- Owner of Miss Kim’s
- Creative Movement
My name is Kim Black, but most people in Alamance County, NC know me as “Miss Kim” I have the most rewarding job in the world – I turn little girls into ballerinas! I was honored to receive the prestigious “Dance Teacher of the Year” in 2020. In 2018 I was honored to receive “Dance Teacher of the Year” by Discount Dance Supply. I enjoy writing for several national dance magazines including Dance Teacher and Dance Studio Life. I have created two children’s DVDs, “Dance With Miss Kim” and “Move With Miss Kim“. and have written a children’s book, The Friend Garden.
I enjoy sharing teaching techniques and ideas at local and National Early Childhood Education conferences. I am approved through DCDEE to lead Creative Movement for the Mind & Body for Early Childhood Education professional development. One of my most memorable highlights of my career was being hired to lead two preschool trainings at Dance Teacher Summit in NYC alongside the top leaders in the industry. I also love in-studio preschool teacher trainings.
My approach to teaching young dancers is through imagination. I love using imagination, creating stories, and watching young children fall in love with learning to dance. By using this approach, I can take a rowdy class of 3-year olds, capture their attention and engage them with my stories – they will begin learning through imagination, walking in lines, forming circles, and doing basic tap and ballet movements when they don’t even know it. The parents are amazed when their child walks out with a new found confidence, a sure sign that they just had a great time and learned dance too! The best compliment to me is when a little one asks, as I am hugging her goodbye and giving her a sticker, “Can I come back and play?”
Miss Kim is who I am. Dancing since the age of 11, I was awarded a scholarship from my local studio when I was 15. I started teaching tap, ballet, and jazz at the age of 16. I quickly realized that teaching the little ones was what I loved the most. I continued teaching while attending East Carolina University and taking dance classes under Alan Arnett. I have taken master classes all over the east coast.
Teaching is my passion, I get all the “I love yous, hugs, kisses, and “Miss Kim you are the best”… what other job gives you that? I also feel like being a part of a child’s memory is something truly special. Besides, some of my dancers are now parents and like I tell them… you will always be three to me.