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Carroll County
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Over 25 Years of

Dance excellence

The studio is designed to extend to children and adults the benefits that can be derived from an educational and professional dance program. Dance is the most physically and mentally demanding subject within the arts. We strive to instill in our students the knowledge of dance technique, feeling of movement and the emotional qualities required for the art of dance.

Mission Statement

Carroll County Dance Center was founded in August of 1997 and is located in Hillsville VA.   The company expanded to Mount Airy, NC, by opening Surry County Dance Center, in August of 2021.  Through this expansion, KMG Ensemble was created and is the franchise umbrella that houses both studios.  Since 1997, we have been educating young people in the art of dance.

At both the Carroll County Dance Center and the Surry County Dance Center, we have one true goal – to provide a nurturing, fun and safe environment for all to practice their craft.  We aim to offer options for families to find activities that are geared toward keeping their children active and learning.

The classes our staff provides are about the betterment of oneself.  We believe, wholeheartedly, that the greatest importance for every student is that their best efforts are met with encouragement, positivity, and proper instruction.

We inspire confidence.
We encourage fun.
We stress inclusivity.

It is our hope that when students leave our program, they will have developed a stronger character, an excellent background in dance, and a special love and confidence of the individual beauty within them.

Creative Movement

Classical
Ballet

Jazz
 

Tap
 

Modern /
Contemporary

& More!

Kelly Gray Krantz

About Kelly G. Krantz

KMG Ensemble
Carroll County Dance Center
Surry County Dance Center

Founder/Owner/ Artistic Director/Educator

Kelly started her dancing career at the age of five under the direction of Ms. Cindy Joyce with the Patrick County Dancing Arts Center in Stuart, VA. Kelly started her teaching career at the young age of 15, at which time she started assisting Ms. Joyce with students in Patrick County. While under the direction of Ms. Joyce, Kelly had the opportunity to perform for the Virginia Legislature. She was also a member of the PCDAC travel competition team. While part of that group, she traveled Nationwide to leave her mark on the dance world.

Administration Staff

Kelly Krantz
Founder, Owner, Artistic Director
Brenda Leath
Assistant Director
Tabitha Dalton
Administrative Coordinator
Katie Wilber
Marketing Director
Linda Wilson
Account Manager

Instructors

Brenda Leath

Brenda Leath began dancing at the age of eight under the direction of Kelly Krantz at Carroll County Dance Center. Brenda was a member of the CCDC Performance Company for twelve years and during that time, she had many performance opportunities such as Carnival Cruise Lines…

Katie Wilber

Originally from Newport, Tennessee, Katie moved to Cleveland in January of 2014 to join Inlet Dance Theatre as an Apprentice. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a Dance focus and a minor in Interdisciplinary Writing and Speech from Middle Tennessee State University.

Ella Bash

Ella is from Hillsville, Virginia but her and her family moved to Holly Springs, North Carolina, when she was really young. At the age of 13, Ella began dancing at Holly Springs School of Dance where she fell in love with dance. She decided that after high school she wanted to continue to pursue dance and began in the Fall of 2022 at Radford University. Ella is currently attending Radford as a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor in Business Management double major…

Tabitha Dalton

At the age of 13, Tabitha began dancing at Carroll County Dance Center, under the direction of Kelly Krantz. Tabitha was a member of the CCDC performance company for four years. That came with many performance opportunities. Salem Red Sox, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios, and many more…

Student Assistants

Kayleigh Robinson

Erika McKenzie

Savannah Leath

Meriam Worrell

Laken Nester

Breanna Grimes

Amelia Dalton

2023 Model Student of the Year

Isabel Jaime

Hello, my name is Isabel Jaime. I am an upcoming 8th grader at CCMS. My mom is a nurse, my dad a farmer and I am an only child. In between school and my time at dance I enjoy playing the piano, and listening to my favorite k pop bands like BTS and tomorrow x together. I also enjoy hanging out with my best friend Hailey…

