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The Dance Center LIONVILLE

Donna L. Muzio, Artistic Director

Located at the YMCA of Greater Brandywine, Lionville

Welcome to the dance program at the YMCA!  This program is an extension of the The Dance Center/Brandywine Ballet located in West Chester, which was established in 1974.  All faculty and syllabus follow the same structure as our main school in West Chester and all students in the YMCA dance program are given the same performing and training considerations as the West Chester studio students.   Ms. Muzio is the Director of both dance programs and can be reached at:

GENERAL INFORMATION:  All dance classes at the Lionville YMCA are a continuous study of curriculum from September to June. (The dance instruction DOES NOT start new at the beginning of each month.)  The students enrolled in the LIONVILLE dance program follow the same SCHOOL CALENDAR as the students in the West Chester Studio.  


Students have 2 options for registration for all dance classes at the Lionville YMCA. 


2) IN PERSON PROCEDURE: Go to the Lionville YMCA and register at the Welcome Desk. Either way, you will need a Credit Card or Debit Card to register. Fall Registration is open as of May 1!   Reserve your space early as most classes fill quickly!

Registrations are accepted all year long as long as (1) there is space in the class(es) you are requesting and/or (2) your child's age and experience is appropriate for one of our classes. Ms. Muzio will personally consult with families who are requesting registration mid-year to see which class is a good fit for the dancer within the program. Mid-year inquiries should first be directed to: Donna L. Muzio, Director (610) 696-5023.

Your registration for your selected class(es) will renew AUTOMATICALLY EACH MONTH UNLESS YOU CALL TO CANCEL.


Tuition will be automatically withdrawn from your credit or debit card on the first of each month from September to May if you are NOT participating in the Student Recital in June, and each month from September to June if you ARE participating in the Student Recital in June. All classes and rehearsals count as a full month of classes in June. There are no refunds for classes missed. Tuition will remain the same whether your child's class falls in a 3, 4, or 5-week month. Students are entitled to a make-up class for missed classes. Please consult with your child's teacher as to what class(es) is appropriate. Again, no deductions in tuitions will be made for classes missed due to personal appointments, snow closings, YMCA Holiday Schedule, The Dance Center’s School Calendar, etc. Pro-rating tuition will only apply to new students starting in the middle of a month. Make up classes may be taken in advance of your missed class if you know your schedule ahead of time. Again, all missed classes may be made up – no deductions in tuition or refunds will be given.  Contact the YMCA directly for the Tuition Schedule.  There is a different tuition price for Members and Non-Members.

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES – 2019-2020 Dance Season



9:30 - 10:15 Pre-School – Ages 3, 4 – Ballet and Jazz Combination Recital in Ballet 
10:15 - 11:00 Pre-Ballet – Ages 5, 6 – Ballet and Tap Combination Recital in Ballet 
11:00 - 12:00 Elementary 1 - Ages 7, 8 - Ballet and Lyrical Combination Recital in Ballet and Lyrical


BALLET: Light pink footed ballet tights for Pre-School and Pre-Ballet. Light pink convertible tights for the Elementary Division Combination Classes. Pink ballet slippers - Solid color leotard - Short ballet skirt (optional)  We DISCOURAGE tutu's worn for dance class.  Tutu's are for the stage, not for the classroom.  Ballet Skirts are more appropriate for class.

**Elementary 1 Ballet and Lyrical Combination Class:  Pink ballet slippers for the ballet portion  and Tan Foot Undies for the Lyrical portion.
**Pre-School dancers are NOT REQUIRED to have jazz shoes for the jazz portion of the class.
**Pre-Ballet dancers are REQUIRED to have tan tap shoes for the tap portion of the class.

LYRICAL DANCE: Tan Foot Undies for the feet. Same body attire as BALLET

HAIR MUST BE PULLED BACK IN A SECURE BALLET BUN FOR ALL CLASSES that include BALLET.   A pony tail may be worn for Wednesday's Elementary 1/2 Hip Hop and Saturday's Elementary 1/2 Musical Theatre - but those 2 classes are the ONLY exceptions.   Proper dance attire is required for all classes - no street clothing is allowed.  Our dress code is put in place so that the students receive the best dance experience possible.  Sloppy appearance equals sloppy dancing.  

For discounted dance supplies a trip to West Chester will be worth it!  The Village Dance Shoppe, which is located in the same complex as the main studio location of The Dance Center, has everything you need for your dancer at discounted prices.  They also have the Required Attire List on hand for your convenience.   Call for hours:  610-918-9518.


(1) The Nutcracker – Held at West Chester University Theatre

Ballet Students enrolled in either Elementary l,  2 and 3 Combination Classes are invited to participate in the Brandywine Ballet Company’s production of The Nutcracker performed in December at the West Chester University Theatre. Detailed information will be available on-line at after September 1. Participation is NOT mandatory, however it is a wonderful performing opportunity if you would like your child to experience it.

(2) Student Recital 

Annually, The Dance Center ends their year with a beautiful Student Recital for both the West Chester Studio and the Lionville Studio!  MANDATORY Dress Rehearsals and Leotard Rehearsals for the recital will be held the 2 weeks preceding the recital (the exact times will be forthcoming December, 2019). All students are encouraged to participate in the Student Recital, but it is not mandatory.  Complete details and sign-up forms will be emailed to all students October 1.

PLEASE NOTE: Students who sign up for dance classes by February 1 are eligible to participate in the Student Recital. Although welcomed in class, students who sign up after February 1 will not be eligible to participate in the recital as it is the culmination of a years’ worth of dance instruction. Those new students who have not received the majority of instruction will not be prepared for the recital dance. Students who begin past the recital participation deadline should be aware that much of each class is dedicated to the recital dance.


The Student Recital is NOT run by the YMCA. It is run solely by The Dance Center and is combined with the West Chester Studio. All monies involved (except for June tuition) will be paid to The Dance Center. Participation in the Student Recital is not mandatory. Students not participating in the Student Recital are still welcomed to take class(es) and finish out the year of instruction until May.

Tickets will go on sale for the recital in May.  On line sales only. $20 per ticket.

Recital Cost: The cost of costumes is based on which class(es) your child attends. These costs are detailed on the Recital Permission Form. The total cost includes the Recital Fee and the Costume(s) only. These fees DO NOT include shoes and tights needed for the Recital. In addition, these fees DO NOT include costume alterations that may be needed for your child, as all costumes come in general sizing only. The full Recital Cost is due December 1. After December 1, an additional $15 Processing Fee per costume will be due to cover the cost of separate shipping and handling that is charged to The Dance Center after the initial order has been processed and in production.

In order to participate in the Student Recital, students must attend mandatory Leotard Rehearsal at The Dance Center studio in West Chester and mandatory Dress Rehearsal at the theatre (TBA)  in June. Student must also sign up and attend all registered dance classes until the recital which includes June classes/rehearsals.