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About Us

Whether you are pursuing a professional career or dancing for pure enjoyment and good exercise, the entire faculty at The Dance Center provides consistent, individual attention to each student, encouraging achievement and progress. We offer each and every dancer excellent guidance throughout their years of training at our studio.

The Dance Center was established in 1974 in West Chester by Donna Muzio. The main goal and purpose of the school is to provide professional training to serious students pursuing a career in dance.

Our Director

For more than 40 years, Ms. Muzio has served as Director of The Dance Center. Her unequaled dedication to her school, students, and instructors as well as her unique, thorough teaching style has developed our reputation as one of the top pre-professional training institutions in the Tri-State area. While consistently working to develop and improve the Vaganova curriculum, Ms. Muzio continues to teach classes, mentor students, and implement structured, classical schedules for her school and company to follow. As a result of this hands-on approach, the Dance Center continues to be one of the most current, successful dance schools, attracting talented, serious students who are seeking a classical ballet base and challenging performing experiences.

Brandywine Ballet

In 1978, Ms. Muzio founded the Brandywine Ballet, a nonprofit ballet company that uses The Dance Center as its official school. Then in 2000, Ms. Muzio partnered with West Chester University and Eddy Toussaint to found the Brandywine Ballet Certificate in Dance Program. Both of these nonprofit programs have proven to be successful creative outlets for both serious dance students and professionally recognized choreographers.

Fully Realized Education

While the Brandywine Ballet was initially performing and concentrating on classical ballets, Ms. Muzio's has expanded the school and company over the last few years to develop artists who fit in the modern century. Our studio now produces classically trained dancers who are also exposed to contemporary and neoclassic choreography and influence.

Continuing Education

With the help of our instructors, many of our students go on to earn scholarships to prestigious summer programs, such as the New York City Ballet, as well as some of the top colleges and universities for dance education, including New York University, the Julliard School, and Indiana University. We also have had 20 students train at the School of American Ballet, four of whom earned full scholarships, as well as 50 students go on to the American Ballet Theatre, Washington Ballet, Boston Ballet, Ballet West, Atlanta Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet.

Performing Partnership

Brandywine Ballet and West Chester University Certificate in Dance Program.