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UM graduate creates Hinge Dance Company

unnamedBy Jana Rosenberg

A Tupelo dancer is inspiring other dancers through a business she co-founded called Hinge Dance Company in 2011.

Lindsey Fine began dancing at the age of 3 and teaching at age 14. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in musical theater. After graduation, Fine moved to Los Angeles, where she was member of the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company.

In 2010, Fine moved back to Mississippi and paired up with best friend, Lydia Syniard, to start what they coined Hinge Dance Company. Hinge is a professional contemporary dance company compromised of mostly college students and recent college graduates from around Mississippi. The company rehearses at Oxford Academy of Dance Arts.

Fine is also the artistic director and choreographer of Hinge. She drives from Tupelo to Oxford at least twice a week to hold rehearsals for her contemporary and hip-hop pieces.

“I have a love for hip-hop, and I tend to incorporate it into a lot of my contemporary pieces,” Fine said. “The audience gets to see a mixture of both in the dances I choreograph for the show.”

In addition to Hinge, Fine choreographs for the Tupelo Ballet Company. She also teaches various classes of jazz, hip-hop, ballet and contemporary dance at the Oxford Academy of Dance Arts, as well as the Tupelo Academy of Dance Arts.

Ole Miss junior Francessca DeCosmo, a “Hinger,” looks up to Fine and always make an effort attend her classes whenever she is teaching at the Oxford studio.

“Lindsay’s dances are always challenging, but so much fun to learn,” she said. “Whenever she comes to Oxford to teach, she always has a studio full of people excited to dance with her. She is definitely an inspiring person.”

Fine believes that her love and passion for dance is what is what keeps her going every day, regardless of how demanding her schedule gets.  Nothing brings her more joy than dancing, performing and choreographing.

“It’s a lot. I mean, I am constantly dancing, but I really wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said. “I have always known that this is what I have wanted to dedicate my life too, so no matter how tired or sore I get, I am extremely happy to be doing what I’m doing.”

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