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Who teaches classes? What do students do? When are classes? When do you perform? Season at a Glance Student Info Pages


Welcome to the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop!

Whether you are interested in taking classes, want to know when you can see our dancers perform, or are just seeking more information about our classes and faculty, this is the place to be.

DVDs and Photos of Mystical Creatures are ready to be picked up at the studio.  Feel free to stop by any time classes are in session.


CPDW Fall Fundraiser

Gertrude Hawk candy

Support the CPDW dancers and all the great programs CPDW provides, from children's scholarships to work/study, teaching assistants to community outreach

Order your candy today, at the studio or online at www.gertrudehawkchocolates.com/fund-raising 

Thank you for your support!



We are still accepting registration for FALL Semester!!




Fall Schedules


are now available!!!


Fall Schedule

September 6 - December 16, 2017

Register Now!


We are now accepting registration for Fall Semester!!


Click on "Register now!" above for 2017 Fall Registration Form

which you may print, complete, and mail or drop off at the studio with your payment. 

Registration forms are also available at the studio.


Check out our NEW CLASSES for Fall Semester

Children's Beginning Musical Theatre Dance

Tuesday, 3:30-4:15

Class Description

Children's Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance

Friday, 4:15-5:30

Class Description

Teen/Adult Beginning/Intermediate Musical Theatre Dance

Monday & Wednesday, 8:15-9:15

Class Description


Instructors Wanted

CPDW is seeking Instructors for the 2017-2018 season in all styles of dance.  Applicants should please submit a resume and cover letter to Jill A. Brighton, Director, at jillabrighton@gmail.com at your earliest convenience.


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Teaching Assistants Needed

for All Classes

Please contact Jill A. Brighton, Director (jillabrighton@gmail.com) for more information.


Be sure to check the Student Info Pages

for copies of all the latest memos

and CPDW Dress Code requirements


Work/Study Students Sought

Please contact Jill A. Brighton, Director (jillabrighton@gmail.com) for more information.



About the Workshop

The Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop (CPDW) is located at 101 South Fraser Street in downtown State College, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1969 by LaRue Allen, the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop continues to provide the highest caliber dance training to our students in a broad range of classes. We are delighted to maintain a tradition of more than 40 years of bringing quality dance instruction to the Centre Region.  

The Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop operates on a semester system, offering a 14-week Fall semester beginning after Labor Day, and a 14-week Spring semester, which begins in January. During May and early June, there is a 5-week intersession, which allows students to explore other dance styles in addition to their customary classes. In the past we have offered such special classes as Aerobics for Dancers, Children's Aerobics, Belly Dancing, Scottish Highland Dancing, Folk Dance, and Partnering. Following the Intersession, CPDW offers a 6-week Summer semester.



The Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop Mission:


To provide a cultural and creative experience for children and adults through the study of dance.


To teach dance technique with intelligence, providing the serious student with the basis for a professional career.


To increase physical awareness, strength, and grace in the non-professional dancer.


To promote community interest in dance and encourage the growth of an informed audience.

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Full schedule of Fall Semester classes

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Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop

101 South Fraser Street

State College, PA  16801

(814) 237-2666