A Dance Legend in Webster, TX
teaching at the Clear Lake Rec Center in 1969 with 50 students. By the next
year her enrollment had doubled & she opened Jill Rauscher School of
Dance in Clear Lake City. It was "just Jill" for several
years with a little help from her sister,Jan & her mother,Miss Billie. In 1976,with enrollment growing , she moved to
a larger location in Nassau Bay., where she finally added a 2nd teaching room.
Her own home was a few blocks away, so
her two daughters, Julie & Leslie , came to dance with her. When they started to school,, Don built her
studio at the present location in Webster, across from Mc Whirter Elementary ,
where they attended. This was 1984, & many past students will remember the
office/dressing area in a small house in front of the 2 large teaching
rooms. Don built her sprung floors( to
ease pressure on dancers feet & knees) with Marley surfaces for top of the
line dancing. In 2008, we demolished the
old house & built a beautiful new office,waiting, & dressing room plus
a small teaching room.
dance program, she had a baton twirling group of over 150 girls . The
"NASA Lassies" marched in all
the local parades & won many awards.
Jill's dancers were performaning all over Texas & taking her
students to Dance Conventions such as Dance Olympus & Tremain were a summer
treat. She also brought in outstanding
choreographers to her studio for workshops.
The studio was
thriving, & enrollment topped at 600 students. Her dancers found the studio to be a 2nd home to them & many danced from the
age of 3 until they graduated from high school. Miss Jane, one of her first
teachers, continued teaching for her as
Jill's dream was coming true. She began hiring her own graduates to teach with
her. Today, most of her faculty are "her girls" as they know her
loving philosophy & instill that into their happy memories of growing up
there. Her daughter, Leslie , is her partner, & outstanding choreographer.
She teaches & inspires all ages. Her
only Grandaughter, Bralie, is a beautiful high school dancer & assists in classes as do many of her
girls. More than 1/3 of her students are 2nd generation!
If you come by
any afternoon,, you'll find the waiting room 'buzzin" with action. Parents visiting & doing their work on
laptops as the younger siblings play in the playroom. Many life long friendships have been made
here & the bulletin board is crowded with her students pictures &
honors. When I started teaching 48 years ago" I never dreamed I could be
so blessed with so many lives to be entrusted with & loving what I do.