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.