What dance techniques and styles are taught at SunDance Studio?
SunDance teaches a variety of dance techniques ranging from folk to modern to
elements of Latin-American dance to ballet. While each of these styles are taught
to students during classes, ballet is the base for all dances and the primary
element of SunDance dance routines for students of all ages. As a children’s
dance studio, all of Studio’s routines and productions are age-appropriate,
relatable and understandable to both the student dances and their young
audience members alike.
What are SunDance Studio classes like?
The complexity of the classes grow in relation to the age of the dancers. Youngest
students start with basic elements, learn about ballet through games, get an
introduction to stage, rhythm and movement, and can learn up to one entire
dance during their first year. Older and more advanced students may take regular
weekly dance classes, add separate ballet classes, take private lessons or
participate in rehearsals for upcoming performances, and learn as many as dozens
various routines during their time with Studio SunDance.
What language are classes taught in?
In the beginning, many parents were attracted by an opportunity to have a class
in the Russian language. Studio SunDance instruction is either in Russian or in
English depending on the group of students initially an opportunity for a Russian
language and tradition class, ten years later the SunDance family speaks 12
languages and the language of dance is understood by all.
Do Studio SunDance students participate in competitions?
Yes. Our dancers participates in up to 5 dance competitions each year around
New England, in Open, Contemporary and Folk categories, and have won
numerous awards that are proudly displayed in the studio.
What are the Sundance Studio performances like?
Studio SunDance puts on a winter and spring production, each created from
scratch by a dedicated team of volunteers, with masterfully made stage sets,
costumes, dance, songs and magical adventures within each performance.
Tapping into rich Russian culture and themes, the winter production is a favorite
of Russian-speaking Bostonians looking to share traditions and fond memories of
their childhood with family and friends, and is performed in Russia.
The end-of-year Spring performance is a two-act production in English showcasing
the talents of SunDance students. Performance Studio SunDance makes it to be
and unforgettable and unique show with a new theme every year.
Are there are any boys who are students at SunDance?
Yes, both boys and girls are welcome. Boys were among the first students at
SunDance when it opened its doors 10 year ago, and are part of almost every
SunDance performances have amazing costumes - where do you they come from?
Many of the SunDance Studio costumes have been painstakingly created with
great effort and care of Executive Director Irina Pavlova and a professional
seamstress. With one thousand costumes, totaling almost five thousand garment
or accessory pieces, the entire Studio SunDance costume wardrobe is a treasured
Is there an opportunity to try or sit in on a class or visit the studio?
Yes. For arrangements, please contact Irina Pavlova at 617-838-6832 or