Resister for our 2022/2023 Season Now! Classes have started and are filling fast!
Resister for our 2022/2023 Season Now! Classes have started and are filling fast!
We are bursting with pride to share the news we have been voted “Best Dance School“ by Best of Scottsdale for the 2nd year in a row! We are so proud of our staff, students, programs and the families that make up our studio! Come dance with us and be a part of something spectacular!
Highland High School Auditorium- 4301 E Guadalupe Rd Gilbert, AZ 85234
Join DC Dance AZ for our winter production of
"Christmas in New York: A Tribute to the Rockettes"
this holiday season at the beautiful Highlan...
Highland High School Auditorium- 4301 E Guadalupe Rd Gilbert, AZ 85234
Call 480-284-6440 with any questions regarding registration, class schedule, or class availability. We are currently registering for our 2022-2023 Season! We are also auditioning for new students wanting to try out for our Company Dance groups!
DC Dance AZ's primary goal has been the same for the last 8 years..... to help the individual student become a graceful, poised person with highly developed classical dance skills, self-discipline and an attitude of cooperation and teamwork. Our students are aesthetically prepared to appreciate and support the art of dance for a lifetime.
DC Dance AZ is a non-competition performing arts studio! We a have layered level based curriculum that trains our dancers classically and technically. We see dance as art not a competition.
We pride ourselves on offering age-appropriate costumes, choreography and music. At DC Dance AZ parents can trust that their child will be in a wholesome, family environment free from the overly mature themes that have become common at other dance studios. We are different and it shows!
At DC Dance AZ we offer:
-World Renowned Staff
- Nationally Recognized Children’s and Pre- Professional Programs
- Recreational and Performance-Based Programs
- Small Class Sizes
-Our New, Beautiful, Dance Studios in our convenient North Scottsdale location
- Class placement based on level of technique/stage of development, NOT age
- Beginner to professional company groups
- Safe, Sprung hardwood floors and high ceilings
- Traditional dress code
- Caring family environment
Ages 18 mo. – Adult
Beginning – Advanced
Mom & Tot, Creative Movement Pre-Ballet, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Boys Hip Hop,Adult Hip Hop, Adult Yoga, Musical Theater, Tumbling, Drama, Modern, Contemporary
Children’s Program, Youth Program, and Teen/Adult Program
The Creative Movement Program introduces children to the art of danceby promoting the exploration of creativity and expression through movement. We offer:
MOM/TOT: AGES 18-36 MONTHS
CREATIVE MOVEMENT, AGES 3-5
DCDA Recreational program follows a carefully designed curriculum with levels of study. Formal training begins at the Youth Level where the foundation of classical technique is delivered to beginning and intermediate classes in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop, Drama, POM, and Tumbling/Acro.
Our Performance Company groups follow a rigorous, pre-professional curriculum that is level based and technically trains dancers in ballet, jazz, tap, and theater arts. Our company groups are divided by level and ability and include Mini Company, Apprentice Company, Junior Company, and Elite Company. These groups train multiple days a week and are for dedicated and focused students wanting to train in a professional environment.
*Evaluation and Invite Only
Ms. Christie has been dancing for 34 years and was classically trained in Jazz, Ballet, Tap and Musical Theatre. She was Captain of Phoenix Country Day School POM Team and danced for Westmont College’s Hip Hop Crew, NSTEP. She has danced professionally in numerous stage shows such as Seussical the Musical, Alice in Wonderland, and for many corporate and gala events. She has instructed kids through adults and opened DC Dance AZ 8 years ago in order to bring back quality dance training to Arizona, like she experienced when growing up. Her dream is to inspire students of all ages to love the classical art of dance. Christie is the mother of two and has a BS from Westmont College.
