I began my professional dance career in 1987. Since, I have taught and worked for both the major franchises, and some of the largest independent studios in Ohio.
Teaching dance does not require licensing from any agency. Regardless, I find it extremely important to examine for and to obtain professional certifications through accredited dance organizations. I carry 3 Associate degrees with Dance Vision International, and expect to obtain their highest levels relatively soon. I have also carried 5 with the Fred Astaire organization (obtained through 1993, 2007, and 2012-13), however, apparently they become no longer valid when you leave the franchise (however that works). I also have 6 teaching certifications with AMI and NATDA accredited schools.
I currently own Rhythm & Grace dance studio in Seven Hills, Ohio, which is both a social and competitive dance school. Whereas, I can often times be found in the Top Teacher line-ups of the Dancesport competitions, I dance Professional/Amateur competitively with my students. My students and studio also obtain accolades they are happy with. Considering the vast majority of my students started dance from scratch, I am exceptionally proud of their accomplishments and their efforts to be the best they can.
Highland Heights, OH
Westerville & Delaware, OH
Chagrin Falls, OH
Seven Hills, OH
I truly have a love serving others, meaning helping them gain and improve in their lives. It gives me meaning and satisfaction knowing I am making people's lives better.
Not long ago, I surveyed my student body to find out what they wanted or found most valuable about their services with me from their own perspective - in short, what did they value most from their lessons.
The results I found were both extremely validating and personally rewarding, and I'd like to share some highlights with you.
"Never underestimate the power of your kindness, encouragement and honesty. It is rare and even more rarer in the ballroom world. When I think of all the miles I've driven... there's a reason."
"So many great times. I know everyone who dances with you, you put them first."
"I can't thank you enough for all you poured into me!"
"For giving us confidence, for giving us something to share, for making dancing fun, for being your awesome patient self - thank you!"
"Thanks for unending patience (and even some jokes) while I struggle to unlearn 60 years of questionable dance technique."
"Thank you for your endless patience and faith in me."
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