Excellence in Dance Education
DANCE ARTISTRY CENTER
Welcome to Dance Artistry Center, a school focused on the whole dancer. We believe in nurturing creativity, wellness, and artistic development in students of all ages and levels.
Dance Artistry Center provides quality dance programs in a supportive environment. We believe that dance training prepares students for life by developing strong minds and bodies, while encouraging self-confidence, focus, and social skills.
Our Pre-Ballet classes are developmentally appropriate for children ages 2 to 4. These classes allow children to develop their imaginative and creative talents, while teaching them movements that will help improve balance, coordination, and other fine and gross motor skills. Basic Ballet steps and terminology will be taught, while fostering a love of dancing.
Pre-Ballet 1 Ages 2-3 Wednesdays 5:00-5:30pm
Pre-Ballet 2 Ages 3-4 Wednesdays 5:30-6:00pm
Our Recreational Division instills creativity, discipline, & confidence in beginning and intermediate students. Offering classes in Ballet, Hip-Hop, Tap, Jazz and Contemporary for students aged 4 through 18.
Ballet 1 Ages 4-5 Tuesdays 5:10-5:40pm
Ballet 2 Ages 5-6 Tuesdays 5:45-6:30pm
Ballet 3 Ages 6-8 Thursdays 5:15-6:00pm
Ballet 4/5 Ages 8-12 Thursdays 6:00-7:00pm
Ballet 6 Ages 13+ Tuesdays 7:00-8:00pm
Jazz 1/2 Ages 7-9 Tuesdays 6:15-7:00pm
Jazz 3 Ages 10-12 Mondays 6:45-7:45pm
Jazz 4 Ages 13+ Tuesdays 8:00-9:00pm
Hip-Hop 1 Ages 4-5 Tuesdays 5:45-6:15pm
Hip-Hop 2 Ages 5-6 Tuesdays 5:00-5:45pm
Hip-Hop 3 Ages 6-8 Thursdays 6:00-6:45pm
Hip-Hop 4 Ages 8-10 Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm
Hip-Hop 5 Ages 10-12 Thursdays 7:00-8:00pm
Hip-Hop 6 Ages 13+ Thursdays 8:00-9:00pm
Boys Only! Hip-Hop 1 Ages 5-8 Mondays 5:00-5:45pm
Boys Only! Hip-Hop 2 Ages 9+ Tuesdays 5:15-6:00pm
Contemporary 1 Ages 8-11 Tuesdays 7:00-8:00pm
Contemporary 2 Ages 12+ Wednesdays 8:00-9:00pm
Tap 1/2 Ages 5-7 Wednesdays 5:45-6:15pm
Tap 3 Ages 8-10 Wednesdays 6:15-7:00pm
Tap 4 Ages 10-12 Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm
Tap 5 Ages 13+ Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm
The Company Division is for intensive students who want to focus on dance and perfecting their technique. Offering classes in Ballet, Pointe, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Contemporary. It is recommended that dancers in the Company Division take all classes for their level. Dancers are required to take a minimum of 2 Ballet classes per week (3 per week if enrolled in Pointe).
Mondays: Jazz 5:00-5:45pm and Ballet 5:45-6:45pm
Tuesdays: Contemporary 6:00-7:00pm
Thursdays: Hip-Hop 5:00-6:00pm and Ballet 6:00-7:00pm
Mondays: Jazz 5:45-6:45pm and Ballet 6:45-7:45pm
Wednesdays: Contemporary 7:00-8:00pm
Thursdays: Hip-Hop 6:00-7:00pm and Ballet 7:00-8:00pm
Tuesdays: Ballet 5:00-6:30pm, Pointe 6:30-7:00pm, and Jazz 7:00-8:00pm
Wednesdays: Ballet 6:00-7:00pm and Hip-Hop 8:00-8:00pm
Thursdays: Contemporary 7:00-8:00pm and Ballet 8:00-9:00pm
Mondays: Ballet 4:45-6:00pm, Pointe 6:00-6:45pm and Jazz 6:45-7:45pm
Tuesdays: Ballet 5:00-6:30pm and Pointe 6:30-7:00pm
Wednesdays: Hip-Hop 5:00-6:00pm and Ballet with Pointe 6:00-7:15pm
Thursdays: Contemporary 7:00-8:00pm and Ballet 8:00-9:00pm
Mondays: Ballet 6:45-7:45pm and Contemporary 7:45-8:45pm
Tuesdays: Ballet 6:30-7:30pm, Pointe 7:30-8:00pm, and Jazz 8:00-9:00pm
Wednesdays: Ballet 5:00-6:00pm and Hip-Hop 6:00-7:00pm
Acro classes will work on laying the foundation of gymnastics. For example, forward & backward rolls, cartwheels, round-offs, handstands, tabletops and bridges, moving on to more advanced work as a student progresses. Not only do we set a solid foundation of the basic tumbling skills we work on flexibility, balance, listening, following directions, spatial awareness, fine and gross motor skills and socialization. Students are placed into classes according to mastered skills.
