The Spirit of Dance Studio Tap Jazz Lyrical Ballet Pointe Hip Hop Musical Theatre

Staff

Our studio would not flourish without the effort and dedication of the entire staff. Actual class time is a small percentage of the time dedicated each week to running our studio. Many hours each week go into the behind-the-scenes preparations which include, but are not limited to, weekly lesson plans, choreography, sizing and ordering costumes, cleaning, and scheduling and planning events.

Natalie Baker
Studio Owner, Director, and Choreographer

I started dancing at the age of 3 years old and have studied at many different dance schools throughout the country, from Pittsburgh, PA, Kenton, Ohio, Laurinburg, NC, and Erie, PA. I studied jazz, tap, ballet and clogging over the years. As a young adult I studied jazz at West Virginia University where I auditioned and became part of their Mountain Jazz Squad. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Management from West Virginia University and went on for my Masters in Counseling from Shippensburg University. I am the mother of two wonderful daughters who have helped me immensely in teaching children along with my counseling background.

With over 35 years of dance training, I continually study various dance styles and techniques. My teaching style includes lesson plans for class, warm-up stretches in every class, across the floor combinations and center work. I believe in teaching terminology along with technique beginning with even my youngest students. Terminology is a big part of any dance lesson. Our studio's main focus is jazz and tap, some ballet is offered along with a lyrical jazz class as well. Our dancing school is a welcoming place for students to grow and develop self-confidence. I have very fond memories of my dance teacher in North Carolina, Karen Gibson from the Gibson School of Dance. She taught me my real love for dancing and showed me how a teacher can truly inspire her students. I, too, strive to instill a love of dance in each and every student I teach.

Our program is not about me as a teacher, but the students and their talents. This comes through in all of our performances. I will never take center stage to my students and our shows project the students' hard work and dedication. Our music selections are always child appropriate along with any costume choices. As a parent myself, I can very easily understand this concern. There is no other dance studio as child friendly as ours and we make every effort to maintain this sort of atmosphere. We do require dedication and commitment from your child and we keep our program very professional and organized. Our dance studio is the type of place that your child can grow and flourish.


 

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