👸👞👞Meet Ms. Andrea!!
8*Count Dance Owner and Teacher, Ms. Andrea Polyak started dancing at 2 years old and at the age of 12, started helping in dance classes here & there at the studio she attended. When she was 17 years old, Andrea was asked to be an Assistant Teacher in a baby combo class for ages 3-5 years old. She learned so much about teaching little ones from the main teacher that year that it inspired her to be a teacher.
Andrea grew up dancing at Bridget McCarter Dance Academy in Gilbert. She competed at state & national levels with Tap, Jazz & Lyrical. She also performed all over the East Valley at community events. Andrea & her younger sister would spend about 15-20 hours a week at the studio dancing for the simple fact they loved dance! Andrea’s favorite type of dance is Tap, performing & teaching it!
Looking over the past 23 years of teaching dance, Andrea really didn’t think this would be her job! Yet, she really doesn’t like to call it a job more just making a positive influence in a young person’s life. Andrea also taught with the Town of Gilbert Park & Recreation in 2000 and you will find that most of the classes that are still running today are the ones that she & her sister started. From the Tiny/Mini tumbling, Fun & Fitness & Fairy Ballet! She spent about 4 years with town teaching before she had her boys. After that Andrea stayed home with her boys since they are close in age and still ran a small dance program at the Las Sendas Community in Mesa one day a week. This program has been on going for the past 18 years! In addition to her love of dance, Andrea was a volunteer for Girl Scout for 18 years, where she was a busy, hard working Troop Leader, Neighborhood Cookie Manager, Council Cookie Cupboard, Product Advisory Board committee member and a Gold Award board member.
Andrea is married to her supportive husband, Keith and they have a busy family! They moved to Queen Creek in 2004 from Chandler. They have a daughter, Adrianna who turns 21 in July and a will be Senior at Grand Canyon University and two boys, Kyle, who turns 17 in July will be a Senior at QCHS & Nathan, 15, a 10th grader at QCHS. Both boys are active with Football, Wrestling, Golf and help out in the studio. Of course, you can’t forget the furry family members Hank, who is CGC trained and Duke, who is a big ball of love and loves to eat socks!!! Andrea is adjusting to life with being out numbered at home with all boys, since Adrianna is away at college!!! 🙂