Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner BEST Dance School in RI, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Nutcracker
Dance For Art Inc. 501(c)3 non-profit presents CDDS Nutcracker every few years, under the direction of Miss Carolyn Dutra. Next Nutcracker info TBA.
DFA helps keep affordable performance opportunities for our young dancers, beautiful costumes, set designs, choreography, special guest performers and so much more! 
Testimonial:
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!

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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!
Sincerely,
Anthony & Lauren Amitrano