Studio staff and philosophy
The Dance Concepts Philosophy
Dance is a wonderful form of exercise, developing coordination, poise, body awareness and confidence. Our goal at Dance Concepts is to teach the art and enjoyment of dance in a positive, friendly, welcoming atmosphere to all ages and abilities.
From beginner to advanced to recreational, we offer a variety of classes to encourage the growth and development of all students.
The teamwork, confidence, self-esteem and self-discipline skills gained from our classes prepares our students to make a difference in the future both in and out of the dance studio.
Dance First. Think Later.
Meet the Owner - Maureen Wagner
Maureen Wagner, Dance Concepts founder and owner, began studying dance at the age of ten under Ms. Charlotte Braun and later Studio 82 where she started teaching and performing.
Ms. Wagner attended college at the University of Akron where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. While attending college, she performed with the college's Repetoire Company, Touring Ensemble and the Student Choreographer’s Workshop. Upon graduating, Maureen performed in several productions including “A Chorus Line” at Greenbrier Theatre. Professionally, she was dance captain for Chicago’s “Funny Little People” and Team Coordinator for the Cleveland Cavs Dance Team.
Ms. Wagner has served on the faculty of the Ohio Dance Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts and Ballet Met, as well as several area private dance studios. She has developed and instructed innovative youth dance programs for numerous recreation centers and health facilities.
For over 22 years, Maureen has shared her love of dance by instructing students in Preschool Dance, Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip hop, Lyrical, Pointe, Modern, Tumbling, Cheerleading and Choreography classes.
She resides in Columbia Station with her husband, Joe, four daughters and two dogs.
Meet the Dance Concepts Team
Christina Galletti - Dance Instructor
Christina Galletti started her dance journey at Charlotte Braun Dance Studio at age 3 and has crafted an extensive career. During her early years of training, she participated in many performances and honed her choreography skills while working as an apprentice. She attended Butler University and earned a BA in dance. Shortly after graduating, Christina opened Cleveland Dance Academy in 1987.
She has studied a plethora of dance forms and had choreographed many classical ballets- from full-length, annual Nutcracker productions to 3 completely original ballets. Her time as Artistic Director of Cleveland Dance Academy proved she had a talent for working with children of all ages.
Teaching and working with young dancers to perfect their skills is a passion Christina has turned into a career. Ballet and Pointe are her specialty, and dancers that have trained under her have gone on to dance professionally at the Met, Martha's Vineyard, and many prestigious companies.
She is very excited to bring her knowledge to the table, and is looking forward to sharing her love of ballet.
Mary Langan - Dance Instructor
Mary’s passion for dancing began when she was 3 years old after watching a ballerina perform on T.V. Being the youngest of 7, her family didn’t have much, but she was determined to enroll in ballet at Laurie Krasnicki School of Dance in New Baltimore, MI. She continued studying ballet there along with jazz and tap for 10 years, until she moved to Virginia to attend Christendom College.
Her plans for college included dancing, but life led her down a different path. Meanwhile, her passion for dancing still controlled her ambitions. She decided to become a certified Zumba instructor and began teaching.
In 2014 she moved to Cleveland, OH in search of inspiration and new adventures. In Cleveland, she had the opportunity to perform in dance music videos with local artists. She also danced in the styles of hip-hop, contemporary and jazz with the Cleveland Dance Project, an organization for adult dancers who want to continue pursuing their passion.
Along with her passion for dancing is her desire for aspiring other dancers to grow confidently in themselves and their bodies. She loves putting choreography together and seeing the different styles and personalities that dancers put into their performance.
To Mary, there is no age limit, nor specific body type to be a dancer. There is only your own personal drive, passion and commitment to be better than you were yesterday.