlize shared her big news with her fans, writing: “I’ve been a little MIA lately but I swear I have a great excuse. It’s because… I opened a dance studio!”

“Together with my co-creators and incomparable icons Latrina Bolger-Washington and Tyrell Washington, we have created The Six Compound!”

She added of the initiative: “(It is) a place with a fresh perspective on the evolution and future of dance AND performance. A place where dancers/artists can express themselves in an inclusive and innovative space alongside the best teachers and choreographers in the industry today.”

The first classes start this week at the Burbank studio. The actress announced that children can sign up for two days of “training, insights into the world of entertainment and question-and-answer sessions with leading top professionals.”

Charlize trained as a dancer as a child and later moved to New York to model while attending the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School before a knee injury derailed her plans to become a professional dancer.

In 2008, she told the New York Times: “Even though I was a model, I always saw myself as a dancer. I could have been a bigger model than I was. They always told me, ‘Lose five pounds and you’ll be a supermodel.’

“But for me, modeling was like waitressing – it was a way to finance another career, and that career was dancing.”

She explained that a knee injury left her unable to dance and her mother convinced her to pursue a new path that led her to Hollywood. Charlize added to the publication: “I realised I couldn’t dance anymore and I fell into a severe depression. My mother came over from South Africa and said, ‘Either you figure out what to do next or you come home because in South Africa you can sulk.'”