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        September                                                               Newsletter       2016


Dance Centers Newsletter –Dance Season 2016-2017

(All newsletters are posted on our website for your convenience & reference.)



A Warm Welcome To All New And Former Students and Their Families.


         It’s hard to believe that we are starting our 37th year offering dance classes to children & adults in Berks County.  We have a lot of great things planned for the year. 

        We usually have a monthly or bi-monthly newsletter that keeps students and parents up to date on activities and scheduled important dates. We ask that you please mark these activities on your calendar.

         I would like to wish everyone a very enjoyable and rewarding dance year. Once again we’d like to “Thank You” for choosing the Dance Centers.



Our Staff for the 2016-17 dance season along with some

of their background & credits.


Mrs. Michele Schartel

Director & owner of the Dance Centers starting her 37th year.  She has been an instructor in all forms of dance and specialty classes, plus musical theater choreographer in Berks and surrounding counties for 47 years. She is also a Dance Competition judge for the past 11 years for David Blight’s “Talent Olympics” competitions in the Pocono’s twice a year. She also judges at 2 different locations for Cathy Tubolino’s competition “Dance Expressions” in PA. & DE. and MaryAnn Christopher’s “Rhythms & Dance Competition” in Voohrhees &  Eatontown, NJ. along with Gloria Dillon’s “Performing Arts Alliance Competition” in King of Prussia, PA.  

Michele attends numerous dance workshops and conventions each year, for she is a believer of keeping the Dance Centers’ curriculum fresh & up to date.  For those of you that are new to Dance Centers she is the lady behind the desk. Some of her students have gone onto Broadway shows, Touring Companies, Danced in Disney and on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.   Ms. Michele as we call her still choreographs and teaches classes here and on the workshop/seminar circuit.



Mrs. Claudia Schadler-Duong

Claudia is a veteran of Dance Centers having spent 22 years as a student with Ms. Michele.  This is Claudia’s 11th year teaching at Dance Centers.  She also studied dance at Temple University where she was a member of both dance and cheer teams.  Claudia was a cheerleading and dance coach at Albright College in addition to being an AACCA certified coach, a UCA staff Judge. Claudia is a mother of two boys Matthew & Christopher. Her husband Noel and the boys reside in Wernersville.



Miss Lauren Schwartz

Miss Lauren Schwartz is our dance instructor for ages 3 through 5. She teaches a Mommy and Me class, a 3 years old class and first and second level tap and ballet.  When Lauren isn't teaching, she enjoys mastering her technique in the various classes offered at Dance Centers.  She particularly likes the Advanced Level Tap class and the new phenomenon, CIZE!  Outside of the studio Lauren works for the Wyomissing Area School District in the Special Education Department.



Mrs. Kitty Vogel

Kitty has had many years of dance and teaching experience in all forms of dance. She was instructed by and eventually taught for Marie Shaw.  She also taught in Boyertown for Rochelle’s School of Dance for 33 years.  She has attended numerous dance workshops in New York and Philadelphia. This is Mrs. Kitty’s 7th year with Dance Centers.



Mrs. Helen Veet

Miss Helen Veet has been dancing since she was 5 years old.  She teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Hip Hop for all ages at the studio and has been involved with musical theatre choreography at Berks Catholic High School.  She has been a judge at "Talent Olympics" competitions in the Poconos for the past 2 1/2 years and she has attended many dance instructor trainings in New York City, New Jersey and New Hampshire.  She has taken masters classes with the Rockettes, the cast of Legally Blonde, the cast of Kinky Boots, Lane Napper, Andy Blankenbeuller, Chris Judd, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Brian Freidman, Germaine Salsberg and Shea Sulivan.  Outside of the studio Helen is a Registered Nurse with Optum in the Medicare division.




Ms. Dawn Mohn

Dawn has been teaching dance for 21 years and at Dance Centers for 18 of those years. She started her dance journey at the age of 3 years  old, studying Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Dawn has performed in many dance competitions, winning many 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. In the year of 1985, at the age of 10 won Miss Pre-Teen Talent. She also is a mother of 3 sons Cobie, Branson, Garrett and 1 daughter Brianna. When not at Dance Centers she is an assistant teacher at a preschool and also a certified freelance makeup artist.


New Classes… we still have room for you & a friend!  


Adult Beginner Tap” join our already 35 adults in our tap program with 3 levels to offers!   Tap enhances rhythmic dynamics, great mental builder, low cardio and a focus on total body movement. 

