|Hours of Operation|
Mon - Fri
Sat - Sun
|3pm - 9pm
Dance Studio Address & Directions
7800 S Highway 17-92
Fern Park, FL 32730
In the Main Street Shopping Center to the right of Winn Dixie
If you've tried other dance studios in the area and have experienced any disappointment, try Dance Centers of Orlando and see how good things can and should be.
Dance Centers of Orlando is a studio conceived through collaboration by parents and dance teachers who wanted the best possible dance experience for their children.
What we want to accomplish: The DCO Dance Studio and Performance Dance Company's main emphasis are in building children's character and self-esteem, while teaching them a technical art in a positive and supportive environment with excellent instruction, facilities and equipment.
Excellent Facility and Convenience: Our state-of-the-art 7000 sq. ft. dance school has
three spacious dance studios with Marley sprung floors, preventing injury.
Each studio has closed circuit TV viewing screens for parents to view their dancers. DCO also has Wi-Fi access.
We are also situated in a shopping strip mall with easy access to a grocery
store, restaurants and main roads.
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Professionally Trained and Respectful Teachers: Our professional teachers have years of combined teaching experience behind them. They are trained dance professionals with degrees or career experience and years of experience as performers. Our instructors never use put-downs, or are insensitive to safety and health/weight issues. more on our Dance Teachers
Wide Variety of Dance Styles offered: The Dance School at Dance Centers of Orlando provides dance instruction & choreography in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary Tap, Musical Theater, Hip Hop, Tumbling and Belly Dancing.
Performance Opportunities: We regard ourselves as a performance dance studio. We participate in local performances throughout the year.
Proper Class Etiquette: Dance Classes are never out of control - little ones know what is expected of them, what the rules or expectations are and older ones don't chatter, lean on the barre, etc.
Ideal Dance Class Length: Dance Classes are just right for small children and long enough for older dancers. (An ideal dance class length for ballet in particular is an hour-and-a-half. For dancers over 12 or who are preparing for pointe work, dance classes should be no less than an hour-and-a quarter.)
Pointe Work: Pointe work is never offered
to students who take less than 3 hours of ballet per week and dancers are
assessed for pointe readiness. Three hours is the absolute minimum, and should
include those in pointe prep classes who are not yet wearing pointe shoes.
More about DCO Policies on Pointe Work
Use of Proper Dance Terminology: Our teachers use proper terminology
for movements with children older than 7 or 8. Even in preschool or creative
dance classes, children can be taught the correct term. Imagery can, and
absolutely should be applied for these young dancers, however we see no need to
completely replace the vocabulary used by older dancers.
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Marley Sprung Floors: We have supreme sprung flooring for
all dance styles and safety. A proper dance floor is extremely important to the
well-being of the dancers. Dancing on anything directly over concrete
sub-flooring is unacceptable as a long-term situation and instructors must
demonstrate precaution for the sake of their student's bodies in the interim.
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Teachers properly understand the body: Our dance teachers are professionals who understand the body and this aids us in keeping our dancers injury free. If students are not trained properly in technique or are consistently attempting skills that are beyond their technical ability injuries can occur.
Classes are an even mix of dance technique, variations and/or choreography: Our dance classes do not consist of only drilling or repeating "tricks" (turns, jumps, leaps, etc.). This is only conceivable outside and in addition to a normal, thoughtfully planned technique class.
Our dance teachers do not spend more than half the class on choreography and/or spend more than half the year preparing for recital dances. If this amount of time is required, the dances are too hard for the students. And it is probably too hard because the dancers have not been given a consistent opportunity to improve their skills and dance technique. Rehearsal for dance competition choreography should take place outside of regular dance technique classes.
We feel the choreography should be a representative of what the dance class has been doing (the purpose of a dance recital); and therefore, composition of the dance need not be overly invasive and can take place during the last 15 or 20 minutes of dance class which would normally be spent learning dance combinations or variations.
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