Winter Wonder Daddy Daughter Dance

November 8, 2015

Friday December 11th 6:30pm $30 per couple, additional children only $5 4235 S. Charleston, Springfield Mo
Here at Take The Lead, we believe that children do better in life with both personal development and ability to access opportunities when their parents are an active part of their lives. It is with this goal in mind that we hosting our first ever Daddy-Daughter Dance. More than just a dance party, this is a special opportunity for fathers to share a memory with their daughters that will last a lifetime! Snacks and goody bags will be provided. In addition to dancing, we will have several activities designed to entertain and encourage couples to work together. To top it all off, dads and their dates will even have the chance to meet and interact with real live princesses!
No dance experience?
No worries, we will also teach a beginner dance lesson to help dads and their little dates have fun on the dance floor! With limited space available, please register before 12/5.
To register, call 4172347511 or email
Mothers & sons, there is no need to feel left out. Keep an eye out for our Mother-Son event in the spring!
  Couples Ticket $30 additional children $5


Happy Birthday TTL 2015!

October 7, 2015

Celebrating Four Years of Dance!

Saturday October 17th
Open House & Performances: 5pm
Social Dance Party: 7pm

    You are officially invited to a celebration at Take the Lead! It seems like it was only a few short weeks ago that we opened our first tiny private lesson studio, yet here we are four years later in our fantastic 4,000 square foot facility with an ever growing dance family who helps make it all possible. More than just a business anniversary party, this is a celebration of the talent, positive attitudes, and character growth only made possible by the staff, students, and families who contribute so much. In other words, this isn't really a party for us, it is a party for you!

    We will be providing free food, raffles, music and dancing, so we hope to see you there! In addition to snacks and merriment, we will feature short routines from both the Youth and the Adult programs! 

    Info for dancers & parents: If your family is able to come, please have your dancer dressed and ready to perform by 5:30pm. The youth will start performing at 5:30pm, then adult routines will follow

    Clothing & Hair: All dancers should wear something black and/or pink (i.e., T-shirt, leggings, leotard, tights, shorts, anything!) with girls hair in a high pony tail.
    Shoes: Dancenastics kids need to be barefoot. All other youth classes should wear ballet shoes, jazz shoes, or clean sneakers.

For additional information, call (417) 881-4805

Free Blues Dance Class

September 15, 2015

Join Laynee Day as she debuts the newest class at Take The Lead: Blues! Blues is a one of a kind social dance that is both creative and playful. Utilizing improvisation based on a set of standard patterns and techniques, this dance is built on strong partner connection, spins, rhythm changes, and compression to name a few. Blues can be an intimate slow dance or develop into a faster paced and energetic style.

Often danced to blues music (duh!), it can also be danced to many different genres giving lots of opportunity to dance at just about any environment. Additionally, the open nature of the dance allows it to be easily fused with many different kinds of dances including but not limited to West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango.

To celebrate this new offering, we are hosting a free demo class to try it out! With only 20 spots available, be sure to register in advance to hold your spot!

To register, call 4172347511


Shane & Keri Workshop Weekend 2015

July 16, 2015

Are you looking to improve your current dance skills? Good news Springfield, the accomplished Shane & Keri will be in town August 21st-23rd. They will be teaching Workshops, Private Lessons, Private Groups, and even hosting a dance party! Mark your calendars, and be sure to take advantage of the "early bird" deals, this is an event you don't want to miss!

Friday August 21st 

7pm Lesson & Dance Party 

$15 per person

Saturday August 22nd

Private Lessons & *Private Groups*

Sunday August 23rd

1:00pm Latin Dance/Cuban Motion

2:15pm Turn Technique & Musicality 

3:30pm Two Step

4:45pm Wine and Cheese Critique Session (limited space available)

Pricing Before Aug. 17th


$45 for all 4 workshops

$13 per class


Private Lessons

Shane or Keri $70

Shane and Keri $135

Private Groups
*limited to only 6 dancers, prerequisites required*
$20 per person

To book private lessons, or register for the workshops, call (417) 881-4805


2015 Showme Showdown Novice Jack & Jill

May 26, 2015

Free Bellydance Class!

February 12, 2015

Free Belly Dance Class 
February 27th, 6:30pm
Instructor: Brittney Banaei

Beginning Friday, February 20th, Take The Lead will be offering Belly Dance Classes! To welcome our newest style of dance class, we will be offering a free demo at 6:30pm on Friday, February 27th! Space is limited, so if you plan on attending, please sign up in advance. To register for this free class:

Call 4172347511
Register Online
Visit us at 4235 S. Charleston

Comfortable clothing is recommended (remember dancing is exercise, so wear something you won't mind sweating a bit in), as is a water bottle. This is a "beginner friendly" dance class - no prior dance experience is required. If you have any other questions, please contact us.

2015 Dance Recital - General Information

January 22, 2015

2015 General Information for Take the Lead Dance Recital

Thank you for being a part of the first annual Take the Lead Dance Recital!


A production fee of $30 per family is due by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. This fee goes toward renting the stage, equipment, and various recital costs. Please pay at the front desk at Take the Lead. Your card is on file so it should be very convenient.

A costume fee for each costume is also due by Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. Costume fees vary based on each class’ costume. Please ask Erin Garner and pay at the front desk with your card conveniently on file.


