Updated: Oct 22, 2018
Each month, we'll be (re)introducing you to our incredible staff. Take peek into how they got involved in the dance community, how they landed at JFSOD and a few fun facts about them.
Relation to JoAnn:
I've known JoAnn my whole life - she's my mom!
What classes do you teach?
Preschool through 8 year old ballet/tap combo classes, tap/jazz combo classes, and tap to adults, Senior Prep, Apprentice and Senior Company. And, I also reach REFIT!
When/how did you start dancing?
I started dancing with my mom at age 3 and continued until I went away to college.
When/how did you get involved with the business side of the studio?
I started teaching after my first daughter was born 26 years ago. When I first started at the studio, I only taught the littles (whom I love). Over time, I began to teach older children and adults as well. I've taken on additional responsibilities over the years such as ordering costumes, setting the scheduled, developing curriculum and just about anything else that needs to be done.
Favorite thing about JFSOD?
I love the family atmosphere at the studio and I love having the opportunity to pour into the lives of little and big girls alike.
What's your favorite hobby outside of dance?
I really enjoy working out and I like to take bike rides with my husband John.
What's one thing that people would be surprised to know about you?
I was a big tom boy as a kid. I played any sport that was available. I was the quarterback on my intramural flag football team in college (we won the championship!)
What's your guilty pleasure?
Gregory Hines and Savion Glover
What's one thing you admire about another JFSOD family member?
I admire Mrs. JoAnn (mom) so much! She has always been committed to teaching dance the right way: emphasizing ballet, teaching kids correct technique in every genre, and using appropriate music, costumes and choreography no matter what the rest of the studios around are doing. I love how she has developed her own type of "dance therapy" for people who have had strokes, so they can learn to dance and increase their strength and balance as they learn. I admire how she can remember dances that she did when she was twelve years old. Mrs. JoAnn is awesome!