Meet a MAC Member: Dance Driven

Katie, owner of Dance DrivenDance Driven recently celebrated its 10th year as a business. Katie Waddell, director and owner of Dance Driven, began the business when she moved to the Madrid area. A mother of three, and secretary of the Madrid Area Chamber of Commerce, Katie has had previous experience as an elementary and special education teacher, and also as a cheer instructor.

When the business first opened, there were 15 enrollments. Since, then, numbers have grown each year. This year, there were just over 500 enrollments. Katie mentioned that the business is on its third location due to growth.

Dance Driven offers instruction in ballet, point, tap, jazz, tumbling, and taekwondo. In addition, it holds a Daddy-Daughter dance each year, giving proceeds to the Madrid Easter egg hunt. A cancer fundraiser is also an annual event important to Dance Driven. Dance Driven is also planning to partner with Kids Create to host art classes. The business currently employs four instructors, two student helpers, and two office assistants.

When asked what she likes most about being a business in Madrid, Katie replied, “We have a lot of support from the community. I love the small-town atmosphere.”