65 Years and Counting!
This family friendly studio is now heading to its 65th year, with grandchildren of former students now taking! Need your cup of “Joe” on Saturday mornings when you bring in your 3 and 4 year olds? Office manager Tim has coffee ready for you! Not to mention balloons, tattoos and chocolate! Great training and a supportive environment makes this THE studio for your dancers.
For pointe students, you can’t beat instruction by a Russian ballerina and partnering by a person who won the international lift competition! Or for gymnastics, a gold winning medalist! Or African class from a Senior lecturer at UF - complete with drummers!
Pofahl Studios is located at 1325 NW 2nd Street, directly behind the Gainesville Shopping Center, about 15 minutes from the UF campus and 20 minutes from I-75.
The Studio has two exceptionally large classrooms with specially constructed dance floors. The facility has three dressing rooms, expanded office, restroom and lobby space and a drive-through and drop-off for parents convenience.
Students registering for the academic year pay a $25 registration fee. Until the registration fee has been paid, students are not considered enrolled and may not begin attending classes.
TUITION AND HOLIDAYS
Tuition for the academic year is monthly and payable by the 10th of each month. There will be a $10 late fee added to each account past due after the 10th. Students with accounts one month past due will be dropped. The School is closed for Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring vacations, as per the public school schedule.
MONTHLY TUITION RATES (August through May. Adult tuition listed in "Adult Classes")
Hours Per Week Monthly Rate
1 hour $67
2 hours $130
3 hours $190
4 hours $220
5 hours $250
6 hours $270
7 hours $280
Additional hour $ 10
Pofahl Studio has a NO-REFUND POLICY with the exception of extended illness or injury.* Make-ups for ILLNESS ONLY may be arranged with your child's teacher within 30 days. The School does not provide make-ups for classes missed for other reasons.
Boys receive the second class at no cost.
Families receive a $10 monthly discount.
*You MUST contact the office in the event of extended illness or injury
so that you are not responsible for tuition.
The School must be notified in writing if a student withdraws from the School.
Students are liable for payment as long as their name is on the class roll.
Judy Skinner: Director/Owner
Ms. Skinner began her studies in Gainesville, Florida. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Education from the University of Florida, she continued her studies in New York. Ms. Skinner received her first Individual Fellowship in Choreography from the State of Florida in 1987, her second in 1994, her third in 1999 and her most recent in 2010 She was awarded an "Artist Enhancement" grant in 2006. A primary teacher in the public school system for eighteen years, Ms. Skinner has also been a adjunct faculty member of the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance for over 20 years. She has choreographed for the Hippodrome, UF School of Theatre and Dance and the Bulgarian National Ballet, among others. Employed by Santa Fe College from 1988-1991, she was responsible for developing and staffing the new dance program. Ms. Skinner served on the State Dance Panel in 1985 and 1986, the Artist in Education Panel in 1991, and the Cultural Support Panel in 2002. Ms. Skinner served on the Professional Committee for ACE (Arts for a Complete Education), develops and directs Dance Alive National Ballet's educational programming, and writes much of the curriculum materials provided for educators. In 2000, Ms. Skinner was awarded the prestigious Nancy Smith Award by the Florida Dance Association, for "Outstanding Leadership in Dance" and in 1999, the Girl Scouts of America award for "Women who Make a Difference in the Arts."
In 2018 Ms. Skinner received the "Distinguished Alumna Award" from the University of Florida
Ms. Skinner directs THE NEXT GENERATION.
Kim Tuttle: Director/Owner
Kim Tuttle, Executive Artistic Director and Choreographer-in-Residence of DANB took over the artistic reins in 1986, turning a regionally company of quality into a nationally recognized touring company and a designated state touring company for Florida for over two decades. Dance Alive National Ballet has toured 17 states and Costa Rica, establishing its reputation as
a vital, energetic, and artistically innovative ballet company.
Ms. Tuttle served on the staff of the Stuttgart Ballet as a pianist and ballet instructor and later served as Ballet Mistress for the Zurich Ballet, under the Artistic Direction of Balanchine expert Patricia Neary. Ms. Tuttle's musical background, fully explored as a recording chamber pianist, is fundamental to her gift as a thriving and prolific choreographer. She has created over 100 ballets. In recognition of her talent, she received three choreographic fellowships from the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs. She has served as a staff pianist for the University of Florida, accompanying faculty and visiting artists. She initiated the original ballet program at Santa Fe Community College and continued her input as artistic advisor at the inception of the present SFC dance program by staffing, programming, and choreographing. Ms. Tuttle served on the State of Florida Dance Panel and was co-recipient of the prestigious Nancy Smith Award by the Florida Dance Association for "Outstanding Leadership and Excellence in Dance" and the Santa Fe College Women of Distinction in 2011. In 2018 Ms. Tuttle received the "Distinguished Alumna Award" from the University of Florida.