2024

Summer Dance Camp

2024-2025

Class Schedule

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Monday
Time Age Class Length
4:30-5:20 (ages 3-5) Tumbling/Hip Hop 1 class
5:20-6:10 Ballet II 1 class
6:10-7:00 Jazz II 1 class
7:00-7:50 Dance Acrobatics II 1 class
6:30-7:30 (ages 10+) 3 month Zumba 1 class
Tuesday
2:00-2:45 (ages 5-7) 3 month Combo 1 class
4:30-5:45 (3rd-4th grade) Combo III 1.5 classes
5:45-6:35 Ballet III 1 Class
6:35-7:25 Jazz III 1 class
7:25-8:15 (3rd -5th grade) Dance Acrobatics III 1 class
5:00-6:15 (Kindergarten) Combo I 1.5 classes
6:15-7:05 (age 3) Preschool I 1 class
7:10-8:00 (ages 10+) 3 month Mobility 1 class
Wednesday
4:15-5:05 Ballet I 1 class
5:05-6:20 Jazz & Tap I 1.5 classes
6:20-7:10 (age 4) Preschool II 1 class
7:10-8:15 Jazz & Lyrical II 1.5 classes
5:05-6:20 (1st & 2nd grade) Combo II 1.5 classes
6:20-7:10 (ages 3-4) 3 month Preschool 1 class
7:10-8:00 (ages 6-8) Tumbling/Hip Hop 1 class
Thursday
4:50-5:40 Tumbling/Hip Hop I 1 class
5:40-6:30 (3rd -12th grade) Ensemble 1 class
6:30-7:00 Pointe II & III 1/2 Class
7:00-7:30 Tap III 1/2 Class
7:30-8:15 Jazz & Lyrical III 1.5 classes
6:30-7:30 3 month Zumba
Monday
Time Age Class Length
4:30-5:20 (ages 3-5) Tumbling/Hip Hop 1 class
5:20-6:10 Ballet II 1 class
6:10-7:00 Jazz II 1 class
7:00-7:50 Dance Acrobatics II 1 class
6:30-7:30 (ages 10+) 3 month Zumba 1 class
Tuesday
2:00-2:45 (ages 5-7) 3 month Combo 1 class
4:30-5:45 (3rd-4th grade) Combo III 1.5 classes
5:45-6:35 Ballet III 1 Class
6:35-7:25 Jazz III 1 class
7:25-8:15 (3rd -5th grade) Dance Acrobatics III 1 class
5:00-6:15 (Kindergarten) Combo I 1.5 classes
6:15-7:05 (age 3) Preschool I 1 class
7:10-8:00 (ages 10+) 3 month Mobility 1 class
Wednesday
4:15-5:05 Ballet I 1 class
5:05-6:20 Jazz & Tap I 1.5 classes
6:20-7:10 (age 4) Preschool II 1 class
7:10-8:15 Jazz & Lyrical II 1.5 classes
5:05-6:20 (1st & 2nd grade) Combo II 1.5 classes
6:20-7:10 (ages 3-4) 3 month Preschool 1 class
7:10-8:00 (ages 6-8) Tumbling/Hip Hop 1 class
Thursday
4:50-5:40 Tumbling/Hip Hop I 1 class
5:40-6:30 (3rd -12th grade) Ensemble 1 class
6:30-7:00 Pointe II & III 1/2 Class
7:00-7:30 Tap III 1/2 Class
7:30-8:15 Jazz & Lyrical III 1.5 classes
6:30-7:30 3 month Zumba

New to our curriculum next season is a 3 month class offering. We will have two 3-month sessions, one will be September-November and the second will be February-April. This will allow dancers to participate in classes for a shorter amount of time, without the commitment of the full year. This option does not offer a performance at the end of the session like the 9-month program does. The dancers will still need proper clothing and shoes for class.

There will be a 3 month class offered for:
Preschool (ages 3-4)
Combo (ages 5-7)
Zumba
Stretch and Mobility

2024-2025

Tuition Rates

* All inclusive monthly tuition

Included in the all-inclusive tuition price is:

Instructional class fee

Costume fees for the Annual End-of-Year Showcase

Recital fee for the Annual End-of-Year Showcase

* Monthly tuition due by the 25th of each month. After the 1st, there’a a $25 late fee added.

If you would like to pay for the entire year (9 months) upfront, there is a 5% discount offered. Payment must be made by June 15th.

