CATS Dance Company & School

CATS Dance Company & School

5.0 (4)
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Professional, kinesthetically-sound training in a friendly,  relaxed, creative family like atmosphere. Ages 2-adult. 

My past students perform professionally around the world, and then come back to visit, take class and perform with us. 

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New York, NY 10017
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4 Reviews


  • Christine Rose Stoddard

    Our body is our Art. I think that’s the most important thing I’d like to stress about the difference between dancing with Talara and the rest of the world, is that she really lets her students learn and experience through art. So many studios focus heavily on technique, it’s easy to watch children burn out and lose interest. Talara has a magical, captivating way of letting students learn through art and feeling (while still including technique of course). She accepts and ellicitis their creative journeys in a way that allows them to grow beyond the depths of other studios. Understanding art and why we do it, is what helps us grow as humans. That’s the part Talara is so great at teaching, no matter what your age may be. I see the two year olds completely stimulated and excited to be there, and the younger children mature faster than normal with their deeper understanding of the world. I see the pre-teens and teens thrive and blossom in the world of arts, as they adjust and learn to express themselves through movement, and I see the adults connect to something they’ve forgotten, something that makes them young again. I myself have been dancing with Talara since I was a child. I still take class and perform with her, and would likely follow her to the ends of the earth, for all the reasons listed above. If you are looking for a different type of dance studio, that is truly about connecting to art and to yourself, then you and/or your children should be dancing with Talara Ruth.

  • Genna Griffith

    As a parent with a professional performance background, it was important for me to find a dance studio where my daughter would enjoy studying technique and appreciate the musicality and artistry of dance. Talara, the artistic director, understands and listens to each child's needs and has developed an inclusive studio that embraces all students at any level. Her enthusiasm and knowledge of dance is so impressive and her students feel very comfortable in class knowing that it is non judgmental space to explore movement. My daughter has blossomed as dancer and we owe it all to Talara at Cats Dance.!

  • Ashley Weinberg

    Talara is an AMAZING teacher and artist. She has such a pure love and appreciation for dance that bubbles over so she can't help but spread it to her students. I had the wonderful experience of dancing with her both as a child and now as an adult and leave every class feeling energized and more in love with dance, even to this day. She has a knack for helping you reach your dance goals whatever they may be. I was able to work with her and, through her guidance, was able to get into the dance schools/summer programs I wanted (school of the arts, Boston Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, and the dance program at University of California, Irvine, etc.). She is dedicated to her students and works with them to get them dancing at incredible levels. I highly recommend.

  • Beth Appleton

    Ms. T understands that there is one child and one child only that gets the attention they do richly deserve. It is always your child! She is the best friend, teacher, mentor and example of human kindness you could ever hope your child is privy to. We are lucky beyond belief to have her influence, instruction and love touch our daughter's life so profoundly! Sounds like too much, but truly how I feel. It takes a village, and that village is Ms. T.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Free trial class to find the class that best fits the individual’s wants and needs. Ongoing personal assessment.  

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have decades of teaching and performance experience, a degree in dance performance and education(NYU Tisch and SUNY Empire State). 

Our past students perform around the globe. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Most of our students pay for a full 20 week session in advance: either for one class a week, or two or unlimited classes per week. In the summer and during school vacations we offer full and half day camps payable by the week or the full summer. We have sibling discounts. See our website for more details 

How did you get started teaching?

I started as a child actress in New York City and have been teaching dance and theater

for decades.  I trained with the legendary Nenette Charisse and David Howard, to name a few. 

Lessons offered

Dance Classes Ballet Classes Acrobatics Classes Jazz Dancing Classes Tumbling Classes Theatrical Dance Classes Modern Dance Classes Contemporary Dance Classes Child Acting Lessons Stage Performance Training Dance Choreographers