Around Town: Dance studios prepare for annual spring recitals

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:36 p.m.

Some people hear music and their feet just have to start dancing.

This holds true for the local dance studios that will present spring recitals in the coming weeks.

Kathi's Dance Studio

Kathi's Dance Studio, 535 Baldwin St., Bridgeville, will present its annual show May 20 at 7 p.m. at South Fayette High School. A limited enrollment allows for personal attention from owner Kathi Schuck, who teaches all of the classes with the help of several student assistants. Call 412-257-0465 for summer and fall registration.

Thomas Studio

Thomas Studio of Performing Arts, 111 Washington Ave., Bridgeville, celebrates its 46th annual recital May 17 at 2 p.m. and May 18 at 12 noon and 5:30 p.m. at West Allegheny High School and May 31 at 2 p.m. and June 1 at 12:30 and 4:30 p.m. at Chartiers Valley Intermediate School (preschool dancers only). Owned by Linda Thomas Spencer, the studio has a second location at 7053 Steubenville Pike, Oakdale.

Between the two facilities, the faculty members teach nearly 900 students. Summer classes begin in June, offering tots' camps and dance camps for preschoolers to teens. An open house for the South school will be held June 14 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and for the West school on June 26 from 5-8 p.m. Call 412-257-2000 for summer and fall registration information.

Legacy of Dance

Legacy of Dance, formerly Vella Dance Studio, 1810 Main St., Scott Township, teaches ballet, gymnastics, tap, jazz, baton, hip hop, creative movement, “Mommy and Me” classes, contemporary, ballet technique, strength and flexibility.

The competitive dance company is in its third year. The spring show is June 14 at 1 and 6 p.m. at Chartiers Valley High School. Call 412-221-3736 for fall registration.

Carnegie Performing Arts Center

Celebrating more than 34 years, the Carnegie Performing Arts Center, 150 East Main St., Carnegie, will showcase its students on May 31 at 8 p.m. and June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Andrew Carnegie Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie. Classes taught include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, lyrical, pre-dance through pre-professional. Call 412-279-8887 for the next session's registration information.

Mansfield Conservatory West

Mansfield Conservatory West, 319 W. Main St., Carnegie, offers ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, core strengthening and sculpting, and several adult programs. Call 412-877-0046 for their next session's registration information.

Kyiv Ukrainian Dance School

The Kyiv Ukrainian Dance School holds dance classes for children ranging in age from 4 to 13 at St. Peter & St. Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church Hall, 220 Mansfield Blvd., Carnegie.

The dance ensemble is composed of dancers from age 13 to adult. They will be performing at the Ukrainian Festival in Akron, Ohio, on June 28. Natalie Kapeluck is the dance ensemble's artistic director. Call 412-977-2010 for registration information.

Judy's School of Dance

Judy's School of Dance, Hillside Christian Community Gymnasiam, 1050 Campbells Run Road, Carnegie, will showcase its students on June 7 at 7 p.m. at Carlynton High School. In business for 34 years, students learn tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, tumbling and baton. Fall registration is under way. Call 412-882-7259 for details.

Joy School of Dance

Joy School of Dance, 68 E. Crafton Ave., Crafton, will present its 60th show on June 21 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. at Chartiers Valley High School. Call 412-922-0907 for registration information.

Dance Time Studio

Dance Time Studio, 22 E. Crafton Ave., Crafton, has scheduled its 26th annual recital for June 1 at 3 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland. They recently opened a second studio at 1476 Old Steubenville Pike, lower level, Robinson Township. Call 412-922-7575 for registration information.

Charlotte Smith is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media and can be reached at 724-693-9441 or

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