…dedicated to Teaching Excellence Through Dance
Every child benefits from quality dance training, even though he or she may ultimately choose another career path. Through dance, children learn the cooperative teamwork necessary to produce a high quality work of art. They develop creative thinking skills and the ability to push themselves to higher achievements. They encounter spatial relationships and must think with both sides of the brain while learning to dance. Dance teaches skills that will enhance a child’s academic performance as well as their physical well being.
Your child’s self-confidence and self-esteem will blossom as new dance skills are introduced and mastered. Growing through the artistic process helps a child find the pathway to personal integrity and self-assured adulthood. Your child gains the ability to do well at whatever life places before him or her; while maintaining the uncompromising high standards absorbed during their dance training.’
Whether a student wants to explore Dance just for FUN or if they want to be a Company Member of one of our Award Winning Competition Teams; Stone Oak Dance Academy provides professional level dance training in a nurturing environment for students age 2 years through adults and professionals. Students of all levels receive the opportunity to explore and express themselves physically and emotionally.
…preparing students for success both on and off the stage.
Owner and Director, Kelsea Kaplan has over 15 years experience as a dance educator. She has been on the faculty of Broadway Dance Center and PeriDance in NYC, as well as Impulstanz in Austria. She served as Artistic Director and lead instructor for New Hopewell School of the Arts and STARS Theatre and Dance Academy. Most recently she owned and operated her own successful studio in New Jersey.
A native Texan, she began her training at her Mother’s dance studio. When the family relocated to New York, she went on to train and perform with the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Broadway Dance Center, and NYU/CAP 21 Musical Theater Program. She is a well-rounded performer, versed in many styles of dance. She has been a member of a National Titled Clogging Team and a Musical Theatre Touring Performance Troupe. She has appeared professionally in the US and abroad with several ballet and contemporary dance companies. She has performed, choreographed and directed Off-Broadway and for regional musical theater performances, on TV and in film. Her dance company, New York Performers Project was featured in the International Dance Festival-NYC and the World Dance Congress in Cyprus.
An established choreographer, adjudicator and educator, Ms. Kaplan, along with her professional faculty, is dedicated to ensuring your child receives the highest quality of dance education in a nurturing environment.