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Local dance teacher earns certification

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 10:56 a.m. CDT

Leslie Tyler of Creston earned the Certified Clog Instructor designation at C.L.O.G. National convention Nov. 28 in Orlando, Fla.

The Certified Clog Instructor program (CCI) was instituted in 1994 to help increase the quality of clogging instruction for all levels of dance nationwide. CCI provides a comprehensive educational program and in-depth history of the dance itself. It is a professional designation for instructors who have spent many hours dedicating themselves to becoming a more informed and effective instructor, and a professional member of the clog dance community.

Tyler and Leslie’s Dance Emporium (LDE) instructor Ashley Ostroski attended the convention over Thanksgiving weekend. They learned clog routines from top instructors in the U.S. and Canada, dancing six to seven hours a day. The convention drew a large crowd from the U.S. and Canada, with dancers ranging from 5 to 83 years old.

Tyler is celebrating the 35th anniversary of teaching all forms of dance at LDE. She received the majority of her training and mentoring from Betty Dybdahl. She is certified in ballet, tap, jazz and tumbling through three different teacher testing organizations: DMA, TTS and CNADM. Leslie’s Dance Emporium has studios in Creston, Mount Ayr and Osceola. Their motto is: Helping dreams come true since 1979. They are always welcoming new students, beginners through advanced.

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