Dance Program

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August 18, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

 St. Clare Dance Program has been serving our community for 32 years.  The focus of the program is not competition, but education and love of dance.  We offer age appropriate music and costumes.  We accept students with disabilities.  That said, past students have gone on to School of Performing Arts, scholarship programs in dance at Rutgers University, and professional careers in dance.  We want to inspire our students to enjoy the art of dance in a non-competitive atmosphere. 

 In the era of COVID-19, we want our students and parents to feel secure that our program has your safety first.  

1.      Class size will be 8 students or less

2.     Students and teachers will wear masks.

3.     Upon entering the classroom, all students & teachers will use hand sanitizer.

4.     To prevent close contact in the lobby, we ask that parents drop-off and pick-up students.  We will not be allowed to have parents sitting in the lobby area. 

5.     If you still are not comfortable with live classes, we are offering Zoom.  Each class will be taught with a computer in the room so your child will not miss any instruction.  When you feel comfortable bringing your child back to the studio, they will feel comfortable knowing that they were able to learn with their group. 

6.     Unfortunately, Acro will not be available via Zoom as teachers will have to spot students. 

7.     Finally, the Pre-K class on Monday will be taught as a Mommy/Daddy & Me to help with social distancing.  If you would like to start as a Zoom class, we are happy to accommodate. 

 Since class size is limited, students will be accepted on a first-come basis.  We will have a wait list.  To secure your place today, print & fill out the online registration form.  If you want ZOOM INSTRUCTION– please indicate this on your form.

 Please drop it off at the Rectory with a check for 1st month’s tuition + $30 registration fee in an envelope marked:  ST. CLARE DANCE

If you have additional questions, please contact us at:

 Look forward to seeing you!

 Most sincerely,

 Dorothy J Poppe, Director of Dance

Phone: (718) 966-2593


                                2020-2021 St. Clare Dance Faculty 

Dorothy J Poppe – Director

B.A. Dance Education - New York University

Diploma Dance - The Juilliard School

Lauren Johnson Cruz, Teacher

M.Ed. – Dance  - New York University   

Kathryn Scala, Teacher

M.S. Occupational Therapy, University of Scranton 

Mary M. Poppe, Teacher

B.S. Sports Management - St. John’s University 

Jessica Pinto, Teacher

B.A. Liberal Arts - College of Staten Island 

Kaitlyn Esposito, Teacher

B.S. Biology - Seton Hall University

M.P.H. SUNY Downstate Medical Center 

Elyse Beckmann- Secretary B.S. Nursing – Wagner College 

 Registration for the 2020-2021 dance season is open!

 To Register:

 Download the pdf and fill it out. Click here 

  Enclose a check for the first month’s tuition + $30 registration fee and the form

                Drop off or mail to the Rectory: 

St. Clare Rectory

110 Nelson Avenue

Staten Island, NY  10308

Attention:  Dance Program Registration

All registrants will be notified of any necessary changes due to Covid 19 requirements.

Tentative 2020-2021 Dance Schedule Click here.

Contact Info: 

Dorothy Poppe: (718) 966-3779