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Great dance experiences are what inspired Patti Weinberg, owner/manager of Stage Door Dance in Encinitas, to open her own studio. Having danced professionally in Los Angeles in such theatrical productions as Gypsy, Peter Pan, Annie Get Your Gun, No No Nanette, and the King and I, to name a few, Patti said, “So many of my best memories have come from dancing. I wanted a chance to share that with others and hopefully give them the same opportunity to create wonderful memories.”

It’s no wonder, then, that the dance classes at Stage Door Dance are uplifting and enjoyable. Patti revealed, “We keep our classes running at a quick, fun pace to keep everyone excited and energized, yet we take our time introducing good fundamental dance techniques. Plus, we are a non-competitive studio, so instead of participating in expensive stressful competitions, we offer many different performance opportunities.” The studio has several events that are open to all students – The Encinitas Holiday Parade, an annual recital, and this year, their 1st annual Nutcracker show. Stage Door Dance also has a performance group that goes out to perform at local venues such as street fairs, retirement homes, the Del Mar Fair, and even Disneyland.

Open for 15 years now, Stage Door Dance continues to expand not only its studio space, but also its class offerings. The lessons include creative movement, jazz, tumbling, tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, and musical theater classes, as well as boy-themed options, such as a superhero training class. In addition, there are fitness classes, such as zumba and pilates/cardio barre fusion. Patti emphasized, “We have classes for babies, to tweens and teens, up to adults … any age is a great time to introduce dance! Even if children are not ready to learn and understand specific dance techniques, they are getting a great start on coordination and understanding how their bodies move.”

Stage Door Dance is also a great birthday party destination, with such varied themes as Beautiful Ballerinas, Princess Party, Fairy Fantasy, and Dancin’ Divas. Patti remarked, “Our themed parties are packed full of excitement with dance, games, crafts, and lots of fun! We can also adjust one of our themes to match whatever theme you are looking for.” Sounds like no matter what kind of party you’d like, or dance style you are looking for, or even what level of dancer you are, Stage Door Dance can cater to you!



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Name of Business:  Stage Door Dance    
Owner/Manager:  Patti Weinberg
Years in Position:  15 years
Year of Establishment:  1997
Address:  257 N. El Camino Real Ste. G&F, Encinitas, CA 92024
Website:  www.stagedoor-dance.com
Email contact:  sddancer@sbcglobal.net
Phone:  (760) 942-3600

For 15 years Stage Door Dance has been Encinitas’ premier dance studio.  They offer a warm family friendly, non-competitive environment for many students to call home.

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