Mahoning Valley Ballet Hosts Haunted Dance Studio

>> Sunday, October 27, 2013

Van Dyke & Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet would like to thank those who attended their Haunted Dance Studio on Friday, October 25th, 2013.  

Visitors were greeted by costumed characters and then ushered into a small dark room where they watched a custom video tale about the haunted tutu. Afterwards, Little Red Riding Hood introduced supporters to their mysterious guide, who led them through a labyrinth of scenes represented from tragic ballets including the The Red Shoes and Giselle. Visitors then had the option of traveling to the third floor of our studio to walk through the haunted maze complete with chilling characters, spooky sounds, doll parts, spiders and dead ends.  Appearances were made by the famous Elvis and Michael Jackson.  Mahoning Valley Ballet dancers also taught guests "Thriller" choreography which they performed with the Flashmob that took place at Punxsutawney's Halloween Fest in Barclay Square on Saturday, October 26th.

We hope visitors had a Spooktacular time and we appreciate their support of the arts in our community.  Also, a special thanks to our dancers and their families who volunteered their time and efforts to make our event a success.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Mahoning Valley Ballet Company.


VDC to Host Haunted Dance Studio

>> Saturday, October 5, 2013


>> Friday, August 16, 2013


Dancer, Erin Achille, Forest Dancing Summer Intensive
Visit us on Saturday, August 24th, 2013Register for dance classes at our Punxsutawney Studio from 9:00 a.m. to noon or at our new DuBois Loft Studio on 5 W. Long Ave from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Participants are welcome to tour our facility, meet faculty, and purchase dance apparel from our in-house dance supply store, Waltzing Matilda.  

Go to our classes page for a listing of offered courses, as well as information on required training and dress codes for our dance classes. Throughout the dance season, we also offer special interest courses, workshops, guest artist events, and fitness classes.  

For more information or answers to your questions, call us at 814-938-8517 or 814-938-8434. You can also send us an email at


August Summer Dance

>> Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer Dance Intensive:  August 5th - 9th 2013  
Special one week intensive for students in Level Beginners III Ballet and above
Classes include Ballet, Conditioning, & Repertoire
9:00 am-12:30 pm (M-F)
Cost $175.00 per session (17.5 Classes)

Location:  Punxsutawney Studios
To Register Call:  814-938-8517 


July Summer Dance

>> Friday, June 21, 2013

July 8-12:  One Week Summer Dance Intensives 
9-10 am Kinderdance (M, W, F)
10-11am Tap I (M,W, F)
Cost $65.00 per session (6 Classes)


9-10 am Jazz (M, W, F)
9-10 am Tap (T, H)
10-11 am Ballet (M-F)
11-12 pm Modern (M-F)
Cost $155.00 per session (15 Classes)

9-10 am Tap (T, H)
9-10 am Jazz (M, W, F)
11-12 pm Modern (M-F)
12-1:30 pm Ballet (M-F)
1:30-2 pm Pointe (M-F)
Cost $185.00 per session (20 Classes)

July 8-12:  Princess & Prince Arts Camp
Camp includes Ballet, Etiquette & Royal Manners, Costume Creations, Singing & Acting
Ages 4-6 & Ages 7-10

9:00 am-12:00 pm (M-F)
Cost $150.00/week
Register by June 28


Special Interest Course

>> Monday, June 10, 2013

Social Dance Class (5 Week Summer Session)

Learn to Rhumba, Cha-Cha, and Swing!

Time:  Friday Evenings 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Date:  Classes held on 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12
Session Cost:  $110 per couple or $60 per single
Instructor:  Trevor Runco

Starts June 14th...
To Register:  Call 814-938-8517


Forest Dancing 2013

>> Thursday, May 16, 2013

 Deadline To Apply is Friday, June 7th
Call 814-938-8517 to Reserve a Space

Our 23rd Anniversary Dancing in the Woods
June 16 - 23, 2013
2012 Forest Dancers & Faculty
Forest Dancing is a week long summer program located in picturesque Cook Forest, PA. Designed for dancers ages 8 and up with 1 year of prior ballet training, students receive daily technique classes in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, and Tap.  Live accompaniment, repertory rehearsals, and a studio performance create an inspiring environment for the serious dancer. Program activities include nature walks, swimming, arts and crafts, a canoe trip, talent show, and a night at the Sawmill Theater --
A perfect blend of summer fun, mother nature, and the beauty of dance! Forest Dancing will be held June 16-21, 2013. Download your Student Application here or visit our website Forest
You can also LIKE US on Facebook!


Nutcracker Photo Book Available for Purchase

Van Dyke and Company and the Mahoning Valley Ballet presented the Nutcracker in November 2012 at the Punxsutawney Area High School. Celebrating the twelfth anniversary of our production, the Nutcracker has greatly evolved since our first staging in 1988. A special thank you to all who made our performances a success throughout the years. And to our cast of talented individuals who have brought so much beauty to our stage.

The following images from our 2012 performance are included in a 7" x 7" soft cover photo book which is available for purchase. Order forms are available at the Punxsutawney Studio and must be returned to the main office for processing. The 70 page album includes over 150 professionally enhanced images. 

