About Utica Dance

The Utica Dance faculty is passionately committed to providing students with the opportunity to learn the art of dance in a positive, structured, and inspiring environment.

Utica Dance is independently owned and operated and was formerly known as the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Dance Program. We are proud of our long tradition of over forty five years providing the highest quality dance instruction in ballet, jazz, tap and modern/contemporary dance in Downtown Utica. 

Nancy, Lynn, Kathy, Sharon and Lindsey are excited to welcome new and returning students to learn the Art of Dance. Dancers of all ages and levels of experience will discover fitness, fun and family.

Utica Dance Productions provide all students in the Children's and Pre-Professional Divisions with opportunities to perform in professional caliber shows that range from classic ballets to original contemporary dances. 

In 2002, the dance program began presenting its own Nutcracker production in the Mohawk Valley Community College Theater. Hundreds of student dancers and guest professionals from New York City have appeared in this cherished classic ballet. 

Our Spring Dance Concerts feature dancers in the Pre-Professional Division in performances of reconstructed classics and inspiring new dances by Kathy Ryan, Nancy Long, Lynn Bollana, Sharon Warncke and Lindsey LaFountain Hartnett.

The Annual Student Performance in May offers young and novice dancers a chance to show off their newly learned skills for family and friends in a casual, friendly theater setting at MVCC. 

If you've always wanted to dance, Utica Dance is especially proud of it's Teen/Adult Division. We offer introductory and intermediate classes in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and yoga for students who wish to experience the joy and benefits of dance and movement training at any age.

We invite all students and teachers in the community to enhance their dance and physical training by attending the workshops, master classes and open classes, including yoga and Hip Hop, are led by our distinguished faculty, staff and guest instructors. 

Our popular Family Membership Benefit program offers discounts and payment plans for dancers attending multiple classes or for families with more than one dancer.

When you visit Utica Dance at 324 Genesee Street in Utica, you will be welcomed by the infectious buzz of energy, creativity, warmth and excitement. Let's Dance!