Center Dance

Book & Bar(re) @ The Center

We take our Wednesday nights with a twist.

Book and Bar(re)™: a combination of book club, dance party and cocktail hour. A short but robust dance warm up followed by light stretching, adult beverages and low-stakes literary discussion. Each class culminates in a group improv inspired by the evening’s literary analysis. BYOBook, BYOBottle…We’ll provide the Barre.

Hilarity guaranteed.

Wednesdays, 7:30PM @ The Center Dance Studio. October 3rd – November 28th (class will not meet 11/21)
Tuition: $100-$130 (sliding scale)

This session’s book is Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado.


Inquire for more details.  Email, call 413-230-1944 or stop by the studio to chat: 321 Main Street in Amherst (right next to Hope & Feathers Framing). 

Pre-K Open House, September 8th!

The Center Dance invites you and your children to an Open House & Free Trial Class event, Saturday, September 8th from 10AM – 3PM. 

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
Family Yoga (ages 3-7): 1-1:45 PM
Family Hip Hop (ages 3-7): 2-2:45 PM

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

Come, tell us a dance!

Perch & Swoop – Trial Class August 30th!

Join us at The Center Dance Studio on Thursday, August 30th at 10AM for a FREE trial class of Perch & Swoop!

A once-weekly class for toddlers and their caregivers, Perch & Swoop offers the best of The Center’s Pre-K creative movement curriculum, bookended by art activities, a wholesome snack, and play time. 

Recommended for toddlers 18 months – 4 years (10% sibling discount available; siblings under 18 months may attend at no extra charge).

Fall ’18 Session:
Wednesdays, 10AM – 12PM (September 5th – October 24th)
Tuition is $195 for 8 weeks. 

To pre-register for our free trial class, email or call 413-230-1944. 

Reserve your space now!

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.

Visit our Class Descriptions and Class Schedules pages for details

Register online, via email (, or by calling 413-230-1944.

Family Yoga @ The Center

Family Yoga (45 minutes, ages 3-7) Find bliss on Saturday mornings with Family Yoga! Kids (and their caregivers!) will love this engaging introduction to an invaluable self-care practice. Using a beautiful collection of children’s books about the art of yoga, instructor Tiffany Joseph helps students develop self-awareness, strength, flexibility, and a sense of calm that will stay with them the whole weekend.

Visit our Class Descriptions and Class Schedules pages for details

Register online, via email (, or by calling 413-230-1944.

Reserve your space now!

Garden of Verses™ (45 minutes, ages 2-3; caregivers attend) offers a gentle, joyful introduction to creative movement for toddlers and their caregivers. Using imagery, rhyme and song, children are guided through simple yet foundational movement patterns that promote kinesthetic awareness, coordination and focus. Storybook pages spring to life as children reimagine timeless classics and embody beloved characters; props, instruments and costumes enhance the magic. How hungry is your little caterpillar? Join us in Garden of Verses to find out.

Visit our Class Descriptions and Class Schedules pages for details

Register online, via email (, or by calling 413-230-1944.

Word Play @ The Center!

Jumping through hoops just got a whole lot more fun…

Word Play (45 minutes, ages 3-6) In this 45 minute class, students leap, prance and spin their way through the world of children’s literature. Using picture books, fairy tales and poetry, children are introduced to the fundamentals of creative movement and narrative dance. Whether they’re twirling down their own Purple Crayon path, pouncing at the Wild Rumpus, or dancing the alphabet, kids will love this interactive class that honors the reader, and storyteller, in all of us.

Visit our Class Descriptions and Class Schedules pages for details

Register online, via email (, or by calling 413-230-1944.




All Aboard!

There are 2 spots left in The Center’s Dance Around the World summer camp!

This summer, your child can dance around the world without boarding one plane. At The Center’s Dance Around the World summer program, kids will learn traditional and contemporary dance styles from across the globe. Each day will land us on a different continent, where we’ll explore the music, literature, art and cuisine from different countries. Be sure to pack a bathing suit!

  • Drop-off: 9:00 AM at The Center Dance Studio, 321 Main Street in Amherst, MA
  • Pick-up: 3:30 PM at The Center Dance Studio (4:30 PM late pick-up option available)

Email or call 413-230-1944 to register.