School History

Dance Theatre was founded in 1993. We have 5 locations, over 50 instructors and a student body of nearly 3000 strong. We started with a single location called Dance Theatre of Broward, in Davie, FL, which continues to flourish today. In 1996, we added our second location, Dance Theatre at Parkland, located in Coconut Creek, FL. This location has served as home to our award winning DTX Competitive Dance Team, and currently resides in a new 6000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility. In 2005, we opened our third location, Dance Theatre at Heron Bay, located in Coral Springs, FL to serve has a companion school to our Parkland location. In 2008 we added our 4th location, Dance Theatre at Wellington Green, in Wellington, FL. Although still very new, this location has grown each year, and has garnered the prestigous "Best in the West" award in each of its first 3 seasons. Last season, we introduced our 5th location Dance Theatre at Sandy Springs, in Atlanta, GA, taking Dance Theatre Nationwide.

Dance Theatre has grown into the largest dance school for children in the Southeastern United States. In the twenty years that Dance Theatre has operated under the direction of Michelle McGrath-Gerlick, her students have been invited to perform at some of the most prestigious venues, including the Summer Olympics, the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl, The Orange Bowl, The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The London Grand Christmas Parade, and more. Her competitive dancers have won numerous National Championships. Her graduating seniors have achieved placement at some of the most respected and desired dance programs in the nation. Most important, however, is that she and her staff have taught tens of thousands of children to love to dance.

Dance Theatre has grown into the largest dance school for children in the Southeastern United States. It has consistently been recognized for excellence and a dedication to community service, and continues to dominate in one of the most competitive environments to be found in the dance industry.

About Our Director:

Stephanie Salerno... Miss Stephanie began dancing at the age of six in New York. She studied ballet, tap, jazz and specialized in acrobatics. Stephanie's dance training helped her significantly when she became a competitive gymnast on the Junior Olympic team. Stephanie has been teaching for over 15 years, with the focus on acrobatics and team gymnastics. She enjoys sharing her love of dance with children of all ages, whether it be the beginner dancer in their first ballet class, or the most advanced acrobat. In her spare time, Stephanie is mom to Melina and Emma, both of whom share her passion for dance and acrobatics. Stephanie is very excited to be celebrating her first year as owner of the Wellington location.

About Our Facilities:

We insist that our facilities reflect our uncompromising desire to provide our students with the best tools available to succeed. They are clean, safe, beautiful, and convenient for parents who have so much to do each day.

All of our locations feature Stagestep professional Marley Dance Floors. We have color video cameras and big screen televisons to allow viewing of all classes. We even have FREE Wi-Fi for parents that need to continue to work while they wait.

About Our Recital:

A recital is held annually at the end of the school year. We encourage all students to participate. We emphasize dance as a performing art, and your child will gain a sense of accomplishment and confidence from this theatrical experience. There is NO RECITAL FEE. You pay only for the costume (which you keep) and tickets to the show.

About Our X-treme Team:

Our elite group of dancers compete and perform locally and nationally, and they train over 10 hours per week. Their performance accomplishments include benefits for the Alzheimer Family Center, Dan Marino's Retirement Dinner, Miss Florida International Pageants, The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, The 2004 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The 2006 International Dance Challenge Senior and Junior "Challenge Champions", and the 2008 Starbound National Production Grand Champions!

This past Summer, DTX competed at the Dance Explosion Nationals Finals in Orlando, FL where, in addition to dozens of extreme platinum scores (the highest given), they walked off with the Overall Awards for Top Junior Solo, Top Junior Trio, Top Teen Solo, Top Teen Trio, and Top Senior Duo. Team DTX was also awarded the special Excaliber Award for for Overall Highest Score in the junior division, and the special Entertainment Award for their musical theater production of "Spanish Rose".