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Carolyn Durtha Dance Studio Inspires Young Dancers

By Keith Donaldsn

Carolyn Durthra has been inspiring young dancers in Rhode Island for years. She took some time to answer questions about her studio and its success.

How do dance classes benefit children?

We are an all inclusive dance studio and believe that movement is for everyone. Our philosophy includes lessons of integrity, respect, kindness and community. As a performance based Studio, our engagement with the community is essential.

Dance classes benefit children by providing a unique opportunity to interact with others while exploring how their bodies move. Students build endurance and strength through flexibility and muscle control excercises all while having fun. They build focus, listening skills and memory of steps and routines.

Through participation in a group setting, students learn from their peers, teachers, and build lasting friendships along the way. Lessons of team building and camaraderie are part of our curriculum. Children nurture their emotional development by being challenged and achieving success in a safe environment to express themselves. They are proud learning new things.

What would you say to adults who wish to take dance classes but have no experience?

Children are surrounded by many cultural influences of music and styles of dance. There is history to learn and vocabulary to build. Dance classes use rhythm, patterns and musical counts which help to further developing academic skills.

Our studio encourages the exploration of dance and movement by people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. The joy of dance is shared among the students, their families, studio staff and the community.

What else would you like to convey to the public about your dance studio? What do you enjoy about your job?

Miss Carolyn Dutra's passion and love of dance has allowed the studio to thrive for almost 45 years. At 70 years old, she continues teaching classes of all levels. She sites her inspiration and motivation from her students who continue to teach her new things every day.

In addition to the dance studio, Miss Carolyn built a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Dance For Art, Inc.(DFA). The mission of DFA is to cultivate the importance of community service learning through dance and provide performance opportunities for young dancers. DFA provides financial scholarships for students to attend dance education workshops, trainings and performing arts opportunities around the world.

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