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Getting to Know You: Miss Jenn!
Written by Joe Naftal on December 28, 2018

Today we are featuring Miss Jenn in our latest edition of “Getting to Know You”!  The “Getting to Know You” series helps us get to know each of the Dance Connection teachers and staff we get to see at the studio every week and learn a little bit more about them.

What is your hometown? Bay Shore

What’s the story of how you became a dancer?  When I was six years old, I asked my mom if I could take a dance class.  From then I was hooked – numerous dance classes, competitions, and performances. It was an amazing journey. It wasn’t until I joined the Dance Connection family in 1996 that realized I wanted to become a Dance Teacher. I became apart of The Teacher Training Program and loved every second of it! I was always trying to figure out ways to add on more classes to teach I couldn’t get enough.

What impact has dance had on your life? Dance has taught me so many amazing life lessons.  It has taught me confidence, passion, how to let go and be free, and how to let my worries escape me. Most of all it gave me a second family.

Why did you start teaching dance? I started teaching dance because it became a passion and the joy of teaching what I love to students is the most amazing feeling.

What are you passionate about outside dance? Living my best life one day at a time and not sweating all the small things to look at the bigger picture and embrace it. And I am especially proud of being a part of the Wingman Program.

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later? How? How is it done?  Can you show me again?  I always encourage my students to ask questions so they really can know and understand.

In your opinion, what makes dance such a great activity and art form? Dance has endless limitations. Dance lets you express your feelings – good, bad, happy, or sad.

Favorite Color? Red

Favorite Dance Movie? Center Stage

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Joe Naftal

Joe Naftal is the Marketing Director for Dance Connection. When not working at Dance Connection, Joe has a career as a theatrical lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager. His experience spans the worlds of classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance, and opera. In addition to his work at Dance Connection, Joe collaborates with Dance Studio Owners across the country, is a member of the DanceStudioOwner.com Panel of Experts, has been featured in the business section of Dance Teacher Magazine, and was on the seminar faculty for the 2016 Dance Teacher Summit in New York City. Joe holds a BFA from UNC School of the Arts and is a proud member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).