The Dancenter was established in 1979 in a small 500 square foot one room studio in Del City, Oklahoma. Over the years we found the need to expand many times as our student base grew and distance traveled for the average student extended.
We are now located in a 12,000 square foot building on Interstate I-35 just south of 12th street as an Anchor Tenant in the New City Shopping Center in Moore, Oklahoma for easy access for students all over Oklahoma (students travel as far away as Enid, Stillwater, Shawnee, Noble and Chickasha OK.2 of our 6 studios are the size of an average US home at 2,000 square feet which is larger than a performing stage making rehearsal of large group numbers and annual recital practice easy.·Not to mention plenty of personal space for classes. All of our dance studios are equipped with professionally built raised "true-floating" floors for enhanced safety helping to reduce the possibility of injuries which are much more likely to happen at the average dance studio where students are dancing on hard floors.
Our Raised Floating Floors are designed after the floors in the 1825 built Bolshoi Theater Stage which is a historic Ballet and Opera Theater in Moscow, Russia. No edge of the floors touch the walls and no point on the floor has direct contact to the concrete sub floor below. You actually feel like you are walking on a 5 inch cushin of air which our dance athletes love.
Our single studio in 1979 has turned into six (6) studios, a spacious lobby with seating for 60 adults·(and additional seating in the cafe for 25). We have a Video Wall in the lobby with 6 large flat-screen televisions allowing parents easy viewing of all·classes at all times. We also have the Broadway Cafe serving refreshments to students and family members. For the parents we also offer free wireless broadband Internet access.
We offer classes for students 18 months thru adult with instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Liturgical, Lyrical, Pom Pon, Tumbling and private lessons in Guitar, Piano and Vocals. We also offer dance instruction and choreography for solo's, duets and trios and production numbers corprate and entertainment events.
We provide both Non-Competition and Competition dance classes. While we have the top performing competitive teams on the local, regional and national stage, we do not push or force competition on any student or family, in fact, most of our students participate in Non-Competition classes. However, if you are interested in competitive dance we have a process for placing students in the groups that fit them best and no-one is turned away.
Due to the success of our competition students and our nationally recognized Director and Choreographer Lori Hays Elder we are often called on to perform at public and private events around town including OU sports events, NBA games, City and State events, Large Corporate events and Media sponsored events. This is great training for our student athletes that aspire to work in the field of professional dance or just enjoy performing for an audience.
The Dancenter School of Performing Arts, LLC is a professionally run corporation and also has a non-profit arm and a booster club for raising funds to help with traveling cost and funding scholarships.