“We like to say we’re not here just to teach dance; we’re here to teach better humans,” says Kristin Perry, owner of Miss Kristin’s Dance Studio in Avon Lake. “We believe in family, friends and fun.

Miss Kristin’s, which has been serving dancing feet in Lorain County since 1992, offers classes in everything from ballet to jazz, tap and lyrical dance. The state-of-the-art facility on Pin Oak Parkway boasts 10,000 square feet and four dance studios, all equipped with sprung floors and professional sound systems.

Students from age two through 18 flock to Miss Kristin’s for the variety (including summer camps and competitive teams) and high-quality instruction, plus the warmth and sense of community.

Unsure which class to choose? Perry has a few recommendations:


“Ballet is the basis of all dance,” says Perry. She notes that the techniques taught in ballet are used in almost all styles of dance. “No matter what kind of dance you love, ballet is foundational,” she says.


Students in these classes learn “balance, limbering, tumbling and flexibility,” says Perry. “Students learn a lot of techniques that help in dance transitions.”

Hip Hop 

“Hip-hop is everywhere,” she says. “It’s very popular in the general population, and anyone can do it.” Students in this one-hour class learn popping, locking and breaking techniques.