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.


Dance Company

*2023/2024 SEASON DANCE COMPANY AUDITIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. Please email if you are interested in setting up an audition time.* 

The BW CAS Dance Company is a comprehensive dance program for serious dancers and students looking to build their technical skill set. Our goal is to give students the highest quality education in multiple dance genres and create the most well-rounded dancer possible. Dance Company works as a bridge to the dance industry, preparing dedicated students to reach their fullest potential. Participants can expect small class settings, personalized critiques, and focused instruction.

The BW CAS Dance Company works as a team training cohesively and building lifelong friendships in a non-competitive environment. Personalized curriculum tracks allow company members to focus on their individual goals and aspirations. With the support of an exemplary faculty, company dancers receive the well-rounded training required of marketable dancers.

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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.

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

2024 Dance Immersion Dates Coming Soon!! 

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 beyond 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

Aaron Blizzard
Dance Instructor
Noelle Boyages
Dance Instructor
Heather Dennen
Director of Dance
Melissa Hazard
Yoga Instructor
Arianna Fine
Dance Instructor
Clarence Keith
Dance Instructor
Leanna Mullen
Dance Instructor
Janet Strukely-Dziak
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.