Our History

Our Mission

The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide excellent pre-professional training, education, and performance opportunities to young dancers, and to offer high-quality dance entertainment to its community.


The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company is a non-profit, pre-professional dance company founded in 1981 by Karen Alwin. Ms. Alwin owned Alwin School of the Dance from 1975 till 2010.  Today she continues to teach dance at Magnify Dance Center.

Founder & Artistic Director Emeritus 

Karen Alwin has taught dance for more than 40 years. She was the owner and founder of Alwin School of the Dance (1975-2010) and the founder of The Performers Ballet & Jazz Company. Ms. Alwin is a member of Dance Masters of America, Cecchetti Council of America, and Chicago National Dance Masters. Ms. Alwin holds a teacher’s certificate for Intermediate Professional grade for Cecchetti Method through Cecchetti Council of America. She takes great pride in the quality of this company’s productions and workshops and the training and experience the company offers both students and guests.

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