When Marcus and Jana Brown Tyler opened Jana Brown Centerstage back in 2007, it was a stepping stone to a bigger dream—a dream that combined their passions: dance and gymnastics.
This story starts back when both were young children. Jana became hooked at her very first dance class at the local ballet academy in Bartlesville, OK. She went on to earn her Dance Management degree on scholarship from Oklahoma City University. Meanwhile in Matteson, IL, a young Marcus begged his parents to sign him up for gymnastics after watching the 1984 USA Men’s Gymnastics Olympic team take home the gold. Marcus made varsity his freshman year of high school, and by his junior year he was coaching younger gymnasts.
Fate and family brought these two powerhouses to Fort Bend County, where they met in 2000 while coaching at a local facility. Each had the entrepreneurial itch, and in 2007 they made the leap together with a shared vision: To create a nurturing environment that sees each child through to their fullest potential, bringing out the best in every kid. “We opened a dance studio first,” says Marcus. “But we always knew the gym would come later.” In its ten year run, Jana Brown Centerstage was voted “Best Dance Studio in Fort Bend” multiple times. Then in 2017, the bigger dream became reality. The opening of EnRich Gymnastics and Dance Academy in Richmond (in the community where Jana and Marcus are raising their family) brought gymnastics on board and completed the vision.
EnRich Gymnastics and Dance Academy is a genuine, caring and supportive place for families, where one sibling might grow into competing while another finds it an awesome place to have fun and burn off energy. This facility boasts an impressive faculty, including Houston MET Dance Company members, Houston Ballet alumni, USA Gymnastics Nationals Team coaches, and a two-time All-American gymnast. Jana and Marcus remain hands-on and committed to their vision. Marcus says, “I get just as excited about someone doing their first cartwheel as I do about our national champion (EnRich’s Fuzzy Benas is the 2018 USA Junior National Champion).” Jana continues to teach all ages and levels of dance. “I love introducing young dancers to the art form,” she says. EnRich Dance Company members at the highest competitive level were recently featured in an invitational showcase at The University of Arizona…and all of the participating dancers started their career with Jana back when they were toddlers!
Classes are available in both gymnastics and dance starting at age 22 months. A trial class is always free, and Parents Night/Day Out, birthday parties, a Mother’s Day Out program, and summer and seasonal camps are also available. All EnRich dancers—ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, recreational and competitive—will participate in EnRich’s 2nd (and Jana’s 11th!) recital production scheduled for late spring at the beautiful Stafford Centre.
EnRich Gymnastics and Dance Academy
1661 Blaisdale Rd., Richmond, TX 77406
@FM 359 and Blaisdale