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"Lisa could be having a successful career anywhere, but fortunately for us she has dedicated her efforts toward the improvement of dance in the Denton community.  More than anyone else in this community, she has worked tirelessly and unselfishly and openly to make dance a vital part of our lives."

James Clouser
Currently University of Arizona, Dance Faculty

Denton Dance Conservatory (DDC) is now in its 27th year of operation.  Founded in 1988 by Owner/Director, Lisa Racina-Torre, DDC  has become THE place to educate your dancer in Denton, Texas!  Dancers, ages 4+ have found their dance “home” at DDC no matter what their dancing goals!  We have graduates of Denton Dance Conservatory that have gone on to major college dance programs throughout the country, as well as pursuing professional careers in the dance arts.

Denton Dance Conservatory subscribes to teaching through positive reinforcement and nurturing in order to produce a life-long respect and love for dance as well as very happy and well-trained young dancers.  The studio’s Owner/Founder, Lisa Racina has developed a classical ballet curriculum based on the Vaganova and Cecchetti techniques, as well as a highly respected Modern dance program that gives young people the strength, technical knowledge, flexibility, and creativity to dance to their fullest potential.  DDC offers classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and pilates.

When you become part of DDC’s dance family, your dancer will have the opportunity to perform in Racina’s holiday ballet, “A Gift for Emma,” (see more under Performance Information) sponsored by Denton Dance Conservatory’s resident non-profit dance company, The Denton City Contemporary Ballet and youth company, the Denton Youth City Ballet (see more under Performing Companies).  Your dancer will also perform in the studio Annual Recital Showcase held in early-mid June annually.  DDC’s dancers have also performed in every Denton Arts and Jazz Festival during the last 20 years!  Other community and area performances have included the Denton’s annual Blues Festival, the Selwyn Fall Festival, Dance for the Planet in Dallas, Oktoberfest in Ft. Worth, Denton Community Theatre and Music Theatre of Denton productions,. as well as participating individually in school activities and talent shows.

DDC Facility

In the spring of 2007, DDC expanded to include another  1800 square feet for a total of 4800 square feet which includes two large studios (30’ X 40’ and 30’ X 30’)with raised wood floors and vinyl marle surfaces, and medium sized studio (30’ X 16’), a small studio (12’ X 14’)a comfortable waiting area for parents and siblings including observation windows, a faculty lounge, and two office spaces.

Here are a few reasons your dancer should dance at Denton Dance Conservatory!!!

  • DDC has high standards of class instruction, workshops, master classes and special guest instructors.
  • DDC encourages the  stimulation and cultivation of the creative nature of the student through dance education.
  • DDC promotes an atmosphere of excitement and fun while never drifting from the true professionalism and discipline required to become proficient in the art.
  • DDC students are given an opportunity to discover their own potential, not only as dancers, but as choreographers and teachers.
  • DDC offers Master Classes and workshops taught by professionals in the field of ballet, modern dance and acting.
  • DDC's resident dance company, Denton City Contemporary Ballet, gives professional level performance opportunities to advanced students of the various dance disciplines and serves as Denton's "Ambassador of Dance" when on tour.
  • DDC encourages active student participation in community events and performance with local dance and theater organizations
  • DDC students and friends receive our bi-monthly newsletter, "Footnotes", to keep them up to date on studio, local and regional auditions, workshops, performances and other dance news.
  • DDC's summer DANCEcamps offer a unique opportunity for children ages 4 to 11 to study not only ballet and jazz, but also dance history, anatomy, nutrition, pantomime, and much much more!  A great week of study designed with YOUR child in mind.
  • DDC also has developed a wonderful Summer Dance Workshop, for ages 11 through 14, with a minimum of three years of ballet study. This workshop has a focus on Pre-Professional Ballet Training, with a slate of special studies which include, but are not limited to developing a personal training curriculum, working on your personal dance resume, audition tips and directions, careers in dance and the arts, and much more. Generally held in the month of June, registration for the camps generally begins in late March and thru April of each year. Please contact the studio for the free brochure.


Faculty & Staff:

LISA RACINA-TORRE, Owner/Director of DDC is entering her 25th  year of teaching dance, all levels, serving as Ballet-Mistress at DDC for intermediate, advanced and pre-professional dancers, as well as Artistic Director/choreographer for Denton Youth City Ballet, the studio’s performing company and Denton City Contemporary Ballet, the Conservatory’s affiliate non-profit dance company. Ms. Racina-Torre holds a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from Texas Christian University, has served on the summer faculty of Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan in 1993 and 1995, has served as an Adjunct Professor of Ballet at the University of North Texas, and has performed, taught and choreographed professionally for schools and companies throughout the United States. Her dancers have been accepted at numerous prestigious university dance programs as well as summer dance programs throughout the country.


DDC is so proud to welcome Ms. Anne Black back after a ten year hiatus!  “Miss Anne” as her students know her, taught ballet, tap, and jazz for Denton Dance Conservatory for eleven years from 1990-2001.  During her break from DDC, Miss Anne has raised two sons and choreographed numerous musicals for Denton Community Theatre and Music Theatre of Denton.  Her choreography credits include 42nd Street, Oklahoma, Crazy for You, Cabaret, Chicago, Snoopy, Kiss Me Kate, Pippin, and West Side Story. Miss Anne was also a member of DancExpress (now Denton City Contemporary Ballet) as well as Artistic Director of Denton Civic Dance Theatre from 2001-2005.  Her training has been with such greats as Gracie Tune, Buster Cooper, Savion Glover, Wade Robison, Dan Karaty, and Liz Gallego.  Miss Anne will be teaching Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for DDC this year!

