Janice Dyson has loved dance all her life, and has been teaching other dancers for more than six decades. She started dancing at age 2 and when she was 12 she put her tap board on the driveway of her parents’ home in south Fort Wayne to practice. The neighborhood kids watched and wanted to learn so she started her own studio in their living room, charging 50 cents for a half-hour lesson. By the end of that summer she was teaching 40 young dancers.
A celebration of music will draw about 1,000 educators to downtown Fort Wayne from Jan. 11-13. The Indiana Music Education Association Professional Development Conference at the Grand Wayne Center will attract hundreds more guests, performers and spectators as the program spills over into free handbells, chimes, choir and band concerts at the Embassy Theatre, First Presbyterian Church and Allen County Public Library.
Christmas at the Stayer residence is a little different from most other families. With eight kids, decorating the tree and baking sugar cookies can get a little hectic, and opening presents is an all-day event.