A Rich History. Since Alderwood Dance Spectrum opened in 1981, literally thousands of dancers have passed through our doors. Many of our former students are bringing their own children for dance class and some dancers who danced with us as children are returning as adults to take classes again. That really speaks to our goal of instilling a love of dance in our students. Also, most of the teachers on our faculty have trained with us as children, have continued their dance journey, and now wish to share their passion and inspire a new generation of dancers.
We know how to put on a Great Show. In fact, nobody does it better! After every June Recital, we hear from scores of people telling us how much they enjoyed the show. Apart from being well organized, fast paced, short and sweet, our goal is to make it very entertaining. From the darling, unpredictable preschoolers to the hard working, talented advanced dancers, to the bunch of dads in cancan skirts and work boots, each group has their moment on stage. The First Act backdrop, costumes, music, and choreography are planned around a theme. We have done Spectrum of Color, Around the World, Saga of the Old West, A Cruise to Remember, The Big Apple, and many more. For the Second Act, we always do a complete, fully staged story ballet. Students in Ballet I/II and above the opportunity to learn pantomime, acting, and what it means to be a part of a large scaled theatrical production. We have performed Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, and many more. All this, in the lovely Everett Civic Auditorium with a total running time of 2 hours.
In December, we have a short Holiday Show. Students learn dances during the fall classes and perform at the PUD Auditorium for their families. Costumes are borrowed from the studio at no cost to the dancers and the atmosphere is festive and fun.
Students aged six and above can audition for our Storybook Nutcracker, which is also performed at the PUD Auditorium. This is a fully staged production with sets, costumes, props, and magic! We have pigtailed Bonbons, a comical Mouse King, a handsome Nutcracker, dancing flowers, and falling snow. There are three performances for the public as well as four shows for school groups on field trips.
We are committed to excellence. We believe that everyone deserves exceptional dance training in technique and style. While not all students will pursue a career in dance, the grace, artistry, discipline, confidence, and healthy habits they develop at Alderwood Dance Spectrum will remain with them for a lifetime and enhance their performance in other areas of life. We strive to develop these characteristics while providing a fun, friendly, and inclusive environment. Many parents have credited a dance education as an important factor in their child’s success in becoming well-rounded, happy, healthy, and productive.
— Ann R., 9/7/2015
— Meredith G., 9/17/2015
Both my daughters have been attending classes for 2 months. What a wonderful experience! The teachers are gentle, yet demand respect.
— Jennie P., 10/20/2015
I began dancing at Alderwood Dance Spectrum as a child, and now my own daughter dances there. It is the same amazing studio now as it was 25 years ago. The teachers are wonderful with the kids and really take the time to help them become not only great dancers, but also help them discover confidence in themselves. This studio is a place where all the parents talk to each other in the lobby, the dancers help each other shine in the spotlight, and lifelong friendships are made. I, myself, met my best friend of 20+ years while dancing at Alderwood Dance Spectrum when I was younger and we are still best friends to this day. I really cannot say enough positive things about this studio and am very grateful to be a part of it again!
— Chelsea L., 2017
I'm so pleased with this dance studio! My oldest daughter has been attending classes there for a couple years and has always loved it. The princess classes Ms. Sue teaches are one of her favorite things about this studio! The recitals are so fun and the instructors are awesome! My 2 year old just started last month and loves it as well - Ms. Missy is so good with the little ones and helps them to become more independent, confident, and proud of themselves. I couldn't be happier to see my girls build such valuable skills with this group of instructors!
— Angela C., 2/2/2017
Great dance studio! My daughter and her cousin have been attending since they were 3. Adorable recitals and costumes!
— Jami S., 2018
Dancing here has been the best experience for my daughter. She counts down the days until class and loves her teacher, Ms. Karli. Preschool dance classes have the perfect mix of fun and instruction, and have done wonders to bring a shy 4 year out of her shell. I'd recommend to anyone!!
— Jennifer V., 2017
This is the studio my wife went to for years and loved as a kid. When we had a daughter, we knew this would be the place we would take her and we have not been disappointed.
— Adam N., 2017
What a fantastic company! We are in! We started in January and are just finishing the summer session. I could not be happier. The end of year recital and ballet was such a delight! I am so happy to be able to enjoy a ballet with my family at an affordable price. We will be at the Holiday Show this coming season and all the rest too, I'm sure! I am sorry I didn't know about Alderwood Dance Spectrum 9 years ago! We are looking forward to many years of fun with them!
— Ellie J., 7/30/2016
When my daughter and I walked in the studio almost 6 years ago we had a warm welcome from everyone here. The instructors have taught my daughter to be a confident dancer and other skills such as patience and teamwork that she has uses in her everyday life. Excellent studio with an amazing end of the year recital.
— Christina B., 9/14/2015
This studio has served the area for 30+ years. Miss Sue is the gentle demander - and watching students grow from year to year as they gain skill is such a pleasure! The studio hosts two recitals each year - a holiday show which always kicks off my holiday season with smiles and familiar tunes. Then, each June there is the "big recital" on the "big stage" at Everett Civic Auditorium. This show is actually a pretty major, themed production. There is nowhere else in town you will get a terrific live performance for only $5! My own children have been students at the studio since 1998. We are loyal supporters of the local arts - and our children's arts education.
— Casey B., 12/6/2011
I danced here as a child and it's great to now have my own daughter enrolled! Excellent leadership and patience with the little dancers! Love the "closed curtain" concept. Allows your dancer to give their full attention to teacher! Highly recommend!
— Erin B., 6/18/2017
I am so excited that my 2 and a half year old daughter is beginning to develop a love for dance. My daughter couldn't be more excited about dance class, her friends and her amazing teacher, Miss Karli.
— Taryn L., 10/6/2016
I really cannot say enough wonderful things about this studio. The instructors are amazing, there are many different classes for every age and interest, the prices are more than fair, and the Christmas and June recitals make for the fondest memories of a lifetime. We walked into this studio over 9 years ago to attend an incredible princess themed birthday party, and I'm so very thankful we did. My 12 year old daughter has been enrolled in many different classes over the past nine years, my 10 year old son has done Hip-Hop here for the past 3 years, my 5 year old is in her 3rd year of dance, and my 2 1/2 year old has just started her journey. The dances they learn, the skills they are taught, the friends they make, the productions they are involved in, the experiences they have, are worth every dime spent on tuition and their costumes, and every second spent getting them back and forth to class. This studio and everything it has to offer is outstanding and you will not be disappointed.
— Meredith G., 2017