December News

>> Tuesday, December 8, 2015

DECEMBER 7-12: "Bring a Friend Week"
Each dancer may bring a maximum of two friends or relatives to observe or participate in class.

TUESDAY, DEC. 15: "MVB Community Performance"
Company members set to perform for the Young Women's Club. Tis' the season to share the gift of dance!

SATURDAY, DEC. 19: "Mahoning Valley Ballet Co. Auditions"
Eligible students must be in Beg. III Ballet or above and be taking the recommended number of classes in their level. If interested please see Ms. Van Dyke as well as pick up a copy of the company rules. Auditions, including a written exam and ballet class, will take place at our Punxsy studio location from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. For more information about the Mahoning Valley Ballet click here.

DECEMBER 22-Jan 10: "Holiday Break"
Have a most wonderful holiday season!

Give your special dancer the perfect present . . .
Gift Certificates also available for
Van Dyke & Co. classes & Waltzing Matilda dance apparel


VDC Announces Winter Performance

>> Monday, October 5, 2015

Van Dyke & Co. & the Mahoning Valley Ballet present 
The Nutcracker
A beloved ballet and holiday tradition set to the music of Tchaikovsky.  
Join us for Clara's magical journey - - a gift for the entire family.

Image by April Astorino Matthews

Friday, November 27th: 7 PM
Saturday, November 28th: 2 PM

Punxsutawney Area High School
(500 N. Findley Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767)

General Admission: $13
Reserved Seating: $16
Sponsor a Student Ticket: $13
Stage Repair Donation: $5 (benefits the PACC Jackson Theater)
Sugarplums: $100 
(name in the program & 4 reserved center section seats in the first 4 rows)
For Tickets Call: 814-938-8434

Proceeds of our performances benefit the James Merritt Van Dyke Scholarship Award, given to deserving high school seniors continuing their dance education.


Fall Announcements

>> Thursday, August 27, 2015

Will be held on Saturday, August 29th at our Punxsutawney Studio from 9:00 a.m. to noon and at our DuBois Loft Studio location on 5 W. Long Ave. (above Joe's Tux Shop) from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 

During registration, students and their families will have the opportunity to tour our studios, meet instructors and purchase dance apparel from our in-house dance supply store, Waltzing Matilda. Please view our classes page for course listings and dress code information. 

Newly Added Classes:
PXY Studio

Thur. 6-7 pm:  Hip-Hop
Thur. 7:30-8:30 pm:  Jumps, Turns, Leaps
Thur. 7:30-8:30 pm:  Adult Ballet 


Mon. 11-11:45 am:  Zumbini (0-3 yrs)
Mon. 5-5:45 pm:  Zumbini (0-3 yrs)
Wed. 5-6 pm:  Zumba Kids Jr. (4-6 yrs)
Wed. 6:05-7:05 pm:  Zumba Kids (7-11 yrs)
Click HERE to see all Zumba classes 


To be held on Saturday, September 19th at the VDC Punxsutawney Studios from 1-3 pm. Women, men & boys are needed for ACT I: Party Scene & Battle Scene. No dance experience necessary. Come ready to learn and have fun! Clara invites you to share in her magical holiday journey.  

** Nuts Rehearsal Schedule ** (Revised 9/23/15)


Summer Announcements

>> Thursday, June 4, 2015

ART WALK:  June 6
The Mahoning Valley Ballet will be on stage at the Reitz Theater in support of the arts in our local community. Showtimes:  11-11:30 am and 1-1:30 pm. For more info visit their website here.

FOREST DANCING 2015:  June 14-19th
An intensive week-long summer program held in picturesque Cook Forest, PA for dancers ages 8 and up.  Classes in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and pointe for qualified students.  Excellent faculty, outdoor activities, a night at the theater and lasting friendships. Options for overnight or day-time campers available. A Final performance and farewell picnic concludes our annual camp. 

Classes for all ages and levels offered in Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Tap at our Punxsutawney studio.  Please call 814-938-8517 for package details and registration information.  Also offering Princess & Prince Arts Camp for younger children. 

Ballet, Conditioning & Repertoire at our Punxsutawney studio for dancers in Beginners III Ballet and above.  Classes held daily 9:00 am - 12:30 pm.  Company members are highly encouraged to attend. Session package price is $115.  To register call 814-938-8517.

