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About Us

The annual  recital is held at the Folly Theater

The Lorna Sherer Studio of Dance  was founded in 1950 by Betty Tillotson. Betty has been a continual presence in the Waldo area since that time. Some of Betty’s original students are still dancing in the adult classes. Betty is a member of Dance Masters of America, Inc., an international organization of dance teachers founded in 1884. Members must pass entrance examinations in each subject they teach, and must follow a code of strict professional ethics. Through this DMA membership, Betty and her older students are able to take advantage of seminars and workshops held throughout the country that are conducted by well-known, nationally acclaimed dance teachers and choreographers. All classes are taught by experienced, adult teachers. Costumes for performances are always age appropriate and modest in style. Music is always tasteful. Classes at the studio are small with a element of personalized instruction geared to the needs of the individual. Instruction is keyed to the individual student's progress. He or she is never advanced before completely mastering the fine points of elementary techniques.


Lorna Sherer began dancing at the age of 4 with Miss Betty and she teaches many of the classes. Lorna teaches ballet, jazz, hip hop, and tap--with a special emphasis on tap. She has appeared in many productions including musicals at Loose Park and Shawnee Mission Park. Her dance training also included master classes with Arthur Duncan of The Lawrence Welk Show. Additionally, she took lessons each summer from world-renowned, New York choreographer Jack Stanly.


Deb Staley began dancing at Miss Betty's studio in the 1960s. She performed with Lorna Sherer as well, and she took summer lessons from Jack Stanly.


Maggie Cain is our Hip Hop and Lyrical instructor.


Melissa Arfstrom is our Mat Barre instructor.