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.
Dancers Center for Training—we build skillful artists, not trophy cases!
DCT LOUISVILLE TEAM
Musical Theatre and Tap, ages 10 - adult
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 Le Wall
Ballet Program Director, Levels IV-VI
Hip Hop Contemporary, All Levels
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.
Brian Grant began dancing at age 14 when he joined Rockford Dance Company on scholarship in 1996, under the direction of Artistic Director Margaret Faust. His professional career would begin as an Apprentice with the Louisville Ballet after completing his B.F.A. In Theater Arts with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2005. Mr. Grant was very fortunate to have performed a variety of roles, including The Funny Boy in Robert North's “Troy Game”, Val Caniparoli's “Lambarena”, Rochefort in Andre Prokovsky's “The Three Musketeers” and Russian Lead in Caniparoli's “Brown-Forman's The Nutcracker”. Mr. Grant continued his career with Dayton Ballet in 2012, under the direction of Karen Russo Burke. While at Dayton Ballet, Mr. Grant performed roles in Gerald Arpino's “Confetti”, Jessica Lang's “From Foreign Lands and Peoples”, Dermot Burke's “Fete de Courtiers”, Bess Imber's “Inner Geist” and Arabian and Soldier Doll in Karen Russo Burke's “The Nutcracker”. Some of Mr. Grant's favorite roles he’s performed include: Ali the Slave in “Le Corsaire”, Basilio in “Don Quixote” and Von Rothbart in Ballet Pontecorvo's “Swan Lake” and Acteon in “Diana and Acteon Pas de Deux”. In 2016, Mr. Grant had become the Adult and Complementary Dance Program Manager for the Louisville Ballet School, seeing the Adult Program, now called Mind Body Balance, flourish and double in size and create performance opportunities for Adult Dancers of Louisville, KY and greater Kentuckiana. Mr. Grant has continued his freelance dancing career in various cities of the Midwestern and Southeastern U.S, working with such companies as Ballet Institute of Atlanta (GA), Ballet Americana (MI), New Albany School of Ballet in (MS) and Gem City Ballet (OH).
Mr. Grant is an American Ballet Theater® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Mr. Grant is also currently pursuing his Personal Fitness Training Certification, and wishes to specialize in Sports Conditioning, Corrective Exercise and Children’s Programming.