Professional photos will be done by our in-house photographer, Becci Hutter, of Clear Creative Photography. These photos will be taken at Take the Lead during dancers’ regular class times the week of Monday, May 11 - Friday, May 15. Each dancer will come to their dance class that week dressed in their costume with hair and makeup done. Individual and group shots will be available in packages and singles. A sheet with photo and price options will be given to families prior to photo week.

General Costume Requirements:

Since costumes are not custom made for each dancer, you may need to make small alterations to assure a good fit. Please hang up the costume to allow wrinkles to come out. Ironing may damage some costumes, so hanging a costume in a steamy bathroom or over a humidifier is helpful.

Youth dance combo classes (ballet/tap/jazz) will need peach or pink leather ballet slippers and black tap shoes. Lace-up or buckled black tap shoes are both fine. Youth hip-hop classes (ages 7-12) will need black jazz pull-on shoes. Youth ballet/lyrical class (ages 7-12) will need peach or pink leather ballet slippers.

More specific costume instructions will be given to individual classes soon.

Dress Rehearsal:

A mandatory dress rehearsal will be at the Springfield Art Museum auditorium on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 9:30am-12:30pm in the morning of the recital. Dancers will not need to be there the entire time, but just for a portion to rehearse on stage. You will receive a schedule of specific rehearsal stage-times in the future. All dancers must come dressed in their costumes with hair and makeup done. Specific directions for each class’ costume pieces, hair, and makeup will also be given in the future. Seats for the evening performance cannot be reserved/taped-off at dress rehearsal. This year we will not be having professional DVDs made. Most everyone has a means of recording a video and dress rehearsal is an appropriate time to do so. Please feel free to video your dancers’ performances during dress rehearsal.


The recital will be on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 4:30-6:00pm at the Springfield Art Museum auditorium, 1111 East Brookside Drive, Springfield, MO 65807. Dancers must arrive at 4:00pm dressed in their costumes with hair and makeup done. Specific directions for each class’ costume pieces, hair, and makeup will also be given in the future. The auditorium will not be open to the public until 3:30, so do not arrive before then please. The cost is free for all to attend.

Cast After-Party:

Dancers, friends, and families are welcome to attend the free after-party 7:00-8:30pm at Take the Lead studio on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Refreshments will be served!

Please contact Erin Garner at Take the Lead for any questions. Call (417) 894-1187 or (417) 234-7511, or email Thanks again for being part of this extra special event!


Free Tap Class! January 26th, 2015

January 16, 2015

Free Adult Tap Class: January 26th, 7pm

For the first time ever, Take The Lead is now offering an Adult Tap Class! To Celebrate our newest style of dance class, we will be offering a free demo at 7:30pm on Monday, January 26th!  Space is limited to 30 dancers, so if you plan on attending, please sign up in advance.  To register for this free class:

Call 4172347511
Click Here to Register Online
Visit us at 4235 S. Charleston

Tap shoes are encouraged, but not required.  Comfortable clothing is recommended (remember dancing is exercise, so wear something you won't mind sweating a bit in), as is a water bottle.  This is a "beginner friendly" dance class - no prior dance experience is required. If you have any other questions, please contact us.


West Coast Swing & Social Dance Parties - December 2014

November 18, 2014
West Coast Swing & Social Dance Parties - December 2014

     During the Month of December, we will have two special dance parties for you to enjoy!  That's right, you will have two opportunities to join us as we dim the lights, crank up the music, and dance the night away!  

Social Dance Party, December 12th 2014

On Friday the 12th, we will have our mixed social dance party featuring music for all of the different styles that we teach in our social dance classes and lessons.  Speaking of lessons, we will kick off the party with a basic social dance class beginning at 7pm.  We do not have a dress code, but we will still have a color theme!  This month it is Red and Green.  Food and water is included in general admission, but feel free to bring any special beverages you may prefer.

Beginner Dance Lesson
Social Dancing

$15 at the door
$13 if registered in advanced

To RSVP call 4172347511 or CLICK HERE

West Coast Swing Party, December 27th, 2014

Two Days after Christmas, on Saturday December 27th, Travis and Kylie will heating up the holidays with a very special West Coast Swing lesson followed by a West Coast Swing Party. 
Featuring the talents of Travis & Kylie Herman, this is your opportunity to get your West Coast Swing fix!  At 7pm, we will kick the evening off with a special class followed by food and open social dancing.  Although the playlist will prominently feature West coast swing music, other requests are welcome! 

We had an amazing time at their last party and look forward to seeing everyone again!


Dance Lesson
Open Dancing

$15 at the door
$13 in advanced

To Register, call 4172347511 or


Thanksgiving Feast!

November 13, 2014
Thanksgiving Feast!

Thanksgiving Feast!
Saturday, November 22

We are preparing our first ever Take The Lead Thanksgiving feast!  Join us for a very special afternoon for our very special dancers. Although this feast is aimed at members of our youth program, any and all of our dancers and their families are more than welcome to come and hang out with us!  Please Let us know if you plan on attending.  We have a sign up form located at the front desk.  
 There is no cost for our dancers to attend this party, but we will need some help from some of the parents.  
We have an additional volunteer form available for anyone who would like to contribute any dishes or beverages for the feast.  We have all of the plates, napkins, and utensils covered.

Erin has specifically requested volunteers for:

Fruits/ Veggies

For any additional Information, please contact Erin Garner


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