Leslie Dare, Owner/Director
With an extensive background in dance performance, choreography, production, and over 40 years of teaching experience, Ms. Dare has worked with pre-schoolers through senior citizens and taught classes for beginning through professional in many genres of dance with an emphasis on ballet, jazz, tap, creative, and modern dance, as well as choreography for Operas, Musicals, Drill Teams, Color Guards, and Sacred Dance Groups.
Trained in Dallas and New York, she earned her BFA from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and then danced professionally in New York and Europe. After returning home to Texas, she danced with Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, as well as The Dance Consortium, before founding her own Dallas dance company, Dance Fusion, and it's affiliated school, Dance Fusion Studios.
After moving to Cedar Creek Lake, Ms Dare opened The Dance Connection in 2002, to share and pass on her love of dance with future generations, and is now thrilled to be teaching the children of former students as well as having former students return to teach for The Dance Connection.
Taylor Godwin, Instructor
Taylor began dancing in preschool where she specialized in ballet and tap dancing. Later in elementary school, Taylor was involved in her school's dance team for the football games where she focused mainly on jazz and pom routines. Following this, she was a member (and captain) of the Mabank Pantherette drill team in high school and taught kick, hip hop, and jazz routines. Taylor has always had a passion for children and has even spent 4 years working in childcare. Dance has always played a part in her life and she is thrilled to be able to bring out that passion in others.
Destiney Atkinson, Instructor
Destiney has always had a love for dancing and finally got to start training in sixth grade with Upward Cheer. In seventh grade she joined the Kemp junior high drill team and served as First Lieutenant her eighth grade year. She continued dancing on with the Kemp High School Stingerettes where she served as First Lieutenant her Junior year and Captain her Senior year. After graduating from high school she took her experience over to Trinity Valley Community College where she danced for two years as an Internationally Acclaimed Cardette. Her sophomore year she had the privilege to travel with the competition team and helped to bring home their first ever National Championship Title. Completing TVCC in August of 2017 with an associates she decided to take her academic career to the University of Texas at Tyler where she danced for one year as a Patriot Dancer.
Destiney has always been dedicated to sharing her passion with others and hopes to be an inspiration to her students. Throughout her years of dance she has learned many styles from; jazz, hip hop, pom, contemporary among others. She has been choreographing dances for the Kemp Stingerettes since her Junior year of high school and is excited to now share her love for dance at The Dance Connection. Destiney comes from a large family where she is the oldest of ten! So her love for helping children will always be present while in the studio class room.
Natasha Dare, Front Desk Manager, Stage Manager, Costume and Set Designer
Having practically grown up at her mom's dance studio, Natasha is involved with all aspects of running a dance studio and producing a dance performance. She is glad to help with any questions, dance wear fitting, purchases, tuition payments, or other help to make your time at The Dance Connection a seamless experience ..