I love taking my adult tap class at SMSD! I never took tap as a child but thought it would be fun to try as an adult. And I was right! This is my 5th year taking classes there and I look forward to each week. I always leave with a smile on my face. Tap dancing has brought so much joy into my life! Thank you SMSD and Edwina!

Valerie J. - Adult Dancer
Plaza Studio Dancer

Both of my grown daughters started here at ages 2 and 3 years old! Edwina finally convinced me to take Adult tap in 1998, and it has been such a great experience! It nourishes your heart, soul (and soles) and mind! I highly recommend this studio and ALL of the teachers and staff are fabulous!

Liz H
Adult Tapper and SMSD Parent

SMSD is the best! I love tap, and Edwina and Brenna are AWESOME! I've met great friends, and I look forward to going each week to see everyone. As a bonus, I'm convinced that TAP stands for The Alzheimer's Prevention Dance! I make sure to do whatever it takes to not miss any classes because it's a fun way to stay young in mind, body, and spirit. I look forward to being back in class with Brenna and continuing with Edwina this summer. <3

Eileen J
Adult Tapper

What a great studio! They are so organized and communicate frequently with the parents. The instructors are kind and patient with little dancers and make it very fun for the kids. We have had a great experience!

Jennifer S/
SMSD Parent

This is our first year at SMSD and my 3 year old is so excited every week to come. Miss Laurie and Miss Teresa are excellent teachers and make dance so much fun! I highly recommend this studio for all ages!

Jeanie Y.
Plaza Studio Parent

I started taking Adult Tap at Shirley McPhail School of Dance in September of 2012. I took dance as a child and found that I wanted to start up again. I started in a Adult Beginner Tap Class and have advanced each year I have been an Adult Student at SMSD.

The teachers I have taken from have been top notch! I have made great friends through the classes I have taken. I know I have advanced as a dancer through the teaching I have received.

The teachers and staff are professional as well as warm and welcoming. When I found this dance studio I felt like I was "home." Even my daughter is now taking classes and LOVING it! Break out of your comfort zone and try something new!

Rose B. - Adult Tapper and ATE Member
Plaza Studio

My daughter has been going to the children's classes since she was 6, and because we had such a great experience with SMSD, I started taking an adult tap class last year. The instructors are top-notch with both kids and adults, and they make learning how to dance fun! It's a great workout and a wonderful, positive environment for all the students.

They offer convenient payment options, whether by cash, check, auto debit or credit card. Fees are reasonable, and a discount for "Early Bird" registration for summer classes and camps is currently happening.

We also love shopping at the Dancer's Den, located right by the studio. They have a terrific selection of dance shoes, tights, leotards, t-shirts and tanks, dance bags, hair accessories, etc. and the staff is always incredibly helpful.

I recommend the Shirley McPhail School of Dance to everyone who wants to have a rewarding experience learning how to dance, or dance even better!

Dianne F. - Parent
Plaza Studio

I've been taking Adult tap lessons with Edwinna at the Mesa Studio for about a year now, and I couldn't be happier. Like many others, I took dance classes as a child, but it's been about 30 years. These are the perfect classes. Edwinna makes sure that I continue to progress, challenges me, and mostly ensures that all of us are having a good time. Everything about SMSD is well organized, well paced, and just works.

Stephannie B. - Adult Tapper
Mesa Studio

I've danced here for eleven years now and this school has taught me more than just dance. But has taught me how to dance from my heart and soul. The teachers here always have your best interest at heart. I've made life long friends and will always come back. SMSD will give you opportunities that you can't find other places such as the opportunity to be apart of a dancing family.

Chandler A. - SMSD Troupe Member
Mesa Studio

SMSD is the best! I love tap, and Edwina and Brenna are AWESOME! I've met great friends, and I look forward to going each week to see everyone. As a bonus, I'm convinced that TAP stands for The Alzheimer's Prevention Dance! I make sure to do whatever it takes to not miss any classes because it's a fun way to stay young in mind, body, and spirit. I look forward to being back in class with Brenna and continuing with Edwina this summer. heart emoticon

Eileen H.
Mesa Studio

I am a proud SMSD troupe alum and I have many amazing memories! I discovered my love of dance here and it's the reason I ended up getting B.F.A. in dance performance. It's because of the love and passion the SMSD faculty show their students on a daily basis. SMSD is a wonderful studio to grow up in!

Jamie L - Former Student
Mesa Studio

I've taken dance classes for 30+ years and love that SMSD is part of my life! The staff and teachers are top notch. The recitals are entertaining and clean. It's an all-around good place that families can trust to teach their children much more beyond the fundamentals of dance, including poise, creativity, commitment and how to work together. Having the Dancer's Den store right next door is also extremely helpful, and they always have cute (yet functional) items for sale. I cannot wait for my infant daughter to be old enough to take class here!!!

