Transcript for 'GMA' visits Dallas dance studio for Black Business Month
[MUSIC PLAYING] WOMAN: Good morning, America. This is the Atlanta Food Truck Park, located in Jonesboro, Georgia.
- Hey, guys. I'm Ella Russell, the owner of Crumbville Texas Bakery down in Houston, Texas. Happy Black Business Month!
- Hi, my name is Brittney.
- And I'm Taysha. We're from Vibez Training--
- Located in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
- Good morning from Kansas City, Missouri. My name is Chris Goode, the proud founder of Ruby Jean's Juicery. Good morning, America!
- Bring it, Chris!
- Welcome back to Good Morning America. August is Black Business Month, and those are just some of the amazing small business owners right there. And this morning is day two of our series Black Business Boost.
- It sure is. We are spotlighting some businesses that are still trying to get back on their feet. In fact, according to Federal Reserve data, Black business owners are turned down for loans at double the rate of white business owners. And during the pandemic, Black business owners were 30 times less likely to get government aid.
- I hope everybody was with us on Monday, because we kicked off the celebration in our nation's capital. Now this morning, we're putting on our dancing shoes. Myatta Flanagan, the founder of the Journey Dance Center in Dallas, is making sure the dance floor has enough room for everyone. Look at that extension! You can see her with her troop of dancers.
They're standing by live. But first-- there they are-- but first, here is her story.
Deep down in Dallas, smack dab in the Lone Star State--
[CHILDREN COUNTING OFF]
--you can find the journey Dance Center, made up of ballerinas striving for excellence and representation.
AMANI HOOD: It transforms you, really. You come out as strong, empowered, and you really just know your stuff.
LEIANNA HIGGINS: It just feels like I'm around people who I know, who will understand me.
[FLANAGAN GIVING INSTRUCTIONS]
ROBIN ROBERTS: For founder Myatta Flanagan, the idea began when she was a young girl looking to fill a gap in the dance world.
MYATTA FLANAGAN: I noticed quickly that there weren't that many dancers that looked like me. So I really knew that was something that I wanted to do, was to create a program.
ROBIN ROBERTS: Parents grateful to have the opportunity for their children to feel seen.
- It's important for her to know that there's other girls who look like her, have the same hair as her, have so much confidence.
ROBIN ROBERTS: It has been quite the journey for Myatta, who has persevered, especially through the recent tough economy.
MYATTA FLANAGAN: So just like any small business, we have been affected by the aftermath of the pandemic. Right now, we are in need and looking for our next place to call home. Our goal is to find a new permanent location so that we can offer our classes to a lot more families. I have families that just simply can't afford it.
ROBIN ROBERTS: With no physical center, the dancers bounce around between rec rooms every night.
- Whether it's us having to switch locations in the next 24 hours or so, it does become a challenge. Myatta has the most impressive perseverance that I've seen in a person.
- It was just awesome to see a Black studio that we could not find. She persevered, and we assured her we were going to stand by her, no matter what.
ROBIN ROBERTS: While their technique and love for community remain on point, a bit of a boost would give this beautiful business the space to soar.
- (ALL) 1, 2, 3, Journey!
ROBIN ROBERTS: "Journey" is what they're saying. And joining us now from Dallas is Myatta Flanagan. Myatta, thank you for being with us here on Good Morning America. And I have to say, congratulations. I mean, your career-- professional dancer, instructor, choreographer. More than 30 years, you've dedicated yourself. Your incredible dancers-- they're behind you right now-- what is it like to see dance bring so much joy to your community?
- Absolutely. Thank you guys for having me this morning. It is absolutely amazing for me to be able to share my art and my craft with my dancers and their families. I really feel like my journey here, and my process, and this purpose is really to foster and create more representation in this field.
AMY ROBACH: Myatta, we just saw in the piece, you are clearly an icon in your community. It's your life's mission to nurture, yes, that next generation of dancers, but guess what? There is another dance icon. You might have heard of her. She has something to tell you. Debbie Allen, take a look.
- (SHAKILY) OK!
- Myatta and the Journey Dance Center--
[SHRIEKING AND CHEERING FROM DANCERS]
--it's Debbie Allen, reaching out to congratulate you and applaud the great work you're doing to diversify the dance community in this world. We are what the world needs-- joy, confidence, and creativity. Hope you come to DADA!
MATT GUTMAN: Yes, Debbie Allen, thank you for that! And DADA, by the way, that's Debbie Allen's Dance Academy. Debbie's changed the world of dance, just like you're changing the face of dance in Dallas. You work so hard, Myatta, and that's why our friends-- listen to this-- at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater-- one of the world's leading dance schools-- is giving you a VIP experience for two at their season kick-off at New York City Center this winter. Plus a special visit to the school-- Ailey Extension-- and its popular programming classes.
[SHRIEKING AND CHEERING FROM JOURNEY DANCERS]
25 dance techniques over at New York's largest building dedicated to dance. Myatta, what do you think?
- I am ecstatic. Thank you so much for the opportunity! It really means the world to me! Thank you so, so much.
LARA SPENCER: Hey, Myatta. We saw on the piece, you all didn't stop dancing when you lost your dance home in the tough economy. What would it mean to have a dedicated space again for your Dance Center?
- It would mean a lot! It will definitely help with the consistency of our program for us to be able to grow, and offer more classes, and welcome more students to our program. So it would definitely mean the world.
ROBIN ROBERTS: And you have been so creative in finding ways to keep the program going, going from rec rooms and any place that you can. Well, you know what, Myatta, our friends-- we have dear friends at Wells Fargo-- they heard about your story. They are equally impressed. And so Wells Fargo-- $20,000, they're giving you. $20,000--
[SHRIEKING AND CHEERING FROM DANCERS]
--there's a check there for you and your little ones. And that's to help you find a home for Journey Dance Center!
Myatta, how is that money--
MYATTA FLANAGAN: Thank you so, so much.
- --going to help you in finding a home?
- It's definitely going to help with our buildout for our next location, and also be able to put towards our digital studio that will incorporate STEM in the arts that we hope to teach our students in the future.
ROBIN ROBERTS: Oh, always looking for that way! Myatta, that's a great idea. Well, keep it up, and keep in touch. And we cannot see-- cannot wait to see what is next for you. Thank you so much. Thank you for what you do there.
- Thank you so much!
ROBIN ROBERTS: OK, you take care.
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