Greta Watkins - Teacher
Greta began dancing at age four studying under Ruth Goodman, a dance and theater legend in Savannah, Georgia.
After Greta's family moved back to her parent's hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, Greta continued her dance training under the direction of Ann Brodie, co-founder of Calvert-Brodie School of Dance and founder of Columbia City Ballet. Greta's love for dance grew into a passion as she went on to join Columbia City Ballet, performing in productions such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Murder at the Ballet. Though still passionate about dance, Greta stopped dancing at the age of 17 not realizing until later in her life that the Lord would bring her back to dance for Him and His Kingdom.
At the University of South Carolina, Greta earned her Bachelors in English and her Masters in Public Health (Health Education and Promotion). Greta then moved to Atlanta where she met her future husband, Rob. The two married while Greta was working as the Exercise Therapist at Wesley Woods Geriatric Center at Emory University. Rob and Greta became the proud parents of two daughters, Megan, born in 1997, and Katie, in 2001. When the girls wanted to start dance lessons, Greta returned to dance by taking classes and even performing in productions with Megan and Katie. God allowed her to start on this second dance journey - one that would lead her to Refuge Dance Company where she met Sara Gratzer. Greta's most recent performances have included presentations with Classical Dance Theatre ( such as The Nutcracker) and worship dance opportunities with Project Dance Atlanta, Refuge Dance Company and especially with Compass Dance Academy.
"I don't think I would have ever stopped dancing at 17, if I had been dancing in a place like Compass. Now I want to share dance as a worshipful response to the grace and mercy shown to us by our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ."
Greta is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as a Health Fitness Specialist and also works at the Summit Family YMCA in Newnan as a group exercise instructor teaching fitness classes for special populations, such as older adults and people with arthritis. She enjoys playing keyboard and piano, and singing in the choir at the church where she and her family attend worship.