Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the Asbury Arts blog! Today, we’re going to get to know one of our lovely staff members; the multi-talented Lorna Edwards. Miss Lorna is the studio manager, but also and excellent teacher. Her teaching specialty includes the “Littles’” classes, which are full of kiddos from ages 2-6, this requires knowledge and patience that not everyone possesses! She also instructs classes for older students and everyone enjoys her extraordinary ability to teach, choreograph and relate!
Aside from sharing her talents with us at the studio, she is currently performing with a professional tap dance ensemble called “Noise Complaint” where she travels nationally. She was also part of many productions with Columbia City Ballet; a ballet company that was hosting shows in her hometown, Savannah, GA.
With that being said, let’s ask her some questions!
LXS: Hey, Lorna! I couldn’t help but notice that a lot of people seem very surprised when they find out you’re only 21 years old and how much you’ve accomplished in that time. When and where did you start dancing?
Lorna: I started dancing when I was 4 in Savannah, GA. When I first started, I danced in the Ballet/Tap combo class just like the ones I teach now.
LXS: Did you always stick to dance, or did you do other activities as well?
Lorna: For the most part I always danced, but there was a time when I also tried piano. I also went through a time when I didn’t want to dance anymore, and that’s when I tried gymnastics. I quickly realized that dance was for me and I went back.
LXS: Oh, so you did multiple things! Now that you’re a teacher, do you think it’s a good idea for kids to try different activities on top of dance, or is it typically better for them to stick to one thing?
Lorna: I think it’s great for kids to explore and find what they really love, but I also think that it’s important for them to learn commitment.
LXS: I agree! Speaking of commitment, how long have you been working here at Asbury Arts both as a dance teacher and as the studio manager?
Lorna: I’ve been teaching for about 3 years and managing for a little over 1. This is my third recital, and I’m really excited to see how everyone’s grown!
LXS: Me too! Thanks for taking time to talk to us today!
Stay tuned for more Teacher Spotlights, and other blog posts!