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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  • Our hearts are complete!!! Who doesnt love a big and a little? 👯👯‍♂️ #swdclove #swdcstrong #weareswdc #bigandlittle #fortcollinscolorado
  • Tonight we celebrate a very special lady. The talented, beautiful and hard working Ms. Marissa Bonertz. With a good heart and her go getter spirit this girl has never let anything get in her way. She graduated from The University of Alabama this past December and is now working as a Media Operator at ESPN in Bristol, Connecticut. There her main responsibility is replay for games. She is learning a lot about television technology and how broadcast networks function. But as a west coast girl at heart, she hopes to eventually move out to LA and continue to entertain the masses through television production! It has been so exciting to watch the way you have evolved your passion for entertainment into a career of your own! We have no doubt in our minds that your dreams will all come true in time. Read on to see how Marissa found herself and her love for entertainment at SWDC! "When I hear the words, Studio West Dance Center, my heart fills with joy as I reminisce on the countless laughs, friendships, and triumphs with an incredible family of talented people. Although I am no longer dancing regularly, the lessons and experiences I carry from my years at the studio absolutely shape how I approach every day. From discipline, to team work, to persistence - the late nights and long weekends taught me to be a leader, to move with grace no matter the circumstance and to balance the weight of the world with those around me. What an incredibly beautiful and powerful thing -to be a dancer. 
Studio West nurtured a confidence in me to chase opportunity and I am comforted to know that, no matter where life takes me, I have a family in SWDC that will support me through it all." -Marissa Bonertz #weareswdc #swdclove #swdcstrong #alumni #family #focoartist #focobornandraised #fortcollinscolorado
  • Tonight our alumni spotlight goes out to the one and only Ian Chubb! Ian as one of our very first alumni had the opportunity to grow along side us. It has been such a joy to watch dance take you to new heights in your life. From teaching to choreographing to performing you are doing it all. We are so proud of the artist you have become and even prouder of the way you in which you continue to educate a new generation of dancers. Read on to see how Ian got his start at SWDC! •
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"Hello, I am Ian Chubb, and I am an alumni from Studio West Dance Center. I started my journey at SWDC when I was in 5th grade, so about 10 years old, and have been a dancer ever since! I began my dance journey strictly as a hip-hop dancer but branched out to all styles of dance as I progressed through their program. I am now a professional dancer out of Los Angeles! I am currently signed with Movement Talent Agency and have done multiple music videos, Reebok industrials, and a few TV shows! I am also a principle dancer for a nonprofit dance company, MusEffect. We spread awareness about social issues through stage shows around the country! I am also part of Muse Dance Company in house convention, which allows me to travel the world and teach students ranging from 7 to 18! My current goal in the industry is to book my first tour with an artist! SWDC was were my passion for dance started and I will never forget that!" -Ian Chubb 
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  • Drum roll please... tonight's alumni spotlight goes out to the one and only, kind, thoughtful and fun loving Ms. Gabrylle Torres!!! We have been lucky enough to have Gaby with us from the very beginning—has she always lit up our life with her witty humor and adventurous spirit! We wouldn't be who or where we are today with out this beautiful soul. Gaby is currently hard at work earning her bachelors in psychology CSU  while simultaneously helping us create the next generation of dancers as an SWDC staff member.  We couldn't be more proud of you Gabz. There is no doubt in our minds that you already are and will continue to make a difference in others lives. Read on to see how SWDC helped shape Gaby into the gal she is today! •
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• "studio west has made me the young girly i am today. it gave me grace, confidence, and passion. through all that i do i carry these characteristics. when i stumble i find my grounding  when i feel less than i remember who i am. when i'm lost i lean on those who have been by my side through it all. dance has given me that and i will forever thank the moon and stars!! no matter how far or near i know i always have a home at SWDC." -Gaby Torres 
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  • We are so excited to feature this lovely lady tonight, Ms. Rachel Anderson. Rachel is beyond a doubt one of the kindest, fun spirited and smart young women we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Rachel most valiantly is starting nursing school this January and of course is thrilled to further her passion for nursing and helping others!! As a natural leader, Rachel even holds a position at her sorority at UNC. Rachel we are so proud of you and can't wait to see where life takes you. Read on to see how SWDC was a part of Rachel's start. •
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• "SWDC was and still is a very significant part of my story. I spent countless hours with people who became my family. Studio West taught me personal growth, self confidence, and gave me a lifetime of memories I will never forget. I still remember what I have learned to this day and will carry and cherish those life lessons forever. I love and miss everyone there very much!!" - Rachel Anderson #weareswdc #swdclove #swdcstrong #alumni #proud #uncgreeley #nursingschool #focobornandraised #fortcollinscolorado #focoart #focoartsist

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