Author: The Center Dance

It’s a waltz in the park!

Your beginner ballet dancer is invited to a FREE trial class this Friday, 9/18!

Relax on a park bench while your child chassés through the grass. It’s the perfect wind-down before the weekend.

Class will meet at Groff Park in South Amherst from 3:30-4:30 PM.

This “Ballet 1” level class is recommended for children ages 6-8 (but please reach out if you have an older child interested in joining!). Masks are required, and 6-ft distancing will be maintained. Dancers may wear whatever they wish, as long as it allows them to move freely; sneakers or ballet slippers are the suggested footwear.

For more information, email

We hope to see you there!

Story Ballet ONLINE

The Center’s most popular early childhood dance class is moving online! 

Whether you’re sticking to virtual learning this fall or simply looking for a fun activity to round out your child’s weekend, The Center Dance has got you covered!

Story Ballet™ (45 minutes, ages 3-6) invites young dancers to explore the world of ballet through an imaginative lens. Using picture books as inspiration, students will engage with the vocabulary and principles of classical ballet. Our interactive, developmentally appropriate class structure nurtures students’ enthusiasm for dance while cultivating focus and a growth mindset.

Story Ballet Online meets Sunday afternoons from 3-3:45 PM. 

8-week fall session begins Sunday, 9/20.

Tuition is $90 (per family; siblings attend for free!)

A drop-in option is also available: $15/class. 

Register today! 

This ballet program is ON POINT!

On Point (90 minutes, grades 4-7) “For Black and Brown Kids, by Black and Brown Kids,” On Point is The Center Dance Studio’s flagship, beginner-friendly ballet class, designed especially for Dancers of Color. On Point’s hour-long technique class provides students with physically strengthening, mentally stimulating ballet fundamentals; the following half-hour is for community-building, friendship and fun. On Point is a space of acceptance, inspiration, motivation, support and healing, where Black and Brown kids can be their full selves, unapologetically and confidently. On Point is co-taught by Tiffany Joseph and Janaya Collins, two phenomenal Black women.

And introducing.Demi-Point! (1 hour, grades K-3), On Point’s “younger sibling” class. Same philosophy, same vibe, same great teachers — tailored to a younger dancer.

Both classes will be held OUTDOORS this fall, Saturday afternoons, beginning September 19th.

On Point will meet from 2-3:30 PM; Demi-Point from 3:30-4:30 PM. 

Register today!

Hooray for Fall Classes!

Fall ’20 registration is open! 

The Center Dance is ELATED to offer a full program of classes, specially crafted to meet a broad range of needs and preferences. Visit our K-12 and Toddler/PreK class descriptions for information on Outdoor, Virtual and Small-Group In-Studio classes.*

Be sure to check out three brand NEW classes: Meadow Lark (grades 1-5), Feathered Things (grades 1-5) and Midweek Pajama Party (all ages).

Our first 8-week fall session begins Sunday, September 13th. Register through our Square Store or via email; but don’t delay! Many of these classes will fill up quickly.

*To ensure the safety of our community during the COVID-19 Pandemic, masks and physical distancing will be mandatory in both outdoor and in-studio classes this fall. The studio will continue to be sanitized according to CDC and state guidelines. The Center does not share an HVAC system with any of our neighboring businesses, and we will be opening windows and doors while classes are in session.

Midweek Pajama Party!

Get crazy! Get cozy! Get DOWN with Tiffany Joseph in Midweek Pajama Party, a family-friendly dance class delivered right to your living room! Learn basic hip hop steps, share some funky freestyle, and strike ALL the poses in freeze dance! Pajama Party will wrap each week with some sleepytime yoga, and maybe even a bedtime story. 

This 8-week session begins Wednesday, September 16th.

Dates: 16/13-11/4
Time: 6:30-7:15 PM
Tuition: $90
Location: Online; anywhere!

Pets & stuffies welcome!

Feathered Things

Feathered Things (VIRTUAL; 1 hour, grades 2-6) is a collaborative choreography class for dancers, dreamers and aspiring change makers. Through literature, discussion and improvisation, students will explore the theme of HOPE: how it sustains us, how it inspires us, and how we can harness it to build a more just and equitable world. 

This 8-week session begins Sunday, September 13th, and will culminate in an informal, virtual sharing of student work. 

Dates: 9/13-11/1
Time: 4-5PM
Tuition: $120
Location: Online; anywhere!

Register online or by email:

Meadow Lark

Meadow Lark (OUTDOORS; 1 hour, grades 1-5) Come frolic with us in Nature’s own dance studio! Students in Meadow Lark will twirl through wildflowers, chase sunbeams and build dances celebrating the natural world. 

Face-coverings are mandatory; safely distanced “mask breaks” will be scheduled as needed (contact us if your child requires a special exemption).  

This 8-week session begins Wednesday, September 16th, and will culminate in an informal sharing of student work. 

Dates: 16/13-11/4
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM
Tuition: $120
Location: North Amherst

Register online or by email:


Virtual Summer Dance Intensives

There’s always room for one more at The Center’s virtual summer intensives: daily ballet, musical theater, and modern dance styles.

Open to students in grades 4-8. An intermediate level of ballet experience is recommended.

Daily schedule:

9-10:30: Ballet with Anaia Cayode
10:30-11AM: Snack/Stretch
11AM – 12PM: Modern with Sofia Engelman

9-10:30: Ballet with Kate Martel
10:30-11AM: Snack/Stretch
11AM – 12PM: Musical Theater with Yoshi Sanders
9-10:30: Ballet with Kate Martel
10:30-11AM: Snack/Stretch
11AM – 12PM: Musical Theater with Yoshi Sanders
9-10:30: Ballet with Anaia Cayode
10:30-11AM: Snack/Stretch
11AM – 12PM: Horton Technique with Anaia Cayode

Register online today!