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.
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 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
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 (during COVID-19). 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.
The staff really care about their students and families. It has been more evident in this pandemic. They are awesome!
I really can’t recommend this dance studio enough! My 2 year old daughter has so much fun at her dance class; she looks forward to it every week. The instructors are very kind and provide an inclusive environment for all dancers. Miss Kristin and Miss Bre teach my daughter’s class and they are so great with her. They have done an exceptional job at adapting their classes to meet COVID precautionary standards. I feel safe sending my daughter to the studio during this time. Thank you for everything SMSD!
The teachers are caring and truly enjoy instructing and engaging their students. Our child is a student on the toddler class and looks forward to it every week. Would highly recommend.