triple trained with exams:
Murrays' School of Dance
Come for the dancing, stay for the
|With my big Brother Dean, I started dancing as a little girl.
up in a dancing community and started dancing when I was four, as
the "Queen of Polka" I taught all of my cousins, we were the
driveway champions and the show at every wedding. They say I
used to twirl around and say:" When I grow up, I'm gonna be a
fancy lady and teach dance.' I'm not sure about the 'fancy
lady', however I've fulfilled my childhood dream and have
enjoyed teaching for 20 years.
Prior experience as an Occupational Therapist and a Social
Worker has given me the sensitivity to individual needs and
abilities, to celebrate each success and to encourage and
motivate students to meet their chosen goals, one step at a
time. Dancing is fun therapy!
Without any Ballroom skills, I started with Arthur
Murrays' School of Dance in 1987, and passed all the Bronze
exams and enjoyed teaching full-time for years. Because I
learned the man's part first, my lead skills are as strong as my
follow skills, which is unique for a lady instructor. Consider
me your dance doctor, ladies, if your man has trouble leading
you, bring him in! We'll fix 'em!
In 1996, I was invited by the two Directors, a former Fred
Astaire Teacher/Trainer and a former Arthur Murrays'
Teacher/Trainer, to study, test out of the exam and instruct
for Northwest Athletic Clubs' huge social dance program.
This franchise was eventually purchased by Life Time
Fitness. The Social Dance Program was a casualty in the
transition, they let everyone go and I was anticipating the
ax but instead was asked to rebuild their entire ballroom
dance program and train and hire instructors for all 22
locations. That's when I turned to my Fred Astaire trainer,
mentor and friend. Together we implemented a Professional
Ballroom Dance Training Program based on the DVIDA
curriculum which is still successfully training instructors
today who are successfully passing the exams, one dance at a
I've fallen in love with Georgia!
We are here due to my husband's transfer, and it seems I've
become Atlanta's Southern Sweetheart, being the only
ProDVIDA south of Atlanta as I've been enjoying volunteering
for Civil Air Patrol, elementary schools, nursing homes as
well as The Stardust Ballroom Dance Club.
Today it's my pleasure to Direct the Social Dance
Program at World Gym, offering group classes and monthly
Ballroom Dance Parties. See my class schedule page for
Click here to see my class
* ProDVIDA: (Professional Dance Vision International Dance
* Best Dance Instructor*, 2008 & 2009: Minnesota Bride
* Best Dance Instructor*, 2008 & 2009: City of Burnsville,
* Ask The Expert* contributor for the #1 Bridal resource, MN
* Latin Dance Jam* creator and instructor
I am blessed to do what I love and love what I do and
we will make dance enjoyable for YOU.
Certified American Ballroom Dance Instructor
member with an Associate of Dance Degree
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