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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  • 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

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