Columbia Dance Center

Yvonne Bergeron , director

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Ballet training offers one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of a lifetime.  Our goal is excellence - a standard achieved only by providing quality, professional instruction to all students regardless of career goals.  Taught properly, dance improves posture and physical control and enhances appreciation for music and the performing arts.

Each student is nurtured, encouraged, respected and challenged.  Personal attention, motivation, care and inspiration allow each student to gain an appreciation
for the joy and excitement of dance.
The caliber of a studio is measured only by the quality of the students it trains.  Strong professional training at the Dance Center is evident by the success of former students of Ms. Bergeron and Mr. Danton.  Of the multitude of local students trained, many have danced with major ballet companies in the US, Europe, and Israel; and work in Broadway musicals, television, opera, modeling and dance education.

For all, the discipline and experience gained at the Dance Center provides self-confidence, poise, and self-reliance - attributes that remain meaningful and significant in life.  


  1. Yvonne Bergeron
    Yvonne Bergeron
    began her ballet training in New Orleans with Lelia Haller (Paris Opera Ballet) and Valerie Smith (Ballet Russe). At 13 she was accepted into New Orleans Ballet, achieving solo status by 16. She completed a Teacher Training course with Honors in the Vaganova Method under her mentor Henry Danton and in 1996 founded the Pine Belt Ballet Company and Dancenter in Hattiesburg.
  2. Hannah Bradford
    Hannah Bradford
    began her ballet training with Miss Yvonne at the age of 5. As a member of Pine Belt Ballet she also studied under Mr. Danton, Ms. Carmel, and Val Salnikov; competed in Youth America Grand Prix, attended Nashville Ballet and Boston Ballet Summer Intensives, a semester of Boston Ballet's year-round program; and performed with South MS Ballet. She is a graduate of William Carey, loves to play tennis and is pursuing a masters degree at USM.
  3. Henry Danton
    Henry Danton
    has literally circled the globe during his performing and teaching career. He was recently featured in the BBC documentary Dancing In The Blitz: How WWII Made British Ballet. At the age of 99 he stays active teaching classes in Laurel and Hattiesburg. In Columbia he teaches an Intermediate/Advanced class and is available for private sessions and coaching.