Dance Academy

St. Cecilia Dance Academy (SCDA) is a program for girls three and up. SCDA will provide budding dancers in the Nashville area with excellent training in dance techniques, communication, and artistry.  Through their introduction to and immersion in the universal language of dance, girls will learn to express their God-given beauty and dignity through their growing bodies. Dance also helps students develop virtues like discipline, grace, perseverance, healthy self-expression, resilience, critical thinking, a broad sense of musicality, and collaboration skills crucial for a well-lived life.  Most importantly, the fine arts—and dance in a particular way—open young people up to all that is good, true, and beautiful as they use their bodies, minds, and talents to glorify God.

SCDA Open House

Please join us at Open House!
Sunday, August 25th, from 1:00 - 3:00
SCA Dance Studio
Open House gives you the opportunity to meet the instructors and tour the dance studio. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

Programs & Performances

St. Cecilia Dance Academy will offer after-school and Saturday classes during the school year in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance, tumbling, contemporary, and hip hop for girls from 3 years old to adult.
SCDA is designed to serve students who enjoy dance and wish to improve their technique and artistry through excellent training. Although girls in the SCDA participate in an annual performance in tandem with the St. Cecilia Academy Dance Company’s student-choreographed spring show in April, it is not a competition studio.
In addition, parents and guardians will be invited to “Visitors’ Week” at the end of each semester. Observers will be able to see what their dancers do in a typical class.

SCDA Location

St. Cecilia Dance Academy classes are located in the beautiful and spacious SCA dance studio completed in 2019. The St. Cecilia Fine Arts Center has an outside entrance easily accessible for parent pick-up and drop-off.

Summer 2024

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  • Dates for 3 4-week sessions

    Session 1: May 2, 9, 16, 23
    Session 2:  June 6, 13, 20, 27
    Session 3:  July 11, 18, 25, August 1

    $120 per session
    20% discount for employees of the Dominican Campus (select check option at checkout; tuition with employee discount is $96 per session)

    5:30 - 6:45 PMBallet Pilates16 years and olderAndrea Roberts

Class Information

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  • 2024-2025 Dance Schedule

    This is a year-long class with the option to make two payments.
    $800/ year or $400/semester.

    • 20% discount for employees of the Dominican Campus (select check option at checkout; tuition with employee discount is $640/year or $320/semester if paying in 2 installments)
    • 10% discount for siblings and multiple classes (full price for first sibling or class, and subsequent sibling or class gets the discount; select “check” option at checkout; tuition with sibling/multiple class discount is $720/year or $360/semester if paying in 2 installments)

    3:30 - 4:15 PMJazz3rd - 5th Grade
    4:30 - 5:15 PMMusical Theater Dance3rd - 5th Grade
    5:30 - 6:15 PMHip Hop3rd - 5th Grade
    6:15 - 7:00 PMHip Hop6th - 9th Grade
    7:00 - 7:45 PMContemporary9th - 12th Grade

    4:30 - 5:15 PMTapK - 2nd Grade
    5:30 - 6:20 PMTap3rd - 5th Grade
    6:30 - 7:15 PMAdult Tap16 Years and Older

    3:30 - 4:15 PMBalletK - 2nd Grade
    4:30 - 5:30 PMBallet3rd - 5th Grade

    4:30 - 5:15 PMHip HopK - 2nd Grade
    5:30 - 6:15 PMBallet Pilates16 years and older

    3:30 - 4:15 PMBallet/Jazz Combo1st & 2nd Grade
    4:30 - 5:15 PMMusical Theater / Tap Combo1st & 2nd Grade

    9 - 9:50 AMCreative Movement / Ballet ComboPreK3 - Kindergarten
    10 - 10:50 AMBallet / Tap ComboPreK3 - Kindergarten
    11 - 11:50 AMStrengthening for dancers & athletes6th - 12th Grades

