Hannah Tucker, studio owner and principal teacher

Hannah’s passion for dance started at the tender age of 3. Her parents knew they had a dancer on their hands when they couldn’t get her to stop walking on her tiptoes!

Opening her own studio was a natural decision for Ms. Hannah, allowing her to combine her joy of teaching with her love of kids and helping them feel empowered. Her strict standards and high expectations are designed to instill self-discipline and confidence in her dancers.

2018: Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, International Sports Sciences Association

2016: Certified Fitness Trainer, International Sports Sciences Association

2012-2015: Associate of Arts degree, Hawkeye Community College; previous member of Hawkeye Dance Team

2012-present: Assistant coach, Waverly-Shell Rock Dance Team

2012-2015: Studio management and private choreographer

2012-2015: Dance instructor and choreographer

2010-2011: Assistant dance instructor

1997-2012: Classical dance training; attended a variety of professional Midwest dance camps; member of Waverly-Shell Rock Dance Team; received Judge’s Choice Award at All-Iowa Open; numerous awards in sportsmanship, showmanship, positivity and technique

Laura Martin, head instructor

Ms. Laura has been dancing for 19 years with a diverse background. She spent 8 years at Robert Thomas Dance Studio, training in ballet, tap, jazz, Irish hard shoe, Irish soft shoe, hip hop, and lyrical. Laura then became a member of her high school dance team at South Hamilton, obtaining 5 state titles in pom, kick, and military. She also was given the opportunity to dance in the 2014 Capital One Bowl with musical guest Hunter Hayes. Laura was a member of the 2013 and 2014 All Iowa Honor Squads.

She began her collegiate dance career at Iowa Central Community College for 2 years. She was able to compete at ISDTA and obtained 4 state titles in her time there. She was also able to compete at NDA National Dance Team Competition in Daytona Beach, Florida. She then transferred to St. Cloud State University and was a member of the Husky dance team for one year. She was able to compete in UDA National Dance Team Competition in Orlando, Florida. Laura then transferred to the University of Northern Iowa and was a member of the dance team for one year! She thoroughly enjoyed her time supporting the Panthers at football and basketball games. She also enjoyed representing her school at the ISDTA state competition and the UDA National Dance Team Competition in Orlando.

Laura is now finishing her Early Childhood Education degree at UNI with hopes of being a Child Life Specialist. Laura enjoys spending her free time watching Netflix, shopping, and spending time with friends and family!

“While I dance,

I cannot judge,

I cannot hate,

I cannot separate myself from life.

I can only be joyful and whole.

This is why I dance.”

~ Hans Bos