 Beg. level-Mon. 7:30pm       Int.-Tues.-7:30pm         Adv-Thurs.7:00pm



“Fosse with a Twist  A whole new way to get fit with jazz dancing & exploring all genre of music from Burlesque to Broadway, Big Band to Motown.  Besides burning calories & slimming down ,this class will give you a cardio workout, toning increased balance & coordination drills & more  Dance as if no one is watching & have fun with your friends, gain better health.  All levels Wed. 8:00pm



Tap N Burn   Tappin’ Down the Pounds with a blend of tap basics and arm movements executed to improve cardio & burn calories.  Up beat music selections you all love to hear & sing along to.   Tap dancing burns over 400 calories or more per class with 3,000-4,000 steps.

This is not the traditional tap class but, a Tap Fitness class.   Great for the stay at home person who wants something different in exercise & no gym membership.   No Tap Experience needed.

Beg.–Tues. 6:45pm           Int. Wed. 11:30am          Int. /Adv.- Mon. 8:00pm



“Ballet Tone & Stretch is a fusion-style conditioning program, designed for the non-dancer, blending training techniques drawn from ballet.  Ballet Tone & Stretch offers a fun, invigorating workout to develop core strength, muscular endurance, dynamic balance and flexibility. All level- Wed. 7:00pm



Aging Backwards/ Sittercise”….. -  In recent years the field of aging research has exploded with new clinical findings.

 Included are our declining metabolism, dying brain cells, and deteriorating muscles and bones have been debunked.

Aging Backwards offers an exciting and comprehensive plan of activity slowing down and even reversing the aging process through gentle exercise that develops strong, flexible muscles.  Physical fitness involves the performance of the heart, lungs and muscles.  This class addresses the five major components of physical fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition and cardiovascular endurance. Combining with Young At Heart….Sittercize,  a blend of seated and standing activities along with toning, stretching, and balancing activities that burn calories incorporating resistance bands & light-weights and various hand held props set to music for seniors.

We offer this class at many of Berks County Senior Retirement Centers and Assisted Living Facilities. We have requests for this program.

now here at Dance Centers     Mon. 11:30 am



CIZE Live -  The End of Exercise!  Tired of your workout?…it’s time to work it!  Dance Centers is the 1st and Only Facility in Berks County to be Certified to teach this program.  We will be  breakin’ down the moves step by step, repeat until your comfortable, put sequence together, then bust out a full routine to songs from CIZE playlist  Performing these pulse-pounding, thrilling routines is serious cardiovascular conditioning, core strengthening and overall muscle toning-all at once, non stop!  This ain’t no Cha,Cha, Cha!  Professionally choreographed by Shaun T & Beachbody.  With CIZE, anyone can dance!   You will  be focusing on mastering the moves and having a total blast, forget you’re actually working out and losing weight.   Thurs. 7:45pm


Street Groove” for Adults Hip Hop Style- ….breakin’ down the moves for the most inexperienced      Tues.- 8:15pm


Hip Hop” for ages 7 & up- Thurs. 6:30                          


Kidz Hop  (ages 5 & 6) ”Level 1 is our hip hop basics program   Thurs. 6:00 


Mommy/Daddy & Me Workout”- age 2 & parent/guardian  Mon. 4:30.         

 " Beg. 4-6yr. old "-  Mon. 5:30 or Wed. 6:00


Beginner 3 Yr. old class”… Ballet & Tumblebear Gym, songs & short children friendly dances using props. – Mon. 5:00  


Tap/Ballet & Jazz”- for the student ages 7-10 who would like to start dance & are beginners. Tues. 6:00 


Classical Ballet- Level I”- for the serious dance who needs more ballet training or novice dancer. 

Wed. 5:00


Beginner Acrobatics” – learn all the tumbling tricks used in dance & cheerleading for ages 6 & up.  Tues. 5:45


Sign Up at the desk….don’t hesitate to let us know if you are interested!

                         “We Don’t Stop Dancing Because We Grow Old………

                                 We Grow Old Because We Stop Dancing”



Adult Special!  Sign up for 2 different classes & receive any 3rd class 50% off (lower priced class) Sibling & multi lesson discount not applicable

Choose from:  Sittercise/Aging Backwards,  or   CIZE Live,  Tap N Burn   or   Stretch & Tone   or Fosse with a Twist




Friendly Reminders:   Lesson Payments are due at 1st lesson of each month. ($5.00 late fee per week will accrue)


NO FOOD!  NO DRINKS! ALLOWED IN THE STUDIO!………………this is for everyone!

 Please don’t try to sneak it in, as I do not want to embarrass anyone and ask you to leave!


We have renovated the studio, we appreciate if you would kindly keep your hands & feet off the walls and mirrors.

For your child’s safety do not allow them to walk on the benches & play on the steps….Thank You for your cooperation.



