The History of Webby Dance Tampa!
Hillary Forst is the owner and founder of WEBBY Dance Company, Tampa Bay. In 2001 Hillary was introduced to the WEBBY family where she began working as a dance instructor for Becky Weber of WEBBY Dance Company, Long Beach, CA. Hillary quickly realized that sharing her love and passion for dance with children in preschools and elementary schools would be her lifelong career.
After two years of perfecting the creative technique of being a WEBBY instructor, Hillary purchased her very own WEBBY franchise in 2003 and moved home to Palm Harbor, Fl to make her dream of opening her own mobile dance company a reality. She started her first year with only 10 schools and one dance teacher. As word spread throughout Hillsborough and Pinellas counties about this reliable, professional and caring mobile dance school, WEBBY Dance Company began to grow leaps and bounds.
Today, we have six instructors teaching in 45 schools on a weekly basis. We also have a full office staff, an annual dance recital and over 500 students enrolled in 3 counties. Our philosophy is simple: To share the joys of dance and movement with children in a fun, loving and nurturing environment. With this in mind, WEBBY Dance Company, Tampa Bay has earned the reputation of being “The Best in Mobile Dance!”
Hillary Forst began her dance training at the young age of 3 in Palm Harbor, Fl. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz and modern from various dance studios throughout the country. In high school, Hillary began training under Patricia Mcnally of Patricia Ann Dance Studio in Dunedin, Florida, where she joined The Company and began performing in local showcases. She has a B.A. Degree from Florida State University, Majoring in English Literature with a Minor in Dance. Hillary has a strong background in musical theater and has performed at Florida State Studio Theater, Tides Dinner Theater, Royalty Theater and the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. In 1997 Hillary was casted as a parade and show performer at Disney World in Orlando. She also portrayed many character roles at Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Anaheim such as Belle, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Ariel, May Poppins, Esmeralda, Cruella Deville and The Evil Queen. She was also featured in a commercial for the Party Express Parade in Tokyo, Japan. Hillary has been a part of the WEBBY family since 2001 when she began her teaching career for WEBBY Dance Company of Long Beach, Ca.
In 2004 Hillary moved back home where she founded WEBBY Dance Company Tampa Bay and continued to pursue her love of dance instruction in preschools and elementary schools in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Hillary currently takes dance classes at The Patel Conservatory and also enjoys pilates classes several times a week. She is honored to be a part of such a professional and caring team of teachers at WEBBY Dance Company.
Lia has been dancing and performing for over 25 years.
As a young ballerina she studied the Cecchetti Method of ballet. She loved to perform in any play or musical she could get her hands on. She also had a strong love for the flute and split her time equally. When she was a student at Tarpon Springs High School Leadership Conservatory of the Arts, she was a member of the Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Winter Guard. As a member of the Marching Band she performed in front of crowds in the thousands. As a member of the Winter Guard she was on on the flag line, weapon line and the dance ensemble. While she was in the Wind Ensemble she was principle flute and a regular soloist.The ensemble performed in many prestigious Halls. In 2000 she and the Wind Ensemble were invited along with 9 other Wind Ensembles from around the country to play on the stage of Carnegie Hall.
After High School she went on to Florida Southern College to pursue a degree in Religious Education. There she continued her love of dance and decided to share it with others, she began teaching dance at local churches. While in college she also worked for the Walt Disney Company as a cast member. In 2004 Lia returned to Palm Harbor and found herself at WEBBY Dance company. She had realized her passion. She knew this was the perfect place for her. She was teaching over 200 children a year, choreographing many of the dances children learn today and training new WEBBY teachers.
Lia can still be found teaching dance classes, but most days you can also find her in the office as the WEBBY Dance Company Tampa Office Manager. She loves every minute of what she does and loves touching children’s lives everyday.
Lindsay Craig was introduced to dance at the age of 3 in Lakeland, FL, where she was born and raised. She studied ballet, tap, and jazz at various dance studios in Polk County until she began high school. From there, she joined her high school dance squad and was invited twice to attend the UDA (Universal Dance Association) National Dance Competition. Her squad was also invited to perform with the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers Cheerleaders and NBA Orlando Magic Dancers during in-game performances.
After graduation, she coached her high school dance squad during summer camp and became UDA certified in conditioning and stretching. Lindsay went on to attend the University of South Florida, where she studied Mass Communications for Broadcasting. There she had the opportunity to create and direct the USF Ice Bulls Dancers. She is also well-rounded in the professional dance community, where she has been a crowd pleaser for the AIFL Lakeland Thunderbolts Dancers, XFC Diamond Dolls, UFL Florida Tuskers, NHL Tampa Bay Lightning Girls, and MLB Tampa Bay Rays Ray Team. She has been asked to choreograph routines for many organizations such as the UFL Florida Tuskers and Tampa Bay Rays. She has currently been a WEBBY Dance instructor in Tampa Bay area schools since 2007 and is also employed in the media marketing department for the Tampa Bay Rays.