Carolyn Dutra Dance Studio
Tradition...with an EDGE
Studios in Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield, RI
Winner PROJO Best RI Dance School 2022,2020,2019,2018,2017

September 2022-June 2023 10-month Season Information
Classes begin September, 6, 2022 through June 23, 2023
Enrollment is always open throughout the season :)
  • Placement is based on each student’s unique and individual capabilities determined by our graded curriculum. Age is used as a guideline. Generally, students spend 2-3 years in each level.  Being in a level for more than 1 year does not mean a dancer is not progressing.  Our curriculum intends for dancers to receive training in a level for multiple years as they develop and retain repetition of instruction.
  • Our curriculum is designed to help dancers succeed based on appropriate attendance.  Missing an excessive amount classes will not allow dancers achieve the skills required to progress.
  • See Dress Code page for dance wear requirements.
  • See Company page if interested in joining Company.
  • See Calendar Page for full list of Studio dates.
  • See Covid Safety page for Studio policies.
  • Upon submitting your enrollment request, your primary credit card on file will be charged Enrollment Fees (Registration Fee, September Tuition, June Recital Costume Fee TBD). We process them manually so please allow us a few days to charge your card. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS
  • Your dancer is expected to fulfill the entire 10-months of the 2022-2023 Season. 
  • Company have separate tuition and registration rates and Company schedule is released in August. Company dancers may enroll in recreational classes for recreational tuition costs.
  • In-Studio class sizes are limited. If your preferred class is full, sign up on waitlist, in addition to another class with openings so your dancer can start in September.
  • In the event Miss Carolyn deems necessary for safety reasons, classes may transition to online classes at any time during the season. Tuition remains the same. There are no refunds. We will do our best to keep the online schedule as close as possible to the in-Studio schedule.
Winter Performance and June Recitals. Details TBD.
Participation in performances is optional, but encouraged, and most dancers participate!
All dancers are invited to perform in the June Recital. Select classes are invited to perform in the Winter performance.

If you are going to be absent, please follow email us:
Email in advance. You do not need to call the studio.
Subject: Absent Dancer
Body of email
Student name:
Studio location: (Warwick, Cranston, Smithfield)
Date of absence:
Reason (If it is Covid related please provide details, dates of close contact/positive test/etc.):

Company Dancers follow Company Miss Instructions

Toddler and Me (18 months-3 years)
A 30 minute fun-filled adult/child creative movement program designed to impart the physical, emotional, and cognitive development of our youngest dancers. Students will be experience a nurturing classroom experience learning classroom etiquette, musical awareness, as well as exploring self-awareness, creative expression and imagination. Rhythm, creative movement and the use of props are introduced.  Any adult care giver is welcome.  Students do not need to be potty trained.  
  • To uphold the integrity of our dance education, Toddler & Me classes require 1 adult per dancer.  If you have multiple children, another adult must attend per child. No other adults or siblings allowed in dance room.  Other siblings/children, may not be left unattended the Studio.
Preschool (2years 8 months-5 years old) *Potty trained
A 45 minute class designed to introduce and explore creative movement, Ballet and Tap. Emphasis is on developing gross motor skills, muscle control, balance and spatial awareness, as well as listening and leadership skills. Rhythmical patterns and props are used to create a fun, moving environment! Students must be 100% potty trained in order to enroll. 
Primary (5-7 years old) *dancers must be in Kindergarten or higher
A 60 minute class exploring the very basics and fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, Tumbling and Creative Movement. This class builds confidence, strength, and coordination and is an extension of the Preschool Class.  We recommend adding Acro Ages 3-5 or 6-11 in addition to this class.

Primary/Acro Combo *dancers must be in Kindergarten orhigher
A 90 minute combo class of Primary dance and Acrobatics. Dance styles include Ballet, Tap and creative movement. Acrobatics includes stretches and tumbling, focusing on balance, endurance and flexibility. It’s the “floor routine” in gymnastics!
This class is considered TWO classes under tuition rates. Dancers must attend both styles and stay for the full duration of class. Primary and Acro are also offered separately.
Stretches, tumbling and acrobatic tricks, focusing on balance, endurance and flexibility. It’s the “floor routine” in gymnastics!

