ALLEGRO MUSIC

20048 NE San Rafael St

Portland, OR 97230

800-288-2007

mailcs@allegro-music.com

allegro-music.com

Offers music titles in a wide range of genres, including pop, blues, classical, jazz, New Age, world, show tunes, nature, children’s, folk, opera and storytelling, as well as education DVDs and classic movies.

Popular Release: Sing, Dance & Play 3-CD set by Fisher-Price

ANNE KROHLEY’S SHOWKIDS

202 Maplewood Ave

Maplewood, NJ 07040

973-762-0520

info@akshowkids.com

akshowkids.com

Produces upbeat preschool recital music for ballet and tap with 18 show-length tracks on each CD.

Popular Release: Anne Krohley’s ShowKIDS, Vol. VI

ASGARD PRODUCTIONS: MUSIC FOR DANCE

1580 Lake Christopher Dr

Virginia Beach, VA 23464

757-467-4420

junecooper@mindspring.com, sales@asgardprod.com

asgardprod.com

Supplies schools, dancers and choreographers with a wide variety of dance music for ballet, modern (including specific techniques like Horton and Graham), creative movement, recital pieces, tap and children’s dance.

Popular Release: Laurent Choukroun, Vols. 11–22, produced by Dance Arts Production

BEHIND BARRES LLC

PO Box 7611

Ann Arbor, MI 48107

734-395-4478

rob@behindbarres.com

behindbarres.com

Produces classical music for ballet class.

Popular Release: Volume 8: Tune In and Turn Out (TV tunes arranged for ballet class)

BOB RIZZO DVDS & MUSIC, RIZ-BIZ PRODUCTIONS

180 West End Ave, Ste 16-R

New York, NY 10023

212-496-6802

rizbiznyc@yahoo.com

bobrizzo.com

Bob Rizzo has produced a comprehensive collection of DVDs and music for dance class with top instructors from Broadway and Los Angeles.

Popular Release: Tap Dance X-Perience with Mark Goodman

BRIO RECORDINGS

PO Box 572

Montgomeryville, PA 18936

866-897-8299

info@briorecordings.com

briorecordings.com

Produces music for ballet, pointe and variations classes.

Popular Releases: Italian Masters, Lynne Haeseler, pianist; Original Compositions for Ballet Class, Vol. 12, Curtis A. Probel, pianist

CYNOSURA SOUND

PO Box 287060

New York, NY 10128

516-887-5152

schultzdw@aol.com

Devoted to classical and 20th-century ballet-class music as arranged, composed and performed by Douglas Schultz, one of New York City’s premier ballet pianists.

Popular Releases: Company Class, Vols. 1 and 2, Music from Minkus and Leaning on Tradition, Vol.1

DANCEABLES

STEVEN MITCHELL, PIANIST

PO Box 230185

New York, NY 10023

917-656-5290

danceables.com

Danceables provides ballet teachers and accompanists with class piano music in both recordings and print.

Popular Release: I’ll Be Seeing You by Steven Mitchell and David Howard

DANC’EM

PO Box 3204

Shepherdstown, WV 25443

888-432-6236

deannallow@aol.com

4dancem.com

Danc’eM has an extensive library of original music, teaching programs, show music and coloring books and is dedicated to helping dance teachers find age-appropriate tools for their classes.

Popular Release: Pre-ballet syllabus for ages 3–4

DANCE IN A BOX

tricia@danceinabox.com

danceinabox.com

Hip-hop syllabus for ages 3 and up, interactive choreography flash card kits, teaching music and private studio teacher training available. Also offers RHYTHM WORKS Integrative Dance, a certification program for teaching special needs students music, rhythm and movement.

Popular Releases: Hip Hop in a Box, 1-2-3 Dance and Hip Hop Made Easy by Tricia Gomez

DANCING SCHOOL KIDS

PO Box 1943

Burbank, CA 91507

818-567-2359

hollywoodvibe@hotmail.com

dancingschoolkids.com

A complete curriculum in preschool dance focusing on basic concepts and steps in tap and ballet. Vols. 1–6 CDs and detailed Teacher Notes provide fun classroom, holiday and recital material for dancers ages 2–6. This material is a must for studios wishing to expand their “bread-and-butter” preschool program.

Popular Release: Complete teacher’s package includes Vols. 1–6 CDs and manual with notes.

DMITRI ROUDNEV BALLET CLASS MUSIC AND VIDEO

4728 Spottswood Ave, #250

Memphis, TN 38117

773-404-0417

info@balletrussian.org

balletrussian.org

Roudnev’s classes are based on his experiences as a student and soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet. He loved the Bolshoi’s logical combinations and musicality, and he brings these qualities to his lessons, music and videos.

Popular Release: Dmitri Roudnev’s Ballet Class, Vol. 11

DOUBLE IMAGE PRODUCTIONS

roger@rogerhewett.com

doubleimageproductions.com

Original music for ballet class. Beautiful orchestrated melodies guaranteed to inspire your dancers toward a more musically expressive performance.

Popular Release: Ballet Élite by Roger Hewett

FINIS JHUNG

119 W 72nd St, PMB 353

New York, NY 10023

800-357-3525

finis@finisjhung.com

finisjhung.com

Finis Jhung produces orchestral and piano music CDs and instructional DVDs for ballet class.

Popular Release: New Ballet Music 13: Inspirations by Scott Killian

IMAGINE DANCE MUSIC

952-236-7509

info@imaginedancemusic.com

imaginedancemusic.com

Dedicated to providing the latest children’s dance music. Our music is inspired by popular rhythms and beats you’d hear on the radio. It’s upbeat, fast-paced and full of energy. Lyrics include interactive dance terminology to be sure to get your dancer movin’.

