History

A Little Bit of History…50 Years of Dance!!

The Dance Center began classes nearly 50 years ago at the home of Betty Kuhn, the center’s founder. Miss Betty had a studio in the basement of her home where students began their dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe and acrobatics. As the studio grew, classes were moved to The Old Town Playhouse building. Classes were held in the “green room’” above the stage which is now the costume room. The Dance Center students held their annual dance concerts at the Old Town Playhouse stage for many years. In 1983, the studio relocated and expanded to two dance floors on Woodmere Avenue which also housed the GT Gymnastics Club (now the Fitness Focus) with a connecting door so that dancers and gymnasts could take their dance classes and gym practices and never leave the building! In 2003, with the studio continuing to grow and add students, the owners purchased the building on 14th Street where the Center is now located. Taking an old building that had not been used for many years, and renovating the space, the owners invested in the community allowing expanded dance studios (4 in total) with boutique space, dressing and rest rooms and kitchen area. It’s hard to believe we have been at our 14th Street location for 12 years now! In 2005, we began holding classes in Kalkaska at the Kaliseum under the direction of Jennifer Howard. Our Kalkaska programs have now expanded to our own Dance Studio Space with dance floors, mirror, barres and sound system — with a faculty of three instructors. Over the years, we have invested in our student opportunities through performance groups including The Traverse City Youth Ballet Company, The Dance Center Youth Ensemble, Fresh Fusion Competition Teams and Ballet Virtuoso. Many DC students have gone on to professional dance careers as performers, choreographers, instructors and dance enthusiasts! Our success is due to our diverse, unique, gifted, professional and talented instructors! Thank you for your continued support of The Dance Center faculty, staff and programs!!