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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Conservatory of Dance at Centenary Stage Company accepting enrollment for the spring semester

The professional Centenary Stage Company (CSC) is accepting enrollment into their Dance Conservatory courses for the spring semester. With professional instructors and schedules fit for working adults and teens, these programs are suitable for amateurs and professionals. The Conservatory of Dance provides the community with affordable, high-quality dance classes and is designed to introduce dancers to professionals who are currently working as choreographers, dancers and educators in dance and theatre at a collegiate level. Classes will run from January 19 – May 9. No classes March 21 – March 25.

Classes include Ballet I/II (Mon. 5:30PM-6:40PM), Tap I/II (Tues. 4:00PM-5:10PM), Modern I/II (Tues. 4:00PM-5:10PM) and Jazz I/II (Thurs. 4:00PM-5:10PM) Classes are open to high school students through adults who have prior dance.  Prior dance experience is required for level I and II classes.  Class prices are $130.00 for 1 class per week, $195.00 for 2 classes per week, and $275.00 for 3 classes per week. Registration deadline is January 12.  YPW students receive a 50% discount on ALL classes.  Tuition is non-refundable.

The Conservatory of Dance is led by Centenary Theatre and Dance Professor Lea Antolini-Lid (Program Coordinator – Jazz I and II-photo right). Antolini-Lid received her BMA in classical voice and musical theatre from the University of the Arts, an MFA from Brandeis University, and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.  Some of her more recent professional performance credits include; The Last Five YearsThe Fantasticks! (Women’s Theater of NJ),Oliver!A Christmas Carol, and The Wizard of Oz (CSC).  Lea is a new company member of Blessed Unrest Theater Company in NYC, a movement based theater company dedicated to generating and developing new works.

Erin Usawicz (Ballet I and II) received her training with Jose Mateo and Mary McKenzie-Thompson as a scholarship student at Ballet Theatre of Boston’s (now called Jose Mateo’s Ballet Theater) Young Dancer’s Program. She served as the company’s apprentice and then advanced to a corps de ballet member.  

Hannah Rolfes (Modern I and II) is a professional dancer, teacher, choreographer and has been a company member of moe-tion dance theatersince 2007. She received a B.A. in Dance, Cum Laude, from the University of Richmond in Virginia. She has also studied with world-renowned artists including Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Irene Dowd, Paul Matteson, and Shonach Mirk-Robles.  

Jeff Foote (Tap I and II) has been tap dancing for 11 years and is a member of the NJ Tap Ensemble.  Jeff has studied with tap greats such as Omar Edwards, Ted Levy, Karen Calloway Williams and Savion Glover.

For registration information for the Conservatory of Dance, contact the CSC Administration Offices at 908-979-0900 or visit  Programs at CSC are made possible, in part, through the visionary and generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Laurie Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community and CSC sponsors and members

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