The 2009 Dance Teacher Awards: Bonnie Schuetz
Award for Private Studios and Conservatories
: Bonnie Schuetz
Boni's Dance & Performing Arts Studio
, or "Miss Boni" as her
students know her
, realized early on that she
had a passion for teaching.
After giving lessons at local day care centers while in her
started conducting nightly classes in her
moved to The Woodlands, TX, in 1982, Schuetz
held free lessons in her
garage before quitting her
10-year banking career and opening her
first studio a year later.
Now, with 25 years of experience, Schuetz is the owner and artistic director of Boni's Dance & Performing Arts Studio.
Though Boni's Dance began as one little room in a new shopping center, Schuetz moved to a state-of-the-art, 15,000-square-foot studio in The Woodlands in 2001, and her Magnolia, TX, location will undergo expansion this summer.
, who began dancing at age 8 and worked with master teachers like Frank Hatchett, Joe Tremaine, Al Gilbert and Gus Giordano, stresses the importance of well-rounded training.
conducts over 200 classes each week, plus private lessons and team rehearsals, with the help of her
50 staff members.
staff with her
"I tried to do it all by myself in the beginning, teaching 30 to 40 hours a week, and it was just crazy," she
says that teaching and staying in contact with former students are her
"Watching these kids grow up and have such a connection with our school is the biggest compliment I could ever get," she