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35 Years of Professional Experience

The Outer Banks Centre for Dance opened its doors in 1990 and has been going on full force ever since under the direction of Artistic Director, Marjorie E. Knapp, member of Dance Educators of America. The school's main emphasis is in Classical Ballet since it is foundational for all dance forms and it offers a great variety of dance disciplines.

Ms. Knapp's extensive dance background began with her early training with a member from the world-renown Ballet Russes. Her dance studies continued with a soloist from Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Point Park University, modern dance companies Pittsburgh Dance Alloy and the Extension, and she performed in several dance companies throughout Pittsburgh while co-owning the largest (550 students) dance school in the North Hills area. Marjorie graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and did graduate work there as well. She considers her educational background to be invaluable in relating to and giving her students a hands-on approach in breaking down movement in all its technical aspects as well as creating an appreciation of dance. Her current training and performing in Ballroom and Flamenco makes this school stand out.

"WE PUT THE BEST SHOW ON THE BEACH" is its motto with its annual student performance showcasing a full-length classical ballet production as well as a variety show filled with very entertaining dance numbers.

The Outer Banks Centre for Dance has wood-suspended floors and has a dancewear boutique for your convenience.
Performing opportunities are available and the students graduate with a well-rounded dance education. Many of Ms. Knapp's students have gone on to make a professional dance career.

We have classes for ages 3 through Adult, Beginner to Advanced. Classes are offered in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical/Modern, Acrobatics, Flamenco, Irish Riverdance, Preschool Classes, and Bride & Groom Wedding Party Lessons.
  3-5 year olds : Pre-Ballet & Creative Dance along with Acrobatics/Tap. Special classes designed to give our very young students body awareness and a basic understanding of dance and movement.
  6 year olds and up : Classical Ballet, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Tap, Acrobatics, Irish Riverdance, Flamenco and Musical Theatre.
  Pointe : Classes designed for the experienced Ballet student by request of their instructor.
  Lyrical/Modern : Classes designed for the experienced student with a strong background in Ballet and/or Jazz.
  Musical Theatre: The dance program is complemented to build triple threat performers with classes in acting and voice experience.
  Adult : Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Irish Riverdance, Flamenco, Lyrical/Modern and Ballroom.
  Private Lessons : Private lessons are available for any student seeking one-on-one tutelage in any dance subject, as well as to help new students learn their class material. If you are interested in private lessons, please let us know at the desk and we will set them up for you. We require 24 hours advanced notice for any cancellations or you will be charged for the lesson.

There is a non-refundable annual registration fee of $45 per student. When you register for classes you are reserving a place in that class. Full tuition must be paid monthly to keep your place in class regardless of attendance. Please check at the desk for make-up classes if you miss a class.

Tuition is due the first class of each month. After the 10th day of each month, tuition is considered late and a late fee of $25.00 will be applied. A $25.00 fee will be charged for each returned check.

If a student needs to withdraw, a written notice must be received one month in advance of withdrawal. If advanced notice is not received, one month's tuition will be retained from the school.

Tuition is based on 4 weeks of classes per month from September through mid June. There are some months with 5 weeks and some months with 3 weeks of dance classes due to holidays and inclement weather. The tuition payment is the same each month. A full month's tuition is due in June with classes being accounted for in additional practices for the recital.


Proper dance attire is required, (leotards, tights, pink or white tights must be worn for ballet). No baggy shorts or dangling jewelry are permitted. Hair must be secured in a high bun pulled away from the face. Jazz pants and dance shorts are permitted for Jazz, Tap & Musical Theatre classes. Lyrical/Modern & Acrobatics students may wear dance shorts over their leotard. Irish students must wear black tights and a short skirt with their leotard. Flamenco students must wear a long Flamenco skirt over their leotard. All students must have the proper shoes for their classes. Our dancewear boutique carries all the dance supplies you will need for your convenience.


• We offer a variety of performance experiences for our students. Our Spring Recital is in June at the First Flight High School.

• A $50.00 deposit for each costume in our Spring Recital is due in October. Costume balances for our Spring performance is due in November. Your costume balance must be paid in full before your child’s costume is ordered. Costumes and deposits are non-refundable.

• A Performance Fee for each student is due before May 1st for our Spring Performance.

• Regular attendance during show rehearsals is imperative and lack of regular attendance could result in removal of a student from a dance if the instructor determines that a student is not prepared to perform on stage. The Dress Rehearsal is mandatory. Students who do not attend the Dress Rehearsal will not perform in our Recitals. Rehearsal schedules are subject to change.



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