Nancy Anderson has danced for all of her life, and she owned her first dance studio at age 16 and flew to Chicago regularly to attend “Dance Masters” classes while a student at Farmington High School.
Upon Nancy’s graduation from Farmington in 1964, her brother, Carl Taylor, encouraged her to attend Canton Community College, praising the smaller class sizes and individual attention from the instructors. She attended classes in the mornings and taught dance in the evenings. She met her husband, Bill (who is inducted to the SRC Athletic Hall of Fame this evening as a member of the 1964 Baseball Team), while they were both students, and they were married in 1966.
In 1975, she returned to Spoon River College and earned a nursing degree. She was a 4.0 student and received the “Nurse of the Year” award, while continuing to run her dance studio and while raising two daughters. She also was chosen as part of a group to represent Canton in a national television show, Almost Anything Goes. A display dedicated to this event can be found at the Canton Heritage Center Museum.
In 1983, Nancy, Bill, and their family moved to Urbana, OH. There, she opened the Nancy Anderson Dance Studio in 1994, where Miss Nancy and her team continue to provide tap, ballet and tumbling classes to students ages 4 and up.
Nancy is a certified Dance Masters of America Teacher, a member of the National Dance Association and The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and Dance, and is a Certified Aerobics Instructor. She has choreographed for the Fulton County Playhouse, the Canton Friendship Festival pageant, and for plays at Urbana High School for over 20 years. She teaches a group of Senior Tappers in Urbana as a community service, and they won first place at Nationals in Florida.
She enjoys traveling with Carl and his wife Pat and spending time with Bill, and their daughters Jessica and Lezlee and their five grandchildren.