Welcome to Vashon Center for Dance!

Vashon Center for Dance (VCD) is honored to have served the Vashon Community for more than 2 decades. Whether students are pursuing a career in dance, or study dance because they love it, all students are provided the same excellence in training in a supportive, challenging, and nurturing environment. Confidence, dedication, self-motivation and creative thinking are qualities and skills we seek to instill our students – qualities that will serve them well in all aspects of their lives. Our two spacious studios are in the historic Oddfellows Hall, which we refer to as the “Blue Heron Education Center”.

Education ProgramsCOVID Safety Protocols 

VCA education classes have the following COVID protocols in place to help keep students safe:

  • All staff and instructors are fully vaccinated.
  • Students ages 12 and above must show proof of vaccination prior to start of first class (if we have already seen your vaccination card, no need to show it again). Students who are not vaccinated due to a medical exemption or other reason can contact Wendy 206-259-3001 or Joy 206-259-3005 prior to registration for information on access through testing.
  • Masks must be worn at all times while indoors.
  • Each class begins with sanitizing hands and temperature checks. Students with a temperature above 100.5 will be sent home.
  • Windows are open during class for increased ventilation.
  • High contact surfaces are wiped down frequently.
  • Students, staff and instructors must stay home if they have had exposure to someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID, or if they or someone in their household are experiencing any COVID symptoms (including fever, congestion/runny nose, sore throat, headache, muscle aches, couch, shortness of breath, chills, loss of taste or smell, fatigue, vomiting, or any other symptom identified by the CDC as identified with COVID).
  • We will communicate quickly and openly to parents in the event of any suspected or confirmed exposure to COVID. In the event of a confirmed positive case, we will contact local health officials and follow their guidance on next steps.

*Note for student performers: In order to participate in a dance or musical theatre production on the Kay White Hall stage, all students must show proof of vaccination, OR test negative for COVID on the first day of loading in to the theater AND again on the day of the first performance. To facilitate this process, we will set up a testing station in which VCA staff will witness the testing and results of a parent/guardian administered rapid test. Parents/Guardians will need to purchase their own tests and bring them to the testing station with their student. We recommend BinaxNOW kits, available through Walmart, CVS, Walgreens and Amazon. We will reach out with more information for students involved prior to their production dates.

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Scholarships available!

The deadline to register for Winter Term dance classes is January 7th. The deadline to apply for winter dance scholarships is December 13th.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have financial aid available to make dance classes accessible to any student interested.

Please click the link below or contact BHEC Registrar for more information:

joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org

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For info, registration, and questions please contact us at 206-259-3005


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The Nutcracker!

Vashon Center for the Arts presents our annual dance production of The Nutcracker! A little girl's dream becomes a timeless holiday story filled with swirling snowflakes, dancing flowers, and sensational characters from a kingdom of sweets. Vashon’s Nutcracker is a delightful production produced by Vashon Center for Dance whose cast is comprised of student dancers and local professional performers. December 11, 7pm Live Performance Only December 12, 2pm Live Performance and Livestream Students/Seniors $10 General $15 Required COVID Protocol Proof…

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Creative Movement

Creative Movement
Ages: 3-4
Monday Session: Jan 10-Apr 4 (skip Jan 17 & Feb 21) | 2.45-3:30 pm
Friday Session: Jan 14-Apr 8 (Skip Feb 25 & Mar 4) | 3-3:45 pm
Tuition per session: $185 General | $175 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Upstairs Studio

A fun-filled introduction into the world of dance where children explore their imaginations through music and movement as they develop motor skills, rhythmic awareness, coordination, and balance in a nurturing environment.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Primary Ballet/Tap

Primary Ballet/Tap
Ages: 4-6
Mondays, Jan 10-April 4 (skip Jan 17 & Feb 21) | 3:45-4:45 pm
Tuition: $190 General | $180 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Students will engage in fun and structured activities that support skill acquisition and prepares them for the next level of Ballet and Tap. 

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet II

Ballet II
Ages: 7-8
Mondays, Jan 10-Apr 4 (skip Jan 17 & Feb 21) | 4-5 pm
Tuition: $190 General | $180 Member
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Upstairs Studio

Building on the content of Ballet I, students continue their learning journey in Ballet II. Warm up at center, then learn how to string steps together into combinations.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet/Tap I

Ballet/Tap I
Ages: 6-7
Mondays, Jan 10-April 4 (skip Jan 17 & Feb 21) | 4:45-5:45 pm
Tuition: $190 General | $180 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen
Location: Downstairs Studio

Students will learn awareness of alignment and basic ballet and tap vocabulary and technique. Class will include center work and across the floor exercises that tap into imagination and develop musicality.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Modern and Choreography III-IV

Modern and Choreography III-IV
Mondays, Jan 10-Apr 4 (skip Jan 17 & Feb 21) | 5:00-6:00 pm
Tuition (includes $50 production fee): $240 General | $230 Member
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Upstairs Studio

Learn the movements that are the foundation for classical modern dance and develop your creative voice. Contractions, spirals, basic floor work, and the concepts of Modern dance (space, time and force) are taught in a manner that is encouraging and fun. The class will perform in our annual Original Works production (performance fee included).

