Welcome to The Arts Center!

We teach more than dance.

Our students learn about teamwork, dedication, responsibility,
and most importantly, they build self-esteem.

We are so excited that you made the decision to inquire about The Arts Center School of Music and Dance. This is where dreams begin and artists excel!

The Arts Center School of Music and Dance is a training ground that will provide the finest dance instruction to toddlers through adults.

For Students of all Ages

We offer classes for beginners as young as two years old through the experienced high school senior. Our unique training stages help your dancers succeed, no matter their experience level. Or perfect your skills in our specialty classes.

Our Talented Staff

Our staff is experienced and educated in several genres, but most of all we pride ourselves on giving each dancer a positive experience when they enter our doors. We make a commitment to insure all students, regardless of age or skill level are offered a quality dance education.

Call Us Today!


Are you looking for more information on our music and dance programs?

Please feel free to contact us anytime and we will be happy to answer your questions.

We look forward to hearing from you.


Jill Garlock



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Dance like no one is watching you

Dance like no one is watching you

Our dance program offers three levels of instruction to nurture the individual needs of each student.

The three levels consist of the Early Childhood Dance Program, Classic Dance Program, and Performance Dance Company Program.



performance dance company

Dance for the satisfaction of your soul

How Our Dance Family Began ...

The Arts Center of Ohio was founded in 2008 by Jill and Marty Garlock to provide one of the finest arts schools in West Central Ohio. Two years after opening, we doubled in size and needed additional studio and lobby space to accommodate our growth. The reason for our success is we offer positive, fun, and age appropriate classes from a highly trained and certified staff. Our dance program offers three levels of instruction to nurture the individual needs of each student.

The three levels consist of the Early Childhood Dance Program (ages 1-6), Classic Dance Program (ages 7-18), and Performance Dance Company Program (ages 6-18).  Each program offers classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, creative movement, hip hop, lyrical, tumbling, and acrobatics. We strive to provide each dancer with a quality education.


We offer a variety of programs. In addition to our dance curriculum, we’ve offered wedding party dances, private lessons, in-house workshops, fitness classes, and birthday parties. Our guest artist series gives our students the opportunity to take classes from master teachers without leaving the studio. Our summer camps include ballet intensives, aerial silks, princess camps, Broadway camps, and Friday Fundamentals class with master teachers.

The Arts Center is a training ground that provides the finest arts education to toddlers through adults.  Our goal is to provide a one-stop school for the performing arts.  We look forward to adding music and drama lessons to our school starting the summer of 2017.  We are now accepting applications for our music and drama instructors.

At The Arts Center, we are constantly improving our class curriculum, providing on-going training for our instructors and upgrading our facility to ensure that we are always providing our students and parents with the best experience possible.


The Arts Center is where dreams begin and artists excel!

Our 2017 Recital Gallery

Dance to express, not to impress

Feel Our Excitement - at Rainbow!

Congratulations to all of our dancers who competed at the Rainbow Dance Competition in Columbus, Ohio! The first competition of the season for our Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior groups was a huge success! We had 23 High-Point Overall placements with 3 First Place Overalls. The competition was tough and our dancers pulled through on top! We had 18 Double Platinums, 15 Platinums, 1 High Gold, 4 Dancer of the Year Finalists, several All-Star Invitations, the Choreography Award, and 5 Judges Choice Awards. We are super proud of everyone and looking forward to a great competition season!

"river" double platinum, 1st place overall!

Senior Modern Company "river" stunned rainbow judges!

"broken" double platinum, 1st place overall!

Senior Small Group Lyrical "Broken" wowed rainbow!
Also the recipient of the choreography award!

TAC wows the rainbow!

SENIOR LARGE GROUP rocked the house in columbus!




Start your journey to becoming a dancer today!

how to find us ...

The Arts Center School of Music and Dance is conveniently located in the Shawnee Plaza located at the corner of Ft. Amanda and Shawnee Road.
We are located ten minutes away from six local schools and down the road from several neighborhoods.


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