Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance Studio and Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018
Classes

NEW September 2018-June 2019 Dance Class Schedules

  • Classes begin September 10, 2018 - June 21, 2019​
  • Placement is based on each student’s unique and individual capabilities determined by our graded curriculum. Age is used as a guideline. Generally, students spend 2-3 years in each level.  Being in a level for more than 1 year does not mean a dancer is not progressing.  Our curriculum intends for dancers to receive training in a level for multiple years as they develop and retain repetition of instruction.
  • Each class is closed once it reaches maximum enrollment capacity to uphold the integrity of our dance education and to better serve your dancers. Teacher:Student ratio is important to us. ​If a class is full you can be added to a waitlist.
  • A minimum of 6 students are needed in order for a class to take off. If we do not have 6, the class will be combined with comparable level and age group on another day or time.
  • Make up classes are available in classes that are not full.
Mommy and Me (18 months-2 1/2 years)
A 30 minute parent/child Creative Movement Program designed to impart the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of our youngest dancers. Students will be exposed to a fun, constructive and nurturing classroom experience exposing them to classroom etiquette, musical awareness, as well as exploring self-awareness, creative expression and imagination. Rhythm, creative movement and the use of props are introduced.  Any adult care giver is welcome...not just Mommy! 
To uphold the integrity of our dance education, Mommy & Me classes require 1 adult per dancer.  If you have multiple children, another adult must attend per child. Can be dad, auntie, uncle, grandma, etc.!  No other adults or siblings allowed in dance room.​  Other siblings/children, may not be left unattended in the waiting room.
Warwick
Monday 9:30am
Wednesday 5:00pm *NEW class starting February 2019 if 6 students registered. Not in June Recital.
Saturday 8:45am
Saturday 9:30am

Cranston
​Tuesday 9:30am
Thursday 5:45pm
Saturday 8:45am FULL

Smithfield
Saturday 8:45am
Preschool (2 1/2-5 years old)
A 45 minute class designed to introduce and explore creative movement. Emphasis is on developing gross motor skills, muscle control, balance and spatial awareness, as well as listening and leadership skills. Rhythmical patterns and props are used to create a fun, moving environment! Students must be potty trained in order to enroll. 
Warwick
Monday 10:00am
Monday 4:00pm
Wednesday 4:00pm
Saturday 9:30am
Saturday 10:30am FULL
Saturday 11:30am

Cranston
Wednesday 4:00pm
Thursday 5:00pm
Saturday 9:30am
Saturday 10:30am FULL
Saturday 11:15am

Smithfield
Tuesday 4:00pm
Wednesday 10:00am
Saturday 9:30am
Primary (5-7 years old)
A 60 minute class exploring the very basics and fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, Tumbling and Creative Movement. This class builds confidence, strength, and coordination and is an extension of the Pre-School Class.
Warwick
Monday 4:00pm
Wednesday 4:45pm
Saturday 9:30am
Saturday 11:30am

Cranston
Wednesday 4:45pm FULL
Thursday 5:45pm
Saturday 9:30am FULL
Saturday 12:00pm

Smithfield
Wednesday 4:00pm
Saturday 10:30am
ACRO
Stretches, tumbling and acrobatic tricks, focusing on balance, endurance and flexibility. It’s the “floor routine” in gymnastics!​

Acro, Ages 5-9​ The focus is on acrobatic skills like somersaults, splits, backbends, etc, while building strength and flexibility​. 45 minute class
Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. No recital dance for this class. 
Warwick
Monday 5:00pm
Wednesday 4:00pm
Saturday 10:30​am FULL
Saturday 12:30pm

Cranston
Wednesday 5:45pm
Thursday 5:00pm
Saturday 10:30am
Saturday 1:00pm​

Smithfield
​Wednesday 5:00pm
Saturday 11:30am

Acro Strength and Training, Ages 7-11 The focus is on building strength and flexibility. 45 minute class
Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. No recital dance for this class. ​
Cranston
Tuesday 6:30pm​

Acro Beginner Prerequisite: Standing backbend, cartwheel (without spotting)​.  1 hour class
Warwick
Saturday 1:15pm 

Acro Intermediate Prerequisite: Front/back walkover (without spotting), teacher recommendation. 1 hour class
Warwick
Saturday 2:15pm​

​Acro Advanced​ Prerequisite: Ariel, back handspring (without spotting), teacher recommendation. 1 hour class
Warwick
​Saturday 3:15pm​​
HIP HOP
Combines elements of various street dance styles, blending Old School, New School, Breakdancing, and even Jazz, performed to upbeat, current and popular music.​ 45 minute class

​Hip Hop, Ages 7-11
Warwick
Monday 5:45pm
Saturday 3:15pm

Cranston
Tuesday 4:00pm​

Smithfield
Tuesday 6:30​pm​​

​Hip Hop, Ages 12 +
Warwick
Saturday 2:15pm
LEVEL CLASSES At age 7 a more formal and structured dance training begins!
​Level 1, ages 7-9
Level  2, ages 9-11
Level 3, ages 12-14 
Level 4, ages 15-17
*Age used as a guideline. Dancers evaluated individually based on graded curriculum.
BALLET
The Vaganova Method is implemented in this stage of a young dancer’s development. Now, children are physically and emotionally capable of studying in a more structured way. Technique and terminology are broadened at these levels. 45 minute class​

