Spotlight Chick - Ann Bode

Tell us about yourself so that we can get to know you better.

I am a 54 year old mother of one 17 year old son.I own a dance studio in Chandler Arizona. I have owned my business for 16 years and love teaching kids dance and performing arts. I am a former professional dancer. I traveled the world and spent over 10 years performing in Las Vegas. (I have lots of interesting stories). I am currently focused on personal development and have added much of it to my curriculum at the studio. I am interested in helping others and am working towards a life coaching business as well as a building a destination retreat company. I'm working on several books as I love to write and enjoy reading, writing and traveling in my spare time.

What inspired you to do what you do professionally?

After retiring from the theater, I started focusing on teaching dance for a living. My biggest inspirations in my life were my teachers. Everyone should teach something at some point in their life! My teacher Dee Dee Arnone helped me reach my goals as a young person. I always knew what I wanted as a young person. Currently my biggest inspiration is providing a good life for my son and for myself as I move in to a new chapter of my life.

Tell us a story of how you made a difference in someone’s life.

I have the privilege to inspire kids (and their parents) on a daily basis through my business and work. I take it very seriously the influence I have over young lives and that is why I strive to improve myself and share what I have learned with all of those around me.

What have you gained personally from being a member of Chicks Connect?

Chicks Connect changed my life! I was locked in a bubble of only knowing people through my dance and teaching career. I looked for ways to meet new friends and met Lynette Molina on Facebook! She has and is an inspiration to me. She has since moved and I took over her position as Chair Chick for AZ Chicks Connect and have been so inspired to grow and share in this capacity. I love the support and love from being in this group! The online content is superb and I love the camaraderie and growth from the mastermind and although networking occurs, it is not the main focus. Support and growth are paramount.

What have you gained professionally from being a member of Chicks Connect?

Professional inspiration from other like minded women! Powerful boss chicks that i can learn from and be around has pushed me to be a better business owner and leader.

Any words of wisdom for other Chicks?

I am obsessed with affirmations so I love too many quotes to pick just one, but be sure and utilize all that CC has to offer. The online content, the chance to meet up with inspiring women as well as to connect with others across the country! Also, become an affiliate and help spread the word and help and inspire other women! (and earn a few dollars too!)

How can people reach you if they want to know more about what you are up to in the world?

desertstardance@yahoo.com or on Facebook - Ann Olsen Bode