Shirley McPhail School of Dance
Shirley McPhail School of Dance has been providing quality dance education to children and adults in Austin and Central Texas for 50 years.
A variety of disciplines are offered for children: “Twinkle Tots” for ages 2-3, a creative movement intro to dance; Combination Classes for ages 3-8; Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater and Contemporary dance; Cotillion Austin-Style; Summer Camps; Summer Intensives for advanced dancers; and Troupe SMSDance, including both a Performing Troupe and a Competition Team.
Adult classes in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Praise Dance offer exercise and fun for adults of all ages.
Now Accepting Registrations for Summer 2020!
Thanks again for all of this. It’s great the girls can stay connected this way. I appreciate you guys so much!
The Naples Family
I just have to say how impressed I am. Thank you so so much! I’m not a natural dancer, but I’m going to do everything I can to help her.
The Shepard Family
I am so impressed with the care and support shown to our kids by the studio. These are unprecedented times, but our kids are going to see/feel how much they are loved. Thanks all of SMSD.
The Crouse Family
My 5 year old daughter started at SMSD in the Twinkle Tots program at age 3 and hasn’t stopped twirling! The teachers we’ve had through classes and camps are all wonderful. We haven’t had a bad one yet, and the older girls in the Troupe are so sweet and loving to the littles. All children are well taken care of while there, and I trust SMSD and their staff with all my heart. Thank you Ms. Edwina, Ms. Lauris, Ms. Kristin, Ms. Whitney, Ms. Kayla, Ms. Teresa and everyone for being so encouraging and welcoming to our entire family.
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
SMSD is the best! I love tap, and Edwina is 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.
Eileen J.Adult Tapper
Wilson LOVES it! He actually said that he ‘wished it was more often’.
Myra A.Cotillion Parent
Thank you for making Cotillion possible for our students. My son has really enjoyed it and we are so thrilled he has this opportunity!
Christy S.Cotillion Parent
My daughter and her friends have really enjoyed Cotillion. Now her little sister is looking forward to it even more this fall!
Emily T.Cotillion Parent
I should have given awards to studio owner Edwina and her entire dance studio faculty for their herculean efforts to transform 60+ classes each week—from twinkle tots to adults—into a virtual dance studio on Zoom.
It’s one thing to teach a philosophy class online during a pandemic and quite another to demonstrate technique and rhythm—particularly in tap—when an audio drop, video freeze, “mute” confusion, or any number of glitches could occur at any moment. The patience and sheer determination of Edwina and her colleagues in mastering new technologies so students could continue mastering their dances at home has been awe-inspiring.
Lisa D.Cotillion Parent
This is a wonderful dancing school with lots of choices of classes and an especially robust adult tap program. The administrative staff are professional and friendly, and there is a nice variety of skilled teachers who have different styles of classes and choreography. I especially recommend this school for its super safe, nurturing atmosphere, which is so comfortable for beginners and dancers at all levels.