We are a family run dance studio that focuses on recreational dance instruction as well as dance for the more serious dancer. We maintain small class sizes in a fun environment to teach the art of dance. We opened in the Fall of 2018, and hope to carry on the legacy of our former instructor, Wendy Streib. She introduced the love of dance to thousands of her students over 55 years. My hope is to carry on her legacy in instilling a lifelong love of dance in my students.
Here is my story:
I began dancing at the age of 3. At first it was ballet, then tap, then jazz. As I got older I was able to join the more advanced girls in the tap line and junior line. Eventually I got to join the senior line which were the most advanced girls at our studio. It was around that time that I started helping as a student teacher. I graduated high school and attended college locally for a couple of years, and continued to dance at the studio. I also taught some classes on my own, and subbed for others when needed. I joined the dance team at Wright State and performed at basketball games along with some competitions. Soon life got in the way, and I took a break from college and moved to North Carolina with my soon to be husband.
I was gearing up to audition for a professional dance team, the Charlotte Hornets. I was very excited, and felt I had a good chance at making the team. However, the week before auditions I realized I was pregnant. Priorities changed, and I stuck with a waitress job for the next year. In 1999 my daughter, Julia, was born. Shortly after we moved to Kentucky to be closer to family. I decided I needed to go back to school as I needed to better support my family. In 2001 my son was born, and I started the nursing program at Lexington Community College. While in the program I gave birth to my youngest daughter, Dana, and I also lost my father. I managed to continue on and graduated with my Associate Degree in Nursing in 2003. I was teaching dance on the side at a local YMCA during this time as well. We then moved back to Dayton, and I started my job as a Registered Nurse.
My oldest daughter was now 4, so I registered her for dance at my old dance studio. A few years later, my younger daughter also began dancing. We had our struggles, I divorced, and I wasn’t sure I would be able to continue to afford dance lessons for the girls. Somehow I managed, thankfully. In 2009 I was asked to help out teaching at the studio. At first I struggled. It wasn’t long though until my creativity began to surface, and I realized how much I missed dance. I was again dancing with the senior line and doing ballet in the recitals. As my daughters aged, I began doing dances with them. There is nothing greater than sharing your passion with your children. Through this time I managed to obtain my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing as well as my Master’s in Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner. But I also continued to dance. My son became interested in dance, and did a number with his older sister for her senior year in high school. I remarried a few years ago, and was even able to convince my husband to do a tap number with me.
In 2018 my dance teacher and mentor decided it was time to retire. She asked if I would be interested in continuing the studio. My initial reaction was no. I have a good career outside of dance, and I’m not getting any younger. However, after I gave it more thought it came apparent how much passion I still have for dancing. Not only do I enjoy dancing, but I love teaching dance. I enjoy taking students on the journey to become the best dancer they wish to be. I enjoy helping students have fun while learning to dance. And I’m not ready to give that up.
So, I am now a dance studio owner. With my daughters and fellow dancers by my side, I hope to share my dance knowledge with my students and instill a love of dance that will carry them through life.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” - C.S. Lewis
“Dance is the joy of movement and the heart of life”