Joyce Dalton, owner and operator of “The Joyce Dalton Baton and Dance Studio” is celebrating forty eight years of teaching dance and baton twirling in the Centerville and Washington Township area. Joyce opened her studio in 1969 at 21 West Franklin Street in Centerville. After being there for six years, she realized that with a growing business she needed more space and moved to 10 Marco Lane off of State Route 48. There the studio had room to grow and become a benchmark in the community for dance and baton instruction.
Joyce was an entrepreneur long before the word was coined. She could have taught in other studios but chose to strike out on her own so she could expand her ideas of teaching. Her philosophy has always been, it has to be fun and rewarding along with students education in dance and or twirling! Joyce is not only a teacher, but a homemaker and mother of two grown boys who, of course, took lessons from their mother. She also has five grand children who also dance!
Joyce has had quite an extensive career, not only teaching in Centerville, but having the opportunity to teach throughout United States and around the world. She has taught both dancing and baton twirling and traveled to Japan, England, Italy, France, Canada, Switzerland and Holland. Joyce is past president of the United States Twirling Association. She is a member of Dance Masters of America (certified by test to teach), Miami Valley Dance Teachers (past President), and was elected to the United States Baton Twirling Association Hall of Fame!
She directed the Centerville Dalton-Ettes Drum and Baton Corps, Les Marquises Twirling Team and Dalton Dynamics Dance Twirl Team to many state, regional and national titles in the 1970s-80s-90s! She now instructs the Dynamite Gals & Guys Dance Company who are consistently winners regionally and nationally!
Kelly started dancing at the age of two and trained in all areas of dance and baton. It seemed natural since her Aunt owned the studio and Mom was a teacher. Kelly graduated from Kettering Fairmont High School, where she was a cheerleader, show choir member and choreographer. Kelly started teaching full time immediately after graduating and is fully committed to providing students with a great dance experience.
She has the gift of finding the right music for her students and pushes them to achieve their highest goals. Kelly is also committed to fitness and wellness for her students and herself! Kelly currently teaches full time and choreographs at the studio. In addition to the studio, Kelly is the choreographer for the University of Dayton Dance Team.
Teri has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She started dancing at the Joyce Dalton Baton & Dance Studio in 1972-73 at the age of 6 years old. Teri studied most forms of dance and baton. She was a competitive dancer and twirler earning many local, state, regional and nationals titles as a soloist and as a member of Joyce’s Les Marquises Twirling teams, Dalton Dynamics Dance Twirl teams, and the Dalton-Ettes Drum & Baton Corps, Parade Corps, Color Guard and Drum Ensembles.
Teri attended and graduated from Springboro High School where she was the Featured Twirler and twirled rifle for her high school marching band. Teri attended Wright State University as a Dance Major.
She danced professionally for a number of years as a member of Contemporary Dance Theater in Cincinnati and with Shawn Womack Dance Projects. Teri also traveled to Seoul, South Korea to work and perform with Gina Buntz. As well as teaching for Joyce, Teri has taught at the Jewish Community Center in Cincinnati, The Dance Hall, and in the Cincinnati and Milford public school systems PTO after school dance programs where she was responsible for the dance programs at four different schools.
She and her sister, Tami owned, directed, taught and choreographed at their own studio, Dance by Teri which was located in Springboro, OH for 16 years. Their students were the recipients of many regional and national titles. Over the years, Teri has enjoyed judging for many of National based dance competitions included Winners, Regency, Dance Champs and others.
In 2007, Teri returned to the Joyce Dalton Baton & Dance Studio where she has continued teaching and her daughter, Rachel, dances and has won many Regional and National titles herself and is a member of Joyce’s Dynamite Gals & Guys Competition Dance Company. Along with teaching dance, Teri works for Southwest Church in Springboro as the Administrative Assistant and Finance Secretary. She is also currently on the board of Miami Valley Dance Teachers Association as the Treasurer. She is married to Steve Parks who is currently the Band Director at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City, Ohio.
Vicki has been involved with baton twirling since age 6, competing in solo, strut, dance twirl, team and drum and baton corps. She achieved the status of Ohio State Dance Twirl Champion as a soloist, and has many group state and national championships. She was the feature twirler at Centerville High School and was the first instructor for the flag corps there while she as a senior. In the past she has been a Judge for the United States Twirling Association.
Her goals as a teacher are to make the difficult skill of twirling fun for her students and guide them toward competition twirling if the student desires. Students initially learn basic twirls, competition solo routine, recital routine and continue from there as they improve.
Vicki currently is a Realtor with Sibcy Cline Realtors in Centerville, resides in Bellbrook, is married to her husband Mike, and they have three children between them including Kelly Edwards, the main studio dance teacher. Baton and Dance have always been a part of Vicki’s life and she continues to take adult tap and jazz classes offered at the studio!
This is Jen’s 5th year teaching at Joyce Dalton Baton and Dance studio. She is the instructor for both the flag and rifle classes. In addition she teaches Hawaiian, mother/daughter, and tap and jazz classes for all ages including adults.
Jen grew up in Beavercreek and took dance from the Eileen Martin dance studio. Her experience includes marching with The Pride of Cincinnati winter guard, directing Springboro and Fairborn high school color guard programs.
Kathleen Hartshorn was a competitive Baton Twirler with The United States Baton Twirling Association and eventually represented the University of Cincinnati’s Bearcat Marching Band where she studied Electronic Media.
After graduation, Kathleen moved to California to pursue a career in TV and Film Production. Kathleen and her husband Wesley relocated to Dayton, Ohio where she spent two years coaching the Bearcat Feature Twirlers along with her competitive teams Generation Katalyst.
Kathleen remembers admiring Joyce Dalton’s baton twirling teams as a child and feels blessed to be a part of the dance and baton studio!