Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • 2018-2019 Season: Classes begin September 10, 2018 - June 21, 2019
  • 2019-2020 Season: Classes begin September 9, 2019.
  • 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.
  • Each class is closed once it reaches maximum enrollment capacity to uphold the integrity of our dance education and to better serve your dancers. Teacher:Student ratio is important to us. If a class is full you can be added to a waitlist.
  • A minimum of 6 students are needed in order for a class to take off. If we do not have 6, the class will be combined with comparable level and age group on another day or time.
  • Make up classes for days you are absent are available in classes that are not full. Closings for Holidays or Vacations cannot be made up.
  • Enrollment available online. Enrollment fees will be charged to your card on file upon receipt of your enrollment request. Do not enroll until you are ready to pay Registration, First Month Tuition and Costume Deposit.
Mommy and Me (18 months-2 1/2 years)
A 30 minute parent/child Creative Movement Program designed to impart the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of our youngest dancers. Students will be exposed to a fun, constructive and nurturing classroom experience exposing them to 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...not just Mommy! 
To uphold the integrity of our dance education, Mommy & 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 in the waiting room.
Preschool (2 1/2-5 years old)
A 45 minute class 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 potty trained in order to enroll. 
Primary (5-7 years old)
A 60 minute class 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 Pre-School Class.
Stretches, tumbling and acrobatic tricks, focusing on balance, endurance and flexibility. It’s the “floor routine” in gymnastics!

Acro, Ages 5-9 The focus is on acrobatic skills like somersaults, splits, backbends, etc, while building strength and flexibility. 45 minute class. Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. No recital dance for this class. 
Acro, Ages 7-11 The focus is on acrobatic skills like somersaults, splits, backbends, etc, while building strength and flexibility. 45 minute class. Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. No recital dance for this class. 
Acro Beginner Prerequisite: Standing backbend, cartwheel (without spotting).  1 hour class
Acro Intermediate Prerequisite: Front/back walkover (without spotting), teacher recommendation. 1 hour class
Acro Advanced Prerequisite: Ariel, back handspring (without spotting), teacher recommendation. 1 hour class
Combines elements of various street dance styles, blending Old School, New School, Breakdancing, and even Jazz, performed to upbeat, current and popular music. 45 minute class

Hip Hop, Ages 7-11
Hip Hop, Ages 12 +
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.
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. 45 minute class

Ballet 1

Ballet 2
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.

Jazz/Tap 1 60 minute combo class
Jazz/Tap 2 60 minute combo class
Jazz 3 45 minute class
Jazz 4 45 minute class
Tap 3 45 minute class
Tap 4 45 minute class
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.  It's a style of dance often seen on "So You Think You Can Dance"! 45 minute class

Contemporary 3
Contemporary 4
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. There is NO REGISTRATION FEE for any Adult Class!  See Adult Classes page for details.