The Honesdale Dance Studio is located on 811 Main Street in Honesdale. The studio was founded in 2000 by owner, teacher, and Director Joann Florance.
Over the last 20 years we have grown not only in the number of students but also in classes we offer, and the quality of learning that we are able give to the students. We pride ourselves in staying up to date on the most recent styles and techniques.
Our mission is to provide our students with an atmosphere that lends itself to learning in a safe, non-judgmental, and technically accurate way so as to foster the most growth of each dancer. Our vision is to ensure each dancer with confidence to perform and excel in dance. Whether it be for recreation or to pursue a professional career.
We offer classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary, Hip-Hop, and Tap. For our younger dancers we offer combination ballet and tap classes so as to give them a basic knowledge of ballet, and experience the musicality and rhythm of tap. We focus on fostering personal as well as social growth and self-confidence. We believe every child has something wonderful to offer and express.
Teachers & Owners
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Joann was born and raised in New York. As a native New Yorker Joann had the oppourtunity to study under many diverse teachers as a budding artist. Some of the teachers Joann has had the priveledge to study under have been, but are not limited to, Phil Black, Frank Hatchet, Sheila Barker, Chio, Kat Wildish, Finis Jhung and many others, and still continues to take classes to stay up-to-date on new techniques and styles.
Before opening her own studio Joann taught in New York for 5 years, before moving to Honesdale. Joann has reached out to the community and has choreographed plays for the Honesdale High School, and Wayne Highlands Middle School ('Oklahoma','Footloose', 'Pirates of Penzance', 'Willy Wonka').
Jesse is a DeSales University Graudate with BA in Dance. Jesse has studied with many renowned teachers over the years including Trinette Singleton, Beatriz Rodriguez, Kristin Degnan-Boonin, Diane Orio, Lynne Mariani, Timothy Cowart, Tara Madsen- Roberts, Angela Sigley, and Rebecca Moyer to mention a few.
In her youth Jesse studied extensively at Broadway Dance Center and a multitude of ballet camps such as American Academy of Ballet and Joffery Texas.
In 2012 Jesse was 1 of 9 dancers hand chosen by Charthel Arthur,Executive Director of the Arpino Foundation, to perform the Joffery Ballet's "Vivaldi" at the premiere of the "Joffrey: Mavericks of American Dance"
In 2013 Jesse was given the chance perform in the Christopher K. Morgan and Associates Residency piece set at DeSales. During her time at DeSales Jesse choreographed for the Emerging Choreographers Concert 2014, as well as performing in a senior piece choreographed by Natalie Desch.
Upon graduating Jesse was awarded with the DeSales University Dance Ensemble Award for her dedication to dance as an art. Jesse has been involved in choreographing for the Honesdale High School and Wayne Highlands Middle School plays and musicals since 2016.