Hayley Kosloski, 24, of Holt, is the owner and director of Studio H Dance Company. Kosloski has been a dancer since she was a young girl, her passion for dance taking her from simple classes to competition and eventually the Michigan State University Dance Team.
Owning a studio was a natural step for her.
“Dancing has been a part of my life since I was five,” she said. “Growing up, Jazz was always my favorite style because it pushed me to my limits athletically, always had great music, and was the most fun to perform. Today, choosing a favorite style to teach is not easy. Teaching an introductory ballet class filled with little ones is just as exciting and rewarding as watching my senior dancers master skills they have been working on for weeks.”
Kosloski stays fit by dancing with her students.
“I like to stay very involved while teaching my classes,” she said. “I think it is very important for me to stay active and keep my skills sharp. I am fortunate enough to get a full body workout each day. Dancing is great for cardio and flexibility, but it also incorporates repetitive movements that strengthen all parts of your body.”
She said she eats as healthy as she can, but is OK with straying a bit, especially with the long hours she puts in teaching.
“I try to keep healthy snacks at the studio to make sure I’m properly fueling my body and not going hours between meals,” she said. Her advice to those thinking of trying to dance for the first time is simple: Do it. “Dance provides children with an active hobby, a positive environment, confidence, and lifelong friendships,” she said. “I am thankful that dance continues to have such a large impact on my life and that I’m able to share my passion with my students every day.”