 Due by the 25th
1/2 Class$45 Per Month
1 Class$65 Per Month
1 1/2 Classes$95 Per Month
2 Classes$115 Per Month
2 1/2 Classes$150 Per Month
3 Classes$165 Per Month
3 1/2 Classes$205 Per Month
4 Classes$200 Per Month
4 1/2 Classes$235 Per Month
5 Classes$250 Per Month
5 1/2 Classes$280 Per Month
6 Classes$300 Per Month
6 1/2 Classes$330 Per Month
7 Classes$350 Per Month
7 1/2 Classes$380 Per Month
8 Classes$375 Per Month
8 1/2 Classes$410 Per Month
9 Classes$425 Per Month
9 1/2 Classes$450 Per Month
10 Classes$470 Per Month

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2023-2024

Workout Classes

Summer Zumba

June 3 – August 8

Tuition Breakdown

$130 (8 weeks / 16 classes)

No Registration Fee – Space is Limited – All Instructors Are Certified
Schedule Description Teacher Name

Mondays & Thursdays

6:30 – 7:30pm

Zumba

Everybody and every body! Each Zumba™ class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. A total workout combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

Gretchen Lawson

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It is our hope that when the students leave the Carroll County Dance Center they will have developed a stronger character, an excellent background in dance, and a special love and awareness of the individual rhythm and talent within themselves.

For More Information

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165 N Main St, Hillsville, VA 24343

(276) 728-6026

Hours
Monday: 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday: 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Wednesday: 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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About Kelly

Kelly started her dancing career at the age of five under the direction of Ms. Cindy Joyce with the Patrick County Dancing Arts Center in Stuart, VA. Kelly started her teaching career at the young age of 15, at which time she started assisting Ms. Joyce with students in Patrick County. While under the direction of Ms. Joyce, Kelly had the opportunity to perform for the Virginia Legislature. She was also a member of the PCDAC travel competition team. While part of that group, she traveled Nationwide to leave her mark on the dance world.

Kelly is a graduate of Radford University with a Bachelor of Science degree in dance. While at Radford she participated in numerous productions as part of her curriculum and was selected to perform in many special performances sponsored by the university. Kelly has served as a guest teacher at Radford University. She was asked to teach tap within the dance department as part of their effort to bring subjects not regularly taught by their faculty.

During her Junior year at Radford, Kelly opened the Carroll County Dance Center in Hillsville, VA. She has seen great success over the last 25 years, educating local youth in the art of dance. Through her 25 years, based on her education, experience, and research, she has designed her own curriculum that accommodates dancers at any level. Kelly believes that all children should be offered the opportunity to experience the beauty of dance.

After graduation from Radford, Kelly was accepted into the American Dance Festival to study modern, jazz, and ballet disciplines. Kelly has also participated in numerous workshops all over the country to learn the latest styles being used and developed throughout the dance world.

For 6 years, Kelly was as staff member for Dance Troupe, Inc, a National dance competition and convention. Kelly was hired to travel the United States judging competitions and teaching seminar classes.

In 2019, Kelly accepted a position with the Carroll County School System as the Varsity Dance Team Coach. With this position, she strictly choreographs routines for technically trained dancers. These routines are part of the athletic program to promote enthusiasm and school spirit.

In 2021, Kelly purchased Surry County Dance Center and in less than a year, moved into a bigger studio space due to demand! Now running for 3 years, the Surry County Dance Center continues to grow in numbers. Voted “Mt. Airy’s Best Dance Studio” for two consecutive years, Kelly is beyond thrilled to be educating young dancers in the Mt. Airy community and looks forward to many more years of incredible success. Now operating two studios, Kelly has franchised her business as KMG Ensemble.

About Brenda

Brenda Leath began dancing at the age of eight under the direction of Kelly Krantz at Carroll County Dance Center. Brenda was a member of the CCDC Performance Company for twelve years and during that time, she had many performance opportunities such as Carnival Cruise Lines.

At the age of twelve, Brenda began assisting classes at CCDC and in 2007 she became an instructor. Brenda educates all ages in ballet, jazz, and her favorite style, tap. She also has a great passion for working with ages 3-7. Helping them explore their creativity and developing their foundation for technical development is where she feels most accomplished.

After graduation, she worked with Dance Troupe Inc. traveling on the competition circuit as a staff member. Brenda has also worked with local church organizations incorporating Praise & Worship dance routines into their services.

Brenda attended Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga. She has been able to bring her knowledge back to CCDC and help prepare students for higher dance education both mentally and physically.

Throughout her professional teaching career, she has studied under nationally-renowned choreographers and instructors. This exposure has helped her expand her own dance vocabulary and given her more tools to use when educating students at CCDC.

Brenda resides in her home town of Fancy Gap with her husband Seth and their two daughters, Savannah and Emma.

About Katie

Originally from Newport, Tennessee, Katie moved to Cleveland in January of 2014 to join Inlet Dance Theatre as an Apprentice. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre with a Dance focus and a minor in Interdisciplinary Writing and Speech from Middle Tennessee State University.