Students interested in participating in Dance Competitions…

please let Miss Michele know at the front desk asap!



Additional Parking for Dance Centers’ Customers


We are very aware of the parking spaces being taken up by students from the karate studio.  This has been addressed to not only them, but to the landlord.  We cannot be a patrol cop for the parking lot. People will do as they please with out regard to what spaces they can or cannot park in.     Please do not use the upper level Tri Star Karate space’s as they will have you towed.

Let us know if you see them using our spaces.     Subway has been very patient and accommodating allowing us to use their spaces however, please keep 2 or 3 spaces open for their customers, too.  You can park on CVS lot, spaces away from to the store.



   We are looking for Five (5) people to give each a $50 gift certificate……

                                    and “YOU” could be the Winner!


“Yard Signs Contest”- Here’s how it works.

                  We have Dance Centers yard signs that you place in your front yard from

                                                  Week of Sept 1th thru Oct.18th.


We will have a random drawing to pick 5 winners who took the sign to display in public view in your front yard.



1.       Signs must be displayed thru-out the time period of……….. Starting Sept. 1st October 15th .

2.       Placed in public view on your side of the sidewalk in the front of your property.  Community

       officials will remove them if

              placed on the street side of property or anywhere that is not within your property line.

3.       Signs & holders are to be returned to Dance Centers the

        Week of Mon. Oct. 17th thru Thurs.  20th 

4.       Signs & holders returned after Thurs. Oct. 20th  will be disqualified from the contest.

5.       A $10 charge will be placed on your account for signs not returned.

6.       $50 gift certificate can be picked up at the office after posting of the winners in either the

        November newsletter and/or in  the studio lobby.

7.       The certificate can be used for tuition payment, dance shoes, dancewear clothing or recital tickets.

8.       Costume purchase, recital picture, recital program ads are not included in this offer. 


9.       Only 1certificates per month will be honored starting in January.


We will be doing the following to keep this a fair & honest contest!

1.       Each sign will be numbered.

2.       You will receive a copy of the rules when you pick up the yard sign at the desk and sign it out.

3.       We will keep a list of who got which numbered sign.

4.       We will do our random drawing Sunday Sept.15th for the 5 winners, plus an additional 25 more names.

5.       We will be driving by each 5 Winners homes Every Week starting the week of Sept.19th   at different times of the week.

6.       If the signs are not displayed at anytime you will be disqualified and the 1st person from the additional 25 names will be put in your place.

Don’t delay do it now!   First Come!    First Serve!    There are only so many to go around!


                We are having “Theme Week” each month this year!


      Each 2nd week of the month we will have a Special Dress Up Theme Week


Participating dancer will be given a ticket to fill out and placed in a drawing box.  End of each month we will pull out a winner & they will receive a participation gift. 


October- Halloween Costume     January- Wild & Crazy Socks        April- Beachwear

November-American Spirit          February-Sport Week         May- Everyone’s Birthday

December-Silly Christmas Outfit March- Favorite Holiday


                                   This info is also listed on your calendar of events.




                                Our Annual “Bring Your Friends” 


Dance Centers is embarking on our Fall/Winter enrollment push and we’d like to kick it off with our “Bring Your Friends” to class from Mon. Sept. 26th thru Friday Sept. 30th  .  Pass along to a friend or/friends the coupons below.


             Please have your guest hand in this form before the start of the class

                                                    to the front desk.


During the “Bring a Friends Week” they would do the class with you.  If they wish to enroll in a class, as long as your class has an opening or they are of the appropriate age & experience level they may join in that class.  If not, they would then need to enroll in a class of their ability, age & where there is room on another day & time.


     You would then receive a $10 credit on your tuition the month after they enroll.







.Week of Sept. 26th thru Thurs.. Sept. 29th    Only!


_____________________________________________Invites you to her dance class


at The Dance Centers,         2237 Howard Blvd. Mt Penn        on  ___________________          at  _______________ pm


My Guest is: 


Name: ____________________________________                  Age________________


Address: ______________________________________________________________


City: ___________________________   State: _________      Zip code: ____________           


Phone number:_________________________      Please wear comfortable clothing & shoes.


I understand that the classes I/or my child will be involved in require physical activity that could result in injury.  Dance Centers it’s staff, or officials are not liable for personal injury or property damage or loss that may result from participation.

Parent signature needed for participation___________________________________________________




  • "Took it cause it is a fun way to work up a sweat. Tired of the same old aerobics classes. It's fun tapping with all the girls and burning calories."
    Tap N Burn
  • "Feeling tired Need a lift Decided to give my life a turn Days now better Energy to spare Due to class of Tap N Burn"
    Mary Ruth

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