Gainesville teacher - Ballet |Tap | Jazz | Spotlight | Dance Team

I love teaching children and feel that dance is a perfect outlet for exercise and fun. Some of the other benefits of dance: time-management, problem solving, perseverance, focus, non-verbal communication skills, creativity, confidence, receiving and accepting constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability.

I began dancing at the age of 4, in Smithtown, New York. I have huge family of 45 people and it keeps growing. My dad has six brothers and sisters and each sibling has at least three kids. We are joyful, encouraging and love being together, but we are loud when we all get together.

Every female in my extended family took dance classes at one time or another. We loved to put on shows for each other which quickly turned into a “try this” and “bet you can’t do this” Our claim to fame included my grandmother’s great aunt, Frances Boss, who danced for the Ziegfeld Follies in 1928.

I have a black and white picture of her in a very scandalous costume for that time. After moving to Gainesville at age 11, I continued my dance education at Gainesville School of Ballet. A few years later, I danced with Fleetwood Studios and became part of their competition team. I attended college in Knoxville, Tennessee graduating with my Paralegal Degree. While in college, I danced with Victoria Bolen’s Dance Theater, sharing my love of dance with everyone I met.

After I moved back to Gainesville, I started teaching dance in Buford, Georgia in 2000 while I was working as a full time Paralegal at Stewart, Melvin & Frost, LLP in Gainesville. Then in 2002 after having my youngest daughter, I left my paralegal job to stay home with my youngest and teach dance in the afternoons in Buford and now in Gainesville.

Both of my daughters continued to dance weekly classes and with competition teams throughout their middle school and high school years, while having their mom as one of their teachers at least once a week. I continued to teach dance and then in 2017, went back to the same full-time paralegal position at the law firm I left in 2002.

I have been married for 21 years to a wonderful man, Barry, who gave me my last name “Moose”. My youngest daughter, Jessie, is a freshman in college and my older daughter, Katie, lives in Atlanta and works for the marketing firm, Moxie.

As a mom of daughters, I can relate to the changes and pressures going on in the lives of my students at the studio. I honestly feel and I witnessed how their experience with dance gave them a springboard to be a well-rounded, more confident and successful person.