Karen Stamen, Owner
Tell us what motivated you to open your Romp n’ Roll franchise?
As the owner of Dance.tech Performing Arts Studio in Blacksburg, VA, I started Romp n’ Roll as a complementary program for young preschoolers. Romp n’ Roll is a perfect fit because it comes with an awesome training system, an amazing, proven curriculum, and begins working with children at an early age. As children reach the age when they are ready for dance lessons, their transition into Dance.tech is a natural fit. Both Dance.tech and Romp n’ Roll are a wonderful asset for busy families, as we offer time management for busy moms and fun, play-based learning and movement for kids of all ages.
What do you love most about owning Romp n’ Roll?
The curriculum is research-based and successful, and it’s a pleasure providing fun, socialization, and learning to children in the Blacksburg community.
How long have you owned Romp n’ Roll and how has owning Romp n’ Roll contributed to your community?
I’ve owned Romp n’ Roll for seven years, and it is the only child enrichment gym of its kind in Blacksburg and the New River Valley and surrounding counties. Our customer base is loyal and passionate, and it’s not uncommon for birthday party guests and customers to travel an hour to our facility so that they can enjoy our amazingly fun birthday parties.
Tell us about your favorite Romp n’ Roll game, activity or song and tell us why it’s your favorite:
Parachute play and rhythm band instruments are always a favorite. I love to have instructors add educational elements to the parachute play even beyond the color and level teaching moments. Our obstacle course is also fantastic - we sneak in balance beam skills, log rolls, gallops or other locomotor skills when students are receptive. My birthday party favorite is the snowball fight and bear hunt.
Tell us about your favorite part of the classes at Romp n’ Roll and why it’s your favorite:
I always stress the importance of instructional components such as sign language, rhythm skills and taking turns during our classes. In Blacksburg, we often add additional skill sets to further enhance the educational value of our activities. I’m also a proponent of the obstacle course and teaching locomotor skill sets in rhythm and roll, gymnastics and classes for older children.
Tell us about your family and pets:
I’m married to my husband John, and have two grown children, a daughter, Carly who is a Kidz R Kidz administrator in Kansas City, KS, and a son, Kyler who is in college at Wofford in Spartanburg, SC.
What do you love to do in your free time?
Travel, including cruises and visiting my kids! I also love traveling to dance competitions as a competition judge. I don’t have much free time, but just being in another state and meeting new people is my favorite thing to do.