Dance Theater Keeps Raising the Barre

If you live in South Florida and have any interest in dance, the odds are good you already know the name. With four nearby locations, including two in the Parkland/Coral Springs area, Dance Theatre has become an integral part of our community, one fabulous dancer at a time.

Accolades? Of course. Dance Theatre has been awarded the prestigious “Reader’s Choice” and “Best in the West” awards multiple times. Trophies? Thousands. Dance Theatre’s elite team of competitive dancers, DTX, consistently receives top awards and overall high scores at virtually every competition they attend. Testimonials? You bet. Just ask any mom in the carpool line and they’ll tell you that Dance Theatre has been a home away from home for their children.

So what is it that makes this place so special? “My answer is always the same,” says owner and Director Michelle Gerlick, “We build beautiful, safe, clean facilities, hire the best teachers in the business, and treat each child that walks through our doors as if they were our very own. Our staff is teeming with strong, positive role models that are so important to our students as they mature. We work hard, we have passion, and we care deeply about the impact we have on their lives. When a parent tells me their child has flourished since enrolling, I melt. When past graduates return to say we helped them find success in life, as in dance, nothing can compare. That’s why we do this.”

If all that wasn’t enough to convince you that Dance Theatre is THE place to train, consider this, they offer a truly comprehensive program where dancers ages 2.5 through adult, beginner through advanced, can take classes in every possible discipline including the basics, like ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, acrobatics, and pointe, as well as specialty classes like our wildly popular aerial silks!!

In addition, dancers who excel and aspire to become dance professionals may join their elite competitive group, Team DTX, where they can travel to local, regional and national competitions and hone their skills against the best from other schools. Team DTX just returned from the Imagine National Finals in Nashville, where they won multiple national titles including the coveted VICTORY CUP, an award given to the overall highest scoring routine. DTX Director Danielle Mednick also won the Best Choreography Award, and Jules Isaacs took home the title of Junior Miss Imagine.

Dance Theatre is also home to DTC, a performance dance company under the direction of Tara Goodman, which entertains audiences near and far. This past year, DTC performed aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, at Universal Studios, and the Miami Heat’s 35th Anniversary Celebration, where Michelle took part in the Miami Heat Dancer Alumni Reunion Halftime Show. This coming year, DTC will travel to Nashville to perform at The Grand Ole Opry, and will be the halftime entertainment for the Dolphins-Jets game on December 17th.  Go Fins!

For those interested in joining the Dance Theatre family, there are two ways.  First, you may call the studios at 954-427-7217 for the Parkland location in the Publix center on 441 & Holmberg Rd., or 954-340-1544 for the Heron Bay location in the Publix Center on Coral Ridge Dr., and speak to someone today.  You may also register for Fall classes at any time by visiting their web-site viewing the Fall Schedules, and filling out the simple registration form.  Better hurry though, Fall Classes begin Monday August 21st and will fill up quickly!