FALL REGISTRATION: Saturday, August 29, 2015
9:00 am - noon at our Punxsutawney Studio
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm at our DuBois Loft Studio

Happy Dancing!

photo credits:  April Astorino Matthews


VDC Presents 2015 Spring Performance

>> Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Mahoning Valley Ballet Company alongside select Van Dyke & Company dancers will present "SUMMER TIMES" at the Verna Leith Sawmill Theater located in Cooksburg, PA on May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd at 8:00 PM.

The dance EXTRAVAGANZA which kicks off the Sawmill Theater's summer season is under the direction of Joan E. Van Dyke and will include genres of ballet, jazz, modern and musical theater.  Enjoy the sounds of Sousa, Gershwin, a Barber Shop Quartet, an interpretative comedy rendition of "Who's on First?" and much more.

Guest artist CHOREOGRAPHY by Michelle Van Dorean and Jeffrey Rockland, as well as faculty works by April Astorino Matthews and Catherine Hayes.  Come celebrate the 2015 season with us!

TICKETS may be purchased by contacting the Sawmill Theater via phone at 814-927-5275, in person at their main office or by emailing  
Price:  $15.00/each

Pictured above:  Madison/MVB Co. Dancer
Photo Credit:  April Astorino Matthews


Forest Dancing 2015

>> Monday, March 16, 2015


Photo Credit:  April Astorino Matthews

Forest Dancing is a week long summer dance intensive for students ages 8 and up with one year of prior ballet training. Affordable tuition, distinguished faculty, a versatile dance program and beautiful setting make for a unique and memorable experience. 

Held in Cook Forest, PA on June 14th-19th, dancers will participate in 4-5 classes per day, crafts, nature walks, a canoe trip, swimming and an evening at the Sawmill Theater.  A final performance at Kalyumet Campgound and a farewell picnic for families and friends is scheduled on the last day.

Campers can choose the Resident Student Program or participate as a Daytime Student only.  A two-day Teacher's Workshop is also available including class demonstrations, panel discussions, course syllabus and more.

Don't miss out on the unforgettable camp memories and friendships that last a lifetime! Download the 2015 Application here and register early to ensure your spot. 

For more information please visit and Forest Dancing on Facebook.  


Special Interest Course: Musical Theater

>> Sunday, February 1, 2015

Van Dyke & Company will be hosting a Musical Theatre class where acting, singing, and dancing collide to tell a story. In this eight week special interest course, dancers will be introduced to the history of musical theatre and study classics from Showboat to Cats. They will learn about musicals that made an impact on Broadway, choreographers that set new standards, and different dance vernaculars. 

This series, instructed by VDC faculty member Catherine Hayes, will focus on the dance and performance aspects of Musical Theatre. Singing is encouraged, but not a major focus. Regular dance attire (solid color leotard & tights) are required along with jazz shoes and/or character shoes for ladies. 

Our Musical Theater offering is designed for students with prior dance experience and who are currently at a technique level of Beg. III Ballet or Jazz II or above. 

Classes will meet on Friday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm at the Punxsutawney Studio on the following scheduled dates:

Friday, March 6th, 20th, & 27th ** NO CLASS on 3/13 due to VDC Spring Break
Friday, April 3rd, 10th, 17th, & 24th
Friday, May 1st

For cost and registration, please call 814-938-8517 or visit the VDC main office.


Classes Resume

>> Sunday, January 11, 2015

WARM UP your WINTER how?
. . . by DANCING of course!
Mahoning Valley Ballet in "Frozen" from the Ugly Duckling Ballet
Van Dyke & Co. classes resume Monday, January 12th, however there's still time to sign up for additional courses or register as a new or returning student. Adult learners at any skill level are also welcome at our studios. 

Instruction is offered in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Private Ballroom, as well as fitness options including Stretch & Flex, Zumba, Toni's Aerobics, Kettlebell and Yoga. We also host guest artists, special dance workshops and private lessons throughout the year. Please view our Blog and 
Facebook pages for upcoming events and course offerings.

To Register Call:  814.938.8517
Two Studio Locations:  Punxsutawney & DuBois


Van Dyke & Company

Van Dyke and Company -- 101 East Mahoning Street, Punxsutawney, PA 15767
814 - 938 -8517

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