Big Changes at Cannon Falls School of Dance

Cannon Falls School of Dance is expanding to four days of classes.   They will be offering new classes of ballet, tap, jazz and world dance starting on September 4th.  

With an increase in demand for more options, their Monday-Thursday schedule will offer 20 separate classes, based on skill-level. They serve a variety of community interests in tap, jazz and its speciality of performance ballet, including plans for adults classes. They are considering the possibility of a 4-6 week session for students looking to learn dance skills for prom.

In a year of many firsts for the school, they will now conduct business as an independent  501 (c)(3) classified under public charity. Before, they were a non-profit without the Federal classification. Now, donations from private individuals and groups donors may be sent directly to them and still be tax-deductible.  Also, this will allow the school to apply for grants in a simplified process.

The school received donations from Cannon Falls VFW Post 4452, Cannon Valley Fair Board and Cannon Falls Wine & Art Festival this summer.  These funds went to the purchase of a Dragon costume for our World Dance class, needed exercise equipment and materials to renovate the lobby of our studio at the Cannon Community Center.

Board President, Sara Dewanz, said, “We feel very blessed to be growing and getting community support. We had 45 students in our end of year production of “Night at the Museum”.  We look forward to performing the Dragon dance for the August Fun Fest patrons. That wouldn’t be possible without sponsorship from the VFW.” She added, “You will see nice changes to our lobby, waiting room and dancer area.  New flooring, paint and extensive work on the main door took place in early August, due to fundraising and volunteer efforts by our devoted parents.”

Ashley Groth will continue as the Creative Director and Instructor for all classes, marking four years with the school.  Other board members are Jennifer Becker and Ryan Karstens. Dewanz stated, “It’s been an incredible journey with some very talented people that are skilled in so many areas of the school’s operation.  I deeply value each and everyone that provided so much to the school’s growth and changes. I couldn’t do this alone.”

Plans are being made for an extra special end of year production in May of 2019.  Cannon Falls senior student, Abby Barrett, will be featured in the production along with creating various dance routines and assisting with production. She will be a teaching assistant for the second year.

The school is looking into expanding the board current size, with growth of the school.  Dewanz added that they are always looking for parents and involved members of the community to join the board of directors.  If you are interested, please contact the school for opportunities and options available.


Want to try Jazz classes without a recital performance?

We are offering a 45-minute Jazz class on Mondays (April 2nd-May 7th 6:20-7:05 p.m.).

No experience necessary the age group is students age 7-12.  Classes will combine traditional Jazz music with modern age appropriate songs without the pressure of a public performance.

This perfect for anyone that wants to “try out” jazz to see if it’s a fit for your child without a full-year commitment.  Please sign-up by email, online registration or text/phone (651-494-8526).

No costume or registration fee ($67.50 covers all classes).

World Dance Class

One of our special classes is World Dance on Monday nights. In the two months that class has been in session, they learned four dances and a choreographed warm up.

Also a German Polka, French Folk, Polish, and even Swedish dances have been a part of this class. Our creative director picks dances based upon the family history of the students. It’s a way of connecting the heritage in dance.

This is one of the ways that makes Cannon Falls School of Dance unique and a very important part of the community.


Open House Events August 30th & 31st



The Cannon Falls School of Dance will have an Open House Event on August 31st at studio (Cannon Community Center Door “D”) 5-8 p.m.  There will be tours of the studio, board members to answer any questions about the classes that we offer.  Plus, special time set aside to explain ways to reduce your tuiton costs.

Plus, it’s an Open House at a dance school which means there will surprises and fun activities the evening.

Cannon Falls Elementary School students: We will have a table on their Open House Wednesday, August 30th 4-6 p.m.

We hope to see you soon at one or both events!

Great Session II Summer Dance Camp (July 10th-13th)

We had Swing & Latin, Story Ballet, Progressive Ballet Technique classes.  Also, pictured above our incredible young dancers have fun with the Jungle camp.  Thank you to all parents and dancers for attending and making this session successful.  Our final summer camp is the Nutcracker camp August 7-11.  We are very excited to start preparations for the December public performances.  We are looking for a few adults to join us for this camp and production just let us know if interested.

Thank you Session 1 Camp Dancers

The Cannon Falls School of Dance completed its first of three summer camps on June 29th.  There were four great camps from Jungle, Jazz, PBT and Ballet that our school offered.

Several dancers really enjoyed the classes and will be back for session 2 (July 10-13) and the Nutcracker camp (August 8-11) .  Dance is fun and great summer opportunity and during the school year.


Pictured our PBT class from session 1.  It’s perfectly suited for for all dancers to enhance their techique by strengthing muscle with the use of yoga balls and resustance band and increasing range of motion and great flexability.

Also, session 2 offers the Jungle camp designed for the young dancers that likes jumping on the bed and exploring dance through a rainforest theme.


Pictured our ballet camp students.  Session 2 will continue ballet instruction through story ballet learning dances will Firebird and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  They will be indivudual and group dances taught for this class.

Finally, two new classes for session 2 – swing and Latin dance and even something for adults in the community with beginning ballroom dance.  You can still regieter online through July 8th or attend the first class on July 10th.

On July 6th, the Cannon Falls School of Dance will be at Fun Fest to answer any questions about these camps and fall classes.  Plus, you can see a performance at 6:30 p.m.

Tanti Auguri Production Coming This Saturday…

Cannon Falls School of Dance will perform their spring production, Tanti Auguri, at the Cannon Falls High School auditorium this Saturday, May 20th 4:30 p.m.

The school’s creative director, Madame Ashley Groth, directed and produced this original story that takes you through the journey of two girls shopping in a magical toy store looking to find the perfect gift for a surprise birthday party.

Please come and enjoy this one-hour production featuring choreographed tap, jazz and ballet dances with students from three to 16 years old.  A free-will offering will be accepted at the door.

may 20, 2017