Maeva Naylor opened Mavea's School of Dance fifty four years ago in the basement of her home. In July of 2003, The Dance Centre' originated from two successful Wapakoneta Dance Studios uniting their businesses and has grown into an 8,000 square foot facility with five fabulous studios. After 29 years of teaching dance at her studio, Pam Houston's School of Dance, Pam Houston & Maeva Naylor and their staff merged to form one united studio devoted to the art of dance. We have the finest teaching staff in the area! The Dance Centre' instructors are professionally trained and experienced, having studied with some of the top dancers and dance educators from California to New York! Both studios have trained many accomplished dancers from amateur to professional! Many alumni have gone on to achieve careers as professional dancers in a variety of venues. You can see several of our alumni on the stages at Disney World in Florida, Tokyo, and Disneyland, California. You can watch many former Dance Centre’ students on stage in theatres at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and several Las Vegas shows. A variety of cruise lines spotlights several of our former students as well. The Dance Centre has trained and educated dancers that have performed at amusement parks and on dance teams. Our alumni, Kent Boyd, went on to be 1st runner up in the show “So You Think You Can Dance” and won the hearts of America. We have had past students become dance instructors and studio owners. Whether it’s for the sheer enjoyment of dance or to pursue dance as a profession, we strive to give each student top quality dance education and instruction which they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Amber has 14 years of dance experience from M/Dance Centre and have been instructing and assisting for 12 years at The Dance Centre. She instructs our Petite Show students. She loves to watch them grow, especially when she sees they excitement when they are so proud of themselves when they have mastered something new. Amber attended Ohio State University graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Doctor of Pharmacy. While at The Ohio State University she enjoyed studying and furthering her dance education.
Cassie has worked at the Dance Centre for 10 years.
She teaches hip hop to all ages of students. Cassie started the hip hop competitive team and hopes to continue competing. She has had the pleasure of working with Barry Youngblood, Matt Steffanina and choreographing musicals. Cassie also works at Amanda Animal Hospital as a vet assistant when she’s is not dancing.
Chandra studied at the University of Akron and graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance. She has been teaching dance for 3 years and loves sharing her passion with others. She has studied with various choreographers such as David Parson (Parson Dance), Hernando Cortex, (The Verb Ballet), The Doug Varone & Friends Company, Lana Heylock (Jennifer Muller’s The Works) as well as many others. Chandra also has her certification in the Pilates Method mat work, and her license in Zumba and Aqua Zumba.
Deb was a competitive gymnast for 8 years through grade school and high school. While in college at The University of South Carolina Deb coached gymnastics at the Carolina Gymnastics Center for a year and a half. While studying dance with her mom (Maeva Naylor) for 15 years after college, Deb came back to pursue her career as a dance instructor. Deb was instrumental in the addition of the Dance 1 program and starting the competition teams.
Through her 31 years Deb has studied dance with Hoctor's Dance Caravan, Dance Olympus, Tremaine, Al Gilbert Musicworks, LA Dance Magic. Deb also studied dance in California at Joe Tremaine Dance studio studying all forms of dance as well as Broadway Dance Center and New York City. Deb has also attended Dance teachers training at Western Kentucky University and the Teachers Dance summit in New York city.
Deb also had studied with Patti Komara and the Tumble bear program in Illinois.
While traveling with her competition dancers they had the opportunity to compete in Florida, New York, Los Vegas, Memphis Tennessee, Virginia Beach and also with opportunities to learn and perform at Walt Disney World Florida.
Deb has a true love for the Dance Centre', its parents and students!
Kelly danced for M/Dance and The Dance Centre’ for 15 years before becoming a teacher at the studio. She has been teaching at The Dance Centre' for 8 years. She specializes in teaching tumbling, tap and loves working with our younger students in our Dance 1 & Petite Academy program. She has had the opportunity to train with Patti Komara and the Tumble Bear program and with the Al Gilbert Music Works program. Kelly is our day time secretary in the office.
Kerry has been a ballet instructor at The Dance Centre for 7 years. She danced at M Dance Center for 16 years and was in dance company for 7 of those years. While in college at ONU she minored in dance with a ballet emphasis. She has studied and performed with James Sewell Ballet, Julie Cartier, Steve Zee, African American Dance Ensemble, Tom and Susana Evert, and Ronan Koresh. Kerry enjoys sharing her love of ballet with her students.
