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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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4/20 Open Gym and 4/21 Tryouts

5/15- Open Gym and Evaluation if you missed 4/21 tryouts

5/19- Tumble with Holden Ray

See CDE page for more details!

2018-2019 Ballet Workshop Auditions!!!

April 14th (Times- TBA)- A parent meeting will be held on March 18th from 3:45-4:15pm at COPA.

$10.00 Audition Fee (ages 7 & up)

*COPA's 6 week mini dance session registation is open! Call to reserve your child's spot.  Our most popular classes will fill up quickly! 336-228-1553

*Save the Date:  Summer Dance Camp "Magical Unicorn" will be held June 25-29th from 9:00-12:00, 3-8 yr olds.  Your dancer will love dancing & tumbling through the rainbow sky to the magical unicorn carnival.



2017 Mini Miss Epic Dance

Grayson Thornton!

We are SO proud of you!



Want to be a part of AMAZING team? 

CDEA is STILL assessing for our Prep Team, Youth Level 2 and Senior 3 at NO COST! Please contact CoPA for more information! 336-228-1553


Say HELLO to our newest STAFF members!

     Bailey Wallace

Hi! My name is Bayleigh Wallace and this is my fourth year coaching, first year at COPA! I am a senior at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying Economics and Business Administration. I have been involved in cheerleading and gymnastics for over ten years, and have been a part of the COPA family since a very young age. I am currently USASF certified in tumbling and have had the pleasure to coach teams invited to the Super-Bowl of cheerleading, the Summit.  I have a passion for teaching correct technique from the beginning so higher level skills are performed to the best of their ability. I am excited to share my knowledge of tumbling and my passion for coaching at COPA! 

 Jordan Curtis


Jordan is one of our newest members to the CDEA Coaching staff. With over 12 years of all star cheerleading experience and 6 years of school cheerleading experience he is ready to take our program to the next level with his creative choreography, tumbling ability, stunting acquisitions, and passion for the sport. Jordan Started his cheerleading career at Cheer-zone Allstars and later excelling to become an key asset member to the "Coed Elite"  a senior World champion Coed level 5 team at Cheer Extreme Allstars in Kernersville  North Carolina. There he participated on another team, Coed level 3, and while there earning many huge titles in the Allstar cheerleading industry. (NCA Champion, UCA Champion, Americas Best, Jamfest Super Nationals champion), and finishing his career as a Bronze Worlds Medalist at "The Allstar Cheerleading World Championships" in 2014. His cheerleading career has gave him the opportunity to cheer and work with some of the most well known faces in the industry. It has earned him several YouTube videos, ESPN airings, and the first cheerleading documentary on Netflix "Champions league, Cheer Night Out." After graduating from his Allstars and high school career in 2014, he went on to cheer at Winston-Salem State University were he is a rising junior mass communications major. Along with school he has been coaching for five years, and choreographing for three years. Having several teams win with his routines and choreography at well known competitions both high school and all star. He is beyond excited to start his journey with Centre Dynamic Elite Allstars program as a new Coach.

 "I believe that hard work, dedication and an abundance of passion will win our trophy at practice, we'll just pick it up on competition day" - Coach Jordan Curtis 




"As someone who has been involved with dance, cheer, and gymnastics throughout my life, I am excited to come home after college and begin instructing. I began dancing at a young age which led me to competitive gymnastics in Elementary School. I found my love for cheer during Middle school, and cheered both competitively and for school throughout High School. After coaching a cheerleading team for individuals with disabilities, I found my love for teaching and graduated from Appalachian State University in 2016 with a degree in Special Education. I currently work for Alamance Burlington School System as an Exceptional Children's Teacher and Homebound Instructor. I took my first Acro class at COPA at three years old, so I could not be more excited to return. I look forward to working with such an amazing program!"




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• 2017-18 COPA Policies Booklet

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