Popular Releases: Pre-School Poppin’ and Creative Movin’: Kids Dance Music

JAY DISTRIBUTORS

service@danceclassmusic.com

danceclassmusic.com

Offers more than 450 music and video titles from Bodarc Productions and other labels, as well as variable-speed audio players.

Popular Release: Power and Space: Percussion for Horton by Kevin Sport

KEVIN SPORT MUSIC

70 Adelphi St

Brooklyn, NY 11205

kevin@kevinsportmusic.com

kevinsportmusic.com

Kevin Sport’s CDs are created especially for Horton and Graham technique classes but can easily be used for other modern techniques.

Popular Releases: Power and Space: Percussion for Horton, Hidden Language and Sacred Garment

KIMBO DANCE RECORDS

PO Box 477

Long Branch, NJ 07740

800-631-2187

service@kimboed.com

kimboed.com/dance

Music for pre-ballet, ballet, tap jazz and hip hop for all ages.

Popular Releases: Music for Tap Dancing and Pre-Ballet: A Class For the Very Young

LEAP ’N LEARN

PO Box 474

Milton, LA 70558

888-211-5180

info@leapnlearn.com

leapnlearn.com

Provides the dance teacher with products, training and information sensitive to a child’s physical, emotional and cognitive development and encourages creativity, self-expression and fundamental movement skills in young dancers.

Popular Releases: A Glance at Childhood Development and Positive Discipline, DVDs; Rainy Day Creative Movement, DVD and CD; Locomotion Creative Movement, DVD and CD; Music, Magic, & Make-Believe, DVD and CD; Kids! CD; and Kids! 2, CD

LISA HARRIS

710 N 96th St

Seattle, WA 98103

206-909-8669

harris.paris@gmail.com

lisaharrisdance.com

Lisa Harris travels around the world providing dancers with inspiring music. Her CDs for ballet class are popular worldwide.

Popular Releases: Let’s Dance and Heart and Soul Music for Ballet Class

MARQUETTE PRODUCTIONS, LLC

Jersey City, NJ

267-243-0442

jason@marquetteproductions.com

marquetteproductions.com

Provides custom music edits at competitive prices—fast turnaround and satisfaction guaranteed or you don’t pay. Money-saving packages are available for dance studios or teachers with multiple classes or choreographing multiple routines.

THE MODERN BALLET PIANIST

themodernballetpianist@gmail.com

themodernballetpianist.com

Provides ballet instructors all over the world with fun, innovative and new music to suit the needs of both small and large dance schools. Recognizable melodies are arranged into traditional classical piano accompaniments.

Popular Release: Plié, Pirouette, POP!

MUSIC IN MOTION

PO Box 869231

Plano, TX 75086

800-807-3520

orders@musicmotion.com

musicmotion.com

Offers more than 5,000 music, movement and dance education resources, plus music-related gifts for all ages.

Popular Release: World of Music Beginner & Intermediate Software Set

MUSICWORKS

5341-A Derry Ave

Agoura Hills, CA 91301

855-914-9000

info@musicworksunlimited.com

musicworksunlimited.com

Has an extensive collection of original music and choreography for dance teachers. Most of the thousands of CDs and DVDs are available as instant downloads. The only authorized dealer of the Al Gilbert Tap and Jazz techniques.

Popular Release: Dance Creation, Vol. 3

PALMS DOWN PERCUSSION

273 Bennett Ave, Ste 7A

New York, NY 10040

212-304-8854

palmsdownthanks@hotmail.com

palmsdown.com

Creates percussion music CDs for dance class, choreography or listening pleasure. Lengthy tracks enable class to flow with fewer interruptions.

Popular Release: From Birth to the Earth

ROCK YOUR BALLET CLASS

1501 Belle Haven Rd

Alexandria, VA 22307

703-891-0718

orders@rockyourballetclass.com

rockyourballetclass.com

Music from Foreigner to REO Speedwagon, set as beautiful piano music for ballet class.

Popular Release: Rock Your Ballet Class, Vol. 1

ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE

Marian Center for Nonprofits

3211 South Lake Dr, Ste R317

St. Francis, WI 53235

414-747-9060

info@radusa.org

radusa.org

The Royal Academy of Dance promotes knowledge, understanding and practice of dance internationally through student and teacher education and training.

Popular Releases: Reimagined Classical Volume 1 and Reimagined Pop Volume 1, featuring favorite classical melodies and pop songs, reimagined in a variety of dance styles, including sarabandes, tangos, jigs and mazurkas.

SUGAL RECORDS

186 W 80th St, 5D

New York, NY 10024

212-265-8501

info@josuonline.com

josuonline.com

Creates ballet-class recordings from renowned pianist Josu Gallastegui. All recordings now available for download at cdbaby.com, amazon.com and iTunes.

Popular Release: Change of Scene: Spanish and Latin American Music Arranged for Ballet Barre and Center

THEATRE MUSIC SHOP

info@theatremusicshop.com

theatremusicshop.com

Supplier of professional instrumental recordings and musical theater backing tracks for dance and theater teachers and performers, all played and recorded by Guy Dearden. Leading supplier of music to the dance industry and provider of exam music for the ISTD, NATD, PTD and NCDTA.

Popular Releases: Baby Ballet 1, Adult Tap 6, Class Ballet 3 and Showtime 20

WHITEFEATHER PRODUCTIONS

29 N Narberth Ave

Narberth, PA 19072

info@whitefeatherproductions.com

whitefeatherproductions.com

Produces ballet-class music designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels of training, each with different musical emphases.

Popular Release: Firmare: Music for Intermediate Ballet

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