Over the past 20 years, The Dance Centre, formerly Post School of Ballet, has built a solidly respected reputation for its teaching of Classical Ballet, as well as its ability to produce professionals in the field of dance.
Our students learn to dance in a structured environment. Whatever the ultimate goal of the individual may be, TDC students have a unique opportunity to receive the expert training needed to achieve their goals. The priceless mental, as well as physical, benefits our students receive from quality dance instruction, will last a lifetime.
The Dance Centre Instructors
Our alumni have gone on to dance professionally with major companies, including Atlanta Ballet, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Scottish Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet and Ballet Magnificat. Many have continued their dance eduction in college. Several have become dance teachers or work in dance related fields. Our advanced students are consistently accepted to professional schools for summer study - many on scholarship.
TDC specializes in the teaching of Classical Ballet. We believe that a solid ballet foundation (regardless of body type) can prepare a student for almost any other form of dance.
Because The Dance Centre is the home of the Southwest Virginia Ballet, children from the school are presented with opportunities to perform in professional productions, such as "The Nutcracker". Intermediate and advanced students eleven and older are eligible to audition for the Junior or Senior Companies
Mrs. Smeltzer holds a B.A. in Ballet from Virginia Intermont College, where she graduated summa cum laude, and an M.A. in Dance from Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She performed throughout seven seasons with the Bristol Ballet, under the direction of the late Constance Hardinge. Bristol Ballet was one of fhe original honor companies of the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association, an organization of highly acclaimed pre-professional ballet companies. Mrs. Smeltzer has studied with such notables in the field of dance as: Oleg Sabline, James Truitte, Robert Barnett, Robert Joffrey, Frederick Franklin, George Zoritch, Sally Brayle-Bliss, Edward Villella, and many others. Mrs. Smeltzer is a former Assistant Professor of Dance at Virginia Tech, where she received a Certificate of Teaching Excellence from the College of Arts & Sciences. She has taught on the faculties of Virginia Intermont College, Academy of Virginia Beach Ballet, Emory & Henry College, UVA-Wise, and Washington and Lee University. She is a former Artistic Director of Virginia Tech Dance Theatre, and Washington and Lee Jazz and Tap Ensemble. She is a former Associate Director of Southwest Virginia Ballet.
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Abigail is from Roanoke and received her training at The Dance Centre, formerly Post School of Ballet.
She has danced many leading roles, including Sugar Plum Fairy in "Nutcracker",Odette in "Swan Lake," Blue Bird and Fairy of the Crystal Fountain in "Sleeping Beauty,"
and Snow Queen and Dew Drop in "The Nutcracker."
Abigail is attending Virginia Western Community College.
Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Jazz
A native of Venezuela, Pedro received a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Vincent of Paul, in La Guaira, and went on to study further at at the Universtiy Monsenor de Talavera, in Caracas, Venezuela. He received his early dance training there and has danced professionally with the New York Dance Theatre, Latin Ballet of Virginia, and the Richmond Ballet. Pedro has choreographed for Virginia School of the Arts, Minds in Motion, Richmond Ballet, and the Academy of International Ballet in Philadelphia, PA. He was a guest professor at Washington and Lee University. Pedro is Artistic Director of the Southwest Virginia Ballet.
TDC offers child friendly and age apprpriate Creative Dance and Pre-Ballet classes for our 4 and 5 year olds. Older students are offered Pointe, Partnering, Jazz, Modern Dance, and Pilates, to round out their training.
Kerry graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Merchandising. Trained at the Russel School of Ballet, home to
The Fairfax Ballet, in Chantilly, VA, as well as the Washington School of Ballet in Washington, D.C. Kerry also has studied and performed with the Northern Virginia Dance Academy in Manassas, VA. She is trained in classical ballet, contemporary, and jazz dance.
Katherine Dorman was born and raised in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Her dancing career began at the early age of four with strict ballet training. During this time she studied in Norfolk and Virginia Beach under the direction of Teresa and Ana Maria Martinez as well as Elbert Watson and Pat Surrell. She also attended North Carolina School of the Arts, where she studied with ballet and modern dance professionals, particularly the late Melissa Hayden and Gus Giordano. After graduating from high school, Katherine received degrees in dance as well as sociology/anthropology. It was during these four year's that she began studying modern/contemporary technique with the intent to teach and perform. Her dance studies allowed her to train with professionals from around the globe, such as Becky Jung and Genia Melakova, as well as Walter Kennedy, Pam Risenhoover, and Hiawatha Johnson. Katherine performed professionally with the Tidewater Dance Collaborative after graduation, while simultaneously pursuing a professional career. Katherine enjoys her consistent role in the arts community as an educator and is thrilled to be joining the faculty at The Dance Centre of Southwest Virginia again this year.
Tess (Terri) Post, originally from Norfolk, Virginia, received her early ballet training at the Norfolk Civic Ballet. She continued her studies and professional career in NYC with many legendary teachers and directors. Tess opened The Post School Of Ballet in 1987 and in 1990 founded the Southwest Virginia Ballet Company, serving as Artistic Director until 2006, when she and her husband
Gene moved to upstate NY.
Mrs. Post is thrilled to be back in the Roanoke Valley, and is looking forward to teaching