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Tap III-IV

Tap III-IV
Mondays, Jan 10-Apr 4 (skip Jan 17 & Feb 21) | 5:45-6:45 pm
Tuition: $190 General | $180 Member
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Downstairs Studio

Building on the fundamentals of tap, students will work on their rhythm hoofing, time stepping, improvisational skills, and more! Must have tap experience.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Jazz V-VII

Jazz V-VII
Mondays, Jan 10-Apr 4 (skip Jan 17 & Feb 21) | 6:00-7:15 pm
Tuition (includes $50 production fee): $285 General | $275 Member
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Upstairs Studio

A fabulous class for advanced dancers in a treasured American dance genre that includes a warm-up, stretching, across the floor combinations and fun choreography that builds every week. The class will perform in our annual Original Works production (performance fee included).

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Modern V-VII

Modern V-VII
Mondays, Jan 10-Apr 4 (skip Jan 17 & Feb 21) | 7:30-9 pm
Tuition (includes $50 production fee): $330 General | $315 Member
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Upstairs Studio

Modern dance is important training for all dancers and this class will be fun and energetic. At this level, Graham, Cunningham, Limon and other modern disciplines are covered. Class will perform in our annual Original Works production (performance fee included).

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet
Ages: 13+
Tuesday Session: Jan 11-Apr 5 | 2:15-3:15 pm
Thursday Session: Jan 13-Apr 7 | 6:30-7:30 pm
Tuition for each session: $225 General | $215 Member
Instructor: Kathleen Bonner
Location: Upstairs Studio

Our two weekly adult ballet classes taught by island dancer/teacher/choreographer Kathleen Bonner are focused on technique, choreography, and fun.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Pre-Professional Ballet

Pre-Professional Ballet

Tuesday Session: Jan 11-Apr 5 (skip Feb 22) | 3:15-4:15 pm
Tuition: $205 General | $195 Member
Instructor: Sana Tepley

Thursday Session: Jan 13-Apr 7 (skip Feb 24) | 3:00-4:15 pm
Tuition: $255 General | $245 Member
Instructor: Vadne White

Pre-Professional Ballet is a companion class to Ballet V & VI and provides advanced training to dancers who are serious about their craft and have a desire to dance at the professional and/or collegiate level.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet III

Ballet III
Ages: 8-11
Tuesdays & Fridays, Jan 11-Apr 8 (skip Feb 22 & 25) | 4:00-5:30 pm
Tuition: $615 General | $595 Member
Instructor: Elise Ericksen and Vanesa Wylie
Location: Downstairs Studio on Tuesdays, Upstairs Studio on Fridays

At this level, dancers train twice weekly for skill acquisition and injury prevention. Dancers will be introduced to turns, more intricate combinations, and proper technique will be a focus.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet IV Pointe

Ballet IV Pointe
Tuesdays, Jan 11-Apr 5 (skip Feb 22) | 4:15-5:45 pm & Thursdays, Jan 13-Apr 7 (skip Feb 24) | 5:45-7:15 pm
Tuition: $615 General | $595 Member
Instructor: Sana Tepley, Madeline Morser, and Vadne White

Ballet IV combines elements of pre-pointe and beginning pointe work, as well as intermediate combinations, stretches, turns, and jumps. Twice weekly training is the minimum requirement for skill acquisition. Pointe and pre-pointe students will meet together on Tuesdays and separately on Thursdays for technique training.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet IV Pre-Pointe

Ballet IV Pre-Pointe
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Jan 11-Apr 7 (skip Feb 22 & Feb 24) | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $615 General | $595 Member
Instructor: Sana Tepley, Madeline Morser, and Vadne White
Ballet IV combines elements of pre-pointe and beginning pointe work, as well as intermediate combinations, stretches, turns, and jumps. Twice weekly training is the minimum requirement for skill acquisition. Pointe and pre-pointe students will meet together on Tuesdays and separately on Thursdays for technique training.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet V-VII

Ballet V-VII
Tuesdays, Jan 11-Apr 5 (skip Feb 22) | 5:45-7:15 pm & Thursdays, Jan 13-Apr 7 (skip Feb 24) | 4:15-5:45 pm
Tuition: $615 General | $595 Member
Instructors: Vadne White, Sana Tepley and Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs Studio

