National Association of Professional Women Announces Mary Dressendofer, Owner and Director of Dancers Pointe, a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year

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Mary Dressendofer is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

We have grown to five locations in New Jersey and have more than 1000 students. We are now franchising as well.

NAPW honors Mary Dressendofer as a 2014 Professional Woman of the Year. Ms. Dressendofer is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in business and the arts. As the largest, most-recognized networking organization of professional women in the country, spanning virtually every industry and profession, the National Association of Professional Women is a vibrant networking community with over 600,000 members and nearly 300 Local Chapters.

“I started taking dance classes at Dancers Pointe when I was five years old,” says Mary Dressendofer, who eventually became a Tax Attorney. But she has never stopped dancing.

About five years ago, Ms. Dressendofer’s former dance instructor, Cathy Karosick, approached her about becoming a partner in the dance studio. Ms. Dressendofer agreed. At the time, there was one studio location with about 100 students, but with her determination, drive to succeed and passion for dance, Ms. Dressendofer has since taken Dancers Pointe to the next level. “We have grown to five locations in New Jersey and have more than 1000 students. We are now franchising as well,” says Ms. Dressendofer.

The first dance studio in the United States to franchise, Dancers Pointe offers those interested the opportunity to open their own dance studio. Franchise owners receive complete training in all facets of successfully running a business, from marketing to finance to curriculum preparation. They are guided every step of the way by Ms. Dressendofer and her partner, who together, have 44 years of business and dance studio experience.

To further enrich a child’s dance experience, Dancers Pointe has created an original character, Princess Plié, who is used as part of the dance class curriculum. Launching this holiday season, Princess Plié will be available nationwide as a plush doll and storybook with original music. Plans are underway for a vinyl version of the doll, along with her friends. “We believe in this concept so much. There is nothing out there like it that makes kids move and dance,” says Ms. Dressendofer. “Every little girl will want a Princess Plié! The music is waltzy and all original. The theme, storybook and music are infectious!”

Awards & Accomplishments: J.D., Thomas Cooley Law School; LLM, Villanova University, Tax Law; member of Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, Garden State Franchise Association and Better Business Bureau

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