WESTMINSTER — By dividing their talents and concentrating on their specialties, two county dance teachers hope to make their schools the best in Carroll.
Performing Arts Learning Center -- a ballet, jazz, tap and creative movement school in Winchester Exchange -- will become the Patty Neivert School of Dance on Aug. 1.
Neivert, the ballet teacher for the center, purchased the business from Glenna Lambert -- owner of Dancing Made Easy, a ballroom dancing school in the Fairground Village shopping center -- in hopes of making the school stronger.
Both women view the change positively.
"I've become more involved in teaching young children ballroom dancing and the social graces that go along with that," said Lambert. "Patty's a very good ballet teacher and we had talked before that if I ever decided to sell the studio, she'd be my first choice."
Classeswill continue to be offered in all types of dance, although Neivert's specialty is ballet.
"I feel this community can support a private dance studio that's not just ballet," she said. "There's no other private studio like that in Westminster."
A graduate of the Garden State Ballet School in New Jersey, Goucher College in Baltimore and American University in Washington, Neivert performed professionally with the now-defunct Maryland Ballet, the Israeli Classical Ballet and the Bat-Dor Dance Company in Israel.
She was also an instructor atthe Baltimore School of the Arts and Villa Julie College in Stevenson, Baltimore County.
"The school will be very strong in the quality of the classical training, and I like to think we will be a leader -- if not the best -- in ballet training that the county has to offer," Neivert said.
"Though I also plan to offer the best in tap, jazz and creative movement. After scouring the county, I feel I have thebest faculty the county has to offer."
Faculty members will be Michille Hyde, ballet; Stephanie Jahn, jazz and tap; Jennie Jenkins, ballet and creative movement; Sherilee Maenner, creative movement; and Marsha Mathias, pre-ballet.
Guest instructors -- such as Eddie Myers, a former professional with the Philadelphia Ballet -- will continue to teach workshops occasionally, Neivert said.
As for creating a dance company, Neivert -- who teaches a combination of the Italian Cecchetti and the Soviet Vaganova methods -- says she wants to concentrate on the quality of her instruction first.
No specific styles for jazz and tap have yet been chosen, she said.
"My goal at this point is to have an efficiently run, successful school with organizedinstruction with progressive, graded training," she said. "After that is set up, I will develop my own dances and build a company from within."
Although no class is required, students are highly encouraged to take ballet, as this is the base of all other dance methods, Neivert said. Students older than 8 are encouraged to take more than one class a week.