HANNAH BRIGGS, is entering her sophomore year as a dance major and honors student at Texas Woman’s University. Having danced for the past twelve years at Denton Dance Conservatory, she has had the opportunity to study various genres of dance including ballet, jazz, modern and tap. As a former officer of the Ryan High School Strutters, Hannah also has experience in drill team and has been honored with several awards including All-Star Dancer, Miss Showtime Nominee, and Kick Club Finalist. Hannah has recently finished out her first season as a dancer in the cast of the musical drama, Texas, held every summer near Amarillo. Hannah performed in over 60 shows the choreography of Crystal Bertrand and Jerry Vizena. Now back in Denton, she looks forward to continuing her studies at TWU and sharing a love of dance with her students at Denton Dance Conservatory.


Julia comes to DDC from Richardson, Tx to attend UNT as a Sophomore. The last three years she has been a faculty member of the Sway Dance Center Studio in Richardson, Texas. Her areas of expertise in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop have made her not only a versatile instructor but has allowed her vibrant personality to shine. Julia has choreographed Richardson High school programs such as the Eagle Guards, Eaglette Drill Team, and RHS Cheerleaders. Along with her technical talents, Julia has performed in various Company renditions of The Nutcracker, and danced with Destiny's Child at the Dallas Cowboys Halftime Show. She has attended the Atlanta Ballet Summer Intensives, The Radio City Music Hall Rockette's Summer Intensive and is a 2009 scholarship recipient for THE PULSE on Tour and Celebrity Dance Competition's Summer Scholarship winner to the Brock Center of Performing Arts, California. Julia has studied under such Masters as Doug Caldwell, Mike Minery, Napolean and Tabitha Dmou, Wade Robinson, Liz Imperio, and Desiree Robbins. Julia has a true knack for creativity and the ability to help growing dancers find inspiration and passion for the art of dance. Miss Julia will be teaching ballet, tap, jazz and HipHop this year, and we're looking forward to adding her to our DDC family!


Samantha is a Junior at the University of North Texas. She has studied dance for 16 years at Backstage Dance, Dancer's Studio, Etc., & Motion Center for Dance in Plano; She was accepted into Burklyn Ballet Theatre summer intensives from 2004 to 2008, and has been teaching dance at Revelations Dance Studio and Dancer's Studio Etc. A member of Alpha Delta Lambda Honor Society, Samantha will be teaching contemporary, hip hop and jazz classes. We are very excited to welcome her to our dance family !


In her youth, Jessie Rosenberger was an active member of the Tyler Civic Ballet (2002 -2003). Additional influences in Jessie’s training are Tena Scalco Vogel (Ft. Worth Ballet), Sarah Gamblin (BeBe Miller Company), Shelley Padilla (Colorado Ballet) and Melissa Young (Dallas Black Dance Theater). In 2010 and 2011, Jessica traveled to New York City for The Summit dance teacher convention . She has attended summer workshops with Ballet Austin and artists such as Jill Sigman (ThinkDance) and Amanda Edge (New York City Ballet). Jessie was introduced to the world of modern dance while attending Kilgore College as a member & officer of the world famous Rangerettes, and traveled to Washington D.C. to perform for the Presidential Black Tie and Boot’s Ball. Jessie continued her education at Texas Woman’s University, studying techniques such as Horton, release, and contact improvisation. She was awarded the Anne Schley Duggan Outstanding Senior Award and graduated with honors in 2009 with her BA in Dance. Jessie has been teaching dance since 2004 in the DFW area and is a 500hr certified yoga teacher. She held a residency at the University of Texas in Dallas (2013). She is the founder and artistic director of Simple Sparrow Dance Company, presenting concerts since 2010 in the DFW area and receiving wonderful reviews in both the Dallas Morning News and Theater Jones.


Teachers who've helped DDC achieve its goals!  
A special Thank You to each and every one of you for your time, talent, and dedication to the art form!  We wish you the best in your dance endeavors!

Chris Koehl 2008-2011, Yulia Ilina 2011-2015, Risse Miller 2013-2014, Samantha Neal 2010-2014, Jasmine Jaramillo 2003-2012, Allan Kinzie 2006-2012, Kristin Diggs 2011-2012, Jose Zamora 2010-2012, Chris Koehl 2009-2011, James Clouser 1994-2000, Comfort Fedoke 2006-2009, Carla Jett Riemer, Courtney Moore, Courtney Richardson 2009-2010, Lesley Snelson-Figueroa 2001-2008, Kiyoung Choi 2009-2011, Caitlin Becker 2005-2006, Rachel Cummings 2003-2011, Libby Quigg 1999-2001 & 2008-2009, Hannah Guidry 2008-2010, Tori Helfrich 2009-2010, Anne Black Scalf 1989-2001, Angela Kenny 2008-2009, Andrew DeLuna, Amy Davis, George Rose, Tricia Ragsdale 2005-2006, Lily Sloan, Julia Dickason, Julie Spector Pavelek 2011, Katherine Smith, Kayla Hamilton 2001-2003, Liz Turner, Melanie Dozier 2010-2011, Michele Gifford, Nicole Wieczorek, Stephanie Millings 2001-2006 more to come...


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