We believe that the TDC experience is about much more than teaching our students to dance. We believe in a quality, professional dance education that provides a nurturing, welcoming and challenging setting.
 This will help our students grow as human beings
and leaders in our community, as well as dancers. 

Some of our students are seeking (and many have gone on to) professional careers in dance and theatre.
Other students attend classes for the many benefits
this art form provides with no intention of having dance as part of their profession. Both types of students are welcomed and celebrated at our studio.

At TDC, we strive to create an environment where our dancers learn discipline, self-motivation, teamwork and self-esteem.  Through hard work, dedication and fun,
we see our dancers grow in many ways that benefit them for the rest of their lives!
 

At TDC, we:

Have been a leader in dance education for thousands of students in Northeast Ohio spanning over three decades!  We have set examples in our industry by which others have emulated.  Our expertise sets us apart from studios with less experience in dance education and business relations.

Build long lasting relationships with teachers and guest artists which our students benefit from during their time at TDC and beyond.  Many of our instructors have been with TDC for 10-25 years!  We pride ourselves on having a unique group of teachers whose intentions go well beyond a paycheck.  They are genuinely concerned for our students' well-being, helping them to achieve their goals and become leaders in the community. 

Provide quality dance education through organized management and a faculty with extensive performance and teaching experience.  We work to stay current with our changing art form,  attend continuing education opportunities and update certifications regularly. 

Have an outstanding reputation for integrity and hard work.  We have never solicited students from other organizations. 

Maintain a positive, friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Foster a strong team bond within our classes and performance groups, teaching our students to be team players.

Are committed to personal communication.
We strive to maintain open dialogue between teachers and students as well as teachers and parents.

Have “serious fun” while teaching our students work ethic and integrity!  We teach to set high, yet attainable goals, and that expectations can be reached through hard work. We expect our students to work to the best of their abilities and strive to achieve their fullest potential. Our teachers are committed and personally invested in helping each student reach her or his personal goals.

Provide developmentally appropriate movement skills that will allow our students to excel with confidence within their range of capability.

Expose our students to a variety of opportunities within the performing arts.

Teach our students never to compromise their integrity and values because of a trend or of wanting attention.

We believe that dance nurtures freedom, joy and confidence.  We work with our dancers to become both team players and leaders.

Know that dance supports the development of self-care and healthy athleticism. This discipline improves overall wellness with 
benefits that are apparent now and in the future.

Believe that every body is beautiful. We are committed to creating a welcoming environment where dancers of every size are celebrated for their unique talents and the individuals they are. Every dancer is different, and that’s part of what makes TDC special.


Advocate a holistic sense to health—we are happy to guide our students as they learn to make smart choices for their own specific body needs.  We do not endorse, nor will we ever recommend fad diets or other unhealthy methods of altering ones body.

Believe that hard work, motivation and respect for one’s self and others are keys to mastering success in life.

Due to COVID, we have expanded to a second location to provide additional waiting area
and dance space for our students. 

Our locations are within two minutes
walking distance of each other!  




1249 Smith Court 

19910 Ingersoll Drive

Studio T at Smith Court

Our Facilities

Studio D at Smith Court

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As of the 2020-2021 season,
We will utilize studio C
as an extended lobby
for students who have
back-to-back classes
at Smith Court

Studio C at Smith Court

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TDC Warehouse at Ingersoll 

I was 3 years old when my mother enrolled me in ballet class because I was extremely shy and didn’t talk. When I was 5, I remember telling my dance teacher that I wanted to be a dance teacher when I grew up...

So much has happened since, but I never stopped dancing! Dancing became more than a source of exercise, helping me develop my strength, flexibility, balance and coordination.  It was also a means of developing organizational, mental and memorizational skills. Dancing was a way of communicating, it was a way to vent stress and frustration, it was a way to make inspiring music come to life, it helped me become who I am.

We celebrated our 30th season in 2019 and it was truly humbling to reflect on what TDC has accomplished in 30 years. My goal has always been for The Dance Centre to be a place not only for dancers to develop and excel, but for students to become the best they can be, experiencing success, pride and confidence through honest, hard work.

I am a business owner, and along with that comes a significant amount of administrative work, but the most important part of my job, and where I love to be, is in the classroom with my students. The opportunity to make a difference in their lives, even if it is as little as providing an hour’s relief from a stressful day, is extremely rewarding.

Words from Heidi

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As of June 2020, we are thrilled to introduce
Kelsey Wilkins as Co-Director of TDC! 

Read more about Kelsey in the instructor bios.

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Co-Directors

The Benefits of Dance

from the National Dance Education Organization.

Dance is a powerful ally for developing many of the attributes of a growing child. 
Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. 
The physical benefits of dance are widely accepted,
but the emotional,  social and cognitive attributes
have only recently begun to be appreciated. 

Dance involves a greater range of motion, coordination, strength and endurance than most other physical activities. This is accomplished through movement patterns that teach coordination and kinesthetic memory. Dancing utilizes the entire body and is an excellent form of exercise for total body fitness. Young children are naturally active, but dance  offers an avenue to expand movement possibilities and skills.




Dance promotes psychological health and maturity.   Children enjoy the opportunity to express their emotions and become aware of themselves and others through creative movement. A pre-school child enters a dance class or classroom with a history of emotional experiences. Movement within a class offers a structured outlet for physical release while gaining awareness and appreciation of oneself and others.


Dance fosters social encounter, interaction, and cooperation. 
Children learn to communicate ideas to others through the real and immediate mode of body movement. Children quickly learn to work within a group dynamic. As the ongoing and sometimes challenging process of cooperation evolves, children learn to understand themselves in relation to others. 




Young children will create movement spontaneously when presented with movement ideas or problems that can be solved with a movement response. Movement provides the cognitive loop between the idea, problem, or intent and the outcome or solution. This teaches an infant, child and, ultimately, adult to function in and understand the world. The relationship of movement to intellectual development and education is an embryonic field of study that has only recently begun to be explored.

Physical Development

Social Awareness

Emotional Maturity

Cognitive Development

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