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Welcome to StudioDNA.  We welcome you to dance and invite you to join us on the floor. Stop waiting and start making your dreams come true.

 

John D. Dawson, NDCA & PDF:  (CEO, lead choreographer & instructor) is the performing artist, dance instructor, and operator of StudioDNA Partners Inc.  Truly a Renaissance man, John is a poet of movement, color, and expression.  Whether dressing his clients in styles and colors that best enhance their beauty, or applying make-up or styling their hair for a show, John has a creative genius to make everyone look and feel their best!  All of these combined talents along with grace and beauty of John's dance partners, create the mood and ambiance for all possible artistic expression within StudioDNA.

 

     John, a member of the National Dance Council of America and the Professional Dance Federation has been instructing dance since 1991.  American Style dance has been John's expertise in both Bronze and Silver levels.  John has taken clients to first place titles in competition at numerous events.  His degree in psychology from Loyola College in 1991, enables him to work intimately and respectfully with his clients while sharing his passion for dance!  Working with people comes easily to John and he welcomes all his students with patience and encouragement.  John worked in the field of Education both in the Baltimore City and Baltimore County School Systems for over 6 years.  Through his tireless efforts and patience with special needs children, John developed many styles and techniques for teaching which benefit his clients.

Patty Simmons, NDCA:  is a member of National Dance Council of America and has been dancing TAP since 1998.  As a guest performer at the Timonium Dinner Theater and a Member of Dimensional Dance Media, a dance company at CCBC in Essex, Patty has shared her passion for dance in various venues!  The StudioDNA Tappers have danced at the Olde Tyme Fells Point Holiday Festival for the lighting if the tree in 2011.  They have also performed at the 2012 FlowerMart in Baltimore City.  Patty has performed in a number of Showcases and Productions and Studio Exhibitions around the Baltimore area and we are proud to have her share her talents with students at StudioDNA.  Patty has taken numerous 1st place titles in Ballroom & Rhythm Latin dances since starting her competition circuit in 2010.  She teaches Adult Broadway Tap or Adult Lyrical Tap at our Canton location and/or Pikesville location.  The StudioDNA Tappers have performed at the Miss American Pageant in Atlantic City, NJ, The Cherry Blossom Festival in DC, and numerous Baltimore venues.  Children's classes can be arranged upon request.  Patty is also available to assist Wedding couples with their 1st dance.  Please check the Calendar of Events for days and times.  She will offer private lessons upon request.



Michelle Horseman, NDCA:  is a member of National Dance Council of America.  Michelle has been working with clients at StudioDNA since 2005 and is well equiped to assist Wedding Couples, Social dancers, and assit in traing for competitions and showcases.  Michelle was a teacher for special needs children in Baltimore County Schools and is now a specialist for Visually Impaired children @ MSB.  Her education and communication skills allow her to share her knowledge of dance with everyone she meets.  She has taken numerous 1st place titles at competitions all over the East Coast.  Michelle wants to help share her JOY of dance, whether teaching an elegant and glamorous Foxtrot, or delivering a spicy and HOTT Latin Salsa.  Please contact us anytime to get additional info.

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Liza Massouda Koh: has been dancing with StudioDNA since 2003.  Having danced numerous Showcases and adding the 2008 Yuletide Dance Competition & 2013 Baltimore Dancesport 1st place titles to her list of dance accomplishments, Liza brings her excitement for learning to each of her clients.  She has a background in education and counseling which allows her clients to feel more at ease in their dance experience.  She teaches a high school group of girls in a Latin Fusion Formation Team under the tutelage of John at The Jemicy School.  She also conducts Ballroom/Latin dance classes at Jemicy as well.  She assists at numerous group functions that StudioDNA and performs in various shows that the studio holds.  Liza has danced with and lead a few of her students in our showcases and continues to expand her dance career.  Liza's main focus is to assist Wedding couples with their 1st dance however Liza is available to teach private lessons and groups upon request.


 

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John's former dance partners:

 

    John and Michelle Horseman Michelle was a student of John's since 2005 and as he saw such great potential and skill in her danceing abilites, he started to train her to be hi partner and to teach lessons as well.  The two danced until 2013 when career changes no longer allowed Michelle to continue her dance career.  Together they took many students to compettion, showcases events, and local venues to teach and share their passion of dance.  Michelle is now back at StudioDNA assisting and teaching Wedding couples.


    John and Tatjana Frost met in November of 2007 and trained very hard to Professionally compete at the Yuletide Ball in December of 2007.  The experience was a wonderful one as this was John and Tatjana's first attempt ever dancing Professionally in a competition.  They took 2nd place in the American Smooth Division.

  John trained and worked with Melissa White since they met in 1997 at one of John's Loyola College dance classes.  They danced together as a team from 2002 until 2007.  Together they performed for The Baltimore National Aquarium's "2002 Splash" fundraiser event, The Washington National Opera's Opera Ball in 2004 & 2005, and numerous private affairs.

  John trained and worked with his second dance partner Kim Valentini.  They danced together for 5 1/2 years, performed in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel, Carnival Cruise Lines in the Bahamas, and various magazines and affairs around the DC/Maryland area. 

  John and his first dance partner, Kathleen Ryan, danced together for 3 1/2 years at the start of his professional career in 1991 at local events, weddings, and private affairs.  She inspired him to work hard and pursue his dreams and make dance fun for all!!


 

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