After receiving her BA in Foreign Languages from Southern Methodist University, Ms. Gustafson earned her MA in Sociology from the University of Arizona. Her strong belief that a dance studio should provide a healthy environment where both learning and personal growth can occur stems from her academic research concerning the connection between the environment of the dance studio and a dancer’s self-esteem. Ms. Gustafson has many years experience teaching ballet to all levels of children and adults. She is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training in Primary through Level 7 of the ABT® National training Curriculum. Ms. Gustafson continues her work as a college level professor of Sociology.