About Utica Dance


The Utica Dance faculty is passionately committed to providing students with the opportunity to learn the art of dance in a positive, structured, and inspiring environment.

Utica Dance is independently owned and operated and was formerly known as the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute Dance Program. We are proud of our long tradition of over forty years providing the highest quality dance instruction in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance.

Nancy, Lynn, Kathy and Sharon are excited to welcome new and returning students to our world of dance.

Our dance productions provide all students in the Children's and Pre-Professional Divisions with opportunities to perform in professional caliber shows that range from classic ballets to original contemporary dances. Our Teen/Adult Division offers introductory and intermediate classes in ballet, jazz and tap for students who wish to experience the joy and benefits of dance training at any age.

We invite all students and teachers to enhance their dance training by attending any of the workshops offered at our school throughout the year. Workshops and master classes are led by our distinguished faculty, staff and guest instructors.

For the last ten years the dance program has presented its own Nutcracker production in the Mohawk Valley Community College Theater. Hundreds of student dancers and guest professionals from New York City have appeared in this cherished classic ballet. Our Annual Spring Dance Concert features dancers in the Pre-Professional Division in performances of reconstructed classics and inspiring new dances by Kathy Ryan, Nancy Long, Lynn Bollana, and Sharon Warncke.

With combined teaching experience of well over a century in affiliation with the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, the dance faculty remains eager to greet both new and returning students in our home of over twenty years. When you visit us at 324 Genesee Street in Utica, you will be welcomed by the infectious buzz of energy, creativity and excitement you expect, but with a new name on the door - Utica Dance. Let’s Dance!


Dance Staff


What students and parents are saying

Jess Przybyla
Joining the studio was the smartest choice I ever made in my life. I regret not coming earlier. I am very thankful for the welcome from everyone. You've helped me to be a better person and a dancer.

Cassie Bushey
Thank you so much for everything you've done for me. You have been the perfect role model and have prepared me for college more than any other teacher.

Becky Ferris
Once again I want to tell you how much I enjoyed Sunday's performance. I also want to thank you for the big part you played in Rachel's life. Part of her success on the harp comes from the ballet training you gave her.