Studio West Dance Center Mission

Studio West Dance Center opened in 2006 and is dedicated to offering classes with a high standard of dance technique, style, artistry,and performance. Our goal is to help students develop a positive self-image physically and artistically in an innovative and fun atmosphere.


 

SWDC History

Founder and Owner Jennifer Knostman has been dancing for over 46 years with over 30 years teaching and choreography experience. Ms. Knostman was active in theatre, movies and forensics since a young age which rounds out her artistic ability. Her studies have taken her from Kansas to England, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, California, Nevada, New York and Colorado. Touring, teaching and competing led to many individual and company recognitions over the years. As a member of Dance Masters and through participation in dance conferences she has stayed up to date in all areas of dance and instruction. Being a dancer, who started at the age of three, her passion for teaching and choreography developed as early as junior high school. This passion continued through college while attending Kansas State University where she taught dance with the Washington Dance Studio. With an extensive background in dance, a degree from KSU, ten years experience as a Retail Visual Merchandiser and working as a Buyer and Assistant Manager of J Pitner Clothing Co., she gained the business background to run a successful dance studio. This year Jennifer is excited to use her retail management experience to open En Location- A Dance & Body Wear Boutique.

Studio West Dance Center (SWDC) was established in 2006. The name came from Jennifer’s favorite movie growing up, West Side Story. No matter the time of day West Side Story was on, Jennifer would watch and dance along. The movie has remained an inspiration all of her life. SWDC has grown from 50 students in the early days to over 300swdcgroups2011-051. SWDC also has a successful Ensemble Competition team that has grown from a handful of dancers competing 3 pieces in 2006 to a team over 50 dancers strong. Ranging from ages four to eighteen, these dancers compete in almost 60 different pieces including large & small groups, solos, duets and trios.

Studio West Dance Center also offers personalized and professionalized dance instruction/consultation and attention to each family’s personal needs. Studio West Dance Center is a family environment and families are welcome to stay to watch their dancers, read and relax for a moment, and let younger siblings explore.

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  • A HUGE shoutout to our ballet faculty members! Congratulations on your performances in Boulder Ballet's Giselle. We are so proud to have you on our faculty and can't wait to have you all perform a few variations in our very own recital. What a treat! #weareswdc #swdclove
  • Cant wait to cheese it up with these cuties. SWDC pictures are next week, thus starts the countdown to the end of our 2018 season. Thanks for the memories❤ #weareswdc #swdclove
  • SWDC is leaping into the 2019 competition season! Our 2018 season rocked. Dont miss your opportunity to audition and work with these amazing dancers, choreographers and faculty this Saturday and Sunday! We will see you on the dance floor!

Ages 13+ Saturday 10-2
(All interested in tap ages 9+ 1:00)
Ages 9-12 Saturday 3-6
Ages 5-8 Sunday 12:30-2
  • April Showers Bring May Flowers...Happy May Day from SWDC! Our inaugural SWDC Ambassader program has been out of this world! From LA, to a holiday homeless gear drive to brightening up a senior center with 60 May Day baskets we have grown,  we have shared, we have given, and we have received! Plant flowers in others gardens and your life becomes a bouquet~author unkown❤❤❤ #art for change
  • A huge congratulations goes out to our little  Ms. Emily Carpenter on her commitment to Point Park University. Oh boy has it been a joy to have you in our lives, your spirit has an unrivaled presence. You have such a power to be able to walk into a room and create a positive atmosphere. Thank you so much for gifting us with your wonderful spirit, forever will it be with us as your legacy. This very quality will take you anywhere you want. We love you ❤️

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