In a few weeks The Dance Connection in Webster City will be starting their 25th year of teaching dance class and tumbling. I have had the privilege and honor of being involved with this business the entire time. My wife, Becky Harfst, is the owner and principal dance teacher of this studio. Becky is also the mother of Brady (20), Hannah (17), and Max (12).
Becky began dancing at age five in Omaha, Nebraska, and studied with professional instructors and at various schools across the country. After moving to Webster City as a sophomore in high school, she continued studying dance in Webster City and Ames, as well as owning her own studio in Eagle Grove. As a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Liberal Arts, emphasizing in Dance and Child Development, she was active in the dance department and served as vice-president and president of the Iowa State Dance Company, Orchesis. She was awarded the Anna R. Toman Award, which is an annual award presented to the most outstanding dance student by the Iowa State University dance faculty. In addition to dance, Becky was an accomplished gymnast competing in grade school through high school and for one year on the Iowa State Gymnastics team. After college, she toured professionally with Dance Co’motion Dance Company.
Since opening her dance studio in 1989, Becky and her students have won numerous awards at various competitions, including best choreography, High Score Performance awards, several Judges’ Choice awards, and Team Spirit/Sportsmanship awards.
Becky loves working with children and dance. She truly has been gifted in “finding something you love and figure out a way to get paid for it.”
The past several years her theme for students of all abilities is “where dancing stars are made and lifetime friendships are formed.” In addition to teaching dance and tumbling, Becky wants children to learn self-discipline and respect, while building self-esteem and poise. She wants children to know they are all special and individual dancers.
While at her class reunion last weekend, Becky was very quick to tell her former classmates she is extremely blessed and grateful to have her dance studio and looks forward to the future.
Have a great week.