Updated Plan As Of July 11, 2020
I am heartbroken to announce that The Dancing School will not be able to enact our plan to open for in-person classes on July 27th. No one wants to reopen more than we do, but since we announced the plan, the county of Fresno’s percentage of people who test positive for Covid -19 has steadily increased. Even with all the safety precautions we planned, we do not believe it would be safe to bring our dancers back at this time. This also means that it is not possible to have our outdoor recital. This was a crushing decision for us to make but we believe it is the right one. This would have been our 49th annual recital. All I can say is that we will have to make our 50th year even bigger and better!
So, what now? For the students that have been working so hard these last few months on Zoom, we will have a virtual recital. This can also include students that have been practicing their recital dances from the web site videos and want to Zoom with us for the next 3 weeks. We will finish the dances in the next 3 Zoom classes. During the last Zoom class of the season, the week of July 27th please wear your recital costume to Zoom class. We will record the dance and email it to you.
During the month of August, we will take a break from Zooming. During that time, we will be offering private lessons at the studio. Please email Beth for safety protocols if you are interested. We will start a fresh fall season in September, either on Zoom or in person depending on the circumstances at that time. For those that only want to Zoom in the fall we will make that an option too.
We can’t thank you enough for all your patience and encouragement during this time. Your support has kept The Dancing School alive and looking forward to our 50th year.
Beth and The Dancing School Teachers
Covid 19 Closure - Updated 4/2/20
The Dancing School
Beth Zobian -- Director
Dear Students and Families, April 2, 2020
Wow, a lot has happened in the less than 3 weeks that we have been closed. It feels like more doesn't it. We are missing our students terribly but we will not be holding classes in the studio until it is safe to do so. At this time we are not sure when that will be.
Will we have the recital? Yes, but the when and where may need to change. As soon as we know more we will let you know.
All of our students' accounts have been credited for the classes that had to be canceled. Refunds are available upon request.
As dance teachers we know the benefits of healthy, artistic, physical activity. We've been so glad to see some of our students doing live classes with us on Instagram and practicing their recital dances from the videos posted here. It is important to keep our students moving. I'll continue Instagram classes through April 10th.
Beginning Monday. April 13 The Dancing School will offer online classes through zoom. These will be a chance for your teacher to see you, connect with you, offer encouragement and corrections. The classes are at a the deeply discounted rate of $7 each to encourage you to take as many as you can. You can use your credits for these. If those run out we will bill you at the end of each month. Please see the schedule and more details below.
I will update this space as we have more information.
Please stay safe and don't stop dancing. It feeds the soul and we need that now more than ever.
Beth, Deanna, Julie, Nikki and Julia
Remind Service: text 81010 with the message @thedancing
Online Class Schedule
Online Classes will begin again in September. Check Back Here for the schedule.
I hope to have the schedule ready by Aug 10th.
The Dancing School
Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop
Established in 1971 The Dancing School offers the highest quality dance training in a fun and caring atmosphere right in downtown Selma.
Celebrating Dance In Selma For 49 Years
Dance is fun! At The Dancing School we impart the joy of dance while developing strength, flexibility, mental discipline, and confidence that extends to all areas of the student's lives.
All of our classes teach healthy technique. We emphasis alignment, core strength, energy and enjoyment.
Most importantly, The Dancing School has helped it's students develop into outstanding men and women, through the discipline and responsibility inherent in the pursuit of dance excellence.
We Are So Proud Of Our Teachers. Click Below To Find Out All About Them.
School Year Classes
These Classes Run September 3, 2019 - June 7, 2020
The Dancing School only accepts students at the beginning of each session. You can register for our School Year Session from July until October, but keep in mind that some classes fill up quickly. Registration for the 2020 Summer Session will begin in April.
Click here to find a printable enrollment form. You can mail it in with your registration fee and tuition or drop it by.
2019-20 School Year Tuition
We believe every child should experience dance. The Dancing School Is Committed To Keeping Our Tuition Afordable For Families.
Tuition For September 3, 2019 – June 7, 2020
Your 1st month’s tuition and your Registration/Recital Fee is due before you begin class.
The Registration/Recital Fee is $33/student or $36/family.
Your tuition is the same every month September thru May no matter how many weeks are in the month. Please refer to The Dancing School Calendar for classes you will receive.
Pay By The Month
1 class per week $45/month
2 classes per week $78.75/month
3 classes per week $105.75/month
4 classes per week $123.75/month
5 classes per week $137/month
6+ classes per week $150.75/month
Pay By The Semester And Receive 15% Off
1st Semester: Sept - Dec. Due by Sept.16th. 2nd Semester: Jan - June 7. Due by Jan 15th.
1 class per week- 1st Semester: $153.00 / 2nd Semester: $191.25
2 classes per week- 1st Semester: $267.00 / 2nd Semester: $334.70
3 classes per week- 1st Semester: $359.50 / 2nd Semester: $449.40
4 classes per week- 1st Semester: $420.75 / 2nd Semester: $525.90
5 classes per week- 1st Semester: $465.00 / 2nd Semester $582.25
6+ classes per week- 1st Semester: $512.55.00 / 2nd Semester: $640.60
Private Lesson $30/ ½ hour - No discounts available for private lessons.