Acro 1 Ages 4.5-6 Mondays 4:30-5:15pm
Acro 2 Ages 6-8 Mondays 5:15-6:00pm
Acro 3 Ages 7-10 Mondays 6:00-6:45pm
Acro 4 Ages 8+ Mondays 6:45-7:30pm
Acro 5 Ages 9+ Mondays 7:30-8:15pm
Acro 6 Ages 10+ Mondays 8:15-9:00pm
DAC Competition Team
The DAC Competition Team gives dancers additional chances to perform. The program fosters the development of team work, discipline, artistry, and technique in each dancer.
"I want to thank DAC for their dedication and time. They have taught my daughter what it takes to be a true dancer. Their passion for technique shines on the stage. My daughter stands tall as she walks out of the studio 3 days a week, encouragement and discipline, a mother couldn't ask for anything more! Thank you!"
"I cannot say enough about this dance center. It is a place where every child is led to great potential, where lifelong friendships start, where harmony exists between students, parents & teachers. Thank you for living a dream and creating dreams in all of our girls hearts."
DAC's 2019-2020 Dance Season will begin on September 9, 2019 and continue through June 12, 2020. Registration is now open online.
This is a yearly tuition fee (September through June) divided into 10 equal payments. There are no adjustments for months with holidays or in months with 5 weeks. Tuition cannot be pro-rated due to absence, students are expected to make up any missed class.
Class Hours Per Week = Monthly Payment (10-Month Plan)
30 minutes = $48
45 minutes = $56
1 hour = $64
1.25 hours = $79
1.5-1.75 hours = $81
2 - 2.25 hours = $97
2.5 - 2.75 hours = $129
3 - 3.75 hours = $144
4 - 4.75 hours = $163
5 - 5.75 hours = $171
6 - 7.5 hours = $189
8 - 9 hours = $197
9.25+ hours = $204
Dance Artistry Center Closure Dates 2019-2020:
October 31st - Halloween
November 6 - 10th - Fall Break
November 28 - 30th - Thanksgiving Break
December 19- January 1st - Winter Break
February 14-17th - President’s Weekend
April 6-April 12th- Spring Break
May 22-25th - Memorial Day Weekend
June 12th - Last Day of Classes
A Team of Educators
Come dance with us at Dance Artistry Center! Our team of instructors is dedicated to offering quality dance education. Whether you’re here for recreation or for professional training, we can help you reach your goals.
Artistic Director/Ballet & Preschool Dance Instructor
Sara Pinkerton Bittle has had extensive ballet training. She has been dancing since an early age at local studios, where she had the opportunity to perform at Disney World's Magic Music Days and on Royal Caribbean's Stars at Sea. Sara's intensive ballet training began at Mid-Atlantic Ballet, in Newark, DE, under the direction of Sara Taylor Neal. At MAB, Sara was a member of the pre-professional performing Company where she danced the roles of Cossack Doll and Puppeteer in the ballet, "The Fantastic Toyshop." Sara also performed in the Delaware Dance Festival. Sara continued her dance training at Old Dominion University as a Dance Education major, taking classes in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Anatomy & Kinesiology for Dancers, and Improvisation. Sara finished her degree at Rowan University, with classes in Ballet, Creative Dance for Children, and World Dance Forms. The summer of 2005, Sara studied at the Boston Conservatory, where she trained with Denise Pons, former Boston Ballet dancer, and Seán Curran, Artistic Director of the Seán Curran Company. Sara has also attended the Dance Teacher's Workshop in New York City with renowned master ballet teachers, Finis Jhung, Judy Rice, and Mignon Furman. In 2008, Sara was certified as a Pilates Mat instructor at Pilates Core Center in Marlton, NJ. Sara has been teaching ballet for the past 10 years and continues to take ballet classes at Koresh School of Dance in Philadelphia, PA.
