Thursday, 20. December 2012

Welcome to The Center of Dance at  460 Turner Street, Suite 101, Blacksburg, VA 24060.


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The Center of Dance Fall 2014 session is on now through Monday, December 15.

See class and fee schedules here:


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Twenty years ago, October 24, 1994 the official ribbon cutting grand opening ceremony of The Center of Dance occurred.Opening the business and remaining in operation to this day is a dream come true that has given back to thousands of students, families, and participants. I am eternally grateful for the support and patronizing near and afar, now and throughout the years. It could not have been done without you!

Carol Crawford Smith

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is performing at the Moss Arts Center Fife Theatre on Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:30 p.m. The company has been described by The New York Times as “…a breath of fresh air. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet stands out as a model of what a small ballet company should be with its musicality athleticism, and technique conscious delivery.”

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In addition to the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet stage performance, Center for the Arts is sponsoring a free master class conducted by the company. The master class is at The Center of Dance, 460 Turner Street, Blacksburg, VA on Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 to 8:00 PM. RSVP <> is requested by October 20th. Space is available for 35 participants. Attire required is black leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet slippers with hair in bun for females, and white t-shirt, black tights, back or white ballet slippers for males.

Thank you,

Carol Crawford Smith, Artistic Director

The Center of Dance

On Friday, October 31, 2014, Carol Crawford Smith will speak at the Virginia Tech National Disability Employment Awareness Month event to be held at the Anne and Ellen Fife Theater, Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. Each October, Virginia Tech’s Office of University ADA Services hosts the event to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM is a national campaign sponsored by the Department of Labor designed to raise awareness of disability employment issues. Her specific presentation is from 10:10 to 11:00 AM. It is an informative, entertaining, and inspirational lecture demonstration including dancers from The Center of Dance and Contemporary Dance Ensemble at Virginia Tech. A light buffet brunch is served at 11:00 AM. The event is free and open to the public. (See NDEAM program here.)


Attached is the video created by Melvin Seymore and Wil Coor of our Level 4/5 Ballet class on Wednesday, October 8 for their Visual Media class. I think they did an excellent job. If I were their professor, I’d give them an “A”!


Mission: The Center of Dance exists to enhance development of the human experience through dance and related activities where movement, poise, balance, strength, grace, and exemplary behavior combined are the outcome of participating in our brand of Excellence Through the Arts®.

The Center of Dance is located in Blacksburg, Virginia in the New River Valley of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The professional dance studio was established August 1994. The Founder and Artistic Director is Carol Crawford Smith, a former dance artist and soloist of ten years with the internationally renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem (1978-1988). As a professional performer, instructor, and educator of dance for over three decades, Crawford Smith is dedicated to providing opportunities and venues to experience excellence in the art of dance and related activities.

The Center of Dance faculty is a team of qualified professionals who master the art of teaching safe and inclusive dance and movement techniques to children and adults. Instruction is available in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern Movement, Tap, and more.

The Center of Dance offers annual performances for participation and observation. For listing of our performances, please view our Events page!

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