Dancers Center Training can take dancers as far as they want to go by offering convenient drop-in classes, class cards, memberships, training programs, and private lessons.
Dancers Center for Training was founded by a group of professional dance instructors and performers that saw a need in the community for dancer training that went beyond the traditional recital and competition model. Spearheaded by Beth Craig Hall and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky in St. Matthew's Station, DCT opened its doors in July of 2018. Based on the same model and principals as its sister company ACTORS CENTER FOR TRAINING, DCT trains at professional levels with a practical approach to the performing arts industry. DCT believes that if you train at this level, you nurture self-confidence, artistry, and professionalism. Our dance students will have skills that go beyond plies and time steps.
DCT takes the goal of “training artists as far as they want to go” seriously. With multiple class options for the casual dancer who might have social or fitness goals in mind, to the serious dancer who is training for college or to audition for a professional company or production, we have all the tools to help you succeed.
DCT offers drop-in classes, class cards, memberships, training programs, and private lessons that are tailored to a dancer’s specific needs. Our training program includes Dancers Training (for the versatile dancer interested in multiple disciplines), Musical Theatre Training (for the performer who needs all three disciplines—acting, singing, dancing), Ballet Training (for the ballet dancer who is serious about achieving the highest level of technique and artistry). Don’t see something that fits you? DCT will help design a program for you.
From the beginner to the professional DCT is constantly adding to our class offerings. We recently added an Acro class to our schedule because our industry insiders, who instructed students during our summer camps, recommended our students be quadruple threats—singing, dancing, and acting are not enough. Acro combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. We also added the only certified, licensed Progressing Ballet Teacher to strengthen and condition our dancers based on sports medicine practices. It keeps our dancers safe while building muscle memory and technique essential for all dance disciplines.
DCT LOUISVILLE TEAM
Born in Louisville, KY., Sara is a graduate of the Youth Performing Performing Arts School, was a student at the Louisville Ballet’s Dance Academy, and earned her BFA in Musical Theater from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Since 1999, Sara spent nearly 20 years working in the Broadway, film, television and recording industries with artists that include Gwen Verdon, Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Gregory Hines, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Patti LuPone, George C. Wolfe, John Guare, Stephen Sondheim, Mike Nichols, David Foster, Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Steven Spielberg, and many more. Credits include-Broadway/First National Tours: THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Morticia), A FREE MAN OF COLOR (Dona Athene opposite Jeffrey Wright and Miss Def), 101 DALMATIANS (Cruella DeVille), DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS (as Jolene Oakes opposite John Lithgow), NINE (as Carla with Antonio Banderas and John Stamos), THE BOYS FROM SYRACUSE, SEUSSICAL, FOSSE. Other NYC: ATOMIC, CARNIVAL, TENDERLOIN, CHICAGO, GREY GARDENS, ANYTHING GOES, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, PIPPIN. TV/Film: GUIDING LIGHT, ED, WITHOUT A TRACE, GEORGETOWN, LAW& ORDER, THE BIG C, FORBIDDEN LOVE, SEX AND THE CITY: THE MOVIE.
In addition to her numerous Broadway/Original Cast Recordings, Sara was also a member of the Classical-Crossover trio THREE GRACES on Universal Records whose self-titled album debuted on Billboard’s top 10 list. In addition to her work as a performer and coach, Sara also serves as the Performing Arts Director for Louisville’s Building Kidz Preschool.
Jenny Von Gerlachter
Jenny began her training at Monona Academy of Dance in Madison, WI under Jo Jean Retrum, Jason and Nicole Cisler. She was a member of Dance Wisconsin, where she participated in the Regional Dance America Mid-States Festival and The Youth America Grand Prix Regional Competition. She has also trained with Orlando Ballet, Ballet Austin, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Houston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Ballet West.
Jenny graduated from Butler University with a BFA in Dance Performance in 2009. While at Butler, she performed in a variety of roles including Cinderella in Cinderella, Giselle in Giselle, Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, the Waltz Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade, and in Paul Taylor’s Cloven Kingdom. Jenny worked at Louisville Ballet for six years as a trainee and as the Director of Education and Outreach.
She is excited to be teaching at Dancers Center for Training!
Madison is a native of Kentucky. She began her training in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern at The Dance Centre of Elizabethtown under the director of Sherry Barnard. She was also often found on stage in numerous musical theatre productions. In 2014, Madison graduated from the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts as a dance major. In 2015, she moved to Chicago to dance with Ballet Chicago where she had the opportunity to train under Daniel Duell and perform excerpts from Balanchine's Serenade, and Who Cares. She then went on to dance professionally with Charlottesville Ballet, Manassas Ballet Theatre, Stavna Ballet, and Ballet Virginia. Some of her favorite roles she has performed include Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swan Corps in Swan Lake, and the Fairy of Generosity in Sleeping Beauty.
Tiffany is an ADTA certified instructor with 30 years of dance experience. A dedicated dancer, who loves to share my talents by influencing others through teaching. She is a very patient and determined mother of three and has a lot of experience with children. She loves to motivate and educate students in the art of dance and acro while focusing on proper technique.
Justin Michael Hogan
Justin has performed across the United States over his career, spanning 14 years to date. In that time, he has excelled in classical and contemporary repertoire. Some of Justin’s most notable roles have demanded strong character performances, such as Paris in Adam Hoagland’s Romeo and Juliet, where he is credited with “embodying the role with disturbing believability,” and being “decadently awful.” Roles requiring explosive jumps and turns also feature heavily; the Lead Pontevedrian in Ronald Hynd’s Merry Widow, Center Russian in Val Caniparoli’s Nutcracker, and Jester in Robert Curran’s Swan Lake to name a few. In contemporary works, Justin has given soloist and principal performances in a number of world premieres by the likes of Andrea Schermoly, Lucas Jervies, Adam Hoagland, Daniel Riley, and more.
As a choreographer, Justin’s work continues to expand. He has professional credits with the Louisville Ballet, St. Louis Ballet, and Carolina Ballet 2. Justin has had four works commissioned for Louisville Ballet’s Choreographer’s Showcase program, with one such work, The Heart of Light, the Silence, re-staged the following year after being called “the heart of the evening, the power of the piece exemplified by the audience's silence as it ended.” His work, Behind Closed Doors for the Mercyhurst Dance Department, was a gala selection at the American College Dance Festival.
Justin also brings over ten years of experience teaching. At the heart of his teaching philosophy is a belief that every time a dancer enters the studio, it is to become better human being first and better dancer second, by fostering an atmosphere of acknowledgment, accountability, respect and empathy. Pertaining to methodology, Justin brings a myriad of influences to his teaching. Having been trained by teachers of every established classical syllabus, he brings a unique outlook on ballet that encompasses the strengths of each. In addition, university courses in Functional Human Anatomy, Biology, and Kinesiology allow for a nuanced musculoskeletal approach to movement.