Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019
Every three years, Dance for Art, under the direction of Miss Carolyn Dutra, produces The Nutcracker: For Kids, By Kids. 

Registration is open September 3-30, 2019 for the Dance For Art Inc., 501(c)3 non-profit organization, production of The Nutcracker 2019, For Kids, By Kids!

Preschool, Primary, Ballet 1, Ballet 2 dancers are invited to perform in: THE NUTCRACKER  FOR KIDS, BY KIDS
December 14 & 15, 2019

Roberts Auditorium, Rhode Island College
Artistic Director, Carolyn Dutra

This is a wonderful performance opportunity for our young dancers afforded by Dance For Art Inc. 501(c)3 non-profit.  DFA funds this entire show:
Costumes, Scenery, Props, Choreographers, rehearsals, EVERYTHING!

Enrollment is open online September 3-30, 2019
$10 registration fee   
Roles and costumes are limited. Register early!

What to know before you enroll:
  • Students must be enrolled in 2019-2020 dance season before enrolling in The Nutcracker.
  • Dancers must be available both 12/14 & 12/15 to participate. Show day/time dancers will perform TBA
  • You may not choose which day/show you would like to perform.
  • There is no switching of classes after September 30th for dancers enrolled in The Nutcracker.
  • Choreography begins in October and is learned in class. Good attendance in your class is a must.
  • No costume fees. DFA provides all costumes. Thank you DFA and everyone who helps fundraise!
  • You are expected to participate in DFA fundraisers throughout the year: Snacks & Sweets (TBA October) & Dave’s Bar and Grill Breakfast (Sunday, October 20).
How to Enroll in The Nutcracker: Deadline to enroll is Monday, September 30, 2019.
*All Nutcracker enrollments must be completed via your online studio account.
*You must be enrolled in Preschool, Primary, Ballet 1 or Ballet 2 before enrolling in The Nutcracker.
  1.  Enroll online via your studio account.
  2.  Select your Location and Session: Nutcracker 2019 (leave Category drop down blank)
  3.  Enroll in “class” that corresponds to your class, time, day, location. Ex. Nutcracker Ballet 1, 10:30 Saturday (Cranston).
  4.  $10 will be charged to your card on file (Proceeds to DFA, no refunds)
Nutcracker Tickets
Tickets will go on sale in November.  All details TBA
Adult tickets are $25, children 12 and under are $20.
posted 9/10/19
Dear Studio Staff and Teachers,
I just wanted to write to say how amazing, beautiful, and fun the Nutcracker was! I was so impressed with the artistry, choreography, and execution by the dancers. It was truly amazing! Each year, it gets better and better (and each time I think there is no way it could improve!)
Thank you for all you have done for my daughters. We have had such a difficult year and the dance studio (and teachers) have been one of the stable, safe, and happy places/people for all of us. Without the studio in our lives, we would have been lost!

Dear Miss Carolyn,

I am a dad of three dancers at the Greenville studio; twins Alexis and Madelyn (5) and Mackenzie (3).  This is the third year of dance for the twins and the first for Mackenzie.  All of them participated in the Nutcracker performance this weekend.

To say that I am happy with their experience in your studio is an understatement.  I am overjoyed, thrilled, ecstatic that my girls are a part of your studio.  Each weekly rehearsal, dress rehearsal, and performance that I experience further reinforces that my wife and I chose the best studio possible for our girls to learn the art of dance.  I am impressed by the high caliber of dancing at all levels.  Even more importantly, I am impressed at the values, dedication, and nurturing that you instill in the staff (both the teaching staff and the older girls that help out each week in class).  As I am sure you realize, these are the skills that will mean the most to the young girls as they grow older.  Learning dance, and any art for that matter, is not only about the steps, the expression, and the intrinsic thrill that the dancers experience, but also about dedication, perseverance, and a lifelong drive for learning.  It is clear to me that your work and dedication to this is instilled in all the teachers and staff at Carolyn Dutra.
My wife and I are musicians and teachers, so the arts and teaching are very much passions for us.  We have both experienced directors and teachers who are self-serving, relentless, and nasty.  We are all familiar with the infamous Abby Lee Miller, as well.  These kinds of directors may produce a good product, but at what price?  You are the antithesis of this; a model of patience, kindness, and a devotion to the art of dance and the students you work with.

After the dress rehearsal yesterday and the performance today, all my girls could do was talk about it.  The costumes, the characters, Clara, the death scene of the mouse King (Queen?).  They reenacted that several times.  Mackenzie kept talking about the different colored jammies of the girls at the party.  These little things that they remember are sweet, and they will forget about them eventually.  But, they have taken away much more than this from the performance; a good attitude about working hard, a desire to grow, and enthusiasm for dance that will last for many years to come.

I cannot wait to see my girls grow as part of your studio.  I look forward to many more performances in the future.  If there is ever anything my wife or I can do to help support you and the studio, please do not hesitate to let us know.  Please feel free to share this email with any one at the studio that would want to read it.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Anthony & Lauren Amitrano