The Dance Centre
Of Southwest Virginia
305 E. Calhoun Street
Salem, VA
(Corner Of College Avenue & Calhoun Street)
Over the past 23 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

To:305 East Calhoun Street
Salem, VA 24153
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Modern Dance
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 the Ballet Mistress for Southwest Virginia Ballet, where she has been dancing since 2003. She has performed lead roles with SVB, including Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Odette in Swan Lake, an Ugly Stepsister in Cinderella, and Blue Bird and Fairy of the Crystal Fountain in Sleeping Beauty. She earned her master’s certification in Pilates from FiTOUR in June 2013. Currently Abigail teaches ballet and pilates at the Dance Centre of Southwest Virginia. She has also taught for the Dance Español program in the Roanoke City public Schools and for the Richmond Ballet’s Minds in Motion program in Roanoke and Salem area public schools. Abigail has received a number of scholarships from the Footnotes division of the Thursday Morning Music Club for dance. She received her Associates of Applied Science and Certificate in Accounting from Virginia Western Community College in 2014, and lives in Salem.
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.
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Samantha Patterson is a Modern Dance teacher, dancer, and choreographer from Greenville, South Carolina.  She received her Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Dance from Hollins University in Roanoke VA.  Her work has premiered as part of the Summer Shake Up Series hosted by Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn as well as in the MachineHDance Festival in New York City.

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 teaching
at The Dance Centre of Southwest Virginia.