Jamie M.
Mesa Studio - Adult Dancer

My 4 1/2 year old daughter started taking classes at Shirley McPhail Dance Studio on Mesa Dr. since September 2015 and she loves it! The instructors there are great. I know because of the wonderful care and instruction my daughter receives she will have a love of dance that will last a lifetime.

Valerie M.
SMSD Parent

Both my girls have been here for 4 years and plan to continue for many more. I love everything about SMSD .....they treat everyone with kindness and continue to positively encourage my girls in the multiple classes they are in. Can't wait for many more amazing years!

Kim G - Studio and Troupe Parent
Plaza Studio

Wonderful dance studio. I have been tapping at SMSD for almost 3 years. The instructors are excellent - patient and well organized, as well as enthusiastic advocates of American Tap Dance and its place in dance history. The studio is clean, well run and attracts the friendliest dancers in town. We have a blast! Oh yeah... I also take yoga at SMSD from the beautiful Brenna who helps calm my mind and refresh my spirit every week.

Laura K - Yoga and Tap Student
Mesa Studio

My two daughters have been going to SMSD for almost 5 years now. They have wonderful teachers that are great at teaching dance and encouraging my girls to work hard and try new things. They do performances and I love that the costumes, songs, and dances are all age-appropriate. They also offer extra special events during the year like 'girls night out', a Father/Daughter dance, and a mini Nutcracker show with cookie decorating for the younger kids. I highly recommend this dance studio for all!

Kelly M. - Parent
Mesa Studio

A good friend rekindled my interest in tap, after having been away from it since I was a child. What a fabulous suggestion! I love taking from Edwina! Classes are challenging and motivating. Most of all, they are so much fun. There's always plenty of laughter, along with plenty of tapping. I'm so glad I came back. What a fun re-discovery. I just love it!

Lynne G - Adult Tapper
Mesa Studio

My 4 1/2 year old daughter started taking classes at Shirley McPhail Dance Studio on Mesa Dr. since September 2015 and she loves it! The instructors there are great. I know because of the wonderful care and instruction my daughter receives she will have a love of dance that will last a lifetime.

Valerie M
Mesa Studio Parent

I've been in an adult tap class here for about 1.5 years. I started tapping post- chemo treatment for cancer. I was seeking a way to overcome 'chemo brain' and restart physical activity. My amazing teacher, Edwina Worley (daughter of Shirley) is an amazing teacher and dear friend. Such a gift! Tapping got my mind and body working again and so much more!!!

Sandi F - Adult Tapper
Mesa Studio

Shirley McPhail School of Dance is an amazing dance studio that offers classes for adults, as well as children. The adult classes provide instruction for beginning tappers through advanced levels, as well as an adult tap ensemble that performs at events throughout Austin. The staff is professional and the classes are fun! And great exercise!

Sydna H - Adult Tapper - ATE Member
Plaza Studio

When my daughter grows up and moves off to college, I'll probably still hang out at SMSD! Feels like family! Sweet but firm, uber-talented instructors and staff! Can't believe we didn't start here sooner! My daughter has learned so much and grown so much with their tutelage!

Lindy B. - Parent
Plaza Studio

My 4-1/2 year old has been a student here (at the Plaza 183 studio at Anderson Mill/183) for almost a year, and she LOVES it. The dance instructors she has had (Ms Laure and Ms Trish) are nurturing, and they have very creatively designed their instruction to make things fun for the kids. My mother-in-law has watched my daughter in class on numerous occasions (her daughter and other granddaughter has had their share of ballet/tap classes in their lifetime), and she is impressed every single time.

And at almost every single class that my daughter attends, the group of little girls will randomly give Ms Laure and/or Ms Trish a big group hug. True testament of the fun they are having!!!

C.S. - Parent
Plaza Studio

SMSD has given our family outstanding dance training and love for two generations. We look forward to seeing our friends each week.

Linda H - Parent
Plaza Studio

I wanted to share with you how thankful I am that my son Jack had a place in your Spring Cotillion.
You with your teachers have made such a positive impact in Jack’s life. He has enjoyed the classes and eagerly shares what he learns each time. He has a great deal of pride in dressing for class and this is truly and unexpected lesson!
Thank you for all you have done for my son and his peers! I only wish that I had understood the benefits of cotillion when my daughter now 16 was the same age as Jack.
However, we are carrying forward all that we have learned through Jack, and reinforcing the positivity you teach.
Fondly,
Julie S.

Julie S - Cotillion Parent
Mesa Studio

SMSD is the real deal. This school of dance not only has amazing teachers who are the best in their craft, they are caring people who give their students love and attention. I have 3 daughters who have taken dance at Shirley McPhail over the past 11 years. There is something for each of them and even me! I just started taking an Adult Ballet Class which is so fun. I love that SMSD offers such a variety of classes for kids and adults. Their Teen Specialty Class is especially awesome for my oldest. All of the classes, choreography and costumes reflect the latest in dance without being risque which I really appreciate. Thanks Shirley McPhail School of Dance for continuing to impress!

Leanne - Troupe SMSDance Parent
Plaza Studio