Shepherdstown School of Dance expands, relocates

September 11, 2011
  • Bella Reichel, Ariel Cifala, Lexi Persad, Ashley Derr, Rebecca Bullock, Brigid Bakin, Jackie Arnold and Sadie Arnold training for a ballet performance at the Shepherdstown (W.Va.) School of Dance.
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SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherdstown School of Dance expanded and relocated from its original site in the Hoxton Financial building to a larger space at 400 S. Princess St., the former True Value Hardware Store, in Shepherdstown.

The relocation gives the school a more convenient location, bigger studio space — including two full dressing rooms and an enhanced waiting area — and an opportunity to expand their curriculum. The 2011-12 school term began Sept. 6 at the new building.

Shepherdstown School of Dance has expanded its adult course offerings to include adult beginner ballet and Rommett Floor-Barre, in addition to the current tap class.

Children can take classes in classical ballet, modern, jazz and tap.

“We look forward to this next chapter and to continue our commitment to the community to keep the art and discipline of classical dance alive,” says Emily Romine, artistic director for SSOD.

Two performance opportunities per year are available to students enrolled in the youth program. A full-length production of “The Nutcracker” is presented to the community in December, followed by the annual spring performance, which includes all forms of dance offered at the school. Both performances are held at the Frank Center for the Performing Arts at Shepherd University in Shepherdsdtown.

Shepherdstown School of Dance opened in 2003 and continues to be dedicated to providing a classical dance program for their students. Classes include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz/modern, Rommett Floor-Barre® and pre-ballet. Students ages 3 and older are welcome to participate in classes.  

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