Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

September 2021-June 2022 Season Information
Classes begin September, 7, 2021 through June 25, 2022
  • 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.
  • Our curriculum is designed to help dancers succeed based on appropriate attendance.  Missing an excessive amount classes will not allow dancers achieve the skills required to progress.
  • June Recital and costume details TBD.
  • See Dress Code page for dance wear requirements.
  • See Company page if interested in joining Company.
  • See Calendar Page for full list of Studio dates.
Covid Safety
  • Masks and distancing are required in-Studio at all times except for: 
    • Masks and distancing not required for vaccinated students in Level 3/4, Rhythmette, Junior and Senior Company classes.
  • Only students and staff are permitted inside the buildings. 
  • Vaccinated staff will resume hands-on corrections in all classes.  
  • Class sizes are limited to uphold Covid safety protocols.
  • In-Studio classes may transition to online classes at any time as necessary. Class length and schedule may be adjusted. We will do our best to keep the online class as close as possible to the in-Studio schedule. (Tuition remains the same. No refunds.)
  • If government guidelines change and in-Studio class capacity decreases, in-class students will remain based on order of enrollment, and the rest will transition to online. (ie. first 10 enrolled stay in-Studio, others enrolled attend online). (Tuition remains the same. No refunds.)
  • Online class schedule subject to change pending necessary adjustments.  (Tuition remains the same. No refunds.)
If you are going to be absent, please follow this procedure.
Email in advance. You do not need to call the studio.
Subject: Absent Dancer
Body of email
Student name:
Studio location: (Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield)
Date of absence:

Make up classes TBD

Company Dancers follow Company Miss Instructions.

Toddler and Me (18 months-3 years)
An fun-filled adult/child Creative Movement Program designed to impart the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of our youngest dancers. Students will be experience a nurturing classroom experience learning 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.  Students do not need to be potty trained.  
  • Bring your own props in a small bag: small ball, rhythm sticks (ie. wooden kitchen utensils, Lummi sticks), face cloth/dish towel, small stuffed animal, sheet/light blanket as a parachute, stickers, shaker toy (ie. percussion egg, rattle). Car keys can be stored in bag during class, no cell phones or other items.
  • To uphold the integrity of our dance education, Toddler & 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 the Studio.
  • We understand it is not required by the government for children under the age of 2 to wear masks, however, we kindly prefer they do. If it is not possible, it is okay.   All dancers 2 years and up, and their parents must wear a mask. 
Preschool (2years 8 months-5 years old) *Potty trained
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 100% potty trained in order to enroll. 
Primary (5-7 years old)
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 Preschool Class.  We recommend adding Tumbling 3-5 or Acro 5-9 to your schedule.

Primary/Acro Combo A combo class of Primary and Acro for ages 5-7. This class is considered TWO classes under tuition rates. Dancers must attend both styles and stay for the full duration of class. Primary and Acro are also offered separately.
Stretches, tumbling and acrobatic tricks, focusing on balance, endurance and flexibility. It’s the “floor routine” in gymnastics!

Acro, Ages 3-5 Potty trained
A 45 minute class introducing basic acrobatic skills to our youngest dancers.  This class will build strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and confidence.  Students will stretch, learn acrobatic poses, tumble, climb through obstacle courses and get their wiggles out in a safe space with our certified instructors.
Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. Must be 100% potty trained. No recital dance for this class.

Acro, Ages 5-9
  A focus on acrobatic skills like somersaults, splits, backbends, etc, while building strength and flexibility. Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. No recital dance for this class. 

Acro, Ages 7-11  A focus on acrobatic skills like somersaults, splits, backbends, etc, while building strength and flexibility. Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. No recital dance for this class. 

Acro I & IIAges 7+ years old with 1 year minimum Acro experience, see pre requisites
These mixed-level intensive classes is for focused students who want to work hard! This class build strength, flexibility, agility and confidence in Acro skills. Throughout the session, students will work on various skills based on level: Acro I - handstands, front/back walkover, cartwheels, etc., Acro II - aerial, handsprings, and more advanced acro skills.
  • Perquisites for Acro 1 -  backbend without a spot
  • Prerequisite for Acro II - Front/Back walkover without a spot
Combines elements of various street dance styles, blending Old School, New School, Breakdancing, and even Jazz, performed to upbeat, current and popular music.

Hippity Hop, Ages 5-7 
A hip hop class designed for ages 5-7. Class begins with a warmup, progressions, and students learn a combination with introductory hip hop moves that will build each week. Movement games and props are used each week. Music and lyrics appropriate for their age group. Most of all...this class is fun!!

Hip Hop, Ages 12-18

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.

Level 1-4 classes are combo classes and considered TWO classes under tuition rates. Dancers must attend both classes/all three styles of dance and stay for the full duration of class, ie. Level 1-2 Ballet+Jazz/Tap Combo.
Level 3-4 classes are combo classes and considered THREE classes under tuition rates. Dancers must attend all three classes/styles of dance and stay for the full duration of class. ie. Level 3-4 Contemporary+Jazz+Tap Combo.
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.

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.

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

Contemporary dance combines elements of several genres including jazz, lyrical and ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements and have the opportunity to express themselves through improvisational movements
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. See Session page for current classes.