Announcements

Dance to Make a Difference Donation

The results are in! Our dancers, guest dance companies, volunteers, crew, staff, and patrons, under the leadership of the dedicated members of the Studio West Dance Guild, have raised $12,000 for Family Support Center of South Sound!  Presentation of the giant check was made on Saturday, April 15th.  What a successful season of support for such a valuable community organization. Thank you to everyone who participated in raising these funds! For more information or to volunteer with the FSCSS, please visit www.fscss.org

About the Guild

The Studio West Dance Guild is a non-profit organization which supports dance education and the performing arts in our community.  We believe performance opportunities and stage experience are a vital part of a dancer's education.  Through Guild sponsored classes and productions, we strive to help dancers improve their technique and artistry, and bring quality professional productions to the South Puget Sound community.

Board of Directors

Immediate Past-President

Nuno Castro

President

Elizabeth Morgan

Vice-President Joe De Jesus

Treasurer

Jocelyn Hamilton

Secretary

Emily McMason

Volunteer Coordination
Committee Chair

Kim Cadoo

Sponsorship & Community Outreach Chair

Loanne Dang

Dance to Make a Difference Chair Michelle Rubbert
General Board Member Cassie Frerich

 

Programs

Dance to Make a Difference

The purpose of the Dance to Make a Difference program is to connect our community and supporters of the performing arts to local chartitable organizations. We volunteer and raise awareness for the partner charity throughout the year. We also produce the Dance to Make a Difference Charity Gala, donating all proceeds to the charity.  Dance companies from Seattle, Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Chehalis, and Olympia have contributed new works in past productions.  We seek to share creative new works with the audience and participating companies, but most importantly, we seek to connect our audience, dancers, and business supporters in giving back to our community.  

Proceeds from Dance to Make a Difference have benefited organizations such as Red Cross, Hands on Children's Museum, Thurston County Food Bank, Homeless Backpacks and SafePlace.  In advertising for the event via social media, posters, and informational videos, we provide community exposure and highlight the important work of the chosen charity in our community.

This season’s Dance to Make a Difference will be held on Saturday March 11th, 2017 at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts, and will benefit Family Support Center of South Sound.  Click on the logo below to learn more about this wonderful organization.

 

 

Education and Training

The Studio West Dance Guild is committed to providing training and educational opportunities to the South Sound dance community through our free Master Class Series.  Throughout the year, we invite instructors from around the Puget Sound and visiting instructors from around the nation to teach classes in different dance styles and topics.

Recent classes have included:

  • Ballet master class with Jerome and Laura Tisserand of Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jared Brunson of Ballet Memphis, and Joseph Jefferies of Boston Ballet School. Contemporary master class with Ian Howe.
  • Understanding the Dancer’s Body with Lisa Clarkson of Body Dynamics, Falls Church, Virginia. Pilates and physical therapy. Dancer health and injury prevention with Dr. Neely, Chiropractor.
  • Nutrition master class with Melissa Shafer, LMP, NTP.

We will offer free to the community 5-6 master classes for the 2016-2017 season ranging from ballet, hip-hop, dancer health, and other topics.  To be informed when classes are offered, check our home page for announcements or click the logo/link below to like us on facebook.


 

Sponsored Productions

Performing opportunities and stage experience are a vital part of a dancer's education, inspiring the dancers to improve their technique and artistry.  The arts are essential to the health and vitality of our community and our goal is to help bring professional quality peformances to the South Puget Sound audience.  We support Studio West Dance Theater's productions by organizing volunteers for set, costume, and production assistance.   

We are sponsoring the following productions for the 2016-2017 season:

The Nutcracker
December 9-11 & 16-18, 2016
@ The Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts

Giselle
April 28 - 30, 2017
@ The Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts

Sponsorships

Our programs would not be possible without the generous support of the community and our sponsors.  If you would like to support the Guild by becoming a season, production, or master class sponsor, please click the logo/link below for more information on sponsor benefits.

Contact Us

For more information contact guild@studiowestdanceacademy.com