Our Stories

Below are our stories, including what The Dancer’s Workout means to us.

Jules
TDW Founder

Jules : MY STORY

At age 12 I begged my parents to let me attend the North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) for classical ballet, and they finally relented. I lived on campus there for all of my high school years (grades 9 through 12, all academic years and summers) and absolutely loved it! As a ballet major and modern dance minor, I loved taking two dance classes a day between high school academic classes. ...Read More

Abbie
TDW-Certified Instructor

Abbie : MY STORY

The TDW community has been such an amazing experience. From day one I was welcomed with open arms and friendly smiles. Often times it can be intimidating to walk in to a new class with a new group of faces, but every single person made an effort to ask my name and get to know me. ...Read More

Cailin
TDW-Certified Instructor

Cailin : MY STORY

I am a classical ballet major at the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA).  I started UNCSA as a junior in High School and continued my ballet training into their college program, with an anticipated UNCSA college graduation date of May, 2018!  I learned about The Dancer’s Workout® through one of my dance instructors at […]

Deena
TDW-Certified Instructor

Deena : MY STORY

I began dancing at age 8, taking ballet, tap, and jazz. My original training is from a local ballet studio in Houston, Milwaukee Ballet, and Charlotte City Ballet. Growing up, dance was always such an important part of my life! My family owned a dance supply store, and we were known for fitting pointe shoes with excellence! Over time I became a Registered Nurse (RN, BSN) and ...Read More

Edward
TDW-Certified Substitute

Edward : MY STORY

I started dancing at the age of 14 and have dance training in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, and tap.  My training started at Ballet Magnificat for 8 1/2 years.  I danced professionally with Ballet Magnificat for half a season and Uptown Dance Company in Houston, Texas. ...Read More

Madison
TDW-Certified Instructor

Madison : MY STORY

I began dancing at 7 years old after four years of competitive gymnastics.  Ballet became my first love and teaching was my passion.  After 10+ years of training in Cary, I continued my education in college at Belhaven University.  After two years as a BFA candidate in Dance, I have ...Read More

Rebecca
TDW-Certified Instructor

Rebecca : MY STORY

My training is in contemporary dance and ballet following four years at the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA).  I recently graduated college from UNCSA and am planning to move to New York City in August, 2017 to pursue my dance career.  In May I became certified to teach The Dancer’s Workout® after attending Jules’ […]

Roza
TDW-Certified Instructor

Roza : MY STORY

I learned about The Dancer’s Workout® from one of my teachers at the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA) and am so glad I did!  I attended UNCSA for four years as a contemporary dance major and graduated from college there in May, 2017.  The very next week I attended The Dancer’s Workout® Instructor Certification […]

Sara
TDW-Certified Substitute

Sara : MY STORY

I started dancing and doing gymnastics when I was in elementary school and by the time I reached middle school, dance was my extracurricular activity of choice. I continued to dance through high school, mainly focusing on jazz and flamenco. When I graduated ...Read More

Agnieszka
TDW Pearl

Agnieszka : MY STORY

My dancing began in high school, by accident, and because the art class I really wanted was already full. Being very shy, I dreaded the idea of performing in front of others, but soon realized the movement came easy and it became a fun experience. ...Read More

Alissa
TDW Pearl

Alissa : MY STORY

The Dancer's Workout has changed my life. After being out of the studio for 12 years, I thought I'd never dance again. Year after year, the aches and pains of getting older began to hinder my daily life. I had no idea that it was my body's way of telling me, "you need to dance! I need you to dance!" ...Read More

Amanda
TDW Pearl

Amanda : MY STORY

I began my dance journey when I was two years old.  I started at a small dance studio in Connecticut.  When I was 10 years old I found my passion for ballet with a ballet company.  I performed in many classical ballet performances like The Nutcracker, Peter and the Wolf, and Romeo and Juliet.  Performing on a stage was my way of expressing myself; it brought me pure joy!  Unfortunately, I broke my foot during ...Read More

