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Getting to Know You: Miss Tiffany!
Written by Joe Naftal on February 8, 2019

Today we are featuring Miss Tiffany 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? A quiet, rural town in upstate New York, called Sidney; with a population of less than 5000 people.

What’s the story of how you became a dancer? As a high-energy 3yr old, I started Ballet and Tap as a creative outlet and to expend some of that energy. After setting ambitious goals and training for years in upstate NY, Pittsburgh and NYC—and after scholarships at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway, I was able to make those goals a reality. It was also thanks to the help of the right instructors and mentors. 

What impact has dance had on your life? Everything. Dance has influenced every aspect of my life including my work ethic, discipline, focus and perseverance.

Why did you start teaching dance? After dancing professionally throughout the U.S. and internationally, and ultimately dancing as a Radio City Rockette in NYC, I felt the next natural step in my career would be  to share my knowledge and experience with the next generation of aspiring performers.

What are you passionate about outside dance? Outside of dance, my focus is on my family, made up of my 7yr old daughter, 3yr old son, my loving husband and for those that know me, of course Dug, my dog. 

What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later? If they are serious about pursuing a career in dance: “When should I start auditioning?”

In your opinion, what makes dance such a great activity and art form? I would say that that dance is probably one of the most inspirational art forms, and one of the most creative ways to express oneself through rhythm and movement. I find that it can bring joy, relieve stress, and provide balance in life. It’s also a fantastic way to make new friends and connections. 

College and Major? I attended Point Park Conservatory, located in Pittsburgh, PA, with a major in Dance, focused in Ballet and Jazz.

Favorite Color? Yellow or orange, just because they’re vibrant and really stand out. 

Favorite Dance Movie? A Chorus Line – As it most accurately portrays the professional dance process; including the dreams and sacrifice. I still know the entire movie almost word for word, and step by step!

Secret Talent?  I can walk on my hands!

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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 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).