Penny Warshauer has been dancing nearly her whole life. She began at age 3 with Yvonne Milliet and continued her training though college at Loyola University, even studying under Alexander Mintz, a former member of the Bolshoi Ballet in Russia. 

Penny Warshauer and her daughter, Elizabeth Warshauer

The mother of four grown children, Penny passed along her love of dance to her daughter, Elizabeth, and the two now inspire a new generation of dancers at Articulate Motions Dance Academy in Lakeview. 

What inspired you to launch your own business? 

Elizabeth inspired me to help her open AMDA after she received a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

Prior to opening the studio, I had started my own photography business, and Elizabeth had been working for a studio in Picayune, Miss. 

I previously owned a dance studio in Slidell, where I trained children and adults of all ages. 

What’s been the most challenging part about growing your business? 

The most challenging part has been student recruitment.

As with any new business, it takes time and extreme amounts of effort to grow and become a part of the community you're in. 

And the most rewarding? 

The most rewarding part is being the first business back in our space after Katrina, working with Elizabeth and meeting so many wonderful families that have become part of our family through AMDA. 

How do you find working with your daughter? 

I find working together with Elizabeth to be the most rewarding of gifts.

We have completely different teaching styles and are very different people, but that only serves us for the better because we can bounce ideas off of one another. 

What's your favorite song to dance to? 

Oh, so many!!! If I'm going strictly classical ballet, Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat Major is my favorite.

If I'm going just for fun, then ABBA's Dancing Queen, every time!!!  

Articulate Motions Dance Academy, 504.410.4999 or 504.410.6009, articulatemotions.com