Kirsten provides The Dance Centre’ with an array of dance instruction. She serves as the Director of TDC’s Ballet Department and also to our Competition Team. An award winning choreographer of 17 years, Kirsten is devoted to the art of dance and her students. Her passion and love for dance and music continues to drive her to explore, study, learn and, create within the art form. Kirsten has been fortunate to study with the dance industry’s crème de la crème. Her students have gone on to perform, study and/or teach all over the world.
Lindsay was a 10 year dance student at The Dance Centre’. She also was a member of the competition team. After graduating high school, Lindsay continued her dance studies at The University of Akron, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance with a Business Cognate. Lindsay took classes under the teachings of Tom Smith, Christina Fiosse, MaryAnn Black, Cydney Spohn, and Robin Prichard. After college, Lindsay performed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for their shows and parades for holiday occasions like “Mickey’s Not So Scarey Halloween Parade”, and “Celebrate The Season” for Christmas festivities that aired on TV. Lindsay then joined the modern dance company called SMAG Dance Collective based out of Dayton, Ohio. Not only did she dance within the company she also took classes from the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company. After her contract with the company, Lindsay moved to Cleveland, Ohio. With her passion of teaching she was then a teacher at Diamond Dance Center located in Seven Hills, OH where she taught ballet, jazz/hip hop, tap, tumbling, and technique This is Lindsay's 2nd year teaching general and competitive classes at The Dance Centre'.
A former Naylor Dancer student, Mary Beth returned to the studio and has been our secretary at the Dance Centre’ for 21 years.
She keeps our office and staff organized. Her creativity and hard work is displayed with the designing of many props and her assistance with costumes for our recital. Mary Beth is also a Guided Reading Para-Educator for Wapakoneta City Schools.
Michele has been instructing dance for 26 years.
She directs several of The Dance Centre’s competitive companies. Her love of the competitive dance field and dedication to teaching has won her many choreography awards. Her dancers have experienced success on a variety of levels and may be seen performing and teaching in a wide array of venues all over the world. Education and growth in dance remains an exciting part of Michele’s life as she continues to study with world renowned instructors and choreographers. She looks forward to sharing her expertise with your children and watching them achieve their goals.
This is Michelle's first year at The Dance Centre'. Michelle was a competitive solo and group dancer at Bellbrook Dance Academy for 14 years and spent three years on The Dayton Ballet's Junior Company. She's worked with many popular names in the dance world as a three time returning scholarship winner of Company Dance. Michelle taught dance at Bellbrook Dance Academy for two years before moving away for college. She currently works at the Wapak Daily News as the Assistant Business Manager and the Sports Photographer. She is excited to be back into the swing of teaching and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with your children!
Pam has been instructing dance for 41 years.
She owned her own studio, The Houston Dance Studio for 29 years prior to merging with M/Dance Centre’ in 2003. She has trained with many of the great professionals and choreographers known in the dance world today. Pam has had the pleasure of seeing many of her students go on to be successful performers in many theatres and venues across the U.S. Pam looks forward to continuing to share her love and knowledge of dance with all of her students this dance season.
Renee instructs some of our youngest students. She is in her 26th year of instructing dance.
She has trained with Al Gilbert, a master in the dance world renowned for his work with young children. She has also studied with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan, Tremaine Dance Conventions, L.A. Underground, Hollywood Vibe, and Company Dance with Paula Abdul. Aside from teaching dance, she owns her own sewing business, “Time to Sew”.
Richelle danced at The Dance Centre’ for fifteen years and was a member of the competition team for nine years. She returned to pursue a career as a teacher at The Dance Centre, teaching jazz, lyrical, and hip hop and assisting in ballet. She is in her 3rd year of teaching dance. Richelle attended Bowling Green State University where she was a member of the dance team.
Susan was a dance student with Pamela Houston Dance Studio for 9 years before becoming an assistant with Pam and then teaching her own classes for 7 years. After taking a break for a few years Susan is back with us assisting with our youngest students in our Dance 1 program and is now back teaching her own class. Dance is Susan’s heart and soul.
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