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Wayne Center for the Arts dance programs are based upon the principle that exposure to a diverse array of arts helps our dancers become well-rounded artists and community members. Our vision is to inspire and prepare the next generation of dancers by exposing them to different styles and approaches. We offer two dance programs that provide stimulating, well-rounded educational experiences. Both The Community School of Dance and The Pre-Professional School of Dance are designed to provide dance lessons for the diverse interests of our students.

The Curriculum for Both Schools of Dance

The comprehensive syllabus used by the Wayne Center for the Arts for the ballet program was created by Mia Klinger and is based on the teaching of Nan Klinger (Excellence in Dance), Leslie Hench, and Marcia Dale Weary (both of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet). The syllabus is designed to develop technically strong, expressive dancers and adults who excel in life.  The modern, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and tap syllabi comes from Kimberly Payne, dance program manager, and is aimed at inspiring life-long enjoyment and participation in the dance community.

Financial aid may be available for classes. If you wish to make monthly payments, an additional 10% will be added to the total tuition amount. Payments are due by the 15th of September, October, November, and December. All accounts that are not paid in full by October 7 will be charged the monthly payment rate.

Suggested Age for Dance Class Levels

  • Toddler & Me (Age 18 months – Age 3)
  • Pre-Ballet Level Pre-Primary (Age 3)
  • Pre-Ballet Level Primary (Age 4)
  • Level One (Ages 5-7)
  • Level Two (Ages 7+)
  • Level Three (Ages 8+)
  • Level A through Level D is with permission from the dance program manager

Students must be minimum age level to be considered for a level.  Please consider the dancer’s ability level with placement for all levels.

Important Dates for the Dance Department

  • Saturday, August 19th   10:00 am New Parent Orientation: (Experienced Parents are Welcome.)
  • Community School of Dance (no class on Sept 4) will be in session: August 28 – November 20 (12 Weeks)
  • Pre-Professional School  (no class on Sept 4) will be in session: August 28 – December 15 (16 Weeks)
  • Saturday, September 23rd   10:00 am Auditions for Carnival of the Animals
  • November 20th & November 21st    Fall Dance Performance- Wayne Center for the Arts
  • November 22 – 25   Thanksgiving Break
  • Friday, December 1  Dance Gala
  • Saturday, December 16    9:00 – 3:00pm  Holiday Drop & Shop (registration is required)
  • December 16 – January 1    Winter Break
  • Spring 2018    Spring Dance Performance: Carnival of the Animals