We had the good fortune of connecting with Gina Tate and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gina, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success is definitely “reliability” and “staying true to my work”.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the owner of two business, the 1st is a Performance Conservatory in the heart of Downtown Greensboro NC called, “THE POINTE! Company & Technique Conservatory, formally known as, “The Pointe! Studio of Dance”. We are a performance based training ground for those who excel in the arts, mainly dance; our students from 4-up train in the classical and contemporary fields of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and contemporary dance as well as acting and vocals. What sets us totally apart is our technique based atmosphere who “TRAIN” our performers not only on the technical aspects of performance, but also socially, mentally and emotionally preparing our students for the real world, life skills and how to be great human beings in such a turbulent world of today. We are also a predominantly black conservatory who has the responsibilty to make sure that our African American ballerinas shine, are professionally ready for auditions and performance no matter what the platform. We make sure that our children are prepared and competitive in the arts world. Most of our performers are awarded full scholarships at their pick of colleges and some have already been casted on Broadway! I have also recently opened a second business alongside my husband “CALLED”, “A UNIQUE POINTE! OF VIEW” & “AdynTrust Interior Design”. We “Uplift” and design personal and business spaces catered to our clients Unique personalities. What sets us a part is our values and the love we pour into our creations that are both unique and unlike anything you would see at your brand furniture stores. I’m most excited about the many visions we have going into each individual project as if it were our own, we choose designs and fabrics that one would not dream of combining and it makes our product truly individualized without breaking the bank. We also use lots of local young artists, (my students) to accomplish such unique looks in our homes, it’s truly a gift that we wish to share with many homes here in the Triad!
Professionally I would never have gotten the courage to think I could be successful without My God! HE alone has always given me the eye and the gift to work in detail and to see what most people don’t! This works true in both business, to create choreography, design and pay attention to the small details that are important and layer the larger image in making masterpieces and create beautiful eye candy to the human eye!
It was very challenging to start 17 years ago as a dance studio, I had people who I trusted turn on me once they saw how quickly it was growing and the greed got the best of them and they tried to control me and take it over. I got out of that situation really fast with the help of my husband who saw the turn of events quickly. We then moved to our own space which presented new challenges but God has always seen me through all of them. I have “LEARNED” to be self sufficient in so many ways, to only trust a handful of other businesswomen and men who I have established a community with and we keep each other working by using our brands to grow eachother. I’v learned to do nothing without a written contract that both parties always sign to protect my investments and my mental state. I’v also learned to trust my gut and not afraid to look different and even though it is different the majority of the time, my gifts are naturally unique and that is what has propelled me and made me stand out from the rest. I’m not one to talk about what I do, however; I’v always relied on showing the creativity and allowing my audience to judge. My conservatory does our own creations of all dance Adaptations of popular shows, movies and plays that have been featured for several years in the world renowned “National Black Theatre Festival” held bi-yearly in Winston-Salem NC. My performers are no strangers to being in front of huge crowds with broadway, screen and film stars as their audiences. I believe my work along with a great teammate & partner, (Robin T. Rich McGhie), instructors, choreographers and a team of committed parents is also why my success has been all “of ours” and there is so much more we want to accomplish and show the world!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting my area for a week, I would “DEFINITELY” take them to our NEW beautiful Steven Tanger Center that is the house in Greensboro for all upcoming and current Broadway shows! It is absolutely beautiful and exciting that Greensboro does not have to travel to Charlotte or Raleigh Durham for a Broadway show anymore, we have our own venue now! We would then feast at Village Tavern which has the best food in Greensboro with a rocking menu of delicasies to try and a great friendly atmosphere. Next day we would then visit some our our local shops downtown Greensboro and shop with some of our local artist and patronize them. We would then eat again, but this time my friend Nicole Alexander is one of the top chefs I know without a restaurant other than her kitchen, I’d have her prepare one of her many fabulous meals, fellowship then head out to support one or our local smaller venues here like the Community Theatre of Greensboro, (where my son performed growing up). CTG puts on great shows and I’v even choreographed a few! I would defiantly stop by my conservatory, THE POINTE! Company & Technique Conservatory for a tour and have my Company perform for her so she could see how amazing yet powerful our small Company is and how our local professionals do it! I’d also introduce her to some good friends at the house and hang out in my backyard where I have designed a small oasis for my family and I when we have any down time.
Next day we would get our very own photo shoot with the AMAZING “Toni Shaw” of Shaw Photography Group. The photoshoot would definitely last all day because Toni’s vision is crazy in a good way and we may be jumping off building just to get THAT shot! She’s also in the same building as my Conservatory!
We would then go eat at “Dames Chicken and Waffles”, around the corner, again downtown Greensboro, because they have the best “Arnold Palmer” on earth, and the food ain’t bad either. We would then end the last two days in my favorite area to visit which is Charleston SC, it’s historically beautiful, with the most gorgeous architect and rich history. A lot our our Ancestors came upon ships there and to visit the plantations and learn about our people’s life and survival. I love history so I’d take her to visit the plantations and slave quarters and see just how much of Charleston our Ancestors build with their own hands, it is truly an awe inspiring sight to see. Not to mention they have the best food that side of SC, it is absolutely scrumptious!
Needless to say, she’d be exhausted after her vacation!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family is foremost my biggest fans, I thank them always for sacrificing and sticking through the good and bad times of running duel business. My husband Jamie for being a co-partner in my interior decorating business and jumping in with me to create something that is fresh, new and in demand by so many busy homeowners who need help expressing who they are in their space or just don’t have enough time to do it themselves. My Mother and my Sister who has always encouraged me and supported me in all my endeavors!
Instagram: @rdtater, @thepointestudioofdance, @auniquepointeofview
Twitter: @tate_regina, The Pointe! Company & Technique Conservatory
Facebook: @GinaDeniceBeasleyTate, @ThePointeCompanyandTechniqueConservatory, @AUniquePointeOfView
Youtube: The Pointe! Studio of Dance, A Unique Pointe! of View
Shaw Photography Group Gina Tate