Katharine Flaherty Sayre has had several years of professional experience as a Hip-Hop/Jazz dancer. She danced for 3 seasons with the Philadelphia Kixx Dance Team and 1 season with the Philadelphia Barrage Dance Team, both under the direction of Adrienne Della. Katharine was then selected as one of the Philadelphia Soulmates, under the direction of Marla Viturello. While dancing as a Soulmate, Katharine became a Captain and was selected to attend the 3, a professional dance convention in Atlanta, GA. She was also chosen to represent the Soulmates at the Arena Bowl in New Orleans, LA as one of the AFL's Dream Team Dancers. During her years of training, Katharine studied with the master teachers, Chris Judd, Mikey, Darren Henson, and Geo Hubela. Katharine was a Guest Choreographer/Coach for the Philadelphia Soulmates for the 2013 season. Katharine has been teaching Hip-Hop for the past 10 years.
Hip-Hop, Ballet, Contemporary, & Jazz Instructor
A New Jersey native, Lisa began her ballet training at the age of five. She was also a member of The New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble, a semi-professional ballet and modern company. Lisa has been formally trained from the staff of companies such as Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham, New Jersey Ballet, Ballet Hispanico, and Paul Taylor. In later years, she was captain of her varsity high school dance team and choreographer and coach of her college dance team at Monmouth University.Lisa began her hip-hop training under the direction of Geo Hubela, from Iconic. She has worked with other talented choreographers such as Cecily Bradley of Nu-Stylz and other up-and-coming choreographers. She has performed at events such as KTU’s Beatstock, World of Dance, various charity events, and with local artists in the Philadelphia area. Lisa is currently a member and co-director of the female hip-hop company, FloMotion. This will be Lisa’s second year choreographing for Beat United, an 8-18 hip-hop company.When she is not training or dancing, Lisa is a full-time special elementary teacher.
Amber Pettit has had extensive gymnastics, cheerleading and dance training starting at the young age of 2. Amber trained as a gymnast under Karen Smith (owner of Atlantic Coast Gymnastics) for over 10 years. She has trained in many genres of dance including Ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, , musical theater, African dance & Pointe. Not only was she a recreational dancer but also was a competitive dancer. She competed at regional and national competitions with the Delaware Valley Jazz Company under the direction of Barbara Adams. She trained and performed with Shaun Thompson, also known as Shaun T, from hip-hop abs & the insanity workout for over 5 years. She has trained with many other professionals in the industry such as Mia Michaels, Michael Minery, Barbara Duffy, Step Stewart & more. Amber was a recreational and competitive cheerleader for 8 years. She was also on her High School’s Varsity cheerleading team for 4 years and was captain for 3 years. In being a cheerleader and a coach, she has earned a 2-time NCA Nominee award and many multiple grand champ titles and paid bids. Amber has been coaching gymnastics for over 9 years including 4 years of being the Program Director of the Little Gym of Swedesboro. Amber is certified by USAG, NYCC, AACCA, CDC, AAAI, , as well as CPR/AED/First Aid certified.
Hip-Hop, Jazz, & Contemporary Instructor
Julia Stremmel began her dance training at an early age and is a Dance Artistry Center graduate. During her time at DAC, she became an accomplished dancer in the genres of ballet, hip-hop, jazz, and contemporary and performed roles such as, "The Queen of Hearts," "Can-Can Doll," "Arabian," and "The Sugar Plum Fairy." In addition to her training at DAC, Julia attended the Joffrey Ballet School in NYC and has trained with many noteworthy teachers at the Pulse Dance conventions and at The American Academy of Ballet. In 2017 she was offered a position on the Philadelphia Soulmates dance team. Julia is currently a student at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.