Important Dates

4/12/24: Registration Open
8/25: Open House, 1:00 - 3:00
9/9-9/14/24: First week of classes
10/12/24: Registration closes
10/14-10/19/24: Fall Break (no classes)
11/25 - 11/30/24: Thanksgiving Break (no classes)
12/9-12/14/24:  Visitors’ Week
12/16/24 - 1/25/25: Winter Break (no classes)
1/27/25: Spring Tuition Due (if paying in 2 installments)
1/27/25: Classes Resume
3/10-3/15/25: Spring Break (no classes)
4/14 - 4/19/25: Easter Break (no classes)
TBD:  Recital Picture Day
TBD:  Spring Dance Concert 
4/28 - 5/2/25: Final week of classes and “Bring a Friend Week”


Class Descriptions

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  • Contemporary / Modern

    Perfect for beginners, these classes combine the styles of contemporary and modern dance.  In an open and supportive environment, dancers learn to freely express themselves through the time-honored techniques of Graham, Duncan, Horton, and others.  Classes focus on developing core strength, floor work, and on exploring movement concepts like space, time, and energy.  Dancers will love the freedom they experience as they learn these popular expressive and eclectic forms.
  • Creative Movement

    Tiny dancers will love this class aimed at engaging their bodies, hearts, and minds in movement.  Through introduction to basic ballet vocabulary, exercises to explore creativity, and activities to stimulate imagination, students develop musicality, coordination, artistry, social skills, and self-expression.
  • Ballet

    Students join centuries of dancers in the study of classical ballet in an age-appropriate, logical, positive, challenging, and safe manner.  Dancers focus on proper alignment, learning vocabulary and skills, gaining strength and flexibility, developing coordination and balance, musicality, artistry, and grace.
  • Music Theater Dance

    Each dancer will shine in her own spotlight in this high-energy class focused on style and story-telling through dance.  Though an understanding of basic dance vocabulary is preferred, students of all levels will be able to safely access the movement.  Students’ Broadway dreams will come alive as they dance, developing acting and performance skills, classical vocabulary, fine points of style, and musicality. 
  • Private Lessons

    Private lessons are offered to current SCDA students at an additional charge.  Learning in this intimate environment is beneficial for dancers' individual growth.  Private lessons can be offered in any style and centered around a dancer's specific needs, for example: working on a particular skill or choreography, improving in an area like flexibility, preparing for an audition, core strengthening for cheerleading, etc. 

    Private lessons may be arranged through the SCDA Director by emailing  Private lessons are $45 for 30 minutes or $75 for one hour.

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  • Combo Classes

    Students will delight in movement and music as they learn the basics of various styles of dance.  Perfect for the attention spans of younger children, students practice 2 forms of dance in one hour, focusing on each form for 30 minutes.  Students will develop a physical skill while improving discipline, musicality, rhythm, coordination, strength, agility, storytelling through movement, and showmanship - all in a safe and age-appropriate environment.   
  • Jazz

    Students will enjoy learning this American form of dance, which is a combination of ballet, African, East Indian, and other traditions of dance.  The technique focuses on mastering rhythms, body isolation, coordination, and balance, while the style reflects popular movements in dance through the years.  Students will gain strength, agility, flexibility, understanding of their personal style, connection to history, and more while improving locomotor movements, turns, and jumps.
  • Tap

    In this popular class, students become percussionists with their feet while expressing different styles in their upper bodies.  Students work to master musicality, complex and syncopated rhythms, and precision movements, as well as traditional Broadway and rhythm tap styles.
  • Hip Hop

    Students will be energized and excited to learn the fundamentals of different styles of hip hop in this high-energy class.  Dancers will develop strength, coordination, style, and positive body image in this encouraging and fun environment.
  • Dance Attire

    Dance attire and shoes may be purchased at:
    Spell’s Dancewear, Academy Sports, Target, Payless
    Discount Dance Supply and Amazon (online)


Our instructors are seasoned dance educators with specializations in various genres. They will lead classes in various dance techniques, with an excellent understanding of dance pedagogy and safe practices, as well as patience and an ability to communicate in an age-appropriate manner.