accent: Wendy's School Of Dance is owned and directed by Wendy Streib This dance studio began on August 12, 1963.
Miss Wendy began dancing at the age of 2 1/2. As her love for dance grew, she began studying different styles and techniques both near and abroad. As a young dancer she competed in toe, tap, and jazz solo competitions. At age 9, she had an agent and was performing professionally throughout the tri-state area. She had made over 50 television appearances by the age of 12.
At a very early age, she realized that aside from her personal dancing she loved teaching others how to dance. What started out as a small activity in her parent’s basement became a dance studio in 1963, when she was just 14. As her studio grew, her desire to educate herself in dance techniques did also. Miss Wendy spent most of her summers at various dance studios in New York, California, Hawaii, and Ontario studying under famous choreographers. Now she is an award winning choreographer.
On the occasion of her 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, and 50th Dance Recitals, the mayor of Centerville presented Miss Wendy with a Certificate of Recognition for outstanding service to the communities' young people. The mayor said ...... “Miss Wendy has been a remarkable role model.”
Miss Wendy’s expertise and her ability to teach others, not only correct fundamentals of dance but the love and respect for dance, has afforded her over 50 years of a successful dance studio. Parents who once studied at the studio now bring their own children here to learn.
Miss Wendy has taught numerous students who have become professional dancers and others who have followed in her footsteps and have opened their own studios. In the South Dayton area alone, 8 dance studios have been owned and operated by former students of Miss Wendy.
Another former student and a very talented young lady, from here in Centerville, is Ann Forgy Van Cleeve. She has performed as a dancer, singer, and actress on Broadway in numerous shows and is still performing.
Happy 50th Miss Wendy
We just presented our " Golden Anniversary Recital" 6-2-13. It's hard to believe it's been 50 years. Former students from all over the United States came to Centerville to be here for the celebration. Among the alumni were students that began in 1963, our very first year! The 1963 students were Francee Debard, Lynda Whitaker Luethke, Tina Tomlin Oscar, and Jennifer Jackson Schneider.
The day was filled with special surprises for Miss Wendy.
* A dance was performed by the alumni to " For Good" from the broadway show Wicked. It was so beautiful!
* Brooks Crompton, the deputy mayor of Centerville, gave a wonderful two page long speech about Miss Wendy and then presented her with a plague from the Centerville City Council " Honoring Miss Wendy for her 50 years of service to the well being of our community and the thousands of it's dancers over these many years."
* At the end of the Recital, each student individually presented Miss Wendy with a long stem carnation & expressed their congratulations.
* And there was even one more surprise. They gave an after Recital party at Benham's Grove in Miss Wendy's honor which included a slide show dating back to 1963.
"I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in making my 50th Anniversary such an amazing day. It will always be remembered as one of the most special beautiful days of my life!"
Smiles ....... Miss Wendy