Beth Robertshaw began her Dance training in Tulsa, Oklahoma at The Peggy Lanik Dance School. After leaving Oklahoma, she trained under various professional Tap and Jazz artists, such as Brenda Buffalino of The American Tap Dance Orchestra, Chet Walker, Buster Brown, and Savion Glover. Her choreography has received multiple regional and several national awards and she has been praised as a teacher of the highest caliber. Her gift as a teacher allows her to give her Tap and Jazz students exceptional training in a challenging and enjoyable class. As an instructor, she has developed, initiated, and taught several creative movement and pre-school dance programs. Her abilities create an immediate joy of movement and appreciation of music in the very young dancer.
AN INTERVIEW WITH BETH ROBERTSHAW
When did you start dancing?
I was 3-years-old and my sister was dancing so I did also. I started at Betty Collins School of dance in Pittsburgh. The studio was in Betty’s basement. My first dance was to, “Oh, you beautiful doll.”
When you were young did you have other favorite activities?
I was always in my leotard dancing.
Do you have a professional dancer you admired the most?
Which choreographer impacts you the most?
Tell us what you love about your job. (Miss Liz says answer without crying…)
The kids. (Miss Beth’s eyes are tearing up.)
What is your dream vacation?
What would you be if you weren’t a dance teacher?
A farmer or a lyricist
Do you have advice for your students?
Whether it is creative movement students or older dancers: keep going, push yourself because it is what you want, and surround yourself with positive people.
What is your favorite tree?
I love willow trees. But, I just brought Miss Liz a lemon tree from Anna Maria Island.
What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?
Clean or go to a movie.
What would you do if you were stranded on a desert island?
Who was your favorite teacher?
Buster Brown. He was very old and could barely move when I took his class. He sat in a chair and shuffled his feet around using a translator to demonstrate his steps because he was unable to dance. He loved it so much that he just could not stop teaching or giving of himself. It is why I love what I do.