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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, Pre-Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Clogging, Middle & High Cheer Prep Classes, Cheer/Tumble Combined Classes, Acrobatics, Dance with Me, Creative Movement and Tumbling for 2-3 year olds,  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 also has a performance based ballet company, Ballet Workshop Performance Group.

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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Employment Opportunity ..... seeking a friendly and talented CHEER & ACRO coach!  All serious inquiries should contact us at 336-228-1553 or


2017 Recital Program & Sponsorship Information

Recital Program

Sponsorship Information



Ballet Workshop Auditions April 22nd!



CDEA CHEER TEAM TRYOUTS - Click here for more info!


April 28th - Open Gym

7 & Under 5-6pm

8-11 year olds 6-7pm

12 & up 8-9pm



7 & Under 9-10:15 am - doors will open by 8:30 am

8-11 year olds 10:45-12:15 - kids can arrive by 10:30 am

12 & up 1:00-3:30 pm


May 16th - Make up Cheer Team Evaluation Date

9 & under 4:00-5:30 pm

10 & Up 6:00 - 7:30 pm


~Tuesday, May 23rd at 6:30 - Team Reveal Party~




Meet our AMAZING Competion TEAM Members!



Congrats to our CDM  Dance Pageant Contestants!



Congrats to our EPIC National Title Winners!

Kaitlyn Downs - Senior Miss Epic Dance

Grace Herring - Petite Miss Epic Dance


***NEW LATE FEE POLICY for 2016***







New Location:

2417 Eric Lane, Burlington (beside Burlington Coat Factory)

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Upcoming Dates to Remember: 

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New Student Registration Form

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Acknowledgement Form

COPA Policies Booklet

Outside & Inside

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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.



Studio Phone: (336) 228-1553  •  133 D. Auto Park Drive  •  Graham, NC 27253  •

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