As a former dance studio owner of 26 years and an educator for nearly 30 years, I took researching the perfect environment for my own children’s dance education very seriously. It was necessary to find a studio that embodied the same foundations and standards that I structured my own business around.

After much research, Dance Connection was the perfect choice for my family. My children (13 year old boy) and (12 year old girl) have been dancing with Dance Connection for seven years, since they were 7 and 6, respectively.

The quality of their dance education was first and foremost, however many other things were important to me. The overall experience needed to include a high quality of dance technique, the expertise of experienced and caring teachers, and a strong focus on developing healthy social and emotional relationships. Dance Connection has surpassed my expectations. Over the years, my children have experienced many levels and styles of dance, everything from recreational dance to a more serious performance and competition company. Dance Connection provides the perfect balance of opportunities for all families and dancers.

My children (participate in the teacher training program, which as an educator I know is teaching them essential life and interpersonal skills that can only be taught/ experienced through hands-on training. I’m proud to say they have developed meaningful and impactful relationships with adults and children through service and community at Dance Connection. The studio and all of its staff truly feel like a second family.

Aside from the growth and confidence my children have shown, they have also learned a great deal about respect for themselves, and others. Whether at the local recital, at community events, competitions, performances in Walt Disney World or for their fundraising Step Into Christmas Holiday Show, DC always incorporates age appropriate dance styles, music, and costumes for family friendly enjoyment. The children are learning to express themselves through appropriate and respectful creative and classically trained art - something that has always been important to me and which has become increasingly more difficult due to the trends of social media.

At Dance Connection they teach so much more than dance technique; they teach life lessons and provide a full experience for each child. If looking for a dance education that can provide craft, creativity, confidence, and self-esteem, then Dance Connection is the right place for your family.

Kristen W.
Former Owner and Artistic Director of Dance Expressions, Studio 231, inc.
High School Teacher
Mother of 4 🙂
Kristen W.
Islip, NY
My daughter has been going to dance connection since she was 2. She absolutely loves it! We are yet to meet a staff member we don’t love! The studio is always so clean and it has such a warm atmosphere. I love watching my daughter have so much fun in class! She comes out of class with the biggest smile on her face! we love dance connection!
Candy Marie
Bay Shore, NY
They are great! I love this place! The teachers are awesome and they put on a great entertaining show!
Balderys Luna
Islip, NY
Such an amazing school. My daughter absolutely loves it. Great teachers and staff!
Candy Marie
Islip, NY
My family and I have been part of Dance Connection since they opened. the owner Mary goes above and beyond for students, staff and anyone part of the DC family because everyone that enters becomes part of a exciting venture. Recitals are aimed to amaze and never dull. I was in grade school when they opened and I took my first class, and I had the pleasure to watch my daughters enjoy their journey with dance. My entire family has loved Dance Connection and my cousins started at 2 and became a major part of the competition team and traveled all over. loving dance and the connection this school brings many become teachers and stay involved after they put grow their dance shoes. You won’t be disappointed and your child will smile!
Tara Ann
Islip Terrace, NY
Friendly, family-like atmosphere. Professional, talented staff. My daughter is starting her 8th year there…she loves it!
Sharon Fruendt Gilligan
East Islip, NY
My daughter loves coming to dance. Everything about it excites her loves her teachers and being with her friends. Everyone is beyond helpful. The recital show is amazing, see all their hard work pay off is priceless. Most of all seeing the smile on my daughter face is Priceless. Thank you for your great service.
Yamile Chaer
Brentwood, NY
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