Dance Theater West

The Academy of 

Center Dance Ensemble and Story Book Ballet Theater

3925 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018


Spring Break

No classes from Monday, March 11, through Saturday, March 16. Classes resume Monday, March 18th.

Class Schedule


Spring Semester

January 28-May 18, 2019
Recital on Sunday, May 19, 2018

Preschool/Primary/Jazz Classes

*prerequisite-at least one year of ballet training

**prerequisite-at least two years of ballet training  

Instructor: Katie Hughes

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

Instructor: Frances Cohen
 4:00-5:00—Ballet I-II: 7-9 year olds

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

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

Instructors: Katie Hughes, Frances Cohen, LaTonya Penzer
 9:00-9:45—Intro to Dance: 3½-4 year olds
 9:45-10:45—Creative Ballet: 5-7 year olds
 9:45-10:45—Ballet I: 6-8 year olds
 10:45-11:45—Ballet I-II: 9-12 year olds+ year olds
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

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
5:00-6:00—*Advanced Modern: Teen Performance

4:00-5:00—*Intermediate/Advanced Pointe
5:00-6:00—Modern Theater Dance: 10+ year olds

4:00-5:30—*Story Book Ballet Company and Apprentices 

Adult Classes

No registration required; cost determined by instructor

9:00-10:15 am          CDE Modern Dance                          Frances Cohen


9:15-10:15 am     Broadway Ballet                                        Susan Silverman

6:00-7:30 pm        Intermediate Modern Dance             Frances Cohen


9:00-10:15 am      CDE Modern Dance                               Diane McNeal Hunt


 9:00-10:15am       CDE Ballet                                                   Amber Robins 

Additional Classes

Please visit these websites for other dance classes available

Kaleidoscape Dance

Music Together

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Spring Semester

January 28-May 18, 2019
Recital on May 19, 2019 


  • Please complete the registration form to reserve a space in the desired class.
  • All fees are due by the first day of class. There are no family discounts.
  • New students: $15 non-refundable registration fee
  • ALL STUDENTS: $65 recital fee
  • Listed fees are per semester:

45 minute class: $150  
60 minute class: $180

2 classes per week: $300 

3 classes per week: $405 

4 classes per week: $480 

5 classes per week: $530 

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Dress Code


Intro to Dance and Creative Ballet

  • Navy blue long-sleeved 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

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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's 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. 

Frances Cohen received her degree in dance from Bennington College in Vermont. She was dance director of the Jewish Community Center in Tucson for 18 years. She helped create Arizona Dance Arts Alliance and co-founded the dance program at the University of Arizona. She began Wolf Trap in Arizona, placing performing artists in Head Start classrooms. She is the artistic director of Center Dance Ensemble, the resident modern dance company of the Herberger Theater Center. She was the recipient of the 1994 Arizona's Governor's Outstanding Artist Award.

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 Penzer  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 

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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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