Joyce Dalton, owner and operator of “The Joyce Dalton Baton and Dance Studio” is celebrating 51 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!
Elizabeth has been dancing since she was five years old in a wide variety of styles, ranging from ballet to jazz to African. She competed in dance for eight years until she graduated high school, and won several national titles individually as well as with her team.
After high school, Elizabeth chose to further her education in dance at Ohio University, in Athens Ohio. There she participated in many performances, learned more fully how to choreograph all types of dance for different ages, and gained a knowledge of dance history and many other crucial aspects of dance.
After graduating in May 2018, she has joined our team and is thrilled to get to grow as a dance and an educator with all students, and encourage her students to be the best they can be in and out of the studio.
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.
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!