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New dance studio opens in Citrus Heights

Phoenix Dance Institute opened in January at 7086 Auburn Blvd. // S. Williams

By Sara Beth Williams–
Phoenix Dance Institute officially opened its doors last month on the corner of Auburn Boulevard and Sylvan Road, offering ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and other dance classes.

Angela Barker

The institute opened on Jan. 2, 2023, according to an email from owner and dance instructor Angela Barker. On the dance studio’s website, Barker writes in her bio that she began dancing at the age of three at the Sylvan Dance Studio in Citrus Heights.

She excelled at dance, trained in multiple methods of ballet, and began teaching her own classes at age 14. In 2011, Barker returned to Citrus Heights and continued to teach at Citrus Heights Dance Academy as co-director, and in 2020, at Premiere School of Dance, as the owner and director, along with a partner. She also led a ballet company.

With the opening of Phoenix Dance Institute, Barker says her lifelong dream of owning her own dance studio has now come true.

According to the institute’s website, the studio offers an environment of “excitement, energy, love, acceptance and encouragement,” and strives for a family-like atmosphere. The studio offers classes for all ages and experience levels, from preschool to adult.

Along with children’s classes, Phoenix Dance Institute offers selected classes for adults in beginning, intermediate and advanced, including “Wedding 1st Dance” classes and “Silver Swan” classes, which are geared toward seniors. Free trial classes and 30 and 60 minute private lessons are also available.

Phoenix Dance Institute is located at 7086 Auburn Blvd.

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