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What does it mean to have passion? Is it something you’re born with or is it developed over time? How do we know if we have it, and once we find it, what can we do to cultivate it into our life’s work?

These are just a few of the questions I’d been thinking about and asking myself this week. Passion is the fuel that drives us forward, showing us the very things that get us out of bed each day.

You could also say that passion is synonymous with magic, something that reminds us that we should never stop dreaming big.

For Emily Mixon, opening Mixon Magic Performing Arts is a dream realized.

“When I decided to open Mixon Magic Performing Arts in the middle of a pandemic, people were saying, ‘you’re crazy,’” Mixon said. “But this is a passion of mine.”

Emily Mixon, owner of Mixon Magic Performing Arts. (Photo: Courtesy of Emily Mixon)

A passion that began at the age of 3, Mixon grew up taking classes at Ballet Pensacola, which led her to the Boston Conservatory and a teaching position at Escambia High School.

Now, with experience in hand, Mixon decided it was time to open her own boutique performing arts studio.

“This was all brand new,” Mixon said. “I’m a total creative person. It took some time to figure out details and logistics. I sat down and figured out which classes I could offer to the community.”

The next step was choosing the location. Mixon knew she wanted a studio that’s big enough for everyone, complete with spacious changing rooms, high ceilings, bars, and marley flooring. Suite #238 at the Historic Sacred Heart Hospital at 1010 N. 12th Avenue in Pensacola was just the spot to fit her needs.

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In fact, it turns out that she couldn’t have picked a better place.

“I took ballet as a three-year-old at the Historic Sacred Heart Hospital,” Mixon said. “It was a very full-circle moment for me.”

Mixon Magic Performing Arts offers classes to those as young as 2 years old to adult. Creative movement, ballet/jazz combo, broadway, tap, showstoppers, acting and voice are just a few of the wide selection of classes that are being offered this Fall.

Students that are 2 years old must have a parent or guardian with them.

But that’s not all. In addition to classes, Mixon Magic Performing Arts also offers dance birthday parties, private lessons in acting, voice and dance, wedding dance choreography and special and corporate event choreography.

“I wanted to give them something different,” Mixon said. “My focus is on uplifting the student, providing quality programs that inspire and motivate. I’m also letting the community drive the content and class offerings.”

In light of the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, Mixon Magic Performing Arts is making sure all rules and guidelines outlined by the CDC are being implemented. Everyone must wear a mask when entering the building and studio.

Mixon Magic Performing Arts offers classes on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. To view the schedule and register, visit https://www.mixonmagic.com/ For more information, call 850-221-7438.

Kalyn Wolfe is a freelance columnist for the News Journal. Send new business tips to pcolanewbiz@gmail.com.

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