Author: The Center Dance

The more, the merrier!

Join The Center Dance in Amherst on Sunday, December 15th for an exciting spin on a wintertime classic! It’s A 21st Century Nutcracker – dance styles from across the globe (and right next door!) set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.

Curtains will rise in the Amherst Regional High School auditorium at 1PM and 5PM.
Tickets are available online or, beginning 11/25, at The Center Dance Studio.

Ticket Prices:
General Admission: $15
Seniors/Students/Children 12 and under: $10

*Tickets may be purchased at ARHS on the day of the show; cash or check only.

A 21st Century Nutcracker.  Let’s play with tradition!

Afra Dance @ The Center

The Center Dance is excited to be welcoming back Ashirah DeviDalomba and Kalpana Devi for a special series of classes this fall!

Afra Dance (1 hour, grades 3-8) is a diverse, spirited and life affirming celebration. Afra Dance provides a deeply energizing experience of dance and drum from the roots of traditional African dance forms. The call of live drums and the movement they inspire, supports dancers of all ages to flow in the breath, rhythm and art of living!

Ashirah DeviDalomba, a junior at Amherst Regional High School, is a dancer, performer, choreographer and musician. In addition to teaching “Afra Dance” at The Center, she enjoys assisting Tracy Vernon’s dance class at ARMS and is a member of a pre-professional dance company, Hatchery, out of the School For Contemporary Dance and Thought in Northampton. Ashirah is also a member and part-time teaching and directing assistant of One Earth Drum Dance CO, an Amherst-based company for teens.

Kalpana Devi has taught African Dance and drumming at the Putney School in Vermont, Williston Northampton, Suffield Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon and Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School where she also served as interim director of the department of dance and founded and directed the school’s first African dance company. She is the recipient of numerous grant awards including a finalist in the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for dance in education. 

Kalpana’s experience in teaching includes facilitating dance experiences in various settings in and around New England, the eastern seaboard, and West Africa. Her contributions in dance education incorporate West African dance technique; also taking into account, world history of dance, dance in the community, drumming, drumming for dancers, composition, and body conditioning, all curriculums which she has taught. Her signifying strength is the way in which she loves fiercely and invites students and dance company members into a dynamic relationship with their soul purpose. She is known as a “rare change maker” who compassionately facilitates young people to express leadership and to raise their voices as influencers from the heart. She founded and directed a drum and dance company and brought them to tour in West Africa where they had opportunity to study with master dancers and drummers of the region. She also toured the company to Philadelphia where they were competitively selected to perform at the National High School Dance Festival by a rigorous panel of international judges. Between 2001 and 2008, she founded and produced an intergenerational summer dance and drum camp, housed at Smith College.

She has training and certification in the healing arts and is the creator of Tuning Mastery, a counsel and private practice where she has been helping clients for over 10 years. She is currently editing her first book.

Afra Dance meets Tuesdays from 5-6PM.

12-week session is $180. Register today!


Free Trial Class!

Interested in Modern Dance?

Join us at The Center for a free trial class this Thursday, September 5th, from 5:30-7PM.  No prior experience necessary!

Beginner/Intermediate Modern (1.5 hours, grades 4-7) This Modern dance class will emphasize freedom of movement and expression alongside technique. Drawing from traditional and contemporary forms, dancers will expand their kinesthetic awareness through practice of across the floor and center combinations, improvisation, floor work, and performance skills. We suspend, release, and find the floor.

Suggested attire: comfortable clothing and bare feet.

Questions? Email

Hope to see you there!

Find your game face @ The Center

Beastmode: A Dance Class Designed Specifically for Athletes (1 hour, grades 3-6) Maybe you took a hip-hop class a few years ago, maybe you’ve never taken a dance class in your life. But you know you want to make the team, and you’re all in for more flexibility, agility, cardio training and faster footwork. You’ll find this and more Beastmode, where instructor Yoshi Sanders combines hip hop, modern dance and a dose of ballet for a high energy movement experience that will help you find your game face. Stretch – Strengthen – Train. GO HARD. Beastmode.

Come to a FREE trial class on Friday, September 6th from 5:30-6:30 PM.

To register for the session, visit our Square Store or email

Welcome Home!

The Center is pleased to offer a brand new class for Homeschool students this fall! Open to children entering grades 1-3, this class will be held Tuesdays from 2-3pm. The same rigorous (and fun!) Ballet 1 curriculum as we’ve always offered, now available during traditional school hours.

Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Ballet offer rigorous ballet training. Students are supported and challenged at each level as they develop strength, coordination, musicality, and a strong “movement vocabulary” in this dance style.

Tuition (12 weeks) is $180; register online or by email.

Interested in additional Homeschool class offerings? Please inquire! 


Fall Sessions Starting Soon!

Reserve your space now!

This Fall, The Center will run 8-week sessions of Story Ballet (for children ages 3-6): Tuesday early afternoons (perfect if your child does half-days at preschool!), Thursday afternoons, and Sunday mornings.

Story Ballet™ (45 minutes, ages 3-6) invites young dancers to explore the world of ballet through an imaginative lens. Using imagery and stories 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.

Find a story. Find your feet. Then, tell us a dance!

Register online, over the phone (413-687-7953) or by email:

Pre-K Open House!

Enjoy the summer. Plan for the fall.

The Center Dance invites you and your children to an Open House & Free Trial Class event, Sunday, September 1st, at 321 Main Street in Amherst.

Trial Class Schedule
Garden of Verses (ages 1.5-3): 10-10:45 AM
Word Play (ages 3-6): 11-11:45 AM
Story Ballet (ages 3-6): 12-12:45 PM

Visit our Toddler/Pre-K Program page for full class descriptions.

Come, tell us a dance!