Front & Center offers individuals of all ages and skill levels, the opportunity to grow and develop artistically and personally in a nurturing environment. We aim to provide a unique and comprehensive curriculum while maintaining the highest standards of excellence. Our distinctive atmosphere encourages students with professional aspirations, as well as those who seek recreational fulfillment through the arts.
The Leap 'N Learn program is designed to be an effective, safe, progressive, and developmentally appropriate way for 3 to 12 year old students to learn dance. Capitalizing on the naturally occurring cognitive and neural development of children, this syllabus provides the tools and knowledge necessary for the creation of a successful learning environment.
The Wiz was amazing! The cast, the crew, the producing, the choreography, the vocals, the staging, the costumes, everything was over the top! Thank you so much for all of your hard work in putting such a fabulous show together. Thank you for making even my little performer feel so important and so proud to be part of something so grand. We had an amazing journey.
Lauren and David, Springfield Parents
The Leap 'N Learn for Musical Theatre Curriculum was co-written by FNC's Artistic Director Renee Celeste in 2009 and is now a licensed curriculum taught is being taught in top dance studios and colleges all over the US and Canada. Miss Renee is a certified Master Teacher on the entire LNL Curriculum and continues to be a "teachers' teacher" each summer at conferences in NYC and around the country. Front & Center is the only studio in this area licensed to teach this developmental curriculum.
F&C is much more than simply a place for your child to dance. It's a place that fosters the love and appreciation of the arts. It's a creative and nurturing environment where your child will thrive and grow. With sincere gratitude, I thank you Miss Renee for an amazing experience!
I just want to thank you for teaching my daughter this year. This was her first experience in a dance program and she enjoyed herself a great deal. She has always been a reluctant performer, yet by the year-end show she was quite comfortable doing the routine she was taught. My wife and I would constantly catch her practicing her moves at home. And the smile on her face during the year-end show was priceless. She clearly loved the experience. Lastly, I just want to compliment everyone at Front & Center for running such a terrific program. The organization and professionalism displayed throughout the year was top-notch. And best of all, you made it fun for my daughter. Thank you so much!
Bob H, Union Dad
My daughter Catherine has been to 3 different studios since beginning her dance/performing "career", and F&C is truly her niche! She looks forward to classes every week and wants more and more! I can't say enough great things about how caring and nurturing all of the staff are! We are so glad we have landed here! It is where Catherine is meant to be- she truly shines because of all the greatness that goes on here!
Christine, Union Mom
Arts Education nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.
Source: Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections, 1998 Introduction
Front & Center's teaching faculty has cumulatively performed in 28 Broadway Productions and counting!
My daughter has taken class at Front and Center for four years and I have been continually impressed with the high caliber of teaching. These teachers have impressive performance bios but also have the ability to impart their knowledge in a kind and respectful manner.
I studied dance professionally from childhood in NYC and had very high expectations for the school I would choose to send my daughter. I have always been extremely pleased with the teaching, choreography, and their artistic direction. FNC will provide any child with the desire to perform the tools he or she will need to do so.