INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER

Get INspired with a class taught by an inspirational, motivational speaker.

The heart and visionary behind the inspiration, Ms. Katie Owings is the Owner of Inspiration Performing Arts Center, the Founder of ImPACt!™ 501(c)3, and the energized woman behind the mission of To Inspire You!™ Miss Katie has been involved in the art of dance for more than 27 years, running her centers and giving back to the local Mahtomedi, White Bear Lake and Stillwater communities for 10 years, and providing dance education on a global scale to the impoverished communities of Haiti, Uganda, and Costa Rica.  As a tri-entrepreneur who believes that "keeping the heart in lead" is the foundation for success, she has been featured on TEDx Talks, Fox 9 News, Dance Informa, Dance Teacher Magazine, The Patch, Star Tribune, White Bear Press, St. Croix Valley News and performance stages in Poland, Uganda, Chicago, Costa Rica, Haiti, and in small-town Mahtomedi.  More recently, Katie attended Stanford University where she participated in a select Executive Program for Social Entrepreneurs.  Her passion for teaching dance, traveling, educating, learning and speaking continues to impact people worldwide.  Miss Katie truly offers inspiration to all she meets, both on and off the dance floor!   She believes that sharing with a heart of gratitude and giving back are the keys to living a successful, happy life...and time on the yoga mat is time well spent!

At The 2017 Innovate Dance Event, students will discuss:

"WHY" we Dance! - Miss Katie provides Insight from Stanford University and How It Relates to YOUR Dancing
Dancing Through Life - In this segment, Miss Katie will give YOU theTOP 10 reasons dance is important for our self-esteem, confidence, health, and impacting the lives of those around us w/ discussion time
Takin’ It To The Streets - being your BEST version of yourself everyday, GIVE back to LIVE big — specific stories from theto the African slums to the dance floor in Minnesota - And, WHY YOUR story as a Dancer is important


Our girls enjoyed their time at the 2016 Innovate event. It was great as a teacher to witness the students discover dance at a deeper level. They were given a chance to pour into their dancing in a positive environment, increase their self esteem, and all while impacting the community. The dancers left feeling encouraged and motivated! It certainly was an experience unlike anything else out there. We are excited to come back!
— Kylie Williams, Instructor at Misty's Dance Unlimited

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At INovate 2016, we had the pleasure of hearing from Leslie Scott, Leslie Scott is well known not only for her talents but her unwavering work ethic, contagious positive energy and bold use of movement to spread a positive message! She is represented by MSA, on Faculty at the Edge Performing Arts and Millennium Dance Complex, guest faculty on several conventions and the Founder of the E.D.I.F.Y. Movement, a non-profit committed to using dance to highlight social causes. She leads Mission trips to teach the arts at orphanages in Africa and Mexico and the local homeless residents on skid row in Los Angeles. Leslie recently worked on “Pitch Perfect 2”, was the keynote speaker and guest performer at Hip-Hop Madness 2015, is a Certified Dance/Life Coach through Creating Opportunities by Chonique Sneed and Lisette Bustamante and taught “Performing Like A Pro” at Monsters of Hip Hop in Los Angeles. Leslie is a sought after Artistic Director and well known for the breakthroughs dancers experience in her inter-active seminar “Self-Esteem in Performing Arts”. She has traveled to 22 countries and 48 states spreading her unique teaching methods, artistry and shining her Spirit Swag!