Business: Dance Phase
As a 5-year-old dancer, Lisa Motsenbocker could’ve never imagined the impact dancing would have in her life. “In high school, my dance instructor asked me to help teach. That’s when I knew I wanted to have my own dance studio. I graduated from OKC University with a dance management degree. In the fall of 2009, I started living that dream when I purchased Dance Phase from my friend, Tiffany Warford.”
Dance Phase seeks to build self-esteem in their dancers through encouraging a love of dance, and fun age-appropriate classes. “We teach dance not for the trophies or medals but because we love it. That’s the difference we impart to our students,” said Motsenbocker. Although recognition isn’t their focus, they win awards at every competition they attend including Stage One, Showbiz Talent and Dance Showcase USA. They also performed at Dancers Against Cancer, raising $750 toward the cause.
Each dance teacher has professional training and many of them dance with Oklahoma City Ballet. “Everyone on staff has a college degree or are working towards one. We stay updated with the latest trends, techniques and choreography. We attend conventions that have inspired some of our teachers to pursue dance careers,” said Motsenbocker.
Dance Phase offers a variety of dance classes for boys and girls age three to adult. “Our adult fitness class, a mixture of different dance types, works great for parents who want to come at the same time as their children. We try to make it extra special for all of our dancers and get to know each one of them. It’s not just a business, it’s family,” said Motsenbocker.
Parents of Dance Phase dancers wholeheartedly agree. “We love Dance Phase because the teachers and staff treat their students like family and are willing to go the extra steps so the students become the best dancers they can be,” said parent Sandy Prewitt.
Alison Hunt agrees. “Our daughter has been a student for two years, and thanks to Miss Lisa and Dance Phase, we have watched her truly blossom. Not only do the teachers do an amazing job teaching dance techniques, they also instill within the students self-confidence, tenacity and the ability to express themselves in a beautiful manner,” she said.
“In the past two years, we’ve grown so much due to advertising in Edmond Outlook and referrals by our wonderful parents. As a result, we are relocating to a larger studio and will be adding classes to accommodate families with different age siblings or conflicting activities. We try our hardest to go above and beyond, for the love of dance,” said Motsenbocker.
For more information on the classes offered call 478-3464, visit www.dancephasestudio.com or find them on Facebook. An open house at their new location, 3900 S. Broadway, Bldg. 3, is planned for August 15-18, from 3 to 7 p.m.