Anne
TDW Pearl

Anne : MY STORY

I danced ballet from age 7 until 15, when I reached the point where one has to go all in with daily pre-professional training, or choose another path. I knew I didn’t have the talent become a professional dancer, and there weren’t classes available just for fun and fitness, so I quit ballet altogether. I continued my enjoyment of dance via social dancing (Latin and Swing), but that wasn’t frequent enough to serve as a regular fitness program. ...Read More

Ashley
TDW Pearl

Ashley : MY STORY

I have always been very athletic. I danced and played soccer as a young girl. Then I started playing school sports and stuck with volleyball from middle school through college. In college I returned to dance by taking jazz classes. After college graduation I took a desk job, didn't play sports or dance anymore, and I started gaining weight. Going to the gym was not the answer for me as I found myself getting bored. ...Read More

Carol
TDW Pearl

Carol : MY STORY

The arts are my passion! Though my career focused on music as a piano teacher and high school choral director, dance was always my second love! I began with tap, ballet, and jazz in elementary school and studied all the way through college. ...Read More

Clare
TDW Pearl

Clare : MY STORY

I come from a family of artists, so I was very fortunate to grow up in a vivacious theatrical world. When I was a toddler, that meant dancing in the balcony during performances of “The Nutcracker” or sword fighting to “Pirates of Penzance.” ...Read More

Kate
TDW Pearl

Kate : MY STORY

I grew up in Raleigh and danced for two area studios beginning with ballet at age three progressing to jazz and in high school, adding contemporary and musical theatre. Dance was a huge part of my upbringing teaching me dedication, discipline and confidence. ...Read More

Lisa
TDW Pearl

Lisa : MY STORY

Ballet, ballet, ballet!  That's been my dance history for 50 years.  I was drawn to the structure and precision - and the joy of movement!  It is a part of my soul! ...Read More

Mary Kathryn
TDW Pearl

Mary Kathryn : MY STORY

At age 5 I started taking ballet, jazz, and tap classes like many other little girls, but by age 7 my parents thought I wasn’t getting enough out of the classes so I stopped. It soon became clear that my talents were in music so my middle and high school years were filled with piano and voice lessons and many chorus and solo performances. ...Read More

Melissa
TDW Pearl

Melissa : MY STORY

As a young girl I was a very shy around everyone but my close family members. My mom decided to enroll me into a dance class to help me come out of my shell. She enrolled me in a ballet class at the young age of 4. ...Read More

Rachel
TDW Pearl

Rachel : MY STORY

I have been dancing since I was only 3 years old and quickly fell in love with it.  I took a variety of classes including ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and hip hop.  During college, I received a dance minor and was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company where I gained some experience with choreographing.  I briefly taught ...Read More

Sara
TDW Pearl

Sara : MY STORY

I started dancing and doing gymnastics when I was in elementary school and by the time I reached middle school, dance was my extracurricular activity of choice. I continued to dance through high school, mainly focusing on jazz and flamenco. When I graduated high school, I started working full time and going to school, so I was not able to fit dancing into my busy schedule. ...Read More

Sofia
TDW Pearl

Sofia : MY STORY

I started dancing when I was five but never had continuous training until college when I discovered my love for moving to the beat. Hoping it wasn’t too late to pursue it, I signed up for a dance diploma and accomplished it while studying Industrial Engineering. After graduation I continued taking dance lessons and teaching in a Community Center. ...Read More

Sonoe
TDW Pearl

Sonoe : MY STORY

When I was five, I was turned away from a hula halau (school) and became too embarrassed to admit my disappointment. I refused later offers at dance lessons, even when my mother’s friend offered to sponsor me at her daughter’s ballet school. Instead I turned to gymnastics from ages 7-15 and relished those dance elements incorporated into the sport. ...Read More

Virginia
TDW Pearl

Virginia : MY STORY

I began dancing when I was about 3 years old, starting with ballet and then studying modern in high school and college.  Dance was always something that brought me so much joy and was a huge part of who I was, but after college I stopped dancing because of a busy schedule and ...Read More

These are just a few of the many fabulous dancers who are members of The Dancer's Workout community.

We look forward to dancing with you!