About Us

Dancers Studio is dedicated to providing a high level of technical training, while inspiring the love and appreciation for dance through exciting performing opportunities!  We offer lessons four days a week for children 4 through 18 years of age. One free trial lesson is offered to new students. All of our students participate in two productions every year at the Orpheum Theatre in Galesburg, Illinois.

While not every student is interested in pursuing dance at a professional level, Arlene Smith believes in providing every dancer with a high level of technical instruction, regardless of intent. Her students have been accepted into summer dance intensives at the The Rock School of Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Milwaukee School of Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Peoria Ballet, and Illinois Ballet Theater of the Quad Cities.  At the university level, her students have been accepted at elite dance programs such as the one offered by Butler University in Indiana.

Arlene Smith, director, comes from Puerto Rico, where she was a member of Ballets Contemporano de Puerto Rico. Her training was concentrated in classical Ballet under the instruction of Blanca E. Cortes, Carlota Carrero, Lotti Tischer, and Ivan Cordero. Arlene repertoire includes roles in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Vivaldi, Swan Lake, Coppelia, and numerous original pieces presented by Ballets Contemporaneo. Arlene has been a guest dance instructor at Western Illinois University, in Macomb, IL, and was the artistic director of Concert Ballet Ensemble, a non-profit youth ballet company, for four years.  In 1999, Arlene established her dance studio in Monmouth, IL.  

© Dancers' Studio, founded in 1999

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