Dance Connection Studio News
All the latest studio news.

Dance Connection earns “People’s Choice Award for Best Dance School 2015”
from the Daily edition of the San Jose Mercury News
Thank you to our wonderful families for your endless support!

Ballet Company

Our 2016-17 Ballet Company, under the Artistic Direction of Grant Spencer is off to a very successful season! New this year is our Trainee Company, comprised of level 3 and level 4 dancers. Ballet Company and Trainee Dancers will be traveling to Phoenix, AZ for Regional Dance America May 2-7, 2017. Ballet Company is funded through our non-profit organization, PADCYE. See our Ballet Company and Trainee Company in action at our Annual Breast Cancer Benefit Performance on March 26, and at our Company Concert on April 23 at the Cubberley Theatre.

Palo Alto Dance Connection Youth Ensemble

PADCYE is the newly formed non-profit corporation to support dance arts. The specific purpose of Palo Alto Dance Connection Youth Ensemble is to foster the love of dance in the youth of our community. This is accomplished with Enrichment, Community Outreach, Scholarship Assistance, and Ensemble Development.
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Shoe Swap and Costume Sale

Have a pair of gently used shoes or an old costume/dancewear to donate?

Just bring them in anytime and we will add them to our used shoes bins to share with others. Thank you and we know that other families benefit and appreciate it!

Looking for some shoes for your dancer who has outgrown his/her shoes? Or have a new dancer and don’t want to spend the money on a new pair shoes just yet?

Come to one of our shoe swap days and if you find a pair or two that fit, we ask for a donation ranging anywhere from $3-$20/shoe depending on shoe style and their condition. (Tap shoes generally are little bit more.)

Has your dancer outgrown his/her shoes overnight? At the shoe swap, if you find a pair of shoes that fit your dancer, exchange your old ones for a pair from our bins.

On a shoe/costume swap day, we’ll gladly exchange your shoes if you find a pair from our bins. We may suggest that you make a donation if you find a pair in better condition than the ones that you donate. Otherwise, we’ll simply exchange them.

Costumes/Dancewear (sales/swaps held mainly in the Fall season)

Going to a costume party or looking for dancewear for your little one? Come check our racks/bins and you may just find what you are looking for. We have some never-before-worn and only-worn-once costumes. Donate between $5-$25 for a costume and take it home.

We know how quickly those little ones grow up. They can grow overnight! We also have gently used everyday dancewear (leotards, pants, shorts, skirts) and gymnastic leotards that are perfect for your little ones when they come to dance class each week.

We can’t guarantee what we have in our supply but hopefully you find something that works for you! This helps other families and hopefully saves you some $$$.

Click here to help out as a Shoe Swap and Sale volunteer.

The Nutcracker Ballet 2016

Friday, December 2 at 7:00
Saturday, December 3 at 4:00

Smithwick Theatre, Foothill College

This Dance Connection Nutcracker Ballet features an all-student cast (along with some of our parents in adult roles) and is not to be missed! Students in the ballet are between the ages of 7-18 and have had at least one year of an “all ballet” class such as primary ballet or graded ballet. Support your local arts----it doesn’t get much more local than this, it’s a fabulous production for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Group Nutcracker

Tickets can be arranged for groups of 25 or more sitting together at a 25% discount when purchased in advance between 11/1- 11/27. Get your group together, and to purchaseour group block of tickets which are not available online. Perfect for schools, preschools, scouting troops, playgroups...
Email Cindy at for your group ticket needs..

Art and Cards by Christie Ginanni

Check out these two websites: and

My daughter (and Dance Connection alum) is an artist who has just started her own letterpress company called Fancy Ink Press, and she creates beautiful hand-printed greeting cards and stationary on an antique press. Christie lives in Steamboat Springs, CO and also does fine art etchings and paintings with a naturalistic, yet modern touch. Thank you in advance for viewing! Cindy

Tam Jams Workshops/Master Classes
We are thrilled to once again offer a high quality dance convention at our studio: Tam Jams on February 11-12. Professional choreographers and master teachers travel from around the country to offer intimate classes for our serious students right here at our studio. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited for these classes. Go to “Workshops, Session, Master Classes” to register.
Shoe SWAP Outside L5

Wednesday, January 4 4:00-6:00
Saturday, January 7 9:30-12:00
Monday, January 9 4:00-6:00
Saturday, February 11 9:30-12:00
Saturday, March 25 9:30-12:00
Saturday, April 29 9:30-12:00

The Dance Connection Ballet Company will be holding a "Parents Night Out"
Friday, March 25 from 6:30 - 9:00 pm

Your children will join our Ballet Company teens and some parents in an evening of fun at Dance Connection.
Drop the kids off at the studio for games, dancing, bun making, and cookie decorating.
A light dinner will be provided.

Cost is $20 per child (potty trained children only, please), and the
Proceeds will benefit
Dance Connection's Ballet Company.

To register, click here

Payment must be made online when you register to avoid a cancelation.

New J Wing Dance Studios!

Our new state of the art dance studios in the J wing opened this winter. One unique feature that we appreciate is that all of our rooms are connected. It is easy to pass from one studio to the next internally. J1 is our main office/lobby and a great viewing spot for the J2 classes. Also connected to J2 is our HOMEWORK ROOM and DANCER’S LOBBY which is equipped with dressing space and a hair/bun making station. The J2 entrance allows entry to both J2 and J3 and the adjoining Homework and Dancer rooms. Our water filter machine near the sink is great for re-filling water bottles. There is ample space for viewing classes in J2 and J3. There is another dressing space between the J3 and J4 studios.

Performing Company

The Dance Connection Performing Company dancers continue to earn top honors This competitive company performs at several community events , and company dancers are often recognized with scholarship and cash awards. Our annual Breast Cancer Benefit Performance is one of the many wonderful contributions that our Performing Company and Ballet Company produce.

Nutcracker PJ Story Time

Nutcracker PJ Story Time on Friday, November 4 from 7:30-8:00 p.m. in our L5 studio. Wear your PJ’s just like Clara does in the Nutcracker Ballet. Appropriate for ages 4-6, free to all. DC Director, Cindy Ginanni prepares children for their first Nutcracker performance. Learn the Nutcracker story and meet some of the Nutcracker dancers.

"Let's Dance"

WWe will offer 2 Preschool Let's Dance! performances on Saturday, May 20at 11:00 and 1:00 at the Cubberley Theatre. All other graded classes(except ballet) will be performing at the Foothill College SmithwickTheatre on either Friday, June 9 or Saturday, June 10 at 7:30.Combination and young elementary aged classes will perform in our SHOWTIME Matinee on Saturday, June 10 at 2:00.

Ballet Company Gala

Join the Dance Connection Ballet Company and Trainee Company in a ballet performance which includes their entire repertoire for the 2016-2017 season. Proceeds benefit the PADCYE. Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 at the Cubberley Theatre.

15th Annual Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Benefit

Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 4:00 at the Cubberley Theatre.

Thank you all for making our 14th annual benefit a success. We raised
$5,184.00 for various cancer support and research groups.

Our 2015 benefit on March 22 at the Cubberley Theatre raised a record $5,671.00 for breast cancer!

Learn more about our annual Breast Cancer Benefit Performance.

Mark your calendars for the 2017 performance on Sunday, March 26 at 4:00 at the Cubberley Theatre. Highlighted performers include our Performing Company, Ballet Company and Trainee Company, Dance Team, Teen Team, Hip Hop Crew, Hip Hop Elite, and Connectors.