We the dancers, parents, faculty and staff of Robin’s School of Dance are a vibrant community of people who have high regard for each other, the art of dance, and the respectability and value of the work we do. All who participate are requested to demonstrate the willingness to be held accountable to uphold the values and ethics we declare as the fundamental guidelines stated below. In all our endeavors to study and perform as an expression of our love of dance, we show respect to the parents, our peers, the facility, the staff and faculty of Robin’s School of Dance and all of the wider dance community, including our competition. We consider it a privilege to participate in a worldwide community for the performance art of dance exemplifying the values of Integrity, Character, Leadership, Responsibility and Professionalism.
INTEGRITY: To conduct oneself with honesty, courtesy, and respect. To express consideration for one’s fellow dancers, educators, parents, staff and competitors. To be a person who leads by example and honors commitments. To be a person other people can count on.
LEADERSHIP: To guide, direct and influence people in achieving their highest goals and ideals. By setting example through one’s actions and speech. To inspire and serve the people of your class, team, or community through full participation in all dance related activities.
RESPONSIBILITY: To respect and adhere to the policies and procedures of the studio or the organizers of any conference, workshop, or competition. To be a person who interacts with peers and authority figures in a mature manner. To question authority in a respectful manner. To speak of any issue or grievance to the person who is able to resolve any concern. To be willing to receive coaching and direction when deemed appropriate
CHARACTER: To be a person who represents high levels of personal integrity, leadership and responsibility for oneself and others. A person who has the courage and willingness to face issues and concerns with maturity and dignity. To avoid gossip, criticism, or denigrating comments for any member of the dance community, parent, or peers.
PROFESSIONALISM: To respect the dance profession and uphold our values and standards of conduct. To support and encourage one another. To voice opinions and initiate change that will elevate the dance community. To recognize oneself as a role model at all times. To love the study and performance of dance as a universal art form
I became a dance teacher when I took my son to a gymnastics Mommy and Me class at the YMCA when he was 18 months. He was my first born so I was looking for activities with other stay at home moms. While participating in the class, I had mentioned it would be a fun job. The teacher mentioned they were hiring in dance and gymnastics and I applied. I did have a dance background of 8 years but had to be trained in gymnastics.
Since that first job I have spent 18 great years teaching dance.
I feel dance brings joy to everyone’s life beginning with the student which passes on to the parents and to the grandparents. It creates memories and friendships between the students and the student's parents. To be able to build confidence in girls and boys is something that is special to me and for them to grow up strong adults is even better. My job is more than the dance routine or creating the perfect dancer, it’s the positive influence that it creates. I get told everyday how much I am loved which builds my self esteem in which I can pass on among my dancers.
I earned my Associates degree in the arts and dance education from Southwestern Michigan College. I decided to become a teacher because I love to dance and have been dancing for over 20 years and love the impact dance has on children and adults. They come to class after a bad day, grumpy, sad and within 5 minutes, everyone forgets why they are down and start having a great time! I love being that positive part of their day.
I Grew up in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Edwardsburg where I graduated from high school I have been married since August 2015 to my Husband Tyler, and am expecting my first child in November. I have two German shepherds (Nala and Bagherra) and love being outdoors. I not only dance, but work at CVS Pharmacy in Super Target and run an afterschool dance program at Monger Elementary School in Elkhart. Prior to Robin’s School of Dnace, I taught at the Music and Dance academy for 4 years.