Mother-daughter business owners dance to successful tune
by Anne Marie Fuller
Jun 20, 2014 | 2644 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Patsy Mulholand (right) records a video of her daughter Morgan Mulholand during a dance routine at The Company Fine Arts Academy, the business they own together. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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Mother-daughter business partners Patsy Mulholand and Morgan Mulholand — owners of The Company Fine Arts Academy at West Valley Mall — say the experience of owning a thriving dance studio has surpassed their dreams.

This past week, the Mulholands added to their studio space to expand their offerings.

The duo started the dance academy two years ago with only a handful of students, and today their business caters to 205 students ranging in age from 2 to 22 years old. Students are mostly local, but some travel in from as far away as Dixon.

“It was a leap of faith starting this,” Patsy Mulholand, 52, said. “Working with my daughter has been amazing.”

The Company Fine Arts Academy now employs nine dance instructors teaching a variety of dance styles and three staff members.

“Most people say don’t open a business with family,” Morgan Mulholand, 24, said. “My mom and I make a phenomenal team. We have always worked good together. It’s been great to see the kids grow through this.”

Patsy Mulholand said her familiarity with her daughter makes it seem sometimes as if she can read her business partner’s mind.

“We are in sync and we complement each other by balancing each other out perfectly,” she said. “Working together in the business has been an opportunity to teach Morgan, and she absorbs this like a sponge. I’m very proud of my daughter and the fine young lady she has become.”

During her sophomore year at Tracy High School, Morgan Mulholand started teaching dance to area children. Two weeks ago, she graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and dance.

The Mulholands have also used their business to serve events such as the Tracy Relay for Life and have started a traveling reading program that visits local schools.

“This has been a magical experience,” Patsy Mulholand said. “I would never expect to have been able to own a studio. I have never been happier.”

The Company Fine Arts Academy now employs nine dance instructors and three staff members. Classes include jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, break dancing, contemporary dance, abs — for strength and flexibility — and tumbling. Classes range in price from $48 to $70, depending on length. The first class is free of charge. In addition, the studio organizes performance and competition teams.

For more information and summer operating hours, visit or call 836-5678.

• Contact the Tracy Press at or 835-3030.

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