History

History

Teresa opened Dublin Dance Centre in 1984 inspired by local dancer and teacher Barbara Garrett. Teresa’s daughter and younger sisters had taken class from Barbara for years. When Barbara decided to retire, Teresa questioned where in Columbus, Ohio might the girls dance? Many other studios had been tried, but no one approached the art form as Barbara Garrett did.

With her family’s support, Teresa decided to open Dublin Dance Centre. Her vision, teaching philosophy, and love for dance would set her apart from all other studios at the time. Barbara mentored Teresa in the first few years; she taught her how to hire quality instructors and together they developed DDC’s curriculum. Teresa stood strong in her mission and Dublin Dance Centre grew!

Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics continues to be a family-run business. Teresa and Mike are always around, Kate (their daughter) helps in day-to-day operations, Angela (Teresa’s sister) is the Artistic Director and during shows, there are cousins, grandchildren, nieces, and in-laws that step in to help. Outside of Teresa’s immediate family, many staff members are loved the same and have their own numerous family connections here. Family is an integral part of Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics.

As Teresa’s sisters grew and returned home from college, they became an important part of the business both in and out of the classroom. Christina and Angela remain integral parts of DDC serving as Education and Artistic Directors. Mike continues to assist in daily operations along with Teresa’s daughter Kate. To this day, Teresa still remains true to her original mission!

Interesting Facts About the Facility:

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  • The original office used to be where the main building vending machines currently sit and the first dance wear boutique was at the front half of studio 2/3!
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  • Studio 2/3 was originally one room, then split into two small rooms, then remodeled back into one room.
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  • The studios are numbered in order of completion….Room 4 was finished before 5 as there was a different business in that part of the building. Students used to enter room 4 from the sidewalk door before room 5 and the office were built.
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  • Rooms 6 & 7 were originally in a different building (in the front complex, where the salon currently is). The parking lots used to be connected so it was a little easier.
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  • The gym used to be two separate dance rooms with a lobby; this is why it is sometimes referred to as 8/9.
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  • Room 10 used to be a preschool, then a gym room before it settled as it is today.
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  • Rooms 11 and 12 were completed in 2003, but the Extended Movement room was added in 2010.
History