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.
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
FNC is now an officially licensed Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy. The 34-week program is inspired by the CG-animated series airing on PBS KIDS and Sprout® (or Treehouse in Canada), Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps, and it will focus on one story book per month. Targeted at children ages three to six years old, the program teaches beginner ballet at two levels. The Angelina Ballerina Dance Academy curriculum was developed by dance education specialist Beverly Spell (and Miss Renee's dear friend) master teacher and author of the Leap ?N Learn program.
Front & Center Alumni are now attending many top performing arts colleges around the country including: Northwestern University, The Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University, The Boston Conservatory, The University of Hartford, Mulhenberg College, and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
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
Front & Center's teaching faculty has cumulatively performed in 28 Broadway Productions and counting!
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
Arts Education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
Source: Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections, 1998 Introduction
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.