While at MTSU, Katie worked with multiple guest artists, most notably Alberto del Saz, Stefanie Battan-Bland, T. Lang, and Patty Foster. During her collegiate years, Katie traveled all over the country, cities in China, and London performing and studying dance. She spent her summers attending different intensive programs such as Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, Alambradodanza in Florence, Italy, and Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive in Florida.

Katie was a Company Member with Inlet for 6 years touring nationally (Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, Massachusetts, Alabama, Philadelphia), and teaching educational residencies regionally. Through Inlet, she has been a lead instructor of dance education at the Newton D. Baker School of Arts and a lead instructor and choreographer of the Newton D. Baker Student Dance Ensemble for 3 years. Notably, Katie performed with Inlet at Jacob’s Pillow as part of the Inside/Out Series. Most recently, Katie performed a leading role in the internationally renowned production of “What Do You Do With An Idea?” at the International Performing Arts for a Youth Conference in Philadelphia and the 2020 National Tour of the production before the COVID-19 shutdown. In 2017, Katie became the Social Media Coordinator authoring the monthly e-newsletter, “In the Current” and other social media platforms. She also served as Costume Coordinator for the company. Additionally, she was a subcommittee member of the Inlet PR/Marketing Committee. Katie was appointed to be the Company Dancer representative of the Capital Campaign’s Project Leadership Team in 2019 (working toward the acquisition of a building as Inlet’s new home).

As an independent dance instructor and choreographer, Katie has served as teacher/choreographer at various dance studios in Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. She also has had the privilege of traveling as a guest choreographer winning multiple choreography awards throughout the Midwest region.

Now residing in Southwest Virginia, Katie is a Marketing & Advertising Consultant for various dance and entertainment organizations across the country and Australia. She continues her love of dance through teaching and choreographing various dance styles and ages through KMG Ensemble and travels nationally as a dance artist teaching residencies and choreography.

About Ella

Ella is from Hillsville, Virginia but her and her family moved to Holly Springs, North Carolina, when she was really young.

At the age of 13, Ella began dancing at Holly Springs School of Dance where she fell in love with dance. She decided that after high school she wanted to continue to pursue dance and began in the Fall of 2022 at Radford University. Ella is currently attending Radford as a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor in Business Management double major.

She has had the opportunity to perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in both 2018 as well as 2021. This past year at Radford, Ella was cast in Fall Dance Fest and Dancing on the Edge. She is so excited to see what this year of teaching dance has in store for her!

About Tabitha

At the age of 13, Tabitha began dancing at Carroll County Dance Center, under the direction of Kelly Krantz. Tabitha was a member of the CCDC performance company for four years. That came with many performance opportunities. Salem Red Sox, Carnival Cruise Lines, Universal Studios, and many more.

In 2015, Tabitha started as a student assistant. She fell in love with teaching the technique of all styles of dance to the CCDC students.

After graduating, she continued to work under Kelly. She has worked with three different local churches, incorporating worship dances into their ministries. Tabitha continues to study at Liberty University for her Bachelors of Science in Christian Leadership.

In June 2023, Tabitha was able to travel to Panama with the World Missions Ministry of the IPHC, The Awakening. While in Panama, she was able to be apart of the program that shared the gospel to many children and young adults. Missions is where her heart lies.

Tabitha continues to pursue leading at the Carroll and Surry County Dance Centers when she is able and is honored to still be apart of the amazing dance community that she grew up in.

Tabitha continues to pursue leading as the Administrative Coordinator for the Carroll and Surry County Dance Centers. She is honored to still be a part of the amazing dance community that she grew up in.

About Isabel

Hello, my name is Isabel Jaime. I am an upcoming 8th grader at CCMS. My mom is a nurse, my dad a farmer and I am an only child. In between school and my time at dance I enjoy playing the piano, and listening to my favorite k pop bands like BTS and tomorrow x together. I also enjoy hanging out with my best friend Hailey.

I have been dancing for CCDC since I was 3. I love dance because each time I go into the studio I get to challenge myself to learn new things, as well as progressing on the things I have previously learned. Being chosen for the model student award means alot to me especially since I am the youngest in my class. It means that my teachers not only recognize my positive attitude or my dedication to the art of dance, but also my willingness to learn and do my best while also helping others.

Being the 22-23 Model Student makes me a role model for the other dancers in my class to the ones just starting their dancing career. I am honored to be the 22-23 CCDC Model Student.