The WVDC is your premiere studio with locations in San Jose, Willow Glen and Mountain View that provides exceptional instruction to dancers from the ages of 18 months through adult. Talented, experienced staff members guide students through the wonderful world of dance in various performance and competitive teams: enriching a love of movement and performing that lasts a lifetime.
We offer a well-rounded, professional dance education that caters to individual pace and growth. Our roots are in the passion of teaching, and the staff of the WVDC understands the importance of a child’s development at any age–ensuring our lessons go beyond those of the dance studio.
As a studio sprouted from Action Day Primary Plus, a company founded in 1968 that offers children of all ages award-winning childcare and education, the WVDC values the same core principles: that the quality and experience of our staff is upheld and the communication between teacher, parent, and student is encouraged and promoted throughout the year. We also offer a lounge area for our dancers to provide them with a space to just “be” in between classes–whether they have homework to complete, want to practice for their next class, or need a moment of quiet. A parent viewing area allows parents to feel part of the action: to partake in their children’s joy of learning and passion for dance.
We offer services that not only enrich the dancer’s total experience but also that of their family.
In fall 2010, the West Valley Dance Company was created for dancers craving additional performance opportunities and competitive dancing experience. The first dance team, the Dance Cats, was comprised of dancers in 4th-8th grade who began the tradition of performing at local holiday events and competing. The six dancers in the small competition group "Telephone" competed in regional competitions, winning various awards and accolades. Due to the success of the team's first season, the Dance Cats blossomed into two teams: an Upper Team (for dancers in 5th-8th grade) and a Junior Team (for dancers in 2nd-4th grade). The 2011/12 team saw the formation and success of multiple routines in several competitions throughout the Bay Area. That same year, the Dance Cats traveled to Las Vegas in order to compete in a Nationals Competition - where they won several trophies for their performances. The success of the Dance Cats was observed by both the company and the community, paving the way for continued growth and potential.
In fall 2012, the Dance Cats gave "birth" to the Dance Kittens - an invite-only, performance-based dance team for dancers 4-6 years of age. The Dance Kittens performed with the Dance Cats at many local holiday/spring events and became a huge accomplishment for the WVDC. So much so, that, by fall 2013, the Kittens were split into two groups: an Upper and a Junior Team based upon level and the coaches' recommendation. The same year, the WVDC sought to incorporate a more diverse group into the Company: an all-boys dance/hip-hop team titled the Tom Cats. The Tom Cats are comprised of boys ages 4 & up who also crave additional performance opportunities and desired an introduction to the realm of dance conventions and competitions. Together, the Dance Cats, Dance Kittens, and Tom Cats competed throughout the 2013/14 season in various combinations/routines in dance competitions on the regional and the national scale.
In spring 2014, the Dance Cats were ready to say "good luck" and "goodbye" to members of their original "Telephone" routine. Unable to comprehend the WVDC without them, the company designed a new team for dancers at their age and caliber: the All Stars. The All Stars' first season took place in 2014. The Team is comprised of experienced dancers seeking to continue their dance education throughout their high school careers.
Since the original Dance Cats, our team has grown to now include both competition and performance level teams for boys and girls ranging from 4 to 18 years old. It is with great pride that the WVDC announces the start of the 2019/20 season on July 8th!
In addition to 3 WVDC dance studios - Bascom, Willow Glen & Mountain View Studios, you can also visit West Valley Dance Boutique to find a variety of dance shoes, clothing, and accessories from well-known brands such as Capezio, Spiritual Gangster, Must Have, and more!
WVDC won 5 Bay Area Parent Family Favorite awards for the best dance program and best dance studio.
WVDC offers classes year-round, with an annual recital at the Center for the Performing Arts in downtown San Jose.