At HeartBeats we strive to foster creativity, cultural appreciation, self-confidence, and a healthy and active lifestyle in students of all levels and ages by providing well-rounded, high-quality dance and music education. We appreciate each student's unique capabilities and endeavor to give each individual the education and attention they deserve by cultivating a positive and caring atmosphere, and a staff committed to constant learning and self-improvement.
Meet the Owners
As of November 1st, 2016, HeartBeats Music and Dance is under new ownership:
Ms. Kendra Slatt
Studio Owner / Executive Director
Ms. Kendra Slatt has been studying the art of dance since age five. She holds a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Business Administration/Marketing from the State University of New York at Buffalo. During her time at UB she studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, partnering, classical Indian dance, choreography, dance kinesiology, dance history, teaching methods, and technical theater production in addition to her business classes. She has performed several leading roles with the Hornell City Youth Ballet and was a member and performer with the University at Buffalo's "Dancers' Workshop." She is most proud of recently becoming a Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certified Instructor.
Ms. Kendra is the membership chair for Mid-Atlantic Dance Masters Chapter 17 as well a graduate of Dance Masters of America’s Teachers' Training program, certifying her to teach all levels of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater and Modern dance. She has taught extensively at various studios up and down the East Coast prior to opening Perfect Pointe. She continues to teach workshops regionally and internationally as well as choreographing for numerous musical theater productions and leading a worship dance program at her church. Ms. Kendra believes that dance is a living art form and continuing education and immersion in all aspects of dance are key to being a successful dance educator. As such, she continues to expand her dance expertise through various workshops, courses and seminars by the National Dance Education Organization, Dance Masters of America, Rhee Gold Company, and other prestigious dance organizations. She is also a Certified Instructor of Rhythm Works Integrative Dance.
Mr. Christopher Slatt
Studio Owner / Business Manager
Mr. Chris danced for several years, sampling many disciplines including ballet, tap and jazz. That all ended in the mid-1980s when he finally convinced his parents that watching Saturday morning cartoons was more important than being around lots of icky girls - this is often how you think when you're six years old. A nugget of that dancing spirit must have remained, however, as after growing up, moving to Washington, and getting his Bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems from American University he went on to marry his High School sweetheart, Miss Kendra and opened Perfect Pointe Dance Studio in Arlington back in 2008.
In addition to doing HR, IT, government compliance and consulting on strategic direction at Perfect Pointe, Mr. Chris works as a System Developer for the Club Managers Association of America and advocates for better transportation options as Chair of the Arlington County Transportation Commission and through his volunteer work with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.