Stage 7 School of Dance
Founded in 1972, Stage 7 School of Dance has been running under the direction of Kathryn Irey since 1983. Irey has not only danced with the Deutsche Ballett am Rhein, one of Germany’s top ballet companies, but is also an accomplished and highly respected arts educator, researcher, and collaborator.
She instructs her staff to utilize the “three points of entry” while teaching: the mind (auditory), body (visually), and spirit (emotionally) to better accommodate differences in the way individuals learn. Irey wants dancers to feel confident and powerful, no matter what their level of experience.
Primarily a ballet studio, various international classes are offered such as Capoeira, Afro-Cuban, and West African dance. For something different, try classes with Heather Stants, a pioneer in tribal fusion belly dancing. For those new to dance, it’s best to go to the source and take Irey’s Adult Pre-Ballet class. She has lovingly nicknamed this class “Bonehead”, because in Irey’s eyes, everyone can learn the art of dance.