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Welcome to Upstage Center of Performing Arts! We are a premier dance studio offering ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and acrobatics classes for all ages. Our nurturing environment, experienced instructors, and commitment to age-appropriate instruction make us the perfect choice for your dance journey. Join our community today and unleash your passion for dance!

Our Season 8 registration is now open! Come join us and experience the joy of dance. We welcome dancers of all ages, from 18 months (walking) to adults, and of all levels. Take a trial class this summer and secure your spot for the fall season. Whether your child is taking their first steps in dance or you're an adult looking for a creative outlet, our experienced instructors will guide you on a journey of growth and self-expression. Join us today and let your dance dreams take center stage!"


Mission Statement 

Upstage Center of Performing Arts strives to provide a nurturing and safe environment for our students.  We deliver affordable, quality, age appropriate and respectful dance instruction to all ages and all skill levels.  Our studio encourages passion, confidence, teamwork and work ethic to help each student excel both in and out of the dance room and throughout their life.   


Our Studio Values:

  • Kindness/Respect – We treat others as we would like to be treated.  We communicate in a thoughtful, honest yet sensitive manner.  We also show respect by being punctual, wearing the studio dress code to class and saving “screen time” for outside of class.

  • Inclusion – We look out for our friends, welcome new dancers and support each other.

  • Continuous Improvement – We believe in hard work and that we can always do better.  We understand all corrections are making us into better dancers and giving us skills.  Progress not perfection.

  • Community/Family – We create a joyful community where positive friendships are fostered.  We share the love of dance with energy, passion and enthusiasm.

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Conveniently located on Hwy 49, close to I-485 and UNCC

10039 University City Blvd Suite R

Charlotte NC 28213

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If you had told me when I was little I'd be graduating fully satisfied and with the best team, I would believe you.  Because this team is my family and they have been here for me since the beginning


I couldn't imagine another director making the impact on my kids that (UCPA) did.  You will always be a part of my family's story


(Recital 2023) Everything was so perfect.  Dances, props...I reflected how amazing it is  - alumni still coming there to help and watch shows.  We started with mommy and me, watched Jenny's kids graduate and now got to watch her brandbaby dance.  Extra sweet. 


“Upstage outdid themselves this year. The backdrop was perfect for these Wild West kiddos.  Super impressed with the quality of dance and instruction at Upstage.  Every recital need was met (even the last minute ones).  Thanks for another great dance season 


Love coming here every week to spend time with friends and do one of my biggest passions! Teachers are amazing!! Thank you guys for getting me on the stage again 


We love UCPA! All the teachers are wonderful and supportive. More importantly, I appreciate them focusing on the students being supportive of one another and the value of teamwork. 


My daughter has been taking dance classes from the instructors at this dance studio since they opened. She has grown so much and has gained self-confidence, self-disciple, leadership as well as many other skills during her dance lessons. She is involved in several classes and is also on the competition team. I would highly recommend Upstage Center of Performing Arts for anyone wanting to get their children involved in a positive dance experience. 


My daughter has been with these teachers for 10 years. They pour themselves into the students. The studio is excellent at finding talent and making their students shine. 
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