Party Guests
Party guests toast on Christmas Eve
Baby Dolls
Harlequin and Baby Dolls
Mechanical Doll
Herr Drosselmeyer, played by Dustin Jewell,
brings to life his Mechanical Doll, Elizabeth Depp-Hutchinson
Scared Mice
Soldiers Prepare
Soldiers prepare to battle the mice and their King
Clara and Mice
Mice surround Clara as she protects her toy Nutcracker
Clara wakes Nutcracker Prince
Clara attempts to awaken her beloved life-size Nutcracker Prince
Snow Falling
The Snowflakes dance in a winter forest
Mother Ginger and her Polichinelle are always an audience favorite
Flowers Line-up
Waltz of the Flowers
Sarah, Elizabeth, Ella, Laura, Erin, Alanna, Liz
Liz as Sugar Plum
Liz Keller performs the Sugar Plum Fairy Variation
Sugar Plum and Cavalier
Sugar Plum, Erin Achille, dances with her Cavalier, Trevor Runco
Sugar Plum and Cavalier


Our Sister Company: IUP Dance Theater

>> Wednesday, March 27, 2013

For several years now, Van Dyke and Company's Mahoning Valley Ballet (MVB) has shared the stage with their sister company the IUP Dance Theater Company. Artistic Director, Holly Boda-Sutton, has overseen the professionally modeled touring company since its conception and has collaborated with the MVB on various dance projects and productions. Joan Van Dyke, Associate Professor at IUP and Assistant Director for IUP Dance Theater, developed the Mahoning Valley Ballet to provide our more serious dancers with pre-professional training and performance opportunities. Through our sister company affiliation, Van Dyke and Boda-Sutton have created a one-of-a-kind dancing partnership. Together, the companies have trained, toured, and performed.

An Evening of Dance and Percussion
Image courtesy of IUP

In supporting each other and promoting the arts, we would like to announce IUP Dance Theater's upcoming spring performance, "An Evening of Dance and Percussion." We hope you'll enjoy a night of dancing and live music on Saturday, April 6th at 7PM in Fisher Auditorium (IUP/Indiana Campus).

For additional show information and ticket sales, please click on the image/link provided to the left.


Special Interest Course: Hip-Hop

>> Friday, March 15, 2013

Urban street dance including a variety of styles.
Students learn body isolations, strength exercises, 
and coordination of movement while having fun!

6 WEEK SESSION:  Starts March 28th
TIME:  Thursday's 7-8:00 PM
PLACE:  VDC Punxsy Studio, 3rd Floor
SESSION COST:  $75.00 per dancer
AGES:  7 and up

TO REGISTER: Call 814-938-8517


Brand New Classes and Registration Info

>> Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Registration for New Students
Registration, dancewear fitting, and open house will be held Saturday, January 26th, 2013 at the Punxsutawney Studio from 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM.  Students and parents are welcome to observe classes in progress, register for classes, and purchase items from our in house dancewear store, Waltzing Matilda. If you are unable to visit our dancing facility, you may also REGISTER NOW by calling 814-938-8517.  Click here for our Pre-Registration Application

New Branch Studio Classes at "The Loft" in DuBois

Located above Joe's Tux Shop (3rd Floor) on W Long Ave., Parking available in rear lot

DUBOIS SCHEDULE:  Classes Begin Feb. 5th *

4:30-5:30 PM    Kinderdance I   
5:30-6:30 PM    Beg. I Ballet      
6:30-7:30 PM    Liturgical Dance

4:30-5:30 PM    Beg. II Ballet
5:30-6:30 PM    Modern
6:30-7:30 PM    Jazz

New Classes at our Punxsy Studio 

Turns, Leaps, and Jumps
Thursday:  7-8:00 PM
Class begins Jan. 17th
A class supplement focusing on the technical aspects of turning, leaping, and jumping. Addresses the safe execution of movements and integrates advanced progressions. Course also includes core strengthening and flexibility exercises.

Adult Ballet
Thursday:  7-8:00 PM
Class begins Jan. 17th
An introduction to classical ballet for the adult learner. Great for the body and mind!

New Special Interest Courses at our Punxsy Studio

Session Cost:  $75.00
6 Week Session:  Begins Feb. 7th through March 14th
Urban street dance including a variety of styles for ages seven and older.
* New Time:  Thursday's 7-8:00 PM 

Social Dance
Friday Evenings:  7-8:00 PM
Session Cost:  $110 per couple, $60 per single
4 Week Session:  Begins Feb. 22nd through March 15th
Learn to Rhumba, Cha-Cha, and Swing. Couples or singles welcome.
Note:  Last class held on 3/15 from 7-8 pm; Class Party to follow from 8-10 pm
Instructor:  Trevor Runco

Mommy and Me 
Tuesday:  6-6:30 PM
Session Cost:  $55.00
6 Week Session:  Begins Feb. 5th through March 12th

An introduction to the art of dance ideal for children ages two to four with parent or caregiver participation. This course will assist in the development of muscle coordination, musicality, and flexibility. Gross motor skills, rhythm patterns, and imaginative exercises will be explored in a cooperative learning environment. This is the foundation for our Kinderdance class.
* Cancelled due to low enrollment/Check back for future session offering 

Click here 2013 Spring Class Schedule to view all of our current class offerings


Dance Into the New Year!

>> Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year from Van Dyke & Co. and the Mahoning Valley Ballet!
There's a lot of NEW and exciting happenings for us in 2013...

Turns, Leaps, & Jumps
Adult Ballet
Mommy & Me
Social Dance

Branch studio re-opening in DuBois, PA

To register for our Spring Semester please call 814-938-8517
Visit our Classes page to learn more about our current course offerings.
We hope this New Year you'll join our dancing family!



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814 - 938 -8517

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