In Step With DC
Getting to Know You: Miss Melissa!
Written by Joe Naftal on October 16, 2020

Today we are featuring Miss Melissa 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.

Why do you love teaching dance? I love working with children and helping to foster their love of dance. 

What is an accomplishment you’re most proud of? My proudest accomplishments are my 3 children.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? I could definitely eat pizza everyday! 

What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time I spend time with my family. My husband and I have 3 young children so we do our best to get our kids outside and go on different adventures. 

What’s your favorite vacation spot? My favorite vacation spot is Mexico. However, right now we spend a lot of our vacations at Sesame Place. 

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 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).

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