About Us


StudioDNA was founded to provide educational & informative dance instruction at affordable prices to all types of dancers (social, wedding, competitive, cardio-fit) in an artistic milieu.  With respect and a touch of humor and levity in our teaching format, it is our hope that you will soon have the passion for dance as we do!

 “Anyone can be taught steps & choreography, but only few of us can dance…I mean really DANCE!  Let me help you unlock your PASSION.  Let me show you how to dance anywhere, anyplace, anytime without reservation.” 

“Don’t settle for mediocrity!!!  Come and dance…Go with the flow.  Create your destiny & enjoy the world around you!”  We all possess artistic creativity and display this in our daily lives.  Come to StudioDNA and let us assist you to reach your potential in life.

     While many studios charge higher rates ($80.00 to $150.00 for 45 minutes) and require contracts, StudioDNA maintains lower rates, $70.00 per hour, and does not require ANY contractual agreements.  We believe that if we offer a good product to you in a friendly non-threatening environment, you will return gladly without feeling contractually obligated!  Our wish is for everyone who comes, will learn and practice their dance freely, joyfully, and filled with spirit! 

**Gift certificates are also available for wedding couples (Wedding Dance Deal 4, 1-hour lessons for $250.00 to be used in 2 months time for new clients only), birthday presents, or Holiday gifts.  We would love to have the opportunity to meet and work with you!   We want our clients to have fun, experience the romance of dance, and do it all at affordable rates within a controlled atmosphere!

Our Instructional Team

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. 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.  Patty is available to assist Wedding couples with their 1st dance.  She will offer private lessons upon request.