At Barefoot Dance Center, we guide the “whole dancer.” Our students include people of all ages who are curious learners in search of their own voices as dance artists. We teach organic alignment so that dancers don't force their turnout or strain their hips and knees.  We honor each individual body for what it is naturally capable of while challenging our students to attain new skills. While working to gain certain goals in a technique class, they are also being challenged as dance-makers.

Our desire as teachers is to help our students on the path to becoming innovative choreographers who have something to say. Additionally, our students strive toward becoming powerful performers with abilities to focus and delve deeply into expressing themselves and their ideas through a variety of thoughtful ways. Students and teachers at Barefoot are dance artists in progress, making work which honors the creative process.


More about us:

  • Read our Black Lives Matter statement here.
  • To learn more about Barefoot Dance Center and our director, Jessie Levey, follow the links below.
    • Read Jessie's newly published article here: "Resisting the Sexualization of Girls in Dance Education: An Alternative Curriculum For Private Studios," in National Dance Education Organization's journal, Dance Education in Practice. You may also request a PDF copy by email.
    • View Jessie lead an e-Seminar to dance educators, "Dancing Together Apart," regarding transitioning to teaching dance online during the COVID19 pandemic.
    • Listen to Jessie speak about empowering girls through dance on NPR's 51% . See episode #1456.
    • Jessie writes about the importance of educating the "whole dancer," in Arts Mid-Hudson Tumblr .
    • Julie A. Riess, Ph.D., director of Wimpfheimer Nursery School at Vassar College, writes about the connection between dance and creativity in early childhood education in the Poughkeepsie Journal. She includes her experience visiting one of our creative movement classes.