K. Dawn AthertonOwner / Artistic Director / InstructorA Yuma native and Kofa High alumni, Dawn received her B.F.A. in Dance and secondary education degree from Arizona State University. After student teaching at Yuma High School in 1990 and graduating from college, she lived in Los Angels for 3 years where she taught dance and performed in Broadway Musicals such as A Chorus Line and West Side Story. Upon returning to Yuma she taught Dance and Drama at Yuma High School. Dawn also taught at Dancer’s Workshop and choreographed for Yuma Ballet Theatre. After teaching at Yuma High School she went to Cibola High School, and was the Dance, Aerobic , Cheer and Wrestlerette Teacher/Sponsor. She then married Junior Atherton and moved to Georgia where she taught dance at a local dance studio, a private academy, and a Charter Health Club. Junior and Dawn moved back to Yuma to start a family and she taught Dance at Kofa High School and was the jazz and tap director at Dancer’s Workshop. After that year she decided to go full time at the studio and start a Jazz Dance Company, entitled Jazz Of Yuma (JOY). In 2004 she happily opened Dawn’s Dance Studio and has not looked back ever since.
Our Mission Statement:
We are committed to guide, educate, and inspire our students with the highest standards of dance education. We provide opportunities for dancers to develop their talents to their fullest potential, which benefits themselves, their families, and community.
We offer Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Modern Contemporary, Conditioning, Lyrical Jazz, Urban Hip Hop, Pointe, Combo, Pre-Pointe and Tumbling classes.For adults we also offer the experience to perform on stage if desired through our Adult Tap and Adult Jazz Funk classes.Senior Citizens who still have a bit of boogie in their oogie can enroll in our Senior CitizenTapClass(55+)..
We Offer More than Just Dance:
Dancing at Dawn’s Dance Studio is not just about taking classes. It is about becoming part of the culture of dance and adding part of you into that culture. This culture is our family and we openly and willingly invite you into our dance family.