Acro, Ages 3-5
A 45 minute class introducing basic acrobatic skills to our youngest dancers.  This class will build strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and confidence.  Students will stretch, learn acrobatic poses, tumble, climb through obstacle courses and get their wiggles out in a safe space with our certified instructors.
Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. Must be 100% potty trained. No recital dance for this class.

Acro, Ages 6-11  
A 45 minute class focusing on acrobatic skills like somersaults, splits, backbends, etc, while building strength and flexibility. This class will build strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and confidence.
Placement for this class is by age, no previous skills required. No recital dance for this class.

Acro I & II  (Acro I taught by Miss Rachel + Coach David! Acro II taught by Coach David!)
Ages 7+ years old with 1 year minimum Acro experience, see pre requisites. Placement for these classes is by skill.
These 60 minute mixed-level intensive classes is for focused students who want to work hard! This class builds strength, flexibility, agility and confidence in Acro skills. Throughout the session, students will work on various skills based on level: Acro I - handstands, front/back walkover, cartwheels, etc., Acro II - aerial, handsprings, and more advanced acro skills.
  • Perquisites for Acro 1 -  Pushup/Standing backbend without a spot
  • Prerequisite for Acro II - Front/Back walkover without a spot

Hippity Hop, Ages 5-7 
A hip hop class designed for ages 5-7. Class begins with a warmup, progressions, and students learn a combination with introductory hip hop moves that will build each week. Movement games and props are used each week. Music and lyrics appropriate for their age group. Most of all...this class is fun!!

Hip Hop, Ages 7-11
Combines elements of various street dance styles, blending Old School, New School, Breakdancing, and even Jazz, performed to upbeat, current and popular music.

Hip Hop, Ages 12-18
TBA Session
LEVEL CLASSES At age 7 a more formal and structured dance training begins!  *Ages as of  September
Level 1, ages 7-9
Level 2, ages 9-12
Level 3, ages 12-14
Level 4, ages 15-17
*Age used as a guideline. Dancers evaluated individually based on graded curriculum.

Level 1-2 classes are combo classes and considered TWO classes under tuition rates. Dancers must attend both classes/all three styles of dance and stay for the full duration of class, ie. Level 1-2 Ballet+Jazz/Tap Combo.
Level 3-4 classes are combo classes and considered THREE classes under tuition rates. Dancers must attend all three classes/styles of dance and stay for the full duration of class. ie. Level 3-4 Contemporary+Jazz+Tap Combo.  BONUS-Ballet in Level 3/4 classes!
The Vaganova Method is implemented in this stage of a young dancer’s development. Now, children are physically and emotionally capable of studying in a more structured way. Technique and terminology are broadened at these levels.
Pointe is the dream for dancers! To safely start pointe, Dancers should be at least 11 years old and have studied ballet for at least 3 years for 3-5 hours per week. Their feet must also be structurally ready for demands of pointe work.

Also an American art form stressing technique and style, while introducing Theatre Dance, Contemporary, Funky, African, and many more. Classes consist of center warmup, floor stretches, isolations, progressions and combinations.

An American art form taught in the true tradition. Rhythms and coordination are stressed, progressively advancing each year. Tap terminology is highlighted.

Contemporary dance combines elements of several genres including jazz, lyrical and ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements and have the opportunity to express themselves through improvisational movements
Dance Companies
The Carolyn Dutra Companies consist of young dancers who show promise and potential in dance. They are recommended by their teachers, indicate that they are interested in becoming a company member to their teachers, or are hand-picked by Miss Carolyn.

Company classes meet at least twice a week at the Warwick Studio. Dancers have many opportunities to perform throughout RI and the United States!  Our Company dancers just returned from performing in Disney Springs!  Company Dancers have also performed on Carnival Cruises, Hershey Park, Carnegie Hall, The Dunkin Donuts Center for the Providence College Mens Basketball Halftime and more!!

Closed Class: ages 7-9
Preparatory: ages 8-11
Pee Wee Company:  ages 8-11
Rhythmettes: ages 11-14
Junior Company: ages 13 & up
Senior Company: ages 13 & up
*age is used as a guideline and may change from year to year
Adult Classes
We offer an array of adult classes throughout the year that run in weekly sessions and pop-up classes. Classes are for dancers with some experience, unless specified. See Session page for current classes.