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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  • And we are off, first stop Celebrity Dance Competition. SWDC Ensemble season has officially begun.Thank you for your hard work, the laughs and the bloopers...let's light up the stage and channel our inner Celebrity this weekend. We know you are all stars, can't wait to see you all shine this weekend🌟🌟🌟#swdclove #weareswdc #celebritydance #feelinlikeacelebrity #focolocal #fortcollins #focoartist #focoart #focoyounglife #denver #celebritydenver #raisingartists #swdcpride #creatingartists #dance #dancecompetition #dancer #dancestudio #instagramcompetition
  • Today our hearts are swelling with pride and a sense of accomplishment. Our first dancer to date has departed on the artistic journey of a lifetime, as a finalist in the Young Arts National Arts Competition. @harrisonknostman will be representing not only our studio,but the state of Colorado in modern dance. Harrison may these next few days challenge you in ways you never imagined, bring you success like you never dreamed of and expand your mind like never before. We are so very proud of the artist, the dancer and man you are becoming. #youngarts2018 #moderndance #swdclove #proudofyou #focoartist #focoart #focobornandraised
  • Dear 2017, thank you for the lessons, the laughter and the adventure. Dear 2018, let's go! Peace out 2017 ✌️ #2018 #newbegginings
  • If we could all see the world through the eyes of a child, we would see the magic in everything! Merry Christmas Everyone! 🎄🥂❤️ 📸: @ashtonschmeeckle
  • There is something about the magic of the season, especially when we can touch the hearts of little ones with dance 🎄💃🏽

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