Kathy Senger’s Peachtree City School of Dance is pretty well known around town. It has been voted number one in dance lessons in Fayette and Coweta counties by Peachtree Macaroni Kids, and the competitive dance teams frequently bring home high awards and trophies. But people may not know how passionately devoted Kathy is to her art form—and to the many ways dance can improve children’s lives.
“We give young children a sense of order and discipline,” says Kathy, “but also a fun-filled activity that builds confidence, self-esteem and positive self-image.”
Kathy is quite familiar with the impact dance can have on kids; she’s been dancing since she was seven years old.
“Dance gives kids a mental and physical challenge,” she explains. “As children advance through various skill levels, they get to challenge themselves with new types of movement, expression and thought. Learning new skills and routines makes them feel they have really achieved something.”
Kathy also says that learning the steps to a routine helps strengthen memory, especially for kinesthetic learners who learn best by doing, and that working on group numbers develops teamwork abilities, social skills and cooperation.
“We also have a pretty unique mentoring program,” she adds. “We pair older, more experienced students with young ones so the younger kids get additional support, and our older girls gain leadership experience.”
A seasoned performer herself, Kathy also stresses the value of performance opportunities such as recitals, The Fayette County Nutcracker, and competitive dance teams. She believes that the confidence she gained from dancing as a child gave her the self-assurance she’d later need to dance for massive crowds as a member of the Toledo Ballet Company, the Toledo Opera, and the University Dance Ensemble.
The studio offers classes for people ages three to adult and at all levels from beginning through professional. Currently, students who register by August are eligible for free recital costumes. Kathy is proud of the fact that her students learn under truly professional teachers in ballet, contemporary, tap, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, musical theater, martial arts and fitness programs.
“People may not realize that there are no licensing requirements for dance teachers in Georgia,” she explains. “At our school, all instructors are experienced professionals. Most of us have degrees in dance.”
In fact, Kathy graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and majored in Ballet with a minor in Contemporary Dance. She is also certified by the American Ballet Theatre.
All of these credentials are impressive, but Kathy believes the important part is that parents can be confident that their child will receive safe, healthy dance training in a motivating and positive environment. And environment plays a big role in Kathy’s studio. While she wants to offer the best possible technical and artistic learning experience to every dancer, she also wants to make sure every child feels welcome, accepted, inspired and successful.
“We don’t require specific body types,” Kathy stresses. “We are open to all ages, all sizes and all skill levels. Dance is about learning to be comfortable in your own skin and your own body. It’s about developing confidence and grace and the ability to move beautifully. Dance is for everyone, not just a select few. We’re adamant about that.”
“Dance is for everyone, not just a select few.”
To learn more, visit Kathy’s website at ptcschoolofdance.com or call 770-632-1544.