Artistic Director Danelle Afflerbaugh has more than three decades of dance experience.  Over the years she has studied tap, jazz, hip-hop, cheer and ballroom, but focused in ballet.  Danelle studied under Melinda Shaner in Southern California as well as Paul Maure, former dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.  Over the years she has performed various roles, including the Snow Queen, Magical Doll and Russian Trepek in The Nutcracker Ballet; the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, the Emerald Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty Ballet, the ballet corps in her studio’s production of Swan Lake, and Chava in Fiddler on the Roof. In addition, during her eleven year tenure as the Head Cheerleading Coach at the University of Redlands, her teams competeted and earned rankings in regional

and national competitions.  

Mrs. Danelle has quickly become a fixture in the Manchester arts community.  She has choreographed for the MRC productions of Catch Me If You Can, Singin' in the Rain, Chicago, Guys & Dolls, My Fair Lady and more.  Danelle's choreography for MRC's Newsies was recently awarded the 2019 Broadway World regional award for best choreography. 


Danelle and Duck River Dance has brought The Nutcracker Ballet to the stage in Manchester in 2016, 2017, 2019.


We strongly believe that everyone is a dancer. 

Male or female, young or old....join us on the dance floor!



Where dancers learn to spread their wings.

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