Ms. Trisha is a native Phoenician with a strong family legacy in the arts community with over 30 years of teaching experience in performing and visual arts programs. Ms. Trisha was classically trained in ballet, tap, and jazz. She has performed professionally in TV commercials, toured nationally in musicals, industrials, and concerts, danced ballet for Ballet West and Houston Ballet and was an NFL Cheerleader/Captain. She is a certified member of the Royal Academy of Dance, Progressing Ballet Technique, National Dance Education Organization, American Alliance for Theatre and Education, National Art Education Association and Screen Actors Guild. She has choreographed, produced, and directed for major entertainment companies such as Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, NBC, Atlanta Olympics, NFL, NBA, Universal, Lion King Productions, Warner Bros., Charlie Daniels, and ZZ Top, to name a few. Former students have gone on to work with the Rockettes, Alvin Ailey, Cirque Du Soleil, Disney, Nickelodeon, Paul Taylor, Broadway, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet, Ballet AZ, Dancing with the Stars, World of Dance, NFL cheerleaders, NBA dance teams, ABC, Royal Academy, Theme Parks, Cruise Lines, and Las Vegas. Trisha has written and currently writes dance, acting, and visual arts curriculums for national teaching programs and several professional ballet companies. Trisha’s artistic direction, expertise, experience, exceptional master teaching, and commitment to training dancers and performers are unsurpassed in the valley. As an advocate for families affected by autism, she has been the Arizona recipient of the Star Award and Champion Award for bringing awareness through the arts. Ms. Trisha is also the recipient of an AriZoni award. She attended the University of Arizona for General Fine Arts and is the mother of 15-year-old twins Anna and Bradley. This is Ms. Trisha’s ninth year as artistic director, company director, and teacher at DCDA.
Ms. Amber Olson is the Studio Director of DC Dance AZ. Amber became a part of DCDA through her daughter starting dance at the studio over 8 years ago. Her involvement grew when she assisted the studio in its moving locations and expansion during the Covid 19 shut down. Amber passionately supports the studio and all it does through marketing, hiring, organization, event planning, business planning, communication and management. Amber also teaches the company students drama class. She took her first theater class as a young child and instantly fell in love with the stage. She has performed in countless productions at universities, playwright festivals and community theaters as well as instructed years of children’s theatre classes. Ms. Amber studied theater and political science at Wesleyan University and The University of Nebraska. She loves sharing her passion for Theater Arts with our students and seeing them gain confidence in speaking, acting, and performing on stage. Her ultimate goal is to make DCDA a warm, welcoming, family-type environment for all dancers who enter the studio doors, to have it be their home away from home as they learn technical dance skills, grow in physical and personal strength and gain confidence through performing.
Amber is the mother of 3, Annabelle who is 13 and 8 year old twins Sam & Henry. She enjoys traveling, concerts, theater, being with friends and family and her golden-doodle Posy.
Ms. Sydney Hinze was born and raised in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She trained at Tabor Dance Academy in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, pointe, and contemporary. Sydney danced competitively for several years, and attended workshops and intensives all over the country.
Sydney is currently attending ASU pursuing a major in marketing and minor in fashion. She also really enjoys yoga and hopes to go through yoga teacher training at some point. Sydney loves exploring Arizona by trying new restaurants and going on hikes. She is thankful to be starting her second year dancing and teaching at DC Dance AZ.
Ms. Emma Povinelli will be starting her second year teaching at DCDA. Emma is an alumni of DC Dance AZ and we have been so lucky to have her return to the studio as a teacher. Ms. Emma began dancing when she was 2 years old doing jazz, tap & ballet. She quickly transitioned her focus to ballet and did her training at Ballet Arizona, where she was cast as Clara in “The Nutcracker.” She also trained in character flamenco and modern dance styles. During the summers she trained at professional ballet programs around the country including The Rock School for Dance Education & Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive in New York. In High School Emma was Captain of the Cactus Shadows Varsity Pom Team and a member of Elite Company at DC Dance AZ. This season Ms. Emma will be teaching ballet, jazz, pom, Apprentice and Mini company.
Outside of the studio Ms. Emma is planning a November 2023 wedding with her fiancé Adam. She has a teacup Yorkie named Lily. She also enjoys renovating her house and gardening. During the day she works for her families knife sharpening business which her family started in Buffalo, NY in 1890 after immigrating from Italy. Ms. Emma is looking forward to the start of the new dance season!
Ms. Lori Lee teaches Adult Yoga on Friday mornings at 9:30. She also teaches flexibility/stretching to our company dancers. Lori is a yoga enthusiast, whole food/cooking enthusiast, painter, music lover, and mother of two. Lori began her yoga journey when she decided to get her teacher certification at At One Yoga in 2007, learning the craft under well known instructors John Salisbury, Jenn Chiarelli, Alex Austin, and future co-founders of Spiritual Gangster, Vanessa Lee and Ian Lopatin. Lori’s yoga practice focuses upon flow, asanas and breath that help to improve flexibility, strength, balance, and allowing the spirit to shine. Lori has taught adult classes, children, private lessons, and charity events where she loves to share her passion for yoga, being at one with her class, with love, kindness and gratitude.
