Greenwich CT Area Dance Instruction Schools
Six Greenwich-based schools and studios offer dance instruction from the classical to the contemporary, from vocational to recreational, for all ages and skill levels. The establishments are among at least 75 such locations in Fairfield County, independents and franchisees.
List of dance schools:
Allegra Dance Studio
Claudia Fletcher DeVita, the director of the Allegra Dance Studio, founded the studio in 1972 and operates today from its own West Putnam Avenue location and the Greenwich Arts Society venue. The curriculum adds bellydancing, tai chi and karate to the standard range of jazz and tap through ballet for toddlers up through adults.
Arthur Murray Dance School
The Arthur Murray Dance Studio on central Lewis Street, part of an international chain of studios for adult recreational dancing, is a family owned business allied with studios across the New York State line in White Plains and Yonkers. A free lesson is available to new students.
MagicDance Toddlers meanwhile is an outgrowth of the MagicDance format of instruction Audrey Appleby set up in 1983 for students and adults, covering creative movement and everything from ballet, jazz and hip-hop to aerobics, Irish dancing and yoga. The activities still function in 25 grade schools in Greenwich and Westchester Counties and are available single-session for birthday parties and special occasions.
Now a toddlers dimension has been added in creative arts—movement, music, tumbling, art, drama and an introduction to the French and Spanish languages—for children 1 ½ to 3 with parents or caregiver, limited to 10 toddlers to the old manor home Greenwich Garden Education Center in Cos Cob.
Dance Adventure also features spring and fall semesters—18 weeks each—and half-day and full-day summer courses over 10 weeks, plus one-week camps at the winter and spring breaks and one-day activities for special occasions like birthday parties. The training covers ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop in group sessions and private lessons.
The instruction is designed for students from kindergarten through teens and even incorporates special classes for parents and children from six months of age to 2 1/2 years. Yoga Forms, an adult yoga center, is also based at the studio. Nola Van Alstine, the founder of Dance Adventure in 1991 and the school’s director, is an accomplished performer herself and award-winning teacher.
Greenwich Ballet Academy
The Greenwich Ballet Academy, a nonprofit established in 2005 based in the Greenwich Arts Society’s downtown venue, offers an eight-year course in classical ballet for dancers age 9 to 21, mirroring the traditions of the Royal Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet and Kirov Ballet. For those who advance there is an extension in modern dance. There is also a pre-academy for children starting at age 7. Admission to the academy is by audition.
Magic Dance Toddler
St. Saviour’s School of Dance
St. Saviour’s School of Dance in St. Savior’s Episcopal Church in Old Greenwich, runs under the direction of Scott Sisbarro, a certified dance master of America, designed for students from age 3 to adults and has been in operation since 1990. The training extends from youngsters to adults and covers everything from tap to jazz to ballet and hip-hop.