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Welcome to Jimmie DeFore Dance Center, the southland's leading center for dance training since 1978. We know dancers are special, and we work to make JDDC a warm and happy place in which to develop your physical, emotional and artistic skills. Enjoy and grow!

DeFore Dance Center is open for adult classes 7 days a week. We offer ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop and modern classes for beginning through advanced levels. We have over 25 junior classes weekly for ages 3-16 and over 75 adult classes every week in all levels. Drop in anytime for a great class taught by professional, qualified teachers. Make some new friends and get a good workout. We also offer studio rentals, master classes, workshops, competition/performing groups and scholarship program. Hope we see you soon!


Congratulations to our Summer term scholarship students

Andrew Irwin, Shira Jackman, Anna Miera, Lilli Ramirez, Tate Renville, Jose Reyes, Dalton Shooks, Lexie Vierres.

Summer Ballet Intensive with Gina Cerato

This summer there are 2 sessions. June 29-July 3 and August 24-28.
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Summer Schedule

Monday - Starting June 6 Jazz 3 at 10am with Sarah Rayburn (Summertime only)
Tuesday - Starting June 2 Jazz 3 at 11:30am with Teresa Avina-Jankovic (Summertime only)
Jazz 3 at 5:30pm - Rochelle Mapes now teaching Wednesdays
Starting May 27 - Jazz Fundamentals at 6pm and Jazz 2 at 7pm with Teresa Avnia-Jankovic
Thursday - Starting May 7 Ballet 3 at 10am with Gina Cerato
May 21 Ballet 1 at Noon (NEW Class) with Gina Cerato
June 4 - Jazz at 8:30pm with Saleemah E. Knight (4 week series in June)
Sunday - Starting May 17 Jazz Fundamentals at 10am with Matt Reiner

New Teacher and Class

We want to welcome Chloe Verkinder to our staff. Chloe is now teaching Ballet for ages 11-16 Tuesdays at 4:30pm

May 7th Gina Cerato will be teaching Ballet 3 at 10am Thursdays.

Sarah Rayburn will be teaching Jazz 3 again this Summer on Mondays at 10am starting June 1st.

Teresa Avina Jankovic will be teaching Jazz 3 this Summer on Tuesdays at 11:30am starting June 2nd. Teresa will also be teaching Wednesday evenings beginning May 27: 6-7pm Jazz Fundamentals and 7pm Contemporary Jazz 2. Don't miss out on these classes with this excellent teacher. She is here for the summer only !
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Saleemah E. Knight will be returning to teach for 4 weeks only: Jazz Technique (intermediate/advanced) in June on Thursdays at 8:30pm. Take her lively class while you have the chance. Starts June 4th.
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Rochelle Mapes will be teaching Contemporary Jazz 3 Tuesdays at 5:30pm starting April 7!
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