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LeRoux School Of Dance
 
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The History of LeRoux School of Dance

 
In 1945, the dance tradition began; in a small room above a sandwich shop at 1st and Fayette Streets by Phyllis LeRoux (pronounced ‘la-roo') Gershbach. At that time, her mother accompanied her on the piano and each lesson cost $1.50. Miss Phyllis was an excellent tap dancer, and was wanted by the Rockettes at the tender age of 14, but her mother wouldn't let her go! Instead, at the age of 25 she opened her own dance studio. Their first recital was held in 1945 at the Forest Theater in Conshohocken. They had 24 students who put on a two-hour show. Due to the birth of Miss Phyllis' third child, Bonnie there was no recital in 1946. However, there has been a recital every year since 1947. In 1956 they started recording the recitals - what a task with live accompaniment! Then, in 1957 the school began to use records…then tapes. All recital costumes were made by hand until 1960 when LeRoux began to use ready-made costumes.
Miss Phyllis brought in several ballet tutors from various companies and her daughter Bonnie trained with Pat Taschner from 1955 until 1960. In 1958, Miss Bonnie began teaching at LeRoux, and the Mother-Daughter team worked together until the early 1980's. During that time, Miss Bonnie opened a branch at All Saints Episcopal Church, which is where she met and began to teach, Kelly and Karin Logan (directors of LeRoux in Conshohocken 1996-2009).
In the early 80's the school moved from Apple Street to the Plymouth Square Shopping Center, where it is still located today. In 1985, Bonnie Gershbach Gordon sold the school to Denise Hagan Walsh who continued to teach and train the students of LeRoux, among them a young Susie Anhorn.
 
As the owner and director from 1984 to 1996, Miss Denise dedicated much of her time to developing and implementing a teacher training program and dance curriculum with an emphasis on social and developmental guidelines to encompass whole body development for the students. The opportunity to enroll in a single ballet/tap class at age 2 ½ is unique to LeRoux. At age 6, a student may enroll in a single class that provides instruction in ballet, tap AND jazz. This offering of multiple techniques in a single class is a huge benefit for families with multiple children or multiple activities and continues to this day. For those who don't want all the techniques, the option to exclude is also available. Miss Denise also founded the Pizazz Dance Company and her personal success was evident by the growth of enrollment that moved the studio from a one classroom, two teacher school to the multiple studio, multi-classroom and multi-teacher program it is today.
 
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It was in 1996 that Kelly Logan Stento took on the responsibility of continuing the tradition of dance excellence as owner of LeRoux. Under her directorship, the Pizazz Dance Company won Gold and High Silver honors on local and national levels, they participated in numerous community events and parades and, a notable highlight: paraded down Main Street USA, Walt Disney World, Florida.
On September 17, 2001, Miss Kelly expanded this wonderful program by opening a second location in Royersford. Since then, Miss Kelly and her staff have been sponsoring free classes for moms clubs, providing professionals for the Spring-Ford School District and Home & School sponsored events, as well as Career Day. The students perform at fairs, malls, community days, in parades and at local assisted living facilities.
 
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The staff at LeRoux School of Dance in Royersford have the combined experience of over 75 years of teaching, have been selected for their expertise, and attend training conferences regularly.
In 2005, Miss Kelly enhanced the curriculum with the addition of Petite Feet, appropriately designed for the needs of those who are just beginning to walk and talk. Beginning at 18 months, and sometimes younger, with the guiding hand of an adult, youngsters explore music through group play with songs, props and tons of encouragement. Independent instruction now begins at the age of 2 ½ for those who are ready.
In 2007, the LeRoux Steppers dance team was born to provide a competitive experience once again for students dancing at LeRoux. They perform in the Contempra Regional Youth Festival each year and attended their very first competitions in the spring of 2010. Today, the ELITE Steppers have moved LeRoux out of the novice or recreational competition arena and into the world of advanced competitive dance!
December 2014 brought the birth of The Nutcracker to LeRoux! Although the first production included a few staff cameo performancers, today this wonderful holiday classic is cast completely by the students of LeRoux. It is sure to remain an annual event in the community for years to come.
 
 
On October 13, 2009 Kelly Logan Stento sold the Conshohocken location of LeRoux to Susie Anhorn Messmer. Miss Susie danced at LeRoux for 14 years under the direction of Miss Denise and became a student teacher in the 1990's. While she was a Sr. in high school she was invited to teach and choreograph her own class of students under the direction of Miss Kelly. After graduation she went on to receive a BA in dance education and dance therapy while attending Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA. She returned to LeRoux in 2008. Miss Susie has many wonderful ideas that she is bringing to life, as LeRoux in Conshohocken, now called LeRoux School of the Arts is creating a new branch of growth under her leadership. For more information about their progress since 2009, visit www.lerouxarts.com.
In Royersford, parents are welcome to remain in our studio while their children are in class; our reception area is complete with a bench and classroom viewing windows. A family-friendly waiting area, water fountains, plenty of parking, a receptionist for all hours of operation, communication via email, and online account access that provides a convenient Autopay program and class enrollment options are a few of the unique attributes from which LeRoux families benefit, together with dress code and costume storefronts are what makes LeRoux a studio of distinction.
 
Like all local dance studios, LeRoux provides professional dance instruction, on sprung marley dance floors, in classrooms with mirrors and barres. They have classes every day of the week at varied times for students' age 18 months and up. They have a competitive dance team and offer a recital every spring. Their instructors have specialized training, love the art of dance and hope to inspire the young dancer to achieve their full potential by creating positive self-image, strong self-esteem and personal confidence. Chose the studio that is building strong, confident leaders, one STEP at a time ~ Enroll Today!

 
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