Carbondale Dance Academy (CDA) is the longest running dance studio in the Carbondale Area. Established in 1970,and under the current Artistic Direction of Tydvil Leoncini since 1978. We offer a quality dance education for all ages and skill levels in a family friendly atmosphere.
Mrs. Leoncini received her early training under the late Constance Reynolds of Ballet Theatre of Scranton where she served as dance demonstrator, teacher and eventually served as the studio’s Assistant Artistic Director. She was the Artistic Director of Harford Dance Academy for ten years and Director of Imtermediate Tap and Jazz Division at The Dance Studio, Scranton. She is a certified lifetime member of Dance Educators of America, where she served as demonstrator for their national conventions, Professional Dance Teachers Association and served as a rostered artist with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, where she conducted Artist in Residency workshops in several area school districts. She has continued her studies with Gus Giordano at World Jazz Conference in Chicago. She has studied additionally with Charles Kelly, Finis Jung, Joe Tremaine, and Savion Glover, to name a few. She has performed professionally with “Broadway After Dark”.
Carbondale Dance Academy is committed to providing the very best dance education to their students. To that end, CDA has hosted numerous workshops at the studio to expose our students to master teachers with both national and international acclaim, Michael Vernon (ballet master from London, England), Joshua Bergasse (Emmy Award winning choreographer for “Smash” & “So You Think You Can Dance”), Bill Hotaling (director of Manhattan Dance Project), and Todd Shanks (Professional Hip Hop performer). CDA has also hosted community workshops with “Manhattan Dance Project” at Lackawanna College and in conjunction with Romar Dance Studio.
The curriculum at CDA is divided into two categories, the Junior Dance Program for students ages 3- 9 offers classes in Pre-Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip Hop. These young dancers are trained using a graded system which allows them to progress through different levels of proficiency while gaining a sense of accomplishment and building self- esteem. Children learn in a structured, nurturing, and friendly environment. These young dancers can showcase their talents each year in their own performance in June, where they are the “Stars of the Show”.
The Senior Dance Program for students ages 9 and up are offered training in the disciplines of Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Stretch. At CDA we concentrate on teaching correct techniques, musicality and quality of movement to allow students the opportunity to be well rounded and versatile performers. Senior dancers also perform in a full length production in June.
Proceeds from our performances have benefited many local charities and community projects throughout the year such as, Easter Seals Society, Crippled Children’s Society, Sacred Heart Elementary Playground Fund, and Carbondale Public Library to name a few. Recently the studio established the CDA High School Graduate Scholarship Fund, this program has donated over $30,000.00 to eligible CDA High School Graduates to date.
Mrs. Leoncini, who is entering her 37th year of teaching, along with her qualified staff, look forward to a great new season of learning and fun and continuing to pass on her knowledge and love of the Art of Dance to future generations of children and young adults for many years to come.