- It is the mission of Centre Stage Dance Academy to provide professional levels of dance to students of all ages. Students are given the chance to learn various styles and experience all areas of dance in a positive learning environment. In addition, students are encouraged to explore their creativity and enthusiasm for dance and performance.
- In the Fall of 2001, while choreographing “Christmas Lights”, a holiday production, Alison realized that her career was at a turning point. She had always wanted to open a dance studio, and loved the Monrovia community. After talking with her longtime friend and fellow performer Juliette, both women felt that the community would greatly benefit from a dance studio that brought the best of Hollywood and Broadway to the San Gabriel valley. The process to open the door to Centre Stage Dance Academy immediately followed and in March 2002, CSDA opened the doors to their first studio, a small 1000 square foot building with 22 students. Faced with rapidly growing demands, this quickly turned into a larger 4500 square foot building with nearly 100 students.
Centre Stage Dance Academy has been proud to offer their community a unique artistic experience. With emphasis being placed on proper technique and healthy lifestyle, an overall well educated dancer emerges from CSDA. Alison & Juliette have carefully selected a well-rounded staff of professionals working in the business. Parents are always pleased with the personal attention given to the needs of each student when it comes to class placement. CSDA prides itself on continuing to be innovative and fresh in its approach to dance as well as the arts as a whole. CSDA has truly evolved with the times and constantly challenges its’ students and teachers to keep an open mind as part of the overall philosophy. We make art exciting and different by constantly challenging both the body and the mind of every student.
Our students participate in a variety of unique performing experiences each year, such as in our annual recital entitled “Lights”. In “Lights”, students are given the chance to perform in a cabaret style showcase highlighting both dance and voice. In addition many CSDA students have the chance to participate in main stage Broadway productions through their affiliation with Centre Stage Inc., a non-profit children’s musical theatre company. In the 9 year partnership between CSDA and Centre Stage, Inc., productions have grown from 30 kids to 130 kids starring in these shows at sold out venues.
CSDA students take weekly classes and are also given opportunities to take master classes throughout their training. These “master” classes have featured the talents of Shoshana Bean (Broadway star in WICKED), Jerald Vincent (Broadway Star in THE PRODUCERS), DJ Gray (Broadway assistant choreographer of XANADU), Shelly Nichols (DISNEY CHOREOGRAPHER), and more.
Alison and Juliette continue to expand their horizons bringing their choreographic talents to other venues such as Center Stage Fontana, Covina Center for the Performing Arts, Candlelight Pavilion, Glendale Centre Theatre, and the Victory Theatre in Burbank. With the vision of these two women CSDA will always have a hand on the pulse of the future of dance and musical theatre.