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Welcome to Centre of Performing Arts (CoPA). Located in Graham, North Carolina just off of I-85/40 at Exit 147 beside County Ford, CoPA has been a hallmark of quality dance education since our doors first opened as the Eloise Glass Dance Studio in the early 1950s. Our mission is to promote the education of dance and other forms of performing arts to a diverse population allowing for individual growth on many levels.

Centre of Performing Arts offers a wide variety of classes and performance opportunities for students of all skill levels. Classes include Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Liturgical, Lyrical, Cheer, Acrobatics and more! We challenge our students with Master Classes taught by renowned performers. We also offer audition-only competition teams for dancers (Centre Stars) and cheerleaders (Centre Dynamic Elite).

CoPA invites you to browse our website to learn about our studio, and see why Centre of Performing Arts is the best studio for your family!

Why Dance at CoPA? Here are just a few reasons...
Fun, laughter, learn new dance skills, fitness and healthy lifestyle, friendship, healthy competition, to gain wisdom, to be challenged, growth and fulfillment, exciting recitals, community involvement, reduce stress, discipline, improve coordination, flexibility, positive attitudes, to be part of the COPA family, and many, many more!




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We are very excited to announce that our theme this year is Dance For A Cause.  The donations from our ribbon sales and tuition raffle will be divided up and sent to help the following awareness organizations:


Mental Health

American Heart Assoc.- preventing heart disease

Breast Cancer


We will hold our annual tuition raffle again this year and 1 lucky winner (at each recital) will win $200 towards their account for the 2015-2016 dance year.  We will also sell awareness ribbons in the lobby at recitals and the proceeds will go towards the fundraiser total.

Raffle Ticket Prices:

1= $1

10= $5

20= $10

40= $20


** Helpful RECITAL TIPS!

**2015 Dress Rehearsal Schedule

**2015 RECITAL Picture Schedule

Helpful Tips for PICTURE WEEK at CoPA 4/13 - 4/16 2015

1.      Bring costumes, hose, shoes and accessories to each class during picture week.

2.      Be on time for each class.

3.      Group photos will be taken during your child’s regular dance class time.

4.      Individual pictures will be worked in around group photos.

5.      You may arrive early and get in line for individual pictures or see the picture schedule for times set aside               just for individual pictures.

6.      To order group photos, please see your child’s class code that’s located on the picture schedule.

7.      Individual pictures will be given a code at the time the picture is taken.

8.      All orders are due at time the pictures are taken.

9.      Parents are not allowed in the room during group photos.  In attempts to minimize distraction with kids,               we limit this to the staff and photographer only.

10.  Parents may go in the room during individual pictures.

11.  No phones/cameras are allowed to be used in the room where pictures are being taken.





Ballet Workshop Auditions!

Friday, April 25th

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Register now for CoPA's 2015


Feburary 16th - March 26th 

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Meet our newest




Brittany  Mayak--- Bio

I began to dance at studios when I was in elementary school.  I danced at Burlington Academy of Dance and Arts and Amber’s House of Dance focusing on jazz and modern/contemporary dance.  I was also part of the group that started the dance teams at Turrentine Middle School and Williams High School and was part of the first All-Star competition team at Amber’s House of dance.  I pursued dance into college and went to East Carolina University for 2 years and finished my Bachelor of Arts degree in dance in 2008 from UNC-Greensboro with a concentration in modern/contemporary dance.



Sophie McNeill –-- Bio

 Sophie McNeill is a senior at Elon University double majoring in Dance Performance and Choreography and Arts Administration with a minor in Business Administration.  In addition to dancing in various Elon Dance Company productions, Sophie has danced professionally with TERRANOVA Dance Theatre at the NC Dance Festival. She will also join The Kearns Dance Project's 2014-2015 season in August.  She has also been able to intern administratively with Greensboro Ballet, Houston Metropolitan Dance Center and Company, and most recently Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.  She loves teaching all forms of dance including ballet, jazz, contemporary, pointe, hip hop, and lyrical.




Stephanie Stone ---Bio

Stephanie Waschsen Stone took her first dance lesson at the age of three.  She loved the experience and knew that she wanted to continue.  At the age of four, she began to dance competitively.  From the moment of her first competition, her whole life began to revolve around dance.  She traveled extensively for master’s classes as well as competitions.  When Stephanie was twelve, she began student teaching and immediately realized what an amazing experience it is to be able to share her knowledge and love of dance with others.  She has had the privilege of studying under Al Gilbert, Gregory Hines, Nia Peebles, Debbie Allen, and many other industry professionals.  Stephanie’s involvement with dance opened the door for her to explore modeling.  She became a regular in a dance catalogue and a model for both Rose’s and Peaches and Cream.  Her dancing also opened the door to acting opportunities.  She was cast in a month long production of “The Sound of Music” at the Temple Theatre.  She was a middle and high school cheerleader and has been asked to return to her alma mater many times throughout the years to assist with choreography.  In 2009, Stephanie achieved her goal of sharing dance with children by opening her own studio.  During her tenure as owner she was able to share her love of dance with over 300 children.  Stephanie is excited to have the opportunity to provide quality, loving instruction as a part of the team of COPA instructors.   



Jaleel Cheek ---Bio

Jaleel has been dancing, tumbling, and cheering for 10 years.  Music has always been the driving force behind his passion for performance.  He majored in dance and performing arts at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He has trained under a variety of professional artists and instructors in all genres of dance and performance. Jaleel has been interested in cheer since he was a child, but did not pursue this dream until he was a freshman in high school.  He tried out and made his varsity cheer squad and from then on his passion and love grew for this incredible sport.  Jaleel went on to cheer competitively for a national championship team for two years and also cheered during college.  He is passionate about teaching others and instilling in them the same love and passion that he has for cheer and dance.  





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    Centre Dynamic Elite AllStars  




 Upcoming Dates to Remember:

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2013 - 2014 Important Forms

For your convenience, below you will find links to download several student forms.

New Student Registration Form

 Payment Sheet


Acknowledgement Form

COPA Policies Booklet

Inside & Outside

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Dance Masters of America

Centre of Performing Arts is proud to be a member of Dance Masters of America.

Dance Masters of America is a professional, certified membership organization of artists and educators committed to the elevation of the art of dance and to provide innovative artistic experiences for the advancement of dance worldwide.



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