Because we believe so strongly that multiple classes per week are essential for any dedicated student, we have substantial discounts for multiple classes. We hope this enables more of our dancers to take several classes/wk.
* To receive semester discount you must pay in full by:
September 16 – 1st semester. January 15 – 2nd semester. No Exceptions.
The third student in the immediate family receives ½ price classes.
In Fairness To All Students There Will Be No Exceptions To The Following Policies.
1. Your monthly tuition is due the 1st class of each month and is late after the 15th of the
month. A $4/month late fee will be added to your account if it carries a balance after the 15th.
2. Tuition paid for one month may not be carried over as credit, even if classes are missed.
3. Tuition is automatically charged each month unless the student drops the class before the month begins by filling out a drop card or calling the studio and informing Beth.
4. Makeup classes are the student’s responsibility. Makeup classes are not transferable and may not be taken once the student has dropped the class. Makeups may only be taken in classes on the regular Dancing School Schedule.
5. No cash refunds will be given.
In Memory of Cindy Taylor Hansen
We are so sad to have lost our beloved student, teacher and friend in a car accident in November of 2018.
Cindy began dancing with us when she was 4 years old. She was an original member of The 2nd Street Dancers and choreographed many amazing pieces for them. She traveled with The 2nd Street Dancers to China, Greece, Italy and Cuba. Cindy started teaching jazz at The Dancing School in 1998 and always brought creativity and fresh energy to her classes. Now every axel and backbend - two of her favorites- will forever more be "Cindy steps" to all of us. With every movement we will have her voice in our heads, challenging us to be stronger, more expressive artists. Her legacy at The Dancing School will live on as her students push themselves for her.
The Cindy Taylor Hansen Foundation For The Live Arts serves to promote, educate and support young artists in her memory.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to this 501c3.
Please send your donation to:
The Cindy Taylor Hansen Foundation For The Live Arts
PO Box 685
Kingsburg, CA 93631
The Dancing School is open
Mondays 4-9, Tuesdays 4-9, Wednesdays 9-9 and Thursdays 4-9.
We will be closed July 18th - September 2nd for our summer break. Appointments can be made during that time by calling or emailing Beth.
The Dancing School Staff
Deanna Moser Driscoll - Founder
Deanna Moser Driscoll - Founding Director / Ballet Teacher.
Deanna, a former dancer with The San Francisco Ballet, has trained with Harold and Lew Christiansen, Madame Maria Baldina of The Russian Imperial Ballet and with Peter Van Moydon of The Royal Netherlands Ballet.
Deanna was the co-founder and former co-director of The Fresno Jazz Company and the founder and director of The 2nd Street Dancers. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco.
In addition to directing The Dancing School, she was a consultant to Fresno Unified School District's Roosevelt School of the Arts for 19 years. As one of the founding faculty members, Deanna has watched many of her students attain professional status in the performing arts.
Deanna currently serves on the board of The Selma Arts Council. She is the marriage coordinator for St. Anthony's Church in Fresno as well as a volunteer with Catholic Charities.
Deanna is active in the local community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Selma Arts Council, as well as choreographing many performances for the Raisin Cain Players and other community groups.
Beth Zobian - Director
Beth returned to The Dancing School as co-director in 1999 after completing her Master's thesis on dance education at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential and has taught 2nd, 3rd and 5th grade. From 1999 to 2016 she taught ballet and jazz at Roosevelt School of the Arts in Fresno. Beth is a former member of The Fresno Ballet and The Fresno Jazz Co.
Beth grew up at The Dancing School, taking classes from her mom since she was 3 years old. She loves the school, it's teachers and students and the nurturing atmosphere that each dancer feels here. Now, as director she is grateful to continue offering the quality dance education that her mother provided.
Children's Ballet, Creative Dance & Tap
Julie has been studying at The Dancing School since 1972 and teaching ballet since 1980. She loves teaching young children and says that the spirits of children make them perfect dancers.
Julie holds a Multiple Subject teaching credential with an emphasis in early childhood education and taught kindergarten before she started her family. She currently teaches PreK at Wolters School in Fresno.
She and her husband Larry (high school sweethearts) have 8 children; Martha, Krista, Sarah, Laura, Julia, Hanna, Takashi and Wilma.
Julie is well loved by all at The Dancing School and in 1997 was honored by The 2nd Street Dancers when they performed a biographical show about her life called From There to Here. In that show Julie's love for dance and generosity as a teacher was portrayed. Julie says she believes with all her heart that
"the world would be a better place if everyone could take a dance class."
We are honored to have Julie as an integral part of The Dancing School heritage and faculty!
Jazz & Tap
Full Bio Coming Soon
Full Bio Coming Soon
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Sept 28 - Nutty Nutcracker Auditions
Oct 31 - Closed for Halloween
Nov 11 - Closed for Veteran's Day
Nov 24-30 - Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 18-Jan 7 - Closed for Winter Break
Jan 20 - Closed for MLK Jr Day
Feb 17 - Closed for President's Day
April 5 - 13 - Closed for Spring Break
May 9 - Instudio Rehearsal for recital
May 25 - Closed for Memorial Day
June 3 - Wed & Thurs classes meet together
June 4 - Closed for recital prep
June 6 - Mandatory Dress Rehearsal
June 7 - Recital
Our dance trip to Cuba was amazing.
August 2-6, 2017