Tutus School of dance is a family-owned business that's been serving the Central Florida area since 2005. We understand juggling family, school and work can be stressful, so we want the time with us to be fun. Everyone is welcome regardless of size, shape or limitations. We offer classes for children ages 2 to 18 years old. Class offerings include ballet, hip hop, acrobatics, jazz, lyrical, pointe, musical theater, and tap.
About the Owner/Artistic Director
I have been dancing for more than 30 years and hold a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance and Theatrical Arts from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where I was a member of the dance company. I traveled with our college dance company were we participated in master classes with other college university dance companies from around the United States. My love and passion for dance was truly tested while dancing on professional level as a college student and dance major. I experienced all day rehearsals along with regular classes needed to obtain a college degree. My everyday life was like an episode of “So You Think You Can Dance (and cram for a kinesiology test)”. I encourage all my students to obtain a college degree and will prepare them for the day they decide to audition for a dance scholarship.
I continue to keep up to date with new styles of dance and review classical styles by attending dance conventions held by professional teachers and chorographers. I have enjoyed living in Little Rock, Atlanta and Chicago and have studied with many wonderful, professional teachers. One of my favorite dance experiences was performing in the Van Johnson Broadway Show "Memories".
I taught dance for 5 years in Atlanta and was named teacher of the year in 2006 for Gwinnett County. I hold a Florida Teaching certificate and am certified to teach dance in Florida public schools. Tutus on Broadway is my third studio to own. I am pleased to be in Oviedo and love being part of the community.
I have a wonderful husband and two young children. As a mother, I can relate to other mothers and their everyday struggles. I try very hard to make dance class a positive experience for both parents and students.My Philosophy
My philosophy comes from my adolescent years of dancing with my first teachers. I had kind and caring teachers who were always positive and believed anyone could learn to dance, even little girls like me with Scoliosis (curvature of the spine).
At the young age of 5 I wrote in my diary that I wanted to be a dance teacher and never deviated from my goal. My first dance class was a ballet, tap, jazz combo class. I soon decided ballet was my favorite type of dance so at age 9 I enrolled at a ballet studio studying under a former prima ballerina from The Royal Ballet Academy of Dancing. Although ballet was my favorite subject I wanted to continue to learn other styles of dance. I was lucky my parents agreed to let me study dance at two different schools. At one studio I was learning all I could about tap, jazz and lyrical and at the other studio I was learning classical ballet and dancing en pointe`.
I feel both of my teachers were like pots of gold in the small town I am from. Along with my wonderful parents, my teachers molded me into the person I am today. I always knew I wanted to have a dance studio much like the ones I grew up dancing in. My teachers were always there for me, celebrating my small accomplishments and encouraging me when necessary.
I share my former teacher’s philosophies that classes should be kept relatively small to insure enough one- on- one time with each dancer. A qualified adult teacher with either a degree in dance or with professional accreditations should follow a progressive syllabus while teaching classes. The class make-up should be the perfect balance of structure and fun.
We do not participate in "competitions" because I feel dance competitions can be time consuming, expensive and stressful for dancers and their parents.
My absolute favorite thing is being a mother and teaching dance to children. I appreciate very much the opportunity to be your child’s dance teacher and watching them grow up dancing at Tutus.
Ms. Morgan Cate