Condolence & Memory Journal

I was a young girl in Miss Dorothy's tap classes 2 1/2 -7 yrs old
I continued dancing all through my school years including college. My memories are few but very clear.
My Mom stayed in contact with Miss Dorothy throughout the years at Christmas. And she always kept me up to date with her accomplishments and life's changes.
My mom was the one who told me of her passing. I'm 55 and my memories of her are very clear and I stopped taking lessons with her because we moved when I was 7.
What a life she had and how remarkable that I can clearly remember the classes and the recitals and all of the costumes. She was a wonderful teacher.
All of my love and sympathy to Miss Dorothy's family.

Posted by Patty Petro (Rafferty) - Clifton Park, NY - Student   February 14, 2020


I believe I was in one of Miss Dorothy's first baby lines in 1957. I remember her telling me she had the registration card for all of us and the cards were yellow. When I started 7th or 8th grade Miss Dorothy ask me if I wanted to help her at the studio which I will always cherish. I danced in her studio to age 19.I got married and live in Long Island. I went to one studio and being such an advanced dancer was not welcomed by the line. When my daughter was 2 1/2 I found a local dance studio registered my daughter and later my son and continued dancing and choreographing many routines for the annual dance recitals I was honored with Miss Dorothy and Hans coming to see one of the recitals. We also saw each other at some dance conventions in the summer. My heart is very heavy with the thought of Miss Dorothy's passing. She was as close to me as a mother. She was strong, sensitive, wise and had an excellent memory. When we would talk it was just like I saw her yesterday. I still tap dance waiting for the elevator or entertaining my ailing mother. I know she will be watching me teach my granddaughter when she turns 3yrs old the songs and dances Miss Dorothy once taught me. I love you Miss Dorothy. Time to be with Hans and climb those Alps together

Posted by Linda Ruff - bethpage, NY - Student   December 01, 2019

My sister and I went to her dance studio in the 1960's for 11 years. She helped instill the love of dance which I still have today.. So sorry for your loss...

Posted by Brenda Oppenheim - New City, NY - Student   November 09, 2019


My heart breaks to hear of Dottie's passing. She was like a mother to my brother David. Dottie and Hans were the true meaning of friends that become family. I have so many fond memories of my youth growing up and spending time at their home. DANCE IN HEAVEN....

Posted by Stacey Green Tyler - Chattanooga, TN - Friend   October 15, 2019

We are so sorry to hear of Dorothy's Passing and are Praying for Her and all of Her Wonderful Family.

May God Bless Her Always!

Harry & Sandy Tompkins
Armonk NY

Posted by Harry Tompkins - ARMONK, NY - Family Friend   October 05, 2019

So sorry to hear about miss dorothy's passing. What an inspiration to all that showed a little interest in dancing. God bless you.

Posted by Susan Spampinato - Conyers, GA - Acquaintance   October 03, 2019