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 2005. 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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  • We can not thank Bodytraffic enough for sharing their experience, knowledge and joy for dance. this relationship has been in the making for years now, so glad that the time was finally right and our paths came crashing beautifully into one another. This is not goodbye, but simply a see you later! Until next time our friends with Bodytraffic 👋🏽
  • Setting a strong foundation with a morning ballet class before a full day of dance and creation with the amazing Guzman Rosado of BodyTraffic! One more day left in this intensive...let's give it all we got SWDC!
  • Thank you to everyone that made this recital weekend a success! Our feet are tired, but our hearts are illuminated ❤️
  • Everyone please join us tomorrow night at 7pm at the Lincoln Center  as we give an SWDC style peace out ✌️ to this last season of groovy moves, lots of laughter and don't forget some blood, sweat & tears! You won't want to miss out on watching this award winning ensemble team as the take the stage! Tickets are on sale at the Lincoln Center box office as well as online.
  • Dancers and friends answer this question in the comments: what groundbreaking technique is the artistic director of Body Traffic, Lillian Barbeito, certified in teaching?

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