Instructors and Staff
Meghan McClincy-Woolley is the current owner and director of Becky’s School of Dance, Home of the Findlay Academy of Ballet. Meghan and her husband, Jeff, recently purchased the studio from her parents, Jon and Becky McClincy.
Meghan has grown up in the world of dance since her parents owned the studio. Her first stage debut was at age 2, and although now retired from performing, still makes an appearance from time to time.
Meghan has traveled the country, from a young age, taking dance from many dance masters including Luigi, Al Gilbert, Art Stone, Danny & Betty Hoctor, Joel Ruminer, Ben Bagby, Annie Day, Marcus Alford, Dustin Phillips, Daryl Retter and Barry Youngblood to name a few. She has also taken Rockette Workshops to learn their choreography and strengthen technique. For her 16th birthday, her mother took her to N.Y.C. to study with many dance greats at Dance Caravan.
She takes her students on a “dance” trip every other year to NYC, dancing at Walt Disney World or dancing on a cruise ships. She works hard fundraising with the children for the 2 years prior to help them afford their trip. The best part of the trips, for her, is to see all her student’s hard work pay off when they are onstage!
Meghan’s students qualified to dance at a Cleveland Cavaliers game in 2013 and they danced right before tip-off. It was 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 were AMAZING! They have recently been invited to perform again this 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. Kara, the staff and the dancers were fabulous!
Meghan has put together a scholarship called “Becky’s Angels” that help children afford dance fee’s and dance supplies in order to take class. She has an anonymous panel that decides who is given scholarships each year. The scholarship is funded by anonymous donors.
Meghan has sent dance shoes, leotards and other supplies to hurricane and tornado victims who were in need. Because even through the devastation…in a child’s mind…the show must go on…
She has taken her dancers to perform at various events including the Halloween Parade in Findlay, the Agency on Aging, the Rotary meeting & the Habitat for Humanity Inspiration Celebration.
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 3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 bunnies. 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. In its 50th year, Meghan’s three daughters are eager to take over when they are old enough and Becky’s School of Dance is ready for another long tradition.
Becky Taylor McClincy
Becky Taylor McClincy began her dance career at the age of six with the Concannon Dance Studio of Findlay, Ohio. She studied Cecchetti Ballet, a graded system, in which she was adjudicated in each level including teaching levels. Becky also had the opportunity to study with many professional teachers in the “Performing Arts” field such as the great Luigi, Al Gilbert, Frank Hachett and Danny Hoctor (just to mention a few).
At the age of fifteen, Becky began teaching at the Concannon Studio’s where her love for children and the arts grew.
At sixteen, Becky attended the National Ballet School of Canada. She also took classes at Marie Vohgt’s School of Ballet in Toledo, Ohio and became a member of the Bud Kerwin Ballet Company, where she performed many solos.
Becky began her own school of dance in 1964 where she continued teaching, performing and studying all forms of dance.
Many of Becky’s students have pursued their own dance careers, such as dance companies, dance school owners, and owning dance education conventions. Becky is particularly proud of one of her students who is currently the Director of Entertainment for Univeral Studios in Florida. She is in charge of hiring all dancers and directing all the holiday shows.
Throughout her dance career, Becky has raised her family and continued to contribute to the community.
Perhaps one of her proudest accomplishments, Becky, now retired, has passed her legacy onto her daughter, Meghan. Meghan has purchased the business and has become owner and director of “Becky’s School of Dance.” Becky continues to enjoy the business with Meghan as the co-director.
Kara is just a small town girl, taking that midnight train going anywhere. She began her dance career at a young age and thirty some odd years later, we can’t seem to get her off that stage! After 14 years, Kara branched her dance career out into the big city, continuing her dance education at The Ohio State University and various capital area studios. Kara returned to our studio in 2009 and teaches tap, jazz, and lyrical and is celebrating her big 20th anniversary with Becky’s this year. Whether she’s teaching, dancing, or generally loitering in the office, on any given night you can find Kara earning her keep around the studio. Kara loves instilling the joy of performance in her students and stresses the importance of strong feet and bodies in her work. Her big, crazy, sometimes dysfunctional extended dance family is what keeps her going and makes her smile brighter on the daily.
Dana has been a part of Becky’s since 1968 when she started taking dance lessons. She took tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and acrobat over the years and has loved every minute of it. She was given the opportunity to start teaching for Becky about 35 years ago and has enjoyed teaching many wonderful dancers over the years. She plans to continue to teach for another couple of years before she hangs up her dancing shoes, but will always be there to help out at Becky’s whenever she can. Becky’s has been her home away from home and she loves and respects both Miss Becky and Miss Meghan. Dana and her husband Tim have two children, Brennan and Kaili.
Judy Reading danced professionally with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein ( Germany ), Boston Ballet, Ohio Ballet and freelanced in festivals throughout Europe, Latin America and the U.S.A. Since her retirement from dancing she has taught at the University of Akron, University of Toledo, Heidelberg University and for the past eight years as the resident professional at the Findlay Academy of Ballet.