Upstage Downtown Dance Theatre was founded in 2001 by artistic director Tonya Fledderjohann to promote and preserve the art of ballet in our area and surrounding communities.
UDDT offers training in classical ballet for all ages and levels of dancers. The school aims to serve both the recreational dancer, as well as the applied student. Its primary focus, classical ballet technique, provides a strong foundation for all other dance forms. UDDT’s ballet program is competition free; that is not to say our students are not competitive, just that we do not promote sports-like competitions that are more lucrative than educational. All classes are taught with the experience and dedication to guide, inspire, and nurture all students to be their best, regardless of their goals in dance. Ballet training offers individuals skills that can be used throughout life. Discipline, self-confidence, grace, and poise are invaluable assets. Classes are also offered in pointe’, contemporary, adult ballet, jazz, all levels of gymnastics, and fitness classes. UDDT will continue to fulfill its mission by enhancing the cultural lives of our communities by developing an appreciation and knowledge of the art of dance through excellent dance training and quality, original performances.
Ballet news, history and current views are presented on Valery Lantratov’s ballet blog along with the current projects of the Russian educator and the Russian National Ballet Foundation.
Dance students need to have a good floor on which to train. Surfaces such as, linoleum tile or concrete are too hard for dancing. Our studio has a special “sprung” dance floor and is properly equipped with barres and mirrors. It is a spacious and beautiful studio. Gymnastics students will also enjoy proper gymnastics flooring with equipment and aids to make the most of a students training. We have three dressing rooms, waiting areas and bathroom facilities.
UDDT is dedicated to the proper education in the art of classical ballet, as well as our numerous dance disciplines. The emphasis is on technique rather than memorization of routines. There is repetition but there is also original choreography in each class.