5 employees
8 years in business

About this pro

We are a competitive dance studio that is immersed in technique.  Students learn the joy of dance, the partculars of technique, and the art of performing.  We strive to have age appropriate music, attire, and subject matter for all our age groups.  We have an experienced faculty with professional backgrounds in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Contemporary.  We LOVE dance and we believe that no matter what you choose to do with your life, dance will help you get there.  Dance can teach you about success, failure, commitment, methodology, pushing beyond limits, working in a group, standing on your own, in other words about YOU.  We want you to learn and have fun while doing it.  Visit us and see, we are Dayton's premire place for dance.

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Dayton, OH 45429
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We bring them into class and see where they are as far as ability.  I want them to feel comfortable and all of my staff know that "feeling stupid" is everyone's worst nightmare.  We do our best to prevent this.  We want students to be challenged, but no so much so, that it is no longer enjoyable.  Dance should be fun.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I was a professional ballet dancer for 18 years, dancing with companies such as BalletMet, Dayton Ballet, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Chautauqua Ballet, Grand Rapids Ballet as well as many performances as a guest.  I have been on the faculty at several institutions, as well as the ballet professor at Wright State University for 8 years.  I have taught extensively throughout the region and my staff are well trained and well versed in my and my Wife's vision for JsquareDance.

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$40 1/2 hour

$45 45 minutes

$47 Hour

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$55 2 Hours

How did you get started teaching?

I started with a boys class when I was 12.  My teach thought it would be good for the boys to have an older boy teach them.  I learned more as a dancer if I was teaching at the same time.  It helped confirm my theories and beleifs.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with every age and ability.  I prefer to work with teens and older, but have a staff dedicated to younger students.  I have trained dancers who have gone on to be principals in National Ballet of Canada, Hamburg Ballet, and Houston Ballet, as well as students who have gone on to star in lead roles on broadway in show such as "Jesey Boys", "Cinderella", "Les Mis", "White Christmas" and "Holiday Inn".

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure they make you feel comfortable with making mistakes.

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