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"My daughter, Kaila, has attended WSOD since its inception in 1997. It has been a great privilege to be part of a school where all the instructors are very caring and extremely dedicated to their students. Joanne Carey’s devotion to the art of dance has made the school a huge success and all the students adore her. Her commitment to the community is commendable and is evident through fundraising, offering a work study program and just this year introducing a “Little Stars” program for disabled children. The recitals are comparable to a professional production and leaves the audience feeling very proud to witness the cultivation of the dancers’ skills year after year. WSOD is a very special place and we are so happy to be a part of it." - Diane Starita
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It’s Show Time!
At the Westfield School of Dance, we offer two seasonal opportunities for the dancers to showcase their talents. The first is a smaller dance concert-like venue; the second is our full-scale end of the season production.
In the Black Box:
WSOD's Winter Performance was a benefit performance previously held during the months of January or February at a small venue for The Ronald McDonald House and The Children's Specialized Hospital. It showcased our dancers from beginner levels and up in a dance concert like setting. What began as an informal showing of choreography and performance has grown into a well anticipated "Holiday Story Ballet" performance. It is now held in December and continues to generously support the Ronald McDonald House and Children's Specialized Hospital with additional outreach programs including performances at the hospital. The dancers who sign up for the performance, pay a participation fee and are required to attend all scheduled rehearsals outside of their regularly scheduled classes. Students participating not only develop a broader understanding of the choreographic process of a story ballet from start to finish, but they learn to develop and use their talents to bring joy to those who are sick , in need and less fortunate then themselves. This type of showcase also gives our teachers the opportunity to use their creativity and individual artistic strengths to create unique and expressive choreography specific to the group of dancers that choose to perform in this setting.
"More than 17,000 children join me in thanking you for your support. This gift ensures that the children in need of essential care are able to receive it. Thank you for being there for our children."
- Theresa D. Valentino, Director of Development, Children's Specialized Hospital Foundation
"On behalf of the Board of Trustees and the children & families of the Ronald McDonald House of Long Branch and New Brunswick I formally thank you. Because of your generosity, the Ronald McDonald House can continue to be a permanent source of strength for families coping with the crisis of caring for a seriously ill child."
- Corrinne M. LeBaron, Executive Director, Ronald McDonald House
On the Main Stage:
Our “Main Stage Production” occurs in the Spring at the end of our dance season, when the Westfield School of Dance produces an exciting show - a full scale themed production including costumes, back drop, scenery galore - that celebrates our entire school and the art of performing! The WSOD staff works hard deciding possible themes for the coming dance season. We announce the title of our show in November when costume measurements are taken along with an initial performance fee. Costumes are ordered over winter break while the staff continues to decide music, props, etc. Show music is introduced to the students at the end of January and students begin to learn choreography by the end of February. All classes continue with their regular lesson plans and syllabus throughout the spring while dances are learned and perfected. Our shows are a true family experiences for all who attend.
In both our Black Box and Main Stage productions, WSOD works with and includes other artists and performers whether singers, live musicians, magicians , puppetry etc. to perform, choreograph and create. We believe in fostering and teaching our dancers the benefit of all artistic collaborations.
All performance fees are 100% non—refundable WSOD has also performed at Disney World, Street Fairs, Dance in the Park & several area nursing homes.
Why We’re Different
At the Westfield School of Dance we do what we love and love what we do - and it shows! We are very proud of our reputation as a leader in dance education and stand by our commitment to excellence for your child’s dance education. We want you to have every opportunity to register for class so please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. We are currently accepting registration for the dance season.Thank you for celebrating 16 years of providing quality dance education in the Westfield area and hope that you join us for an amazing year of dance!
Westfield School of Dance
137 Central Avenue, 2nd floor, Westfield, NJ 07090