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Xcape Dance Studio

Dance is life!

Xcape Featured on QueenLatifah.Com

xcape on qlatifah site

A great article on Xcape is featured on the Queen Latifah website. The article begins:

It's well-known that Queen Latifah's mom was a teacher, and that's why she has a soft soft for educators and their dedication to their students. She found two teachers from Allentown, Pennsylvania who are turning their love of dance into a lifelong lesson for their students.

Dawn Blanco is the Program Director for Xcape, an incredible nonprofit dance program for disadvantaged children, teens, and adults in Pennsylvania. For $5 (or FREE for those who can't 

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About Us

Xcape_Paulo1.jpgXcape offers comprehensive dance education to students ages 6–22. Classes include ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary/modern dance. Xcape provides a fun and nurturing environment for all students to explore their creativity while learning valuable life skills such as teamwork, self-discipline and work ethic. Xcape aims to inspire and motivate students while fostering an appreciation for the arts.

Through Xcape, students learn to:

  • Value a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Respect and celebrate diversity
  • Develop a creative outlet
  • Demonstrate reliability, dedication, work ethic and perseverance
  • Appreciate talents of others
  • Develop confidence and self-respect
  • Appreciate the arts and the impact it has on the community and culture
  • Attend local dance competitions and participate in a variety of community performances

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Xcape companies are performance/competitive groups consisting of upper level dancers. Auditions are required for all participants in the companies. Participants have the opportunity to take part in monthly master classes/workshops taught by guest artists. Students and parents read and sign a contract with clear expectations and guidelines for participation, in consideration of and not limited to: attendance, tardiness, performance appearances, school grades, abstinence from drugs and alcohol, behavior.

Hip Hop Company: Ages 13 + 

Contemporary Company: Technically trained dancers: Ages 15 +  (Required: enrollment in at least one Xcape technique class in addition to company class: ballet/jazz/contemporary/modern) 

Junior Company: Dancers learn and perform hip-hop choreography: Ages 10–12


Ballet: The foundation of all dance forms. Proper technique and terminology are taught. Students learn correct body placement and alignment while building flexibility, balance and strength. These skills assist in excelling in all styles of dance.

Jazz: A high-energy style of dance performed to upbeat music. Focus is on isolations, coordination and exciting turns, leaps and jumps.

Hip-Hop: An exhilarating dance class that teaches the latest urban street moves. Elements of popping, locking, house and club dancing are incorporated into the class.

Contemporary/Modern:  A technical style of dance that encourages dancers to express emotions. Students develop an ability to communicate ideas and thoughts through movement.

  • Classes will run from September to May
  • Classes are open to all participants who meet the age requirements
  • New students may register at the beginning of each month
  • Upon registration, parents/guardians must fill out an information sheet and will receive a pamphlet with all pertinent information
  • All classes perform in an annual dance recital in the late spring
  • Summer classes begin in June and run through August
  • New studio website, e-mail and Facebook group are used as primary sources of information
  • There is a small monthly fee for each month of participation


2013 - 2014 Class Schedule
Studio Hours: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Friday

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Studio 1:
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. Advanced Ballet: Ages 15+ 
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Contemporary Company
Studio 2:
6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Hip Hop 1: Ages 6-9
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Hip Hop: Ages 10-12

Studio 1:
5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Ballet I: Ages 6-9
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Jazz: Ages 10-12
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Contemporary: Ages 13+
Studio 2:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Hip-Hop: Ages 13+
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Hip-Hop: Ages 10-12

Studio 1:
5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Ballet 1: Ages 6-9
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Ballet: Ages 13+
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Stretch & Strengthen: Ages 13+
Studio 2:
5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Hip-Hop I: Ages 6-9
6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Hip-Hop II: Ages 6-9
Xcape_3.jpg7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Boys Hip-Hop: All Ages

Studio 1:
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ballet: Ages 10-12
6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Ballet II: Ages 6-9
Studio 2:
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Junior Company

Studio 1:
4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Ballet I (Ages 6-9)
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Jazz: Ages 13+
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Hip Hop Company
Studio 2:
5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Hip Hop I (Ages 6-9) 

Program Director

xcapedirector.jpgwhitestripe.pngXcape Program Director Dawn Blanco is a professional dancer, choreographer and teacher. She began her dance training at age 7 and is trained in ballet, modern dance, jazz, musical theater and hip hop dance. Blanco attended Temple University and Kutztown University and has also studied dance at Broadway Dance Center, Alvin Ailey Studio, Steps on Broadway and Dance New Amsterdam in New York City. She holds K–12 teaching certification in the state of Pennsylvania and Dance Masters of America certification in Ballet, Jazz and Modern Instruction.

Blanco has 10 years' teaching experience and choreographs for nationally competitive dance ensembles, soloists and high school dance teams. A 2012 Freddy Awards nominee for choreography, she has won several awards in recognition of her creative choreography. Blanco was on staff as a dance instructor at Penn State University, Lehigh University and Marywood University and was recently director of the Studio Dance Academy and a dance teacher at William Allen High School.

Xcape Dance Studios
Urban Arts Center 

601 W. Hamilton Street
Allentown, Pa. 

610-821-0345 ext. 142 

A program of Youth Education in the Arts

Photography Paulo T. and Christopher Maher

give kids the chance to Dance...

give them a home at Xcape and young adults have a place to express themselves. A place to feel comfortable and safe. A place to be themselves and fulfull their passion.

Xcellence...most all Xcape dancers take two or more classes and some take up to seven or eight. And the quality of instruction and level of excellence is the same as any of the best studios in the area. 

Xceptance...where would these kids go without Xcape? They could never afford a professional dance studio. An hour...just one hour...would cost them at least $45. Xcape gives them as many hours of instruction as they want for just $5 a month. And no matter what level, beginner to advanced, all are welcome and accepted.

Xpansive...with you just imagine the possibilities! Right now Xcape has no funding. The program survives through the tireless work of people selflessly giving their time. But what if YOU became involved? We could expand to a larger studio, bring in another instructor, and give more young people the chance to live their passion...and just dance.

...please make a donation to Xcape today...