NURTURING ALL AGES THROUGH THE JOY OF DANCE AND QUALITY EDUCATION
Shirley McPhail started SMSD in 1970. Her excellent standards and grounded philosophy of teaching children are the ongoing lifeblood of our school of dance. This legacy of sharing the joy of dance lives on through the studio directorship of her daughter, Edwina McPhail Worley.
An Austin Tradition
47 years of teaching dancers has created a legacy that continues to build and strengthen to dancers in Austin area. Thousands of students have danced on SMSD floors; we operate a multi-generational, family-friendly studio. Through the efforts of her daughter, Edwina McPhail Worley, the philosophy and dance standards of founder Shirley McPhail have been carried on since Edwina's directorship of the studio since 1997. A staff of dedicated dance professionals teach all traditional forms of dance and emphasize the development of coordination, poise, and grace, as well as mental and physical growth.
Goals for dancers at SMSD:
1. Enjoy themselves
2. Feel they are in a safe, nurturing environment
3. Learn the proper techniques of dance at whatever level they are studying.
SMSD is also home to an extensive adult program, including classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary/lyrical, hip hop, praise/worship, and yoga; as well as a center for children's Cotillion classes and workshops.