About Burien Dance Theatre –
Complete Curriculum For All Ages And Levels
We are dedicated and qualified teachers who take a personal interest in the training of all who wish to enhance their lives with the joy of dancing. Be prespared to work hard, but know that you will never find a warmer more supportive environment for your artistic development.
We specialize in the disciplines of technique required to achieve excellence in all of the performing dance areas, as well as dance for recreational enjoyment.
Our reputation is unsurpassed in superior teaching, community involvement, and quality performance.
Founder & Director
was born in Seattle, Washington to a family of notable bakers and boat racers. Despite the family businesses, she was destined for something else. Her kindergarten report card stated that she was an excellent student that corralled all the children in to the corner to teach them how to dance. She was yet to have a dance lesson of her own. At nine, she began to take dance lessons at the Barclay dance school in Seattle, Washington. She became a top pupil of George and Florence Barclay. Barbara’s dance and theatre education continued at the University of Washington where she earned a degree in dance and drama. She studied with the great Ruthanna Borris. She also spent a summer at Connecticut College and took classes with Martha Graham. After her education, Barbara began running the Burien branch of the Barclay dance school. When that school closed, she already had a large following the Burien area and opened the Burien Dance Theatre.
Teacher & Director
is Barbara Schumacher’s daughter and was born and raised at the dance school. Luckily, she loved every minute. Her soul lives to dance and to share the joy it brings her with as many people as possible. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in drama and dance. During college, she began a 15-year career in musical theatre while teaching at the Burien Dance Theatre as much as she could She performed in over twenty shows locally at the 5th Avenue and Village Theatres. Her favorite shows were Singin’ in the Rain (ensemble) and A Chorus Line (Kristine). She is very grateful for her time on the stage and the opportunities it gave her to travel and perform in different places throughout the country. Life in the theatre is full of adventure and brilliant spirits that continue to inspire her to this day. Now she spends her days running the Burien Dance Theatre and playing with her two little girls.
Burien Dance Theatre