About Us

Barbara's School of Dance was founded in Anchorage in 1973. The studio is a family owned and operated business and has had the great pleasure of serving thousands of families in the Anchorage area for over 40 Years!


Students of all ages thrive when we at Barbara's School of Dance support their dreams! Here it is not only important to gain dance technique, but to build confidence that lasts a lifetime!

Barbara's School of Dance Team in Canada
Barbara's School of Dance Team at Dance Driven

Our mission is to provide students with a warm and supportive environment in which to learn dance. We strive for excellent technique while using age appropriate material and positive reinforcement in a friendly, fun setting. We want to inspire beautiful expressive dancers that are confident happy people on and off the stage. Our students improve coordination and fitness level, explore their talents, and gain friendships that will be remembered forever.

If you have a young child starting dance with us, you will be amazed by their transformation through the years as they become wonderful dancers and confident young adults.


Barbara Clausen

The founder and owner of Barbara's School of Dance has been educating students in the art of dance for over 40 years. She earned a B.S. in Dance Education from the University of Colorado. Later she finished her Elementary Education Degree. Barbara danced professionally and for two years was featured as a soloist with the USO where she entertained in 19 foreign countries. Before moving to Alaska, Barbara owned and operated her own studio in Colorado. Barbara has taught in the Anchorage public school system, and also taught dance at the University of Alaska. Barbara is certified to teach dance by Dance Masters of America, a national dance teacher's organization. Barbara has dedicated her life to bringing the art and joy of dance to her community.


Tori Roberts

Tori is proud to return to Barbara's School of Dance! Tori received a B.A. in Dance/Communications and a B.A. Elementary Education from Chapman University. Her training began at age 3 and she has since studied tap, acrobatics, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and modern. She has been teaching for over 20 years with great success. Tori has danced, choreographed and directed for numerous productions throughout the country. She has performed as a Radio City Rockette for seven years, (five years as a Swing and two years as the Line Captain). She also danced in the Will Rogers Follies, Wild Bills Western Dinner Theater and with Norwegian Cruise Line. She has choreographed for Ballet Unlimited in California. Tori has been coaching award winning competitive dance teams for the past nine years. Her efforts have earned her titles including Best Choreography, Most Entertaining, Top Overall National Junior Solo, Terrific Tap, and Most Age Appropriate at competitions such as NUVO, 5678 Showtime, Dance Driven, Tremaine, Spotlight, Showstopper, Starbound, and more. Tori is excited to be teaching at Barbara's School of Dance where she first gained her love of dance, from her mom…Barbara!

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