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 over 49 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 Spring 2020!
My 5 year old daughter started at SMSD in the Twinkle Tots program at age 3 and hasn’t stopped twirling! Since she loved music, singing and dancing, this was the perfect fit for her. 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. Sometimes the parent’s stay and watch, or chat, or go for a walk in the neighborhood, or the must needed errand to the grocery store next door. 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. I look forward to being back in class with continuing with Edwina this summer.
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!