Dance With A Vision!
School of Dance Arts--in its 20th year as a locally-owned Mechanicsville business--is UNEQUALED in personal attention and talented instruction. Through a progressive dance curriculum, we will take your child from student to artist in a fun, creative environment, designed to nurture their artistic development!
At School of Dance Arts, we are committed to quality dance instruction for children, teens, and adults. The benefits of a dance education include discipline, grace, control, and physical fitness. It has also been shown that participation in the arts can aid in scholastic endeavors and personal growth! For this reason, our well-trained and qualified instructors push students toward more than just technical success as they help each student find their own artistic voice.
Our three dance studios are equipped with floating wood floors. SODA parents and siblings can enjoy WiFi, well kept waiting areas, and an outdoor area at our facility while they wait.
Why choose School of Dance Arts...
Performance Company - For the more serious students we provide company opportunities for students to focus on their performance skills and to learn upper-level repertory choreography. SODA’s Perform Companies have danced at local festivals and community events as well as retirement communities. SODA provides special dance workshops and master classes for perform company members. Senior Perform has earned many first place awards at occasional competitions and showcase events too!
Our teachers are qualified specialists in their disciplines and have an inspirational love of their art!
an introduction of movement and expression for our youngest students. Students explore direction, pattern, and movement, along with rhythms. We teach basic dance techniques including centering, body alignment and elongation, and a movement vocabulary. The goal of our program is to allow each student to find and experience the joy of dance!
The disciplined dance art of ballet emphasizes proper alignment of the body, balance, strength, control, extension, and expression of movement! School of Dance Arts offers ballet beginning at age 5 in Ballet/Tap classes.
Attire: Students in ballet classes should wear a black leotard, ballet pink tights and pink ballet slippers. Hair should be secured up off the neck and out of the face—a bun is preferred!
Pointe work is for the more advanced ballet dancer and all students wishing to dance on pointe must be assessed for proper body alignment, core strength, strength of ankles, turnout and releve as well as alignment of the feet before acquiring their pointe shoes. SODA Instructors personally assist each dancer at a fitting for their first pair of pointe shoes.
The American dance art of jazz works body alignment, strength and flexibility, especially stressing sharp qualities of movement and stylized performance. Hip-hop is one of the newest popular styles of jazz which emphasizes rhythm, quick footwork and plenty of attitude! Theatrical Jazz emphasizes classical jazz technique, and Broadway stylization.
Attire: Any color tights or tight-fitting jazz pants, leotard or tight-fitting shirt and black jazz shoes are required. Hair must be secured away from face.
A rhythmic dance art! Tap technique uses the feet as a percussive instrument. SODA dancers learn foundations of classic, show style tap as well as rhythm tap, the most contemporary of tap dance techniques.
Attire: Any color tights or jazz pants, tight-fitting top and black tap shoes are required. Hair must be secured away from the face.
Modern and Contemporary dance is an expressive form of movement. The art of Modern dance was developed in the early 20th century, but it's influenced by the contemporary dance movement of the 21st century.
Since it's founding, modern dance has been redefined many times.
Attire: Students should wear tight fitted dance clothes, bare feet, hair must be secured off the neck and out of the face.
Superior Facilities – Our dance studio rooms are state-of-the-art with professional floating wood floors to reduce fatigue and prevent injuries.
Friendly Customer Service – We give personalized attention to each student in order to place them at the appropriate level for progression in our program.
Limited Class Sizes – Personalized instruction means more progress for each student. Assistant teachers are provided in larger classes to provide attention to students when needed.
Exciting Year-end Recital – We produce a yearly recital for students to showcase their skills and experience the stage! Our recital is fully costumed and lit by professional theater technicians.