Experience Suzanne's Dance Connection
Join us at Suzanne's Dance Connection for unparalleled dance instruction you won’t find anywhere else. Our studio is fully equipped and designed for all dancing styles, so put on your dancing shoes and sign up for a class with any of our experienced instructors. We look forward to hearing from you!
Suzanne’s Dance Connection was established in 1985 by Suzanne Kakouris. Suzanne prides herself on being a dance educator and teaching solid technique. Many of SDC students have gone on to dance professionally in Disney, Busch Gardens, Cruise Lines & Ballet Companies. Some of our students have also gone to prestigious Universities and Colleges to Major in Dance, Minor in Dance or be active in Dance in Collegiate Dance Teams, and dance with Dance Clubs. Several former students have gone on to become teachers and Choreographers.
Suzanne is known for her personal attention to each and every student’s needs, making them all feel special & loved. She is a proud mom of four boys and juggles a family and her SDC Family with complete joy, compassion, and love. She truly feels blessed and feels lucky to do what she loves for a living.
Meet the Team
Come dance with us at Suzanne's Dance Connection! Our team of instructors is dedicated to teaching you the moves and techniques you need to take your dancing to the next level. Whether you’re here for recreation or for professional training, we can help you reach your goals. Continue browsing our team profiles below to learn more.
Suzanne Kakouris has owned and operated SDC for over 30 years and has always had a passion for dance and teaching children. She grew up dancing at The Gold School with her mentor the late great Sherry Gold where she assisted at the studio and was a Sherry Gold Dancer in her Company, performing throughout New England in many show’s, as well as touring with DMA, as one of Sherry’s dancers.
Suzanne had numerous titles and many accomplishments with Competitions on the National level as a dancer, as well as studying At Boston Ballet. She grew as a dancer because of Diane Kelley Luigi, Gus Giordano, Fred Knect, Linda Gache, Frank Hatchett and other greats. She was a member of DTCB and received RAD training and Certification. Suzanne also attends numerous teacher’s conventions and workshops every year in her continued efforts to always grow. Suzanne has received many choreography awards, as well as Judged and adjudicated throughout the country for dance competitions. She was the lead dancer and dance captain when she worked professionally for Busch Gardens in Williamsburg Virginia where she appeared in many commercials and industrial shows.
The SDC studio offers a waiting area with free Wi-Fi, as well as three large studios with full wall-to-wall mirrors, and state of the art sound systems. The main lobby also has viewing monitors that we will put on once a month so that parents can view their dancer's classes in progress.
Parking: There is ample parking in the front, side and back of the building where SDC is located.
REGISTRATION & TUITION
A $30 fee is due annually when registering your dancer(s) for classes. This is per family not dancer.
Tuition is due monthly and will be charged on the 1st of each month starting September 1st through May 1st. Our tuition is an annual amount broken into nine equal payments. We ask that everyone be on auto pay as it is the only way to streamline payments. Please enter credit card information into The Studio Director at your earliest convenience. We charge a $25 late fee for payments not received by the 15th of each month.
Classes We Offer
Your quest for the perfect Dance Studio can end right here. Our extensive list of classes includes many types of dance and a variety of skill levels, so rest assured there’s an option that’s perfect for you. We’re constantly updating our offerings, so check back often to make sure you don’t miss out on a new dance opportunity.
Foe ages 3-4: Begin the exciting journey into dance with fun and fundamentals! This class explores expressive movement, songs, and imaginative games. Weekly classes are themed to encourage the imagination and creativity of the young dancer. Students receive an introduction to ballet concepts, tumbling, rhythm and coordination skills.
For Age 5-6: Continuing with the studio philosophy of fun and fundamentals, Ballet/Tap offers a strong foundation in ballet concepts, rhythm, and technique, while still encouraging imagination and creativity. The class time is divided in half with part ballet and part of tap. The classroom environment becomes more structured with Ballet/Tap and introduces the foundation of all forms of dance.
Classical ballet consisting of barre, center work, combinations and variations. The class stresses proper body alignment, technique and control. Ballet is the back bone of all forms of dance.
For age 6 and up: This class exposes the dancer to three different forms of dance. A portion of class is spent in jazz, an exciting form of dance that develops technique, coordination, and strength through warm-up, isolation, progressions and combinations. Some class time is spent on lyrical, an emotionally expressive form of dance, which uses the lyrics of the music to influence the movement of the body. Finally tap, progressions and rhythmical combination of tap sound coinciding to music. The most rhythmic of all dance forms. Students explore technique in more depth, as well as various dance styles and strong musicality.
This class incorporates music and movement from the Broadway stages of yesterday and today. Working on jazz styles influenced by the great theater and musical choreographers of our times.
Inspired by the music of today and the movements of breakdancing and street funk, as well as the technical training of dance. The warm-up is cardiovascular and the entire class is high energy focusing on isolations and freestyle.
Boy's Hip Hop
Ages 8-12: This BOYS ONLY Hip Hop class is filled with street dance, video dance and break dancing. This class is specifically designed for boys and is great for coordination, agility, and strength which improve athletic ability.