The Dancer's Workout Dancers are women who took ballet, jazz, modern, and/or hip hop when they were in middle school, high school, and/or college. Then life got more complicated, with jobs, husbands, children, and those chocolate chip cookies that always smell so good; and time passed...
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.
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
I was a classical ballet major at the UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA). I started UNCSA as a junior in High School, continued my ballet training into their college program, and graduated in May, 2018! I learned about The Dancer’s Workout® through one of my dance instructors at UNCSA. I received a full scholarship […]
I have been a dancer all my life, from early training at the San Francisco Ballet, School of American Ballet, and UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA), to professional dancing with the National Ballet of Washington, Ballet Arizona, and American Ballet Theatre (soloist). I have been on faculty, full and part-time, at UNCSA since 2000 […]
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
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
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
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 […]
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
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
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 re
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.
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
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
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. ...