Students at this level are trained in intermediate to advanced pointe work, partnering, controlled adage, adept petit allegro, as well as more advanced combinations, turns, and jumps. Scholarly articles are shared with students in the areas of conditioning, nutrition, wellness, flexibility, and more. Twice weekly training is the minimum requirement for skill maintenance.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet V-VII Spring Concert Rehearsal

Ballet V-VII Spring Concert Rehearsal
Tuesdays, Jan 11-Apr 5 (skip Feb 22) | 7:15-8:30 pm
Tuition and Performance Fee: $305 General | $290 Member
Instructor: Sana Tepley
Location: Upstairs Studio

Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn choreography and rehearse for our annual Spring Concert in June.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Choreography V-VII

Choreography V-VII
Wednesdays, Jan 12-Apr 6 (skip Feb 23) | 3:15-4:15 pm
Tuition: $205 General | $195 Member
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs Studio

This class is the toolbox builder for both new and continuing choreographers level V and above. Every two or so classes, students will begin work on a new element or tool of choreography, viewing examples of professional work exemplifying the same concepts. Students are encouraged to use the material they create in this lab style class for their own choreography, as pure experimentation, or any combination thereof.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Tap II

Tap II
Ages: 8-12
Wednesdays, Jan 12-Apr 6 (skip Feb 23) | 4:00-5:00 pm
Tuition: $205 General | $195 Member
Instructor: Joy Ghigleri
Location: Downstairs Studio

Trying on tap shoes for the first time or looking to expand on skills from our tap/ballet combo classes? Let’s get you learning the fundamentals of tap dance! We’ll have you shuffling, paddle and rolling in no time! No dance experience required. 

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Contemporary III-IV

Contemporary III-IV
Wednesdays, Jan 12-Apr 6 (skip Feb 23) | 4:15-5:30 pm
Tuition (includes $50 performance fee): $305 General | $290 Member
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs Studio

This class is aimed at introducing level III and IV dancers to Contemporary dance. An umbrella term for various mixtures of Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and international dance styles, Contemporary dance is a wonderful opportunity to dive into learning complex, detailed, and satisfying phrase-work to a variety of pop and indie music choices. Following a full body warm up standing, upside-down, and on the ground, we will learn across the floor progressions and longer phrases. The class will perform in our annual Original Works production (performance fee included).

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Lyrical V-VII

Lyrical V-VII
Wednesdays, Jan 12-Apr 6 (skip Feb 23) | 5:30-7:00 pm
Tuition (includes $50 production fee): $360 General | $345 Member
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs Studio

Lyrical dance is most often defined as a combination of ballet and jazz techniques, with emphasis on graceful, fluid motions that often mirror the lyrics or theme of the music. Class will start with a center warm up including both standing exercises and daily workshops for jumps, turns, and falls to be used in phrase-work, and then will move into traveling progressions as well as longer phrases/group dances. This class is an advanced level open to level V dancers and above and will perform in our annual Original Works production (performance fee included).

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Contemporary V-VII

Contemporary V-VII
Wednesdays, Jan 12-Apr 6 (skip Feb 23) | 7:00-8:30 pm
Tuition (includes $50 performance fee): $360 General | $345 Member
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Upstairs Studio

This advanced class, open to level V and above, includes a full body warm up with combos standing, upside-down, and on the ground followed by phrase work and some feel-good across the floor progressions. Explore the details of timing, floor-work, inversions, and a powerful grounded center. The class will perform in our annual Original Works production (performance fee included).

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet IV Pre-Pointe Spring Concert Rehearsal

Ballet IV Pre-Pointe Spring Concert Rehearsal
Thursdays, Jan 13-Apr 7 (skip Feb 24) | 5:45-6:30 pm
Tuition and Performance Fee: $205 General | $195 Member
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Downstairs Studio

Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn and rehearse 2 or more roles for our annual Spring Concert in June.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet IV Pointe Spring Concert Rehearsal

Ballet IV Pointe Spring Concert Rehearsal
Thursdays, Jan 13-Apr 7 (skip Feb 24) | 7:15-8 pm
Tuition and Performance Fee: $205 General | $195 Member
Instructor: Madeline Morser
Location: Downstairs Studio

Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn and rehearse 2 or more roles for our annual Spring Concert in June.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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Ballet III Spring Concert Rehearsal

Ballet III Spring Concert Rehearsal
Tuesdays, Feb 8-Apr 5 (skip Feb 22) | 5:30-6:15 pm
Tuition and Performance Fee: $155 General | $145 Member
Instructor: Vanesa Wylie
Location: Downstairs Studio

Required for participation in Spring Concert in June. Students will work with VCA choreographers to learn and rehearse 2 or more roles in our annual Spring Concert.

For questions or help with registrations, please contact our registrar at joy@vashoncenterforthearts.org or (206) 259-3005.

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