Announcements-Summer Dance


Go to the Summer Dance page of this website to register


Director  Susan Silverman   

Additional Faculty:  Lisa Gray Young,  Guest, Andrew Needhammer,  and TBA

Young Dancers: Priscilla Vasquez

Video Editor Rachel Cohen

Classical Ballet & Musical Theater   10 until Noon  on Zoom

Classes on Zoom for safety.  Video workshops for exciting learning experiences.

Options for Individual and very small groups as guidelines permit

 in a strictly sanitized and controlled environment.  

June 1-4: Swan Lake*

3 years minimum classical training.  Ages 11 + 

 Appropriate for intermediate and advanced levels.   

Includes technique, variations, optional pointe and partnering. 

 An exciting new interpretation of the Tchaikovsky Masterpiece.

Teachers: Susie Silverman, Andrew Needhammer and guest artists

 * almost full    contact asap  

June 1-4: Fairy Tale Ballet   10:00-11:00 am

 Ages 7-9   

Fairy tale characters come to life with ballet and story-telling

Teacher: Priscilla Vasquez

June 8-11: Mary Poppins

  Ages 10+  Ballet, jazz, song, sign, acting.

Teachers: Susie Silverman and Lisa Young with Guest Teachers.

June 15-19: Oklahoma!   

Ages 10+  Ballet, jazz, song, sign, acting.

Teachers: Susie Silverman and Lisa Young with guest artists

for information contact Susie at

In studio private and semi-private classes will be offered on an optional basis according to safety guidelines.

Each workshop is $100. 


Students who registered for spring semester will receive credit that will  be applied from spring tuition.

Your credit will be half of the semester tuition.


Recital fee of $65 is being moved  forward to

 2021  Spring Recital

Scottsdale Arts    May 20, 2021  


Congratulations DTW Seniors!!

Backyard Ballet

New video: We Will Rock You

Backyard Ballet will be taking a short hiatus to allow our dancers to restore their creative juices.  We'll be back soon with new video challenges!

Macavity, the Mystery Cat


 I'm Flying!

Over the Rainbow

La La Land

Dance With Us!

Ballet Class 4  with Amber Robins

Ballet Class 5 with Amber Robins

Annabelle Stern 

Violet Rez

Jada Randall

Rianna Ramsay


Founded by Frances Cohen and Susan Silverman in 1988.

Susan Silverman, Director-Dance Theater West and Story Book Ballet Company

Katie Hughes, Associate Director-Young Dancers' Program

Rachel Cohen, Administrative Assistant

Additional Faculty: LaTonya Pentzer, Lisa Gray Young, Lisa Chow, Priscilla Vasquez

Class Schedule


Spring Semester

January 27-May 16, 2020
Recital- May 17, 2020 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Preschool/Primary/Jazz Classes

*prerequisite-at least one year of ballet training

**prerequisite-at least two years of ballet training  

Instructor: Katie Hughes/Priscilla Vasquez

 3:30-4:15—Intro to Dance: 4-5 year olds-CLOSED
 4:15-5:15—Ballet I: 6-7 year olds-CLOSED

Instructor: Lisa Chow
 4:00-5:00—Ballet I-II: 7-9 year olds

Instructor: Katie Hughes/Priscilla Vasquez
 3:30-4:15—Intro to Dance: 4-5 year olds-CLOSED
 4:15-5:15—Ballet I: 6-7 year olds


Instructor: Katie Hughes/Priscilla Vasquez

4:00-5:00--Intro to Classical Ballet: 8-10 year olds

Instructor: Katie Hughes/Priscilla Vasquez
 4:00-5:00—Intro to Classical Ballet: 8-10 year olds-CLOSED
 5:00-6:00—Intro to Classical Ballet: 11+ year olds

Instructor: Katie Hughes/Priscilla Vasquez
 9:00-9:45—Intro to Dance: 3½-5 year olds
 9:45-10:45—Creative Ballet: 5-7 year olds
 10:45-11:45—Ballet I-II: 9-12 year olds+ year olds

Instructor: Lisa Gray Young

 9:45-10:45—Ballet I: 6-8 year olds

Instructor: LaTonya Pentzer
10:45-11:45—*Jazz I: 10+ year olds

11:45-12:45—**Jazz II: 13+ year olds 

Classical Ballet Program

Instructor: Susan Silverman
*by instructor placement only 

  contact at

4:00-5:00—*Ballet II-III: 12+ year olds
5:00-6:00—*Ballet III-IV

4:00-5:45—*Story Book Ballet Company

4:00-5:00—*Beginning/Intermediate Pointe and Pre-Pointe: 11-teens
5:00-6:00—*Advanced Modern: Teen Performance

