Ballet classes will introduce basic concepts and skills necessary for the children to understand the fundamentals of the art, while familiarizing them to movements and discipline.

Instructor Rebecca Conway holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Dance with an emphasis in teaching from the nationally accredited dance department of Slippery Rock University. She has studied dance for over twenty years and has been teaching for thirteen years. She is a member of Dance Educators of America and has earned a high honor classification. She also belongs to the National Dance Association and Americans for the Arts and Professional Dance Teachers Association. She is a lifetime member of Sigma Rho Delta, the National Dance Honor Fraternity where she has served as the past president. Ms Becky is also the local representative for the National Dance Week organization. She also serves as a National Adjudicator traveling around the country judging various dance competitions.

This year marks her eigth year as the owner and director of the Blair Dance Academy in Altoona. There she teaches ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, musical theater and acro to students ranging in age from 3 to adult. She also has a competitive company that travels around the eastern coast. They have over 300 first place awards and have participated in world-class workshops. They also perform locally and do fundraisers for worthy causes.

Ms Becky danced with the internationally recognized modern dance company, Dance Alloy, of Pittsburgh under the direction of Mark Taylor. She has received three gold medals and one silver medal for her solo dancing. She has also received numerous awards for her group dancing and choreography including a nationally recognized choreography award in 2004.

She has completed classes in Childhood Development and Creative Movement for Younger Students. She has been with the Begin With Us program for eight years.

Ballet classes are taught to Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten students.


I hope you dance
I hope you never lose your sense of wonder 
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger 
May you never take one single breath for granted 
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed 
I hope you still feel small when you stand by the ocean 
Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens 
Promise me you'll give faith a fighting chance 
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance 
I hope you dance 

- Lee Ann Womack