Ballet 1

Warwick
Wednesday 4:45pm
Saturday 10:15am

Cranston
Tuesday 4:45pm
Saturday 11:15am​

Smithfield
Tuesday 4:45pm
Saturday 12:15pm

​Ballet 2
Warwick
Saturday 12:30pm

Cranston
Tuesday 4:45pm

Smithfield
Thursday 4:00pm
JAZZ
Also an American art form stressing technique and style, while introducing Theatre Dance, Contemporary, Funky, African, and many more. Classes consist of center warmup, floor stretches, isolations, progressions and combinations.

​TAP
An American art form taught in the true tradition. Rhythms and coordination are stressed, progressively advancing each year. Tap terminology is highlighted.​

​Jazz/Tap 1 60 minute combo class
Warwick
Wednesday 5:30pm
Saturday 11:00am

Cranston
Tuesday 5:30pm
Saturday 12:00pm

Smithfield
Tuesday 5:30pm
Saturday 1:00pm

​​Jazz/Tap 2 60 minute combo class​
Warwick
Saturday 1:15pm

Cranston
Tuesday 5:30pm

Smithfield
Thursday 4:45pm​

​Jazz 3 45 minute class
Warwick
​Wednesday 7:30pm

Smithfield
Thursday 6:30pm​

Jazz 4 45 minute class​
Warwick
Wednesday 7:30pm​

Smithfield
Wednesday 6:30pm​

​Tap 3 45 minute class​
Warwick
Wednesday 6:00pm​

Smithfield
Thursday 7:15pm​

Tap 4 45 minute class
Warwick
Wednesday 6:00pm

Smithfield
Wednesday 7:15pm​
CONTEMPORARY
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.​  It's a style of dance often seen on "So You Think You Can Dance"! 45 minute class​

Contemporary 3
Warwick
Wednesday 6:45​pm​

Smithfield
Thursday 5:45pm

Contemporary 4
Warwick
Wednesday 6:45pm

Smithfield
Wednesday 5:45pm​​
YOGA 
Runs in 6-week Sessions

Kids Yoga, Ages 3-4: This fun and imaginative class combines simple yoga poses with engaging songs, puppets, stories and activities that exercise social, sensory and motor skills while increasing flexibility.  Class is 45 minutes.

​Kids Yoga, Ages 5-6: This energy-releasing class encourages self-expression, body awareness and focus through Yoga practice and play.  Young Yogis will have fun as they build strong and healthy bodies, social, sensory and motor skills.    Class is 45 minutes.​

Kids Yoga, Ages 7-10: Improve strength, flexibility, and coordination. Developing Yogis will learn how to focus and center themselves with various breathing and energy releasing techniques. This class encourages self-expression as well as building social skills. They will also learn self-respect and respect for others with the practice of fun and challenging poses, partner and group poses, yoga games, breathing and basic anatomy. Class is 1 hour.

Yoga for Dancers, Ages 11-17:  Yoga connects the mind and body and can teach dancers how to listen to and respect their bodies and physical needs.  In this class, students move through sequences of Yoga postures designed specifically for dancers. Classes focus on gaining strength, flexibility, coordination and balance, breath control, calming the mind and positive body awareness.

​Yoga for Women:​  This class is a safe and comfortable space for women of all ages to move and breath in their bodies.  Class flows at a calm to uplifting pace through standing and floor sequences and gentle restorative poses. Build stability, strength, focus and relaxation through a practice of slowing down and being present by using steady breath, holding foundational postures and mindful movement.  This is a great class for beginners and is accessible to students of all levels.  Class offers various modifications and use of props. The room is comfortably warm.

What to Wear: Capri or full length athletic leggings/pants, full length athletic top, bare foot, hair pulled back.
Dance Companies
The Carolyn Dutra Companies consist of young dancers who show promise and potential in dance. They are recommended by their teachers, indicate that they are interested in becoming a company member to their teachers, or are hand-picked by Miss Carolyn.

Company classes meet at least twice a week at the Warwick Studio. Dancers have many opportunities to perform throughout RI and the United States!  Our Company dancers just returned from performing in Disney Springs!  Company Dancers have also performed on Carnival Cruises, Hershey Park, Carnegie Hall, The Dunkin Donuts Center for the Providence College Mens Basketball Halftime and more!!

Pee Wee Company:  ages 8-11
Rhythmettes: ages 11-14
Junior Company: ages 13 & up
Senior Company: ages 13 & up
*age is used as a guideline and may change from year to year
Adult Classes
We offer an array of adult classes throughout the year that run in weekly sessions and pop-up classes. Classes are for dancers with some experience, unless specified. There is NO REGISTRATION FEE for any Adult Class!  See Adult Classes page for details.