Sandra Kay Mesler
Sandy began her dance training at age five with the Sally Miller Dance Company of Washington and continued with Zoise Baer Dance Studio of Charleroi and Tammy Carol (a former New York City Rockette).
During high school, Sandy also trained as a gymnast, attended the John Robert Power Modeling School, and worked as a model for Pittsburgh department stores. After high school, Sandy pursued a career in the graphic arts by helping her husband, Bill Mesler, start a successful graphics business in Washington, PA.
While juggling the demands of running a business and motherhood, dance became secondary to Sandy. However, at the age of 40, Sandy revived her passion for dance by returning to the Sally Miller Dance Company, where she also taught. She began teaching private classes and adult tap in her home and provided instruction at several dance studios in the Washington area. At the age of 57, Sandy opened the Sandra Kay Mesler (SKM) Dance Studio and fulfilled a dream that Sandy and her mother had always shared. The studio’s mission was to make dance classes affordable and enjoyable for all who have a passion for dance. Building SKM Dance and staying true to its mission has brought the joy of dance to so many dancers.
Today, at the age of 67, Sandy supports her husband’s business, teaches tap from Level 1 to adult, and operates SKM Dance. Sandy’s choreography is featured in Washington Community Theater productions including 30 Years of Broadway, No, No, Nanette, and The Will Rogers Follies. Sandy has studied dance with Darryl Retter and Becca Retter of MusicWorks and continues her dance education each year with Rhee Gold at the Dance Life Retreat center in Norton, MA.
Sandy’s experience in business, motherhood, and dance and her successful revival of dance later in life provide the basis for her philosophy, “There is no special age in life for launching a new dream. The perfect time to begin is always today.”