Carolyn Glassman grew up in her mother’s dance studio at Eighth and Anderson Terrace and began teaching dance classes at the age of twelve. She traveled to New York City at the age of thirteen to study tap and to dance with choreographers from the June Taylor Dancers and the Radio City Rockettes. Mrs. Glassman studied theater dance at Denver University in Denver, Colorado and went on to teach at Bruce Nursery School and Forbes Air force Base. Mrs. Glassman joined forces with Patsy Metzger, teaching ballet and tap while continuing to remain involved in her family dance studio business. Her continued education includes the 2005 Dance Teacher Conference in NYC and classes with Debbie Dee (Tradition In Tap), Ofer Ben and Avi Miller (BDC), and Gregg Russell (Tap Sounds Underground). Mrs. Glassman has choreographed numerous musicals for the Topeka Community including 1776 (TCT), Anything Goes (Helen Hocker Theater), and Crazy for You (Washburn Rural High School). Mrs. Glassman has been teaching at Dorothy Thomas School of Dance for more than sixty years.

Sally Glassman has studied with renowned artists including Dorothy Thomas, Steven Boyd, Bill DeRicco, Sam Fierello, Abron Glover, the original Tap Dogs (Australia), Frank Hachett (BDC), and Mia Micheals (SYTYCD). She has choreographed over two hundred performances in and around the Topeka area since 1986. Ms. Glassman has choreographed musicals for Topeka High School, Hayden, Washburn Rural, and is currently in her twenty-fourth year as choreographer for Topeka West High School. Ms. Glassman has also choreographed for local community theaters including Helen Hocker Theater and Washburn University. Musical productions include Rent, A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Seussical the Musical, Les Miserables, Menopause the Musical, and Hair. Ms. Glassman has received awards for choreography in theater, tap, jazz, and lyrical dance. Ms. Glassman is the Choreographer for the 2012 St..Patrick’s Day Parade Flash Mob with the goal of raising funds for Let’s Help and the United Way of Greater Topeka.

Susan Weber earned a Bachelor of Arts in music with emphasis in theater and dance and a minor in psychology from Friends University in Wichita, Ks. While in college, Mrs. Weber traveled to New York City to study under jazz icon, Luigi and perform with the Manhattan Philharmonic at Lincoln Center. She has studied with talented artists including Dorothy Thomas, David Howard (Steps), Jo Rowan (Bolshoi, OCU), Finis Jhung (Ailey), Sharon E. Dante (Nutmeg Conservatory), Sheila Barker (Marymount Manhattan), Franco De Vita (ABT), Michael Vernon (Royal Ballet), and Carolyn ValSchmidt (Julliard). Mrs. Weber continues to study with artists from Luigi Jazz Center, Edge Performing Arts Center, Broadway Dance Center, Steps On Broadway, and The Ailey Extension. Dance medicine and instructor training consists of classes and workshops including the Dance Teacher Conference NYC, Dance Teacher Summit NYC, and with the Harkness Center NYU Langone Medical Center. Mrs. Weber directs annual trips to New York City for students who wish to enhance their dance education.

Sarah Laing began her years as a student of Dorothy Thomas School of Dance at the age of three. Through the years she studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, pointe, and theatre arts, and was a volunteer student teacher for five years. Sarah has choreographed musicals for Chase Middle School, Highland Park High School, and was the choreographer for Topeka High School’s SRO in 2000 and 2001. Sarah has studied with Abron Glover, the original Tap Dogs, Bill De Ricco, Debbie Dee (Tradition In Tap), and has performed with Gregory Hines. She is currently enrolled at Washburn University studying Psychology.

Erin Willard has danced with Dorothy Thomas School of Dance and Theatre Arts since the age of four. She has studied classical ballet, pointe, pas de deux, modern, jazz, and tap. Erin has held multiple roles in Ballet Midwest’s performances of the Nutcracker including Mouse Queen and Clara. At the age of seventeen, Erin won the Topeka Performing Arts Center Young Artists Award for outstanding tap dance. At eighteen, Erin toured as a VIP Dancer with Dance Olympus / Dance America. While studying dance at Kansas University, Erin studied under Janet Hamburg, Willie Lenor, Patrick Suzeau, and Muriel Cohan as well as attended master classes taught by Bill Evans, Twyla Tharp Dance Company, and Pilobus. Erin holds a Bachelor of Science in Education in Sports Science with a minor in Dance and is a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant.


Our Instructors
Carolyn Glassman
Sally Glassman
Susan Weber
Sarah Laing
Erin Willard
Hayley Burghart