Our Studio

Art of Movement Dance Studio is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment where dancers of all skill and experience levels can explore and enjoy this beautiful artform. Our instructors educate, encourage and challenge students, inspiring confidence and growth.

We believe that while students come to learn dance, they leave with so much more. Self-discipline, hard work and improved confidence are some of the many life lessons we work to teach students through dance.

Our facility includes two studios, allowing us the flexibility and space to accommodate a variety of dance styles and class times. Studio 1 is designed for larger classes, and studio 2 is available for smaller classes, as well as private lessons.

Our Team

Miss Emily – Owner & Artistic Director

Emily Eschhofen is the owner and artistic director at Art of Movement Dance Studio. Emily grew up dancing, studying jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet and pointe. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University where she studied dance and studio management.

Emily has experience teaching both adults and children in studios throughout northwest Ohio. She has also served as a choreographer for various dance and performing arts events, including the Fountain City Festival.

In addition to her education and experience, Emily has studied at well-known intensives and workshops throughout the country. She is a level-one certified instructor of the Giordano Dance Technique, RYT-200 certified yoga instructor, and yin yoga certified instructor.

When she’s not at the studio, Emily enjoys spending time with her husband, Nick, and children, Joseph, Annalee, and Abigail. The family is proud to call Bryan home and feels blessed to share their passion for dance and performing arts with the community.

Miss Amy – Teacher

Amy Von Deylen joined the studio as an instructor in 2018. She grew up in Defiance, Ohio, with a love of dance, music and theater. Amy is a teacher at St. Pat’s School in Bryan and has previous experience teaching dance.

While her passions are ballet and pointe, Amy also enjoys jazz and tap. When Amy isn’t teaching at school or the studio, she participates in musical theater, works in her garden and spends time with her many pets.

Miss Lauren – Teacher

Miss Lauren grew up dancing locally. In the Spring of 2020, she graduated with her BFA in Dance and BA in Psychology at The Ohio State University. At Ohio State she studied Cunningham, Varone, Horton, African, and ballet techniques. While at OSU she has taught many classes in the Columbus community, as well as assist Ballet I in Ohio State’s Dance Department. In the summer of 2019, Lauren had the opportunity to travel to Denmark and perform. She also is a 200 hr certified yoga instructor specifying in Baptiste Power Yoga.

Miss Samantha – Teacher & Studio Manager

Samantha Trausch has been an instructor at Art of Movement since 2021 and is the studio manager. She graduated from Hope College with a BA in Dance: Performance & Choreography and Business with a minor in Dance Pedagogy. While at Hope, Miss Samantha was a member of the StrikeTime Dance Company for two years, creating shows based on children’s books and performing them for local elementary schools. She has been dancing since she was three years old, training in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and pointe. Samantha has experience teaching adults and children, teaching private lessons, assisting in the production of performances and serving as a choreographer for musical productions. When she’s not at the studio, Miss Samanthais a substitute teacher in the area. Be sure to say, “Hello!” if you see her at your school. 

Miss Aliyah – Teacher

Miss Aliyah grew up in Northeast, OH where she danced locally learning styles such as Jazz, Tap, Horton’s Technique Modern, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Her journey through dancing has turned into a passion focusing on mainly Modern and Hip Hop nowadays, since these styles have allowed her to become versatile in showcasing different forms of emotion and movement through her own creativity. Aliyah has had the opportunity of taking her classes and choreography to competitions and many performances around the United States. Aliyah has performed in New York City showcases at the Peridance Capezio Center, taken master classes with Alvin Ailey, and has participated in many local performances as well, such as The Cleveland Cavaliers HalfTime Show, All Ohio Dance Festival and The Columbus Arts Festival.
While being a part of The Art of Movement Dance Studio, Aliyah hopes to spread her love for dance to students of all ages, while also sharing the importance of the arts to the community.

Miss Rea – Teacher Assistant

We’re looking to expand our teaching team.  Are you a good fit for Art of Movement?  Find out more here!

Dance Apprenticeship Program

Each dance season, Miss Emily selects a limited number of apprentices to work side-by-side with her, exploring the art of choreography and learning more about teaching dance. These apprentices serve as mentors to younger students, guiding, inspiring and encouraging them in class each week.

The Apprenticeship Program is a wonderful opportunity for those who enjoy working with younger dancers and is open to any high school dance student.

Those selected for the program:
• Have assigned responsibilities in managing the classes they attend
• Help create class material
• Have hands-on experience in creating class performance pieces for the annual recital
• Assist with song selection, costuming and choreography for the annual recital
• Build leadership skills
• Receive 20% off monthly tuition

Apply to be a dance apprentice.

To be eligible, dancers must be in high school and registered for a minimum of three classes per week. A limited number of spots are available.

Click here for an Apprenticeship Application

Meet our 2023-2024 Apprentices






Art of Movement

Art of Movement Dance Studio
119 S. Beech St., Bryan, OH