Catherine’s Dance Studio has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl. Through the studio I hope to make it possible for other girls to have their own dreams too. - Catherine Stephenson
Welcome to Catherine’s Dance Studio! We are so thrilled that you are exploring our studio for your dancer! We’ve been dancing in our Parkville location since October of 2013 when we moved our dance studio to its current location. (Read more about the beginnings of Catherine’s Dance Studio) Our smaller class sizes is what sets us apart from other studios. Our classes are 10-12 students. We believe in getting to know our students as individuals. Some of our students have grown up in Catherine's Dance Studio and have gone away to college. They have felt a real connection to Catherine Stephenson and consider her ‘family’ to them.
Why Dance at Catherine’s?
- Smaller Class sizes (other typical dance classes will have 20-40 dancers)
- More attention
- Develop better technique due to smaller class sizes
- Positive encouragement
- Part of a family
Catherine’s Dance Studio is a real family affair. Catherine’s mom, Judy, is an integral part of Catherine's Dance Studio, managing the studio and helping Catherine with her students. Her dad and her husband, Bad, had a hand in building some of the Parkville Studio and her dad and brother TJ put the wood floor in her bedroom (where her studio started) and everyone was there to hang the sign above the studio door, including her daughter, Claire.
Teaching dance classes in smaller class sizes was the necessity when Catherine's Dance Studio first began, and it become the driving reason why Catherine’s students were making the dance teams they tried out for at St. Theresa’s Academy, Pius X, Park Hill, and Park Hill South. They were getting more personalized attention. She could see and guide every foot, every turn of the wrist, every gesture. Smaller class sizes made it possible for her students to learn, practice and memorize good technique from the beginning. Catherine knew that good technique is the basis for better dancing. Smaller class sizes mean individual attention for each and every dancer which results in good technique.
A dancer with good technique will learn and grow more as a dancer, which translates into high self confidence as a dancer. Having smaller dance studio class sizes was necessary due to space restrictions then, and Catherine knows that maintaining smaller class sizes will be necessary in order for her students at her dance studio in Parkville to be great dancers as well.
You never know where dancing might take you. Not every student will take dancing as seriously as another. Our small class sizes give a dancer more individual attention and more attention to technique. A better technique gives a more serious dancer the technical cornerstone she needs to continue to learn more complicated movements that are required in dance. A dancer who has the correct technical basics will be in a better position to do well in other forms of dance and participate in higher skill levels of ballet.
Dancing builds self-confidence. Dancing in front of others is a good transition to speaking in front of others and having self-confidence in life. Dancing helps with music appreciation, memory, discipline, structure, and attention to detail. Dancing is an art form that develops muscle, flexibility and grace.
Taking classes at our dance studio has no age barrier. You can start to dance at any age! You never know what you might be good at! Dance Studio classes are arranged by age so a 16-year-old girl won’t find herself in a class with a 5-year-old even though both are just beginning to take classes.
Our dance classes are for kids from age 3 to age 18. Our younger dancers must be potty trained before they can be in a class. There is no age limit to watching! Come by the studio to preview a hip hop, ballet or jazz class. You can see what classes are each week by viewing our calendar. Contact us or call us for a free week of dance classes.
Are there Hip Hop Classes near me?
Yes! Hip Hop is a very popular dance class. We provide hip hop classes with appropriate dance moves, music and recital costumes. That may not be a concern for kids but we know, based on feedback, that our parents and grandparents appreciate that! Hip Hop classes are fun and are a great introduction to all of our dance classes!
Less rigorous than our school calendar classes, we teach dance classes in summer sessions for our current students as well as any new students! The best part of our summer classes is our involvement in the Parkville Days Parade. Dancers who attend summer sessions and decide to participate in the parade will be given a Catherine's Dance Studio shirt to march in and attend an open house at the studio after the parade.
Take one of our Dance classes in Parkville!
Contact us or call us today at (816) 214-7370. We have a dance class that will fit your aspiring dancer. Our dancers are grouped by age not by skill and since our classes are smaller, your child will learn the proper technique to take her dancing as far as she would like to take it!