4:00-5:00—*Intermediate/Advanced Pointe
5:00-6:00—Modern Theater Dance: 11-teens

4:00-5:30—*Ballet IV-V

Adult Classes

No registration required; cost determined by instructor


9:30-10:30 am     Prima Ballet                                        Susan Silverman


9:30-10:30 am     Ballet                                                           Paola Hartley

Other classes available: Please contact instructor:

Amber Robins:

MaryAnn Herding:

Lisa Chow:

Dress Code


Intro to Dance and Creative Ballet

  • Black tank leotard
  • pink footless or stirrup tights
  • no ballet shoes

All other ballet, modern, and jazz classes

  • Black tank leotard
  • pink tights
  • pink ballet shoes

Male Students

  • white t-shirt
  • black dance pants or tights
  • white ballet shoes

All Students

  • Hair needs to be tied back away from the face
  • No black-soled shoes

About Us

Our Story

 Dance Theater West has been providing dance instruction to dancers of all ages since 1987. Our highly trained and experienced teachers provide creative and classical dance training to students ages 3 to adult in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Our credo is, "It is not what your child can do for dance; it is what dance can do for your child."

Teachers with Experience

Susan Silverman received her Bachelor's degree in liberal arts and completed a graduate program in dance and literature at the University of Arizona. Her early training and performing experience was in NYC and her collaboration with Frances Cohen began when Silverman danced in the Kadimah Dance Company. She is currently the director of DTW Classical Ballet Program and is the artistic director of Story Book Ballet Theater which collaborates in performance with Free Arts of AZ, Detour Company and Scottsdale Center for the Arts. She is the Dance Chair for the Greater Arizona Chapter of National Society of Arts and Letters and is a board member of Center Dance Ensemble. 

Katie Hughes discovered dance at the early age of 5 and was fortunate enough to find Dance Theater West when she was 7 years old. There, she trained in ballet under the direction of her beloved friend and mentor, Susan Silverman. During her ten years with the studio and her six years with Storybook Ballet Theater, she performed lead roles in several ballets including "Coppelia," "Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty" and Odette in "Swan Lake." After graduating from Arcadia High School in 2007, Katie has been attending Arizona State University working toward her degrees in both English Literature and in Film and Media Studies. Katie has been dancing with Center Dance Ensemble since 2009. 

LaTonya Pentzer  began dancing at the age of two. She attended Oklahoma City University where she majored in Dance Performance and was a member of the prestigious American Spirit Dance Company. LaTonya continued her education at the University of Central Oklahoma for Dance Education and is classically trained in the Cecchetti Method of ballet. As an educator, she holds grade one through five teacher’s certificates with eighteen years teaching and choreography experience in all dance styles. She continues to work with dance studios, elementary schools, pageants and high school dance teams throughout the Midwest. As a performer, LaTonya has danced with Ballet of Oklahoma, Radio City Rockettes and Silvertree Productions. She has performed with CDE since 2014, where she also serves as Outreach Program Director and as Dancers’ Representative on the CDE Board of Directors. She is excited to continue to bring the lecture/demonstration Poetry in Motion, The ABC’s of Dance along with the newest show From Ballet to Beyoncé to children in schools throughout the Valley. To LaTonya, dance is the language of the soul. She believes it moves us to feel and experience something greater than ourselves and is blessed to share her love for dance to touch, motivate and inspire dancers and audiences alike.

     Lisa Gray Young  grew up studying various genres of dance, as well as acting, voice, piano, and flute. After graduating from South Mountain Center for the Arts High School, Young went on to Arizona State University, graduating with honors and receiving a BFA in Choreography/Performance. She has performed, taught and choreographed for a myriad of dance companies, theaters, schools, studios, and churches around the Valley, including Center Dance Ensemble (dancing the principle role of “Gerda” in “The Snow Queen,” ’98-’00), The Movement Source, Inc., Dance Arizona Repertory Theater, Stageworks, MesaYoutheatre, East Valley Children’s Theatre, Greasepaint Youtheatre, The Mesa Arts Center (co-founded/co-directed Step to This Dance Company), Grand Canyon University, Mesa Community College, Phoenix College, and Paradise Valley Community College. She has received numerous ariZoni Theater Awards of Excellence nominations for her choreography in the theater community and has won twice for her work in “The Orphan Train” and “The Jungal Book,” both with MesaYoutheatre.  

Contact Us

Dance Theater West

3925 East Indian School Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85018, United States

602-840-3883 For a quicker response, please send us an email by pressing the "send message" button.

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