CD & FS was founded in 1973 by Lorraine Neal, holding classes next door to the Barre Opera House, above what was then Lash Furniture. Performances were held at nearby high schools. Several years later, Lorraine began teaching in various churches in Montpelier and, in 1980, CD & FS moved to our present location at 18 Langdon Street. Starting in 1982, performances were held at the newly refurbished Barre Opera House.
From one teacher and a handful of classes, the studio now holds over 50 classes each week taught by over a dozen teachers and serves several hundred students.
Lorraine's commitment to establishing a culture of professionalism and caring has developed a community of dancing and teaching that nourishes students of all ages and levels, and plays a vital role in central Vermont. In 2010, Lorraine chose Allison Mann to take over as Director of CD & FS, and Allison has continued to develop the studio's offerings. We strive to know each of our students, and we work to develop and maintain a community of support and caring, while cultivating a love of dance and a respect for the rigors and discipline required for those advancing in levels.
The studio's longevity is a testament to the integrity and love of dancing that is nourished within its walls, and to the excellence in teaching. Over half of the current faculty grew up dancing at CD & FS and are alumni of the studio's Teen Jazz performance group. We provide age and developmentally appropriate dance education in a variety of genres.