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!