Proudly celebrating over 60 years as a dance educator and true inspiration to countless young women and men, Charlotte Klein continues to provide consistent excellence in dance education that has become her signature - a well deserved reputation of merit unanimously celebrated throughout the national dance community.
The Charlotte Klein Dance Centers, located in Central Massachusetts, is a well established name in the field of dance locally in New England and nationally. Under the direction of esteemed dance educator Charlotte Klein, the studio offers a complete program of dance education from Pre-School to Pre-Professional in spacious, well-equipped studios at 1122 Pleasant Street in Worcester and at Westmeadow Plaza in Westboro. The Dance Centers offer beginning to advanced level dance training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern and Hip-Hop.
In 1952, Charlotte Klein began teaching dance to 15 youngsters in the basement of her parents home. By the end of the first year, she had over 60 students and the decision was made to officially open the Charlotte Klein Dance Studio. Charlotte's husband Ben would ultimately leave his chosen career to become Charlotte's business partner at the studio. Now in her 51st year of teaching, Charlotte shares her passion for dance to over 700 students. Charlotte and Ben are most proud of the fact that they have brought dance to generations of families - we proudly estimate that more than 25,000 students have been privileged to attend the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers.
Charlotte Klein's guiding theme in her dance program is that there is a place for every student in her studio, regardless of ability level . Ms. Klein has always made it a point to focus on students as individuals and to tailor dance programs to meet their individual needs. "We place students in classes based not only on skill, but on interest level as well. We prepare them for success no matter what their ultimate goals may be," says Ms. Klein.
It is this personal attention to each dancer that has been her trademark and has established the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers as a place for quality dance education in a caring, supportive environment. Throughout the dance year opportunities are provided to expand one's dance knowledge through Master Classes, dance conventions and regional and national competitions. In addition, the Charlotte Klein Dance Centers has a 2 week Ballet Intensive Program in June and a 3-week program of dance, theater and voice in July and August. There are four recital performances in June and a Summer Dance Showcase in August, all of which provide students with the chance to perform on stage.
For those students who wish to move towards a career in dance, the Advanced Level classes provide intensive training with stimulation from other students at the same level. Another dimension of training that is available to selected advanced students is participation in the Charlotte Klein Dance Company...
The Dance Company is highly regarded in the New England Region and has received numerous recognitions for its high level performances. At the Jazz Dance World Congress of 1996 held at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the CKDC Dance Company competed against international dance troupes and was recognized for its performance of " The Red Shoes", choreographed by Laura Klein-Weiner. Also, at the 2004 Dance Masters of American National Convention in New York City, the CKDC Dance Company was selected to perform at their Grand national Finals Competition and were the High Score Winner in the Large Group Category for the entire competition.
Ms. Klein's students have won numerous scholarships and high score awards at regional and national competitions. Many CKDC students have won Titles at DMA New England, most recently Teen Miss and Teen Mr. Dance 2007 and Teen Mr. and Mr. Dance of new England 2007. Also National titles including Miss Dance, Junior Miss Dance, Mr. Dance, Teen Mr. Dance and Master Dance of America. Her former students have performed on Broadway, in U.S. and European Tours, on cruise ships, in film, television, Tokyo Disney, Disney World, Hershey Park, Fiesta Texas, Busch Gardens, and Opryland.
In a ceremony marking her 45th teaching anniversary of commitment to her students and the dance community, Charlotte Klein was awarded an official proclamation from the State of Massachusetts. In his speech following the presentation, Representative Jim McGovern stated,"Some people refer to Charlotte as an institution, but I choose to call her a treasure"