Dance Department

The BW Community Arts School Dance Department trains young dancers to have a solid technical foundation, a passion for the arts, a positive self-expression and the confidence to be successful. Our professionally trained dance faculty focus on the total development of each dancer in an environment that encourages personal achievement, creativity, discipline, dedication, teamwork, friendship, kindness and respect. Our goal is to develop not only the best dancers, but individuals with the skills needed to be successful on whatever path they choose.

We train our dancers on and beyond the dance floor so that each artist obtains both a strong body and a healthy, confident mindset. CAS is committed to helping our dancers set personal goals and take the steps necessary to achieve these goals. Our dancers are educated in anatomy and kinesiology as well as injury prevention to help keep them dancing for years to come.

For detailed information about the measures we are taking to protect our students for in-person dance classes, please visit our Fall 2021 Safety Protocols page.


CAS dance takes a professional, multidisciplinary approach to dance education. Our curriculum ensures each student receives comprehensive dance training designed to allow students of all ages, skill and confidence levels to achieve their greatest potential whether their goals are for professional or personal growth.

Our dance classes are designed to meet each student where they are developmentally, while focusing on a positive, fun, uplifting and family-friendly environment that is based upon individual strengths and achievements rather than competition.

All CAS dance classes are led by caring, engaging, expert CAS dance faculty. Our faculty invests in each individual student to ensure that they feel welcome and valued during their time at CAS.


Class Bundles

CAS dance believes in a well-rounded, multi-genre approach to dance education. Training in multiple styles of dance helps dancers develop more strength, flexibility and artistry that helps them become the best dancer they can be. With this philosophy in mind, we have created dance bundles as an option for our students. Bundled dance classes are designed to work together to allow students to experience multiple dance genres and get the most out of their dance training. Dance bundles are presented with a convenient schedule and a reduced cost to make this experience easy and accessible for our families.


The BW Community Arts School Dance Company, designed for ages 6-18, is a comprehensive dance program for serious dancers and for students looking to build their technical skill set. This company will work as a bridge to the dance industry and prepare serious students for a career in the arts. The purpose of this company is to give students the highest quality education in multiple dance genres to create the most well rounded dancer possible. Participants can expect exceptional instructors, intimate class settings, personalized critiques and focused instruction.

If you have any questions about any of our Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School Dance Company, or to set up an audition for the Company, please contact us!

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Private Lessons

Dancers may enroll in private lessons to receive one-on-one instruction from a Community Arts School faculty member. Private lessons allow each student to develop independently through the careful guidance and mentorship of expert, credentialed faculty. Dance private lessons focus on technique development, artistic quality, strength, flexibility, and speicifc skills appropriate for the age and level of the individual dancer.

There are a limited number of dance private lessons available each semester. Dance private lessons are not guaranteed and are based on instructor and studio availability.

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Summer Dance Immersion

Returning Summer 2022.

The Baldwin Wallace Community Arts School Summer Dance Immersion is a dynamic dance experience designed to bring together dancers from studios across the region, in grades 7-12, to develop artistic growth, cultivate existing dance technique, and challenge new technical development. Students will work with master instructors and experience new dance styles to extend their training on and bey0nd the dance floor. This unique dance camp will be a gathering place of excellence in dance designed to complement, enhance, and further students’ own studio training.

Student will live on the Baldwin Wallace University campus and participate in a variety of dance and social activities. Activities provided during the camp experience will allow the students to foster lasting connections and powerful friendships with other dancers.

This Immersion is a dance event you do not want to miss!

Dance Department Faculty

Jim Becker
Dance Instructor
Heather Dennen
Program Coordinator - Dance
Arianna Fine
Dance Instructor
Clarence Keith
Dance Instructor
Leanna Mullen
Dance Instructor
Paige St. John
Dance Instructor
Lauren Stenroos
Dance Instructor


CAS UNBOXED™ brings the quality arts programs you expect from Baldwin Wallace University's Community Arts School straight to your home! Virtual classes are led by expert BW CAS faculty and are specifically designed for a completely online style of learning. In these five-week virtual classes, students will receive weekly interactive video lessons that students can engage with at any point throughout the week. All the materials you'll need for the class will be shipped directly to your door before the program begins.

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