Mission Statement

Since 2016, Center Stage Dance Academy has been a studio dedicated to teaching correct dance technique, theory and terminology for beginning through advanced students of all ages. We do not believe in over inflated prices for a lot of show. We believe in teaching the basics of the art form to provide a solid foundation both mentally and physically. This foundation enables the student to understand and perform dance at any level. It allows the student to appreciate the true beauty of the art form. The teaching staff at Center Stage Dance Academy is comprised of vibrant and energetic teachers who  understand what it takes to be a good dancer and make it a priority to pass that knowledge on to their students. Our students are our first priority. It is our goal that they receive a positive and excellent education in dance.

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Owner / Director

April Martindale

Since attending her first dance class in 1973, April fell in love with the art of dance. She trained with multiple choreographers from New York City throughout her teenage years. Her greatest achievements were taking Tap classes from Gregory Hines and Savion Glover! At age 16, she was offered the job of teaching dance at a local dance school.  She continued to learn and teach through high school and college. She earned a BA in Mathematics and a MS in Elementary Education from SCSU all while dancing and teaching. April also managed to balance starting a family with her husband, Danny, and raising two children, Stephen and Amanda, while working full time as a Math teacher in East Haven and teaching dance. With a life long dream of sharing her love of dance, April opened Center Stage to share her passion with others.