Our dance classes provide every student the opportunity to develop their skills in a supportive, inclusive and inspiring environment. Our teachers emphasize goal-setting and mastery of technical skills, while creating friendships and a love for dance in a community like no other. Some students take classes once a week – some take everyday – so, our programs are designed to bring out their best effort at every level.
We're energetic, we're fun and we're creating joyful experiences in a professional, family-friendly and nurturing environment. All of our students are accepted and challenged to excel. We’re proud to provide a safer, cleaner, fun-loving environment for children to experience joy through dance.
Our instructors are highly skilled and educated in their field, with extensive experience working with a wide variety of dance styles and age groups. They take great care in preparing age-appropriate classes where each student receives individualized instruction and attention. They're passionate, creative, talented dance professionals sharing their love of dance every day.
Owner since 2014
Prior to becoming our studio owner, Kristy performed professionally in theater and dance productions. For ten years, she worked as a dance competition coach at various studios, and is certified through Dance Masters of America. She taught and managed her own program in St. Bernard for nearly 20 years, solely responsible for choreography, instruction, scheduling, costumes and recitals – while teaching ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop. A strong passion for dance has influenced those around her, and she continues her education and training by taking classes in New York and Los Angeles.
Owner from 2007-2014
Former Pointe Program Director
Owner of Gotta Dance in Mt. Lookout since 1992, and Anderson since 2007, Linda was the director of our popular Pointe Program for until 2022. She came to Cincinnati from New York City early in her career. A graduate of CCM and UC with degrees in Ballet and Early Childhood Development, she's taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Richmond Ballet, NKU, and The School for Creative and Performing Arts. We're proud to have had her lead our fine tradition of excellent pointe instruction and wish her well in retirement.
Founder/Owner from 1976-2007
Our studio began in a small basement in 1976 as an after school program known as "Gayle McLaughlin's School of Dance." Soon enough, her program moved to Sherwood Elementary and eventually on to Beechmont Avenue. Her philosophy of teaching was to bring a joyful experience to every child that wanted to dance. For over three decades, she emphasized family values and wholesome activity for the community in Anderson Township. After all these years, she still takes classes and stays involved with her former students and our dance family in Anderson.