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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 50 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

Founder, Co Owner, & Teacher

Barbara has been educating students for over 60 years! From the University of Colorado, Barbara received a Bachelor of Science in Dance Education & Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She started teaching dance at sixteen years old & also formerly taught as a kindergarten teacher in the Alaska State Operated School System and as a dance teacher at University of Alaska.

Barbara had an illustrious professional dance career. As a young girl she was a part of many radio and live TV dance performances such as Country Music Jamboree and Tap-Square Dance. She also engaged in volunteer work such as performing for hospitalized polio patients. In 1966, Barbara was hired by the USO as a featured soloist to entertain servicemen both stateside & overseas. During this time Barbara performed in 19 foreign countries and even received a letter of appreciation from the Department of the Airforce.  

Barbara has dedicated her life to bringing the art and joy of dance to the Anchorage community. She is even certified to teach dance by Dance Masters of America & has received an award in business leadership from the Northrim Bank. Working with students is her greatest joy, and she strives to help students become wonderful dancers as well as wonderful people!

Tori Roberts

Co Owner & Teacher

Tori is proud to return to Barbara's School of Dance! Tori received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance & a Bachelor of Arts in 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 30 years with great success!

Tori has danced, choreographed and directed for numerous productions throughout the country. She performed as one of the world-famous Radio City Rockettes for seven years (five years as a Swing & two years as the Line Captain). She also danced in the musical “Will Rogers Follies,” performed in Wild Bills Western Dinner Theater, and worked with Norwegian Cruise Line. Her choreography has been featured by Ballet Unlimited California, Chapman University, South Coast Conservatory, & more!

Tori has been coaching award winning competitive dance teams for the past fifteen 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, & others.

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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