Using her BFA in Painting and BA in Psychology, Lori loves volunteering at her children’s school in the art masterpiece program, and giving back to the community volunteering with her daughter for the National Charity League. Lori is inspired every day by her two children, Sophie & Bailen, husband, family and friends where her goal is to spread kindness and love.
“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World” Mahatma Gandhi
Susan Sunseri has had the pleasure of coaching gymnastics for 3 decades. Most of those years were spent in the competitive realm as either an assistant or head coach. The range of her coaching experiences spans from qualifying gymnasts to various levels of the US National program to teaching cartwheels to special needs children – and everything in between! Susan has a small dance background, in that she minored in dance at Oakland University (Michigan). Susan is married with 3 awesome kids and is very excited to share her love of gymnastics and acro with the students at DC Dance AZ. Register for Tuesday Tumbling/Acro Classes Now!
Ms. Reece Matson is joining the DCDA staff this season teaching ballet, tap, jazz and beginning pom. Reece is a DCDA alumni and has been dancing since she was 3 in jazz and tap and she started taking ballet and training with our Artistic Director, Trisha Folk, at DC Dance AZ in 2015. As a member of our Elite Company Reece has starred as Ariel in “Under The Sea”, Tin Man in “Wizard of Oz”, The blue Caterpillar in “Alice in Wonderland”, The Sugar Plum Fairy in “The Nutcracker”, Bomballerina in “The Jellicle Ball” and many more. She has also trained in flamenco, hip hop, and pom. Along with dancing and teaching Reece has been professionally acting since 2017 and she just got a new puppy named Shadow.
Ms. Katie Rafferty will be teaching our tiniest dancers in our Creative Movement and Mommy and Me classes. Ms. Katie is a mom of four and started at DCDA with her girls in the Mommy and Me classes years ago! Ms. Katie danced from a young age through high school and college. She loves working with children and previously worked in speech therapy with early childhood and elementary students. She is also a Pilates enthusiast and certified in mat Pilates. Ms. Katie loves dance and looks forward to sharing the fun of dance with all her students!
Alma Schnell's background hails 30 years of experience as a director, choreographer, professional dancer, and flamenco, tap, and Mexican folk dance teacher. Alma studied flamenco and Mexican folk dance in Guadalajara, Mexico. By the age of 16, she was professionally dancing with Jose Luis Esparza in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her extensive study of various dance forms with renowned flamenco dancers: Jose Luis Esparza, Luis Triana, Ketty Clavijo, Mario Maya, Dini Roman, Lydia Torea, and renowned tap dancers: Glenda Folk, Charles Goddertz, led her to become the director of Alma Performing Arts, a multicultural dance studio in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In addition to her extensive dance background, Alma has worked with numerous corporate cultural diversity groups in the valley, such as America West Airlines, Society of Hispanic Engineers, Boeing, Best Western, Motorola, Free Scale, Paradise Valley Community College, Scottsdale Community College, etc., for many years. Through her dance company, Alma always gave back to the community through community service with organizations like Friends of the Orphans, De Colores, Brazo Abiertos, and American Cancer Society. She understands culture is an important part of people's identity and worked with the City of Phoenix to develop a program that helped Hispanic children be proud of their heritage through her passion of the arts.
Ms. Megan Linch started dancing at the young age of 3. Immediately she knew she loved being on stage and performing! She started training in tap and jazz, then added ballet as well as many cultural dances. She has also trained in theater, stage production and choreography. While performing, Megan discovered that she also have a love for teaching! Megan has a degree of Science in Education from Northern Arizona University. She has been teaching elementary school for 10 years, and was named “Teacher of the Year” by Cave Creek Unified in 2021! She brings her knowledge of child development to the dance studio and teaches creative movement, as well as beginning ballet and tap! Megan still loves to perform, as well as spend time with her family and friends!
Ms. Dara Bowman will be joining the DCDA staff this season teaching Creative Movement on Tuesday at 3:30. Dara has been a dancer/teacher for a combined 20+ years. She studied classical ballet with an ex-principal dancer from New York City for 10 years, and after expanded her repertoire to many different styles during and after college. Before her relocation to Scottsdale, she ran her own dance program in Cripple Creek, Colorado. Dara is very excited to be a part of the DC Dance AZ team and inspire more young dancers in Creative Movement on Tuesday afternoon.
For inquiries about our dance program or performance opportunities, please send us a message, give us a call, or stop by!
7609 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Suite C16/18, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255, United States