Tude’s School of dance has been instructing all ages in the art of dance for over 45 years. From novice to expert, you can achieve your dance goals with Tude and her accomplished, professional faculty.
The studio performs many exciting shows throughout the year at various venues across the Bay Area. However, our feature performance for the year is our summer production. This is when all of our classes get to showcase the hard work and dedication that they’ve invested in.
Whether you’re starting out fresh or honing your skill, we know that you will find your passion for dance with our family here at Tude’s School of Dance!
Tude started dancing at the age of seven with Madam Hildegard Bruell. She studied with Glen Shipley and Benny Smith and spent eight years teaching at Mr. Smith’s studios. During this time, Tude assisted Mr. Smith in choreographing various dance concerts and was a member of his production line for five years. This gave her the opportunity to perform in Palm Springs with Ed McMahon, in Lake Tahoe, at the Circle Star Theater, and at benefits throughout the Bay Area, including the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Tude studied with Ann Marie Garvin for over 20 years. She has been a wonderful inspiration to Tude’s dancing and teaching.
Tude opened her own studio in 1976 in Santa Clara and formed her own production line – Tude’s Rhythmic Movements. Many of her students have performed in places such as Union Square to promote the musical “Dancin”, and the William Wizard Wonder Show – both in San Francisco. Tude also taught jazz dancing at San Jose State University in 1991 and taught at Wilcox High School for three years. Tude’s production groups recently performed at SJDance 3rd Annual Downtown Dancing in downtown San Jose.
Tude also appreciates the love and support of her family. Her daughter Kelly, her son Travis, his wife Erica, and their two children Sylas and Daphne.
Wendy’s professional dance career spanned from 1973 to 1989, at which time she started teaching with her sister, Tude. Her first professional job, as a Benny Smith dancer at the Hyatt in Lake Tahoe, was followed by a special performance at the Circle Star Theater in San Carlos. From there, she became part of the Bay Area Ballet Company after years of training with Madame Hildegard Bruell. Then she was on to her first full-time job dancing in the Bugs Bunny Follies at Marriott’s Great America for their opening season in 1976.
After Marriott’s, Wendy started dancing abroad in Japan, Acapulco, Monte Carlo, South America and throughout the United States. This included major shows in Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe, in some of which she was the lead dancer and dance captain. While in Los Angeles, she had the honor of choreographing the Magic Act for Sebastian’s Dinner Theater.
Some of the stars Wendy has performed with include: Sammy Davis Jr., Danny Gans, Jerry Lewis, Suzanne Sommers, Charo, Gaylord and Holiday, Susan Anton and Lee Greenwood. She also danced in the movie, “Sergeant Pepper” at MGM Studios with George Burns, The Bee Gees and Peter Frampton. Her TV experience includes performing the Can-Can from the Moulin Rouge, Jerry Lewis’ Telethon, The Dick Clark Happy New Year Special on CBS, and in commercials filmed in Palm Springs, Reno, Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe. Now here she is with us – teaching tap and truly loving it.
Wendy has been happily married for 18 years. She and her husband Terry are the proud parents of Kevin.
Wendy wishes to thank her parents for their constant love and support. She especially would like to thank God for blessing her with the gift of teaching these awesome students that she dearly loves.
Liz has been dancing with Tude since she was six years old. Liz was a member of Tude’s Rhythmic Movements for 10 years. During this time she was given the opportunity to dance in countless performances and competitions. Those years taught Liz the true meaning of commitment and responsibility and filled her life with hard work and good friends. In 1975, Tude introduced Liz to the rewarding and exciting world of teaching. Liz has truly loved watching her students grow and improve year after year. They are very important to her. She remains friends with many of them today.
In addition to her many hours in the studio every week, Liz balances a career and family, which includes her husband Ric, her son, Ricky and his wife Bree, her daughter Laural, and her two twin grandchildren Iyla and Rocky.
Liz wants to thank her entire family for allowing her to continue her dancing and teaching – it has been an important part of her life for 40 years. She also wishes to thank Tude for being such a great friend and mentor.
Elaine has been dancing with Tude for over 25 years. At the age of 12 she received her first dance scholarship from the Dupree Dance Convention, and at the age of 17 received another scholarship to study at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles. She was a part of the color guard and dance team in high school, and it was during her senior year that Elaine started teaching for Tude. That same year she was also hired to choreograph for the color guard competition team at Gunn High School and joined Tude’s Rhythmic Movements production line. She danced in Tude’s production line for four years until she received her first opportunity to dance professionally in a new show in Reno.
Elaine has since performed in several shows, including the award winning show “Aireus”. She assisted with the dancing animation for the Disney film “Monkey Bone” with Brendan Fraser, and has danced throughout the bay area. In addition to performing she loves to teach and has been directing Tude’s production line for a decade and overall has been teaching for Tude for the last 30 years.
Elaine wants to thank her family for all of their support including her husband of 24 years, Gabe, and two kids, Brent and Sophie. Her daughter is a part of the Rhythmic Movements too!
Laural began dancing at Tude’s when she was 2 ½ years old. Growing up in the studio has allowed it to become her second home, and her second family. She cherishes her parents Ric and Liz, her brother and sister-in-law Ricky and Bree, and her niece and nephew Isla and Rocky. Her family’s constant support and love mean more than anything. Laural was part of Tude’s Rhythmic Movements for 7 years, performing at many places including Marine World, the Santa Clara Arts and Wine Festival, and the Santa Clara County Fair. Laural is delighted to be a part of the team that is Tude’s Faculty where she can help develop the techniques of dance and support the passion of her dancers. Over the years her students have taught her as much as she has taught them. It is particularly rewarding for Laural to watch the younger dancers grow and learn to be beautiful performers and even her fellow faculty. In addition to her time at the studio, Laural graduated with her master’s degree in chemistry from California Polytechnic State University and is now working at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Her favorite ways to spend time outside the studio are by visiting her Happy Place Disneyland, scuba diving, and drinking a glass of wine with her friends.
Sarah has been dancing at Tude’s since she was 4 years old. Since then she has been through many ups and downs, but always knew she could rely on Tude’s studio to be a sanctuary for her. The studio not only encouraged her love of dance and the arts, but gave her a second home and introduced her to her best friend Sophie.
Sarah has been in Tude’s Rhythmic Movements for 8 years where she had to opportunity to perform in many dance shows, festivals, and conventions around the Bay Area. On top of dance, Sarah also loves acting and is pursuing it as a career. She has been in theatre for 7 years and was the president of a student run, non-profit theatre group called GIFT. Tude had introduced Sarah to the arts from a very young age and she is thankful for her every day. She was asked to help assist the kid’s dance classes when she was 13 years old and in 2021, she was invited to join Tude’s faculty and was given her own classes. She loves watching her students grow and learn every year, and loves them all dearly.
Sophie is Tude’s newest addition to the dance faculty along with her best friend, Sarah Slaten. She is seventeen and has been dancing at Tude’s School of Dance since she was four years old. Her dancing career began in Ballet and Tap and has since expanded to Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap and Ballet. Not only has Tude’s offered Sophie an incredible education in dance, but also a second family.
Sophie accepted her first professional teaching job at age 14 and continues to teach as an assistant teacher with two of her own classes as well as on her high school dance team. Along with her four years of assistant teaching she has also been on Tude’s Rhythmic Movements team for eight years. Sophie is extremely grateful to be a part of Tude’s dance program and cannot wait to see her dances come to life on the stage.