About the Studio

The Dance Works facility is conveniently located on 309 in Quakertown, PA. Dance Works offers a full class schedule utilizing two dance studio spaces.

Dance Works was established in 1984 by Kathleen Johnston and consists of two studios with a total overall size of over 4400 Sq. Ft. of dancing space. Studio one is 30'x33' and Studio 2 is 29'x33.

Annual Spring Recital

Each June we hold a recital for all of our dancers. This is an opportunity for family and friends to witness how much our students have learned over the course of the year. Through performing in the recital, participants are able to gain an appreciation for the time and effort involved in preparing for a show. Though students are not required to participate in order to still take class, we strongly encourage it. Performing with fellow students is an invaluable experience for young dancers.


June 21st 6:30 p.m.

June 22nd 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. (solo/duo show) and 6:30 p.m.


Parkland High School


All participating student dancers.

Kathleen Johnston

Thank you for your interest in Dance Works. My name is Kathleen Johnston and I am the owner and artistic director. If at any time during the year you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. My staff or I would be happy to discuss your child’s progress or explain any of our studio policies.

My own training began at six years old at the Joyce Reeves School of Dance in Quakertown. After high school, I auditioned and was accepted into a ballet company in Stroudsburg and performed as a soloist for several years. The company’s artistic director was Kathy Jo Hubner and she was the greatest inspiration in my dance life. I also had the opportunity to take class and work with Trinette Singleton from the Joffrey Ballet. She also has inspired me to carry on my love of dance, by sharing my knowledge with my students.

After I left the ballet company I spent several years choreographing for many musicals and industrials. I was the resident choreographer for Main Street Theatre for three years, working with dancers from around the country. I also choreographed industrials for Tylenol and Nexus, and I worked with an entertainment company on an event for QVC with Joan Rivers. As much as I enjoyed those projects, I realized that my true passion lies in teaching. My rewards come with seeing a child technically master the movement and grow artistically as he/she matures from year to year into a responsible adult, ready to move on to the next facet of his/her life. Hopefully, I have not only made my students better dancers, but also instilled in them moral values, self-discipline, and a true sense of accomplishment in hard work. All of these are values that I hope they remember for the rest of their lives.

We have students that are dancing professionally throughout the country. Some of our students are continuing their training, or have danced at DeSales University, Point Park University, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Julliard School in New York City, Boston Conservatory, Radio City Music Hall, Cats National Tour, National Tour of 42nd Street, Mary Poppins on Broadway, “Across the Universe” A Sony Musical Movie, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Alvin Ailey, National Commercials, television series for Disney, Fox and NBC, voice overs, video games, music videos and many dance companies. We have many students that have been accepted to summer programs like New York City Dance Alliance, Princeton Ballet,, Pennsylvania Ballet School, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet and countless others. We also have many students who have danced at Dance Works through their High School years as a hobby and graduated with many great memories and lasting friendships they had made along the way. I am very proud of all my students’ accomplishments and wish them much success in their careers.

Courtney Kay

CourtneyRecent graduate from the DeSales University Dance Program where she had the opportunity to perform works by Sean Curran, Doug Varone, and Gerald Arpino. She also had the opportunity to perform in many faculty, student, and guest artist pieces. While at DeSales , Courtney was a member of the DeSales Dance Company for 3 years and traveled to American College Dance Festivals throughout the US where she both performed and presented her own work. In addition, her choreography was broadcast on PBS. In December 2006, she founded Artists Building Hope with Habitat, an arts performance event that seeks to raise money for local Habitat projects. She also had the opportunity to study at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, the Bates Dance Festival, and the Virginia School of the Arts. Courtney is currently a member of Repertory Dance Theatre and Annex Dance Company.

Emily Marshall

Emily began her dance career at Dance Works when she was 5 years old. She attended the Rock School Summer Dance Intensive in 2005 and the DeSales University Summer Dance Intensive in 2010. In high school, Emily was involved in dance team and school musicals, including the role of Victoria in Cats, and she was chosen to choreograph for a local middle school musical. Emily went on to continue her training at DeSales Univesity and graduated in 2016 with her BA in Dance and a double minor in Business and Psychology. During her time at DeSales, she worked with Trinette Singleton, Jessica Chen, Jamey Hampton of BodyVox, Becky Moyer, Lynn Wiener, and numerous student choreographers. Her collegiate performances include university productions and screendance festivals; she attended and performed at the American College Dance Association regional conference in both 2014 and 2015; she also volunteered at the 2015 regional International Association for Dance Medicine and Science conference. Emily performed in the LVDE's Cabaret Nights, Convergence: Community Harmony Through Dance, and was featured with the Lehigh Valley Dancers. Her choreographic work was presented locally as well as in New York City as part of the LVDE Dance EXposure Showcase, Ten Tiny Dances, and the Artists in Flight Performance Showcase. Currently she is in her fourth season with The Lady Hoofers Tap Ensemble, Philadelphia’s premier all female professional tap company as both a first company member and rehearsal assistant, performing around Philly and taking part in teaching weekly company class.

Contact Information

Dance Works
850 North West End Blvd.
Quakertown PA 18951