Who We Are
Established in 2000, Dance Theatre of Orange is now in its 21st year under the directorship of Principal Marianne Bankovic. Purchasing a closing ballet school of 30 students, Marianne introduced additional ISTD Modern and Tap classes and tripled the size of the school within the first ten weeks.
With dance becoming an increasingly popular and highly competitive pursuit, the inspiration for the Dance Theatre of Orange was and is to create an environment in which all students can experience the love of dance, improve and achieve without feeling vulnerable, self-conscious or judged. Through a focus on technique, artistry, musicality and safe dance practice, Dance Theatre of Orange students continue to thrive as individuals in a safe and caring environment.
Dance Theatre of Orange’s ethos is dance education over dance activity. Every teacher is qualified with a dance examinations board, ensuring parents and students a high standard of teaching and learning in every class. Following the RAD and ISTD Syllabuses at all levels from age 2, students experience the joy of dance while establishing a strong technical foundation with purpose and understanding.
You don’t have to be an extraordinary dancer to learn dance extraordinarily.
"My daughter has been dancing with DTO for thirteen years now. The benefits under Marianne's friendly style of tutelage extend far beyond just learning great dance technique and interpretation. She has learnt poise, strength of character, healthy body image, resilience and respect in a caring and fun environment. Highly recommended!"
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