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 the professional level you will help nurture self-confidence, artistry, and professionalism. The student will have skills that go beyond plies and time steps.
Dancers Center Training has three divisions- The Training Programs, Drop In and Private Instruction.
1. Training Programs: 1) Ballet 2) Musical Theatre 3) Core. Our training programs are designed to develop skills and technique where students are assessed per session and only advance when they are ready. Through one on one conferencing and skills based goals students are taught more than choreography. It is content driven and our students are educated on the history and the philosophy behind the technical instruction. Students audition for a fall showcase and perform in a spring showcase within the level they are taking classes. DCT teaches that the most important person in the performing arts is the audience therefore all performances are designed towards viewing enjoyment- no traditional recitals.
2. The Drop In Program is designed for the dancer who wants to take classes as his or her schedule permits. It is also a great program for dancers who have not danced and want to begin. There will not be a 17 year old in a 10 year old class. We also know that true professionals train when they are not working. With our large theatre community DCT offers drop ins for professionals who need to stay in shape and remain performance ready. Drop Ins are also a great way to keep in shape or be social.
3. Private Instruction is for the student who is prepping for an audition or wants to catch up or progress with problem areas. Our instructors are all experts in their genre and have helped many dancers book, get accepted, or overcome personal hurdles.
We are a WORKING dancers studio. At the Dancers Center for Training, our dancers of all ages and skill levels are prepared to work, audition, perform and apply to prestigious schools and programs or for whatever journey they choose to do. We are the go-to team to get ready for whatever adventure our dancers want to go on. In the end the skills they have learned will transcend dancing.
DCT LOUISVILLE TEAM
Shelby Brown has been dancing for 22 years, singing for 20, and acting for 12. Her first 13 years of dance training were at 360 Dance. She intensely studied technique, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and ballet, as well as being part of the competitive and all-star teams. Her last four years in Louisville, she performed with the nationally-ranked Assumption High School dance team (2006-2010). After high school, she continued her performing arts study at Oklahoma City University, the same university that produced artists such as Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, Megan Mullally, and more! Since graduating college, she has worked professionally at Holiday World, Cedar Point, Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, and, most recently, completed a contract with the Tony Award winning broadway hit, Jersey Boys. For fun, she enjoys taking class, playing with her pup, and weekends at the lake.
Barbara F. Cullen
Musical Theatre and Tap, ages 10 - adult
Barbara F. Cullen (Director/choreographer) began her professional theatre career as a child in Cincinnati, where she learned her many crafts as a member of several theatre companies and touring troupes. She further honed her talents at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and has spent the past 47 years expressing her arts and talents across the country. A professional actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, songwriter and recording artist, Barbara created DANCE for THEATRE for the Theatre departments at The University Of Louisville (six years), IUS for 5 years to the present, Dance and Voice at STUDIO B for twenty years and was Co-Artistic Director at VAULT1031 for 5 years. For twenty-three years, she was Resident Choreographer and performer at Derby Dinner Playhouse. She Directed and choreographed at The Encore Musical Theatre Company in Dexter, Michigan from 2008 to 2014 Directing and choreographing Broadway professionals: Jessica Grove (A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC) Sarah Litzsinger (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and NINE) Dan Cooney ( LES MISERABLE and MAMA MIA) and Michael Lanning (BONNIE AND CLYDE). Barbara has performed in, directed, and/or choreographed hundreds of professional theatre productions including productions at ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE, KY. OPERA and KY. SHAKESPERE. As a performer, her favorite roles include: Cassie in A CHORUS LINE, Peggy Sawyer in 42ND STREET, Lola in DAMN YANKEES, Kathy Seldon in SINGING IN THE RAIN and Nugget Realto in CLUB MOROCCO, a show she co-wrote with partner Jon Huffman.
Ballet and Modern, Levels II-III
Jenny Le Wall
Ballet Program Director, Levels IV-VI
Hip Hop Contemporary, All Levels
Ballet and Modern, Levels II-III