Dance


Dance Academy News

The Arts Castle’s Dance Academy, a vital part of our arts center, seeks to awaken the joy of dance in our students with a combination of quality technique and personal expression. We believe that this objective is best met within a supportive, family-friendly environment, open to dancers of all ages and abilities, and cultivated by a nurturing, professional team of instructors.

The Arts Castle’s Pre-Academy Program provides quarterly opportunities for toddler and preschool students to sample dance and prepare for entrance to the Dance Academy, a 32-week program.

In addition, The Arts Castle Youth Dance Companies provides performance opportunities for select dancers. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and lyrical dance styles are offered annually. Classes are also available for teen and adult dancers––beginners are welcome!


Dance Academy Instructors

Keeli Cook, Dance Coordinator dance@artscastle.org

Keeli Cook is The Arts Castle Dance Coordinator. Keeli was born in Marion, OH where she grew up dancing at her family studio, Edye Cook’s School of Dance. She is a 4th generation dancer, teacher and choreographer as her great grandmother opened the first studio in Massillon, OH. She majored in Jazz Dance Performance at Point Part University in Pittsburgh and danced for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Upon graduation, Keeli accepted an internship in NYC performing for Broadway Dance Center. She earned her Masters degree in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling from Columbia College in Chicago while performing for Matter Dance. Keeli continues to practice dance therapy and teach dance education at Edye Cook’s School of Dance and The Arts Castle. Keeli is thrilled to share her love of dance with us!

Haley Glessner

Haley Glessner is entering her third year at Ohio Wesleyan University as a Creative Writing and Dance double major. This is Hayley’s eighteenth year of dance training. Originally from Stow, Ohio, Hayley has previously taken classes in Cecchetti ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary, and is currently studying modern dance in college. Hayley has performed in every dance production since she started attending Ohio Wesleyan. She is excited to see what the year brings at The Arts Castle!

Chelsea Miles

Chelsea Miles has been dancing for 26 years and teaching for 13 years. Throughout the years she trained at Balletmet, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Ballet Magnificat and Ad Deum Dance Company. Chelsea is very excited to share her love of dancing with the students at the Arts Castle!

Meghan Patijarvich

Meghan Patijarevich is a native Ohioan who currently resides just outside of Columbus with her husband and daughter. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she received a Masters of Arts in Education with an emphasis in Dance Education. She also has her Bachelor of Arts and K-12 teaching license in Dance from the University of Akron. With more than 16 years of dance teaching experience in different local studios and public school districts in Ohio including Akron, Columbus and Lima City Schools, Meghan has taught ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop, cultural & social dance and creative movement to age 2 to adult. She brings her passion and love of dance to each class she teaches

Naomi Reineke

Naomi Reineke lives in Delaware with her husband and son. Naomi has a love for music and dance and began her dance training in earnest in 2002 through Charisma Centre for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio. In 2011 she completed her Associate of Arts degree at Columbus State Community College. She has taken jazz, ballet, lyrical, pointe, hip hop, tap and modern classes and has been involved extensively in her church’s dance ministry as a dancer, leader and choreographer. Now in her fourth year of teaching at The Arts Castle, Naomi has taught ballet and lyrical dance in the Central Oho area at various preschools and dance academies.

 


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Dance Academy Schedule 2017-2018

August 28………………………………..Classes Begin
September 4…………………………….Labor Day – No Classes
September 30………………………….Yearly Payments Due/First Recital Fee Deadline
November 18…………………………..Final Recital Fee Deadline
November 22 – 26…………………..Thanksgiving Break – No Classes
December 7…………………………….Dance Academy Holiday Rehearsal
December 8…………………………….Dance Academy Holiday Performance
December 19 – January 1…………Holiday Break – No Classes
January 2………………………………..Classes Resume
March 23………………………………..Dance Company Concert (tentative)
April 2-7………………………………..Spring Break – No Classes
April 28………………………………….Picture Day
May 5…………………………………….Last Day of Classes
May 12………………………………….Dance Recital (tentative)