A local entertainment company is hosting a grand opening festival Saturday that will include food, music and train rides.

The Baker Factory festival, co-hosted by T’LaShea Peforming Arts, will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Victorious Kidz Academy’s Victory Land Field Park at 6544 Malone Rd. in Douglasville. The festival is open to the public and will highlight local performers and the Baker Factory Dancers. It will include music, art, moon jumpers, train rides, food, prizes, free games and activities, cotton candy and snow cones.

“The festival is a grand opening for The Baker Factory,” CEO and founder Jasmine Crum said. “With the festival, there is a concert and these girls and boys that I have in my company will be showcasing what they’ve done over the summer.”

Before Crum had The Baker Factory, she had an after school program for children ages 3 to 15. She started Jas Dream Creators in 2010 when she was a junior in high school at the age of 17. In 2013, JDC evolved into an entertainment company currently known as The Baker Factory.

The factory is located within Victorious Kidz Academy, an accredited school on the north side of Douglasville. It’s named after the late Josephine Baker who has been described as the first black female entertainer. Born in the United States, she eventually became a citizen of France.

Baker’s experience in France made her more culturally rounded, according to Crum.

“My muse is Josephine Baker,” she said. “I just love her, so the factory is kind of like recreating the children in her image in a way.”

Now 22 years old, Crum has been a dancer since she was 3 years old.

“But (I) wasn’t taught a lot of the industry dialogue when I was younger,” Crum said. “As I got older, I wanted to be on main stages. But I didn’t have enough technique or I didn’t have enough experience or I just had to start all over. I would like to teach (children) at a young age so that if they do decide to pursue a career in entertainment, they’ll be well-rounded. They’ll be ready.”

Students learn different styles of dance from across the world. They are also educated in music from the past and present.  

“This dance company isn’t your average recital and competition dance company, “Crum said. “We are building to become a theatrical, all over visual arts and performing arts company. I also have included foreign languages into the company because I speak Spanish.”

There are currently 15 kids enrolled in the company.

Those who are attending Saturday’s festival are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, call Crum at 678-982-8556 or visit the website at www.thebakerfactory.com.

Contact Amanda Thomas by email at amanda@douglascountysentinel.com or by phone at 770-942-6571 ext. 226.

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