Our Story

By: Tracey Wozny


This story begins in tiny rural Missouri, off the beaten path, at Shapes Dance and Acro Studio—the studio where I’ve been the owner and director for over 25 years.  It’s where I’ve proudly taught dance, tumbling, acrobatics, and more to thousands of kids and teens!  It’s also where I developed a passion for teaching my students how to achieve their ambitions through experiences, opportunities, discipline, and strength of character. 

In this small-town community, a typical high school senior class sends less than 40% of its graduates to college.  Many settle for less than their full potential because they haven’t known anything different in their lives; they simply stay in their comfort zones.  And so it became my personal mission to positively impact our students at SDA so that they would not fall into this statistic. With that in mind, I began teaching the fundamentals of what is now Taking Shape’s STAR Leadership curriculum, offering class discussions about topics like being kind, building resilience, having a great work ethic, and living a life of gratitude.

Over time, our students evolved into true leaders at their schools and in the community, proving themselves stronger and smarter than they ever thought before.  I’m humbled to say that with this mindset shift, 90% of our students go on to college after high school. And I’ve now seen the evidence that our efforts to change young lives are working!

We hope that our story will be able to inspire you to join in our journey to give our younger generations the tools they need to become the next generation of leaders all around the world. 


An example of the best in humanity and following God's Words. I look forward to watching Taking Shape spread its roots through Haiti's orphanages and remind those of us more fortunate about leading a meaningful life.
April Austin
Taking Shape Mission Camper
An amazing program raising up young people in communities across the globe. Taking Shape has an incredible way of sharing content that’s fun, creative and so powerful for our developing youth. They are truly growing young leaders - here, near and far.
Christine L Slaymaker
Dance Magic Studio