I strive to offer the best dance education possible for your child.
Dance instruction and proper technique start at a very young age. I feel that it is imperative that good technique is established at a very early age, so that a dancer can develop at more advanced levels as they get older; such as leaps, turns and advanced combinations. Ballet especially, is the strong foundation for all dance genres. There is nothing more rewarding than having the opportunity of working with 3, 4 and 5 year olds and seeing the end result of a polished dancer with proper technique in her/his high school years. Proper technique at an early age is key. It is also important to find the “happy medium” between structure and fun.
I have many ideas for our little ones to offer a fun way to learn the art of dance and to keep them engaged so they LOVE coming to class and look forward to it each and every week!
As for our intermediate and advanced students, I continue to challenge these girls with new choreography, leaps and turns etc. and also bring in guest instructors for workshops and extra classes!
I invest my energies into offering all of these things in a fun, positive environment where your dancer will feel connected and loved regardless of her/his age. I want them to also learn confidence and life skills that will carry on into their future and memories that will last a lifetime.
Also, that hard work and determination will always pay off in whatever you do. I am pleased that the team members will be share in my same philosophies. I have been blessed with these amazing instructors who truly care about their students. These women are, no doubt, part of my family. Together, we are dedicated in offering these things to every student.
Every age brings its own joys! I love watching a 3 year old come in for the first time, nervous, not wanting to leave their mom... then watching them at the recital performing with a huge smile on their face, as proud as they can be! It is so rewarding! Then, as they grow up, I watch them struggle with a step or trick. We encourage them to work at it and practice and show we believe in them. One day they have that moment of, "I got it!" It is awesome to see the pride and sense of accomplishment on their faces!
I took ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, leaps/turns and hip hop from this studio starting with I was three years old. I was part of a studio competition team for 10 years and have done multiple duets and trios throughout that time. I was a member of the Highlands Dance Team for 7 years (2 on middle school; 1 on junior varsity, 4 on varsity). I started my dance teaching career as a demonstrator for 5 years. In 2020, I started at the University of Cincinnati and am now a teaching dance classes, teams, and solos/duets/trios and am excited to be sharing my love of all dance styles with my students.
I have been dancing since age two with The Dance Realm. I’ve also been a part of the Highlands Dance Teams for 7 years. I’m currently dancing for Northern Kentucky University. What better way to continue my love for dance than to teach at The Dance Realm! I’ve taught a variety of styles, including two of my favorites, hip hop and jazz. It’s so refreshing to see the dancers here evolve and prosper throughout their dance journey.
I actually never through teaching would mean as much to me a performing does, but I get so much satisfaction from it that performing could never give me. I get a kick out of the relationships I make with my students and the impact I can make on them that has nothing to do with actual dance steps. I also love watching someone progress. It's amazing to see someone work so hard toward something and finally achieve it. Now I even have students that ask me to write them letters of recommendation for college or to be a reference on a job application. Knowing that they trust me and that I have made a difference so much that they feel they can turn to me for these things is really fulfilling and somehow humbling at the same time. I wouldn't trade it for anything!
I knew when I graduated high school I was not ready to give up dance just yet, so teaching is how I am able to keep it in my life. There is nothing like seeing how younger dancers develop throughout the year and how much fun they have performing. I want to show the dancers the love and passion I have for dance, hoping that they will feel the same way.
I began my dance career in 2002 at this studio and started assisting with the younger classes in middle school. After graduating high school, I acquired an AAIS with a focus in Dance from NKU. I’ve always loved teaching and being with dancers willing and eager to improve! It’s such a rewarding job as you watch kids progress in just a few months.