Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would step away from being a drama director and head
debate/forensics coach to pursue a hidden dream of mine. It stands true that you are never too old, and
nothing is ever impossible, if you just have faith, work hard, surround yourself with good people, and
most importantly believe in yourself.
And to think this all started with a simple question. One evening on a whim, I decided to reach out to an
old high school friend, Laura Klima-Fehr, about what it all took for her to start up her own dance studio.
In all honesty, I didn’t really expect anything to come of it, that it would give me any grounds or even
hope to begin a dance studio path of my own, that I would actually be given a chance to open my wings
and fly onto a new horizon. Boy oh boy howdy was I wrong!
After a handful of missed attempts to try and touch base, we finally were able to connect. Long story
short, the next thing I knew, Laura was asking me to consider starting up, as a director, a studio with her
up in my neck of the woods in Northeast Kansas! To be the one to help grow the Danceography family in
a new location! Yikes!! At first, I was taken aback and overwhelmed with so many emotions that I wasn’t
quite sure it was even real! After several more phone calls and many, many more prayers later, I said
yes! Let’s do it! And the beginnings of our story began…
Fast forward to present day, as I’m sitting in the very spot that will soon be our lobby, I am still
overcome with so many emotions and feelings. I am blessed beyond belief. I am surrounded by so many
wonderful individuals that have helped this dream of mine come to fruition. I am so incredibly humbled
and grateful. My soul is so full, and we haven’t even begun classes yet. The community of De Soto has
been so incredibly welcoming and supportive, more than I could have ever hoped for. I wouldn’t even
know where to begin or how to thank everyone properly. I simply can not wait for our roots to grow and
for our Danceography family to take shape within this community! Then there is Laura and her husband
Matt, wow. In any moments of self-doubt, they are always there for an amazing and faith filled pick me
up. I can’t imagine embarking on this amazing adventure with anyone else! Lastly, my heart immediately
goes to my family and to my incredible fiancé, Anthony. Without their unwavering support and
understanding through this whirlwind of a time, heaven only knows where I would be!
Looking around me, it’s not hard to imagine, and I can hardly wait to see, what amazing stories are
about to unfold, what memories are about to be made, and what lifelong friends and family that will be
gained. I cannot wait to see my dance family grow into the best versions of themselves with grace,
passion, and humility. While the floors and mirrors are not quite installed, and the atmosphere is
halfway between what has been and what is to come, all in a few short weeks this new space, this new
home, will come alive with love, laughter, music, and DANCE!
It’s hard to for me to fully grasp this new reality quite yet but I do know that I am unquestionably
blessed and forever grateful for getting the opportunity to embark on this new magical adventure. And
to think, this all began because I mustered up the courage to ask a simple question…
With much love,
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” – Phil. 4:13