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 begins Tuesday, August 26 and ends Monday, December 15. Class and fee schedules are below.
October 24, 2014 is the TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY
of The Center of Dance!
Throughout the 2014/15 dance year, we are celebrating the TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY of The Center of Dance. Twenty years ago August 1994, renovation of the Draper Road studio began with the official ribbon cutting grand opening ceremony occurring on October 24. To kick off the dance year of celebration, former student Anita Shultz is coming back to Blacksburg to teach a class in Nia on Tuesday, August 5 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at The Center of Dance, 460 Turner Street, Suite 101, Blacksburg, VA. You are invited to attend! The lesson is a gift to The Center of Dance and there is no cost to participate. Class is open to the first 35 people to respond to attending including men, women and children ages 10 and up whether a dancer or not. RSVP <>.
Anita Shultz is a licensed blue belt Nia instructor. Learn more from her: “My Nia practice began in 1999 in St. Croix, USVI. My first class was so much fun and dynamic that I became a regular on the spot. I felt for the first time many facets of my inner self dancing with the music. I was no longer just the ballerina, the swimmer, the yoga student. All of my personality and experience moved into the dance with me. My life and experiences, my frustrations and victories, my weaknesses and my virtues, all participated. I learned through Nia to enjoy the many aspects of my life and how they have created the very unique me. Dancing Nia has reignited in me a deep joy of movement that enhances my love of my body and encourages me to nurture my mind and emotions as well. The pleasure of connecting with myself and my community through music and movement has urged me to share Nia with others. My background in movement arts includes ballet, modern dance, ecstatic dance, Afrocentric Movement (with the illustrious Carol Crawford Smith!), competitive swimming, Tai Chi, yoga and Aikido.” -Anita Shultz
What is Nia?
Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music. Instructors show people how to work out without pain and enjoy the process of getting fit with movement. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities.

The Nia Experience
The Nia experience is how we describe the sensation of taking a Nia class. Typically Nia classes include 55 minutes of movement to diverse music. Nia dance cardio fitness classes are taught by instructors licensed in the Nia Technique. Each class includes mindful movement guidance and somatic education; class cycles include warm-up, sustained non-impact aerobic conditioning, strength-training, cool down and stretching. Nia Fitness classes are taught to music, including pop, electronica, jazz, Latin, New Age, Indian and hip hop. They employ 52 basic movements and techniques that draw on a combination of Jazz, Modern and Duncan Dance styles, Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido; and the body-mind healing arts of Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Yoga.

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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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Monday, June 30: World-acclaimed ballerina Christina Johnson taught a master class in ballet.  The class was amazing and so is she! Our dance community is so grateful she found time in her demanding schedule to grace us with her strong  presence, passion, and expertise in ballet! THANK YOU, again Ms. Johnson!
CJ master class