The Dance Corner in West Windsor’s Southfield Shopping Center believes exceptional dance instruction should emphasize more than just dance. The studio weaves the importance of self-esteem, persistence, and confidence into all of its instruction. Friendship, teamwork, leadership, discipline, commitment, and memories are natural outcomes of quality and child-centered dance training.
Owner Amy DeCesare wants the Dance Corner’s students to think of the studio as a second home, a place where they can learn and feel comfortable at the same time.
“Some kids take up to nine classes a week, with most students averaging three classes a week,” DeCesare says. “We see some students starting with just one class and then feeling so empowered, they want to take more and more classes. Seeing the confidence my instructors instill in them is very gratifying.”
The Dance Corner is more than ballet. The school strives to foster personal, technical, and artistic growth for all of its students, at all ages, levels, and styles. Offering more than 35 individual classes taught by 11 instructors, the Dance Corner has a depth of experience unmatched in the area. Instructors have professional experience with the American Ballet Company, national and international theater and dance touring programs, as well as college and community theater programs throughout the United States.
“We’re both different and special at the Dance Corner because we offer all types of high-quality dance instruction rather than concentrating on just one form of dance,” DeCesare notes proudly. “We have two dance studios with professional quality sprung dance floors and a state-of-the-art sound system. With two studios, we can have two classes at once, allowing us to expose even more students to the wonderful world of dance.”
Classes are grouped by age or skill level and run from 45 minutes to upwards of an hour, depending on age. Adults should not feel left out at the Dance Corner, with year-long and drop in class offerings in multiple styles. The school offers a scholarship for boys ages six and up when registering for a co-ed class. DeCesare notes it’s nice to have a mix of boys and girls in the classes and that teaching the mixed classes has been very rewarding.
“We believe performance is important,” DeCesare says. “We have a recital at the end of the school year. We also have a non-profit dance company, the West Windsor Plainsboro Dance Company, which performs during the year. We’re unique because we have these additional performance opportunities, including a performance of the Nutcracker Suite in December.” The studio’s Elite Competition Team offers the most performance opportunities, competing at the regional, national, and world level.
Choose the Dance Corner as your go-to studio for superior dance instruction, varied performance opportunities — combined with an emphasis on friendship and personal growth. Contact Amy DeCesare to see the studio in action, meet the teachers, and observe first-hand what makes the Dance Corner home to so many local families.
The Dance Corner, 335 Princeton Hightstown Road (Southfield Shopping Center), West Windsor. 609-799-9677. www.thedancecorner.org.