Becky’s School of Dance began in 1964 when Cathleen Concannon sold her studio to Becky Taylor, a senior at Findlay High School. Becky would go to her school classes all day long, and when the final bell rang for the day, she would walk to her studio (509 Trenton Ave) and teach until 9 or 10 each night.
She has grown her studio from less than 100 students to nearly 600 by stressing technique and showmanship with a measure of love and discipline to each student. Our goal is to instruct children in proper dance technique while increasing rhythm and coordination, self-discipline and body strength all while instilling a love of dance. The studio employs 10 fabulous instructors who help us achieve our goals.
Becky’s students and instructors have performed at Disney World, on Carnival Cruise Ships, right before tip-off at a Cleveland Cavaliers game, and the Grand Ole Opry. We have also taken in NYC every few years which includes classes with a Radio City Rockette at Radio City. We have also had performers dance at the Agency on Aging, the Rotary meeting, the Habitat for Humanity Inspiration Celebration, Carey OLC Fest and Relay for Life in Fostoria.
For dancers who need help paying dance tuition, buying leotards and shoes, or any other dance related expenses; Becky’s has the “The Chance to Dance” Foundation which helps upper level ballet students with their needs. This is supported by an annual performance at The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts which is put on by professional dancers and our highest level ballet students. Our ballet professional, Judy Reading, dedicates a lot of time organizing this show so that all proceeds can help her students.
In addition to the scholarship programs, we also store used/donated items that we can fall back on in case a dancer needs it. We are also fortunate to have a dancewear shop attached to our studio. All of this allows us to send new items to area’s hit with flooding, hurricanes and tornados. Because even through the devastation, in a child’s mind, the show must go on.
Generations to Come
Meghan’s students have qualified several times to dance at Cleveland Cavaliers games- and they dance right before tip-off. It is one of the coolest experiences of her life – to be able to see her dancers on a huge court and also close up on the Jumbo-Tron. They are AMAZING! We had so much FUN that now we dance there every other year.
But the most touching performance for her was when they danced for one of their own…Miss Kara Ward, who battled breast cancer last year, and WON! They were proud to do a dance for her at the performance in 2013 – the crowd roared and were all up on their feet! It was life-changing to see how supportive everyone was. The students repeated the dance at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Findlay, Ohio for the next few years. Kara, the staff and the dancers were fabulous!
Meghan and her husband, Jeff, have 2 daughters of their own, Ava and Maryn. They also took guardianship of a teenager, Kaitlyn, in 2010. They have 4 dogs, 2 cats and 2 bunnies, 2 guinea pigs and a horse. They enjoy visiting relatives, participating in 4-H, and anytime they can hanging out as a family.
Meghan would not be able to do any of this without the support of her family and her wonderful staff. They are a close-knit bunch of talented girls that always support one another. Meghan feels she is truly blessed to have such an amazing dance family.
Meghan continues the lessons first instilled by her mother. Her three daughters are eager to take over when they are old enough and Becky’s School of Dance is ready for another long tradition.