Let's Dance!

April 27, 2017

The Sandhills area is rich when it comes to the arts. We are blessed with so much diversity and culture in such a small area (though we are growing by leaps and bounds daily!)

There are so many ways to enjoy the arts as a family. One way we help expose our children to everything that the world can offer is through dance classes.  They learn not only physical movement, body awareness and fitness, but friendship, dance history, and social etiquette while taking organized classes.

Miss. Nine’s first class of the year this fall.

My girls take dance at Terpsichore in Southern Pines. I absolutely love this studio. We have only ever been here so I can’t fairly compare to other places but I don’t really need to. Terpsichore has a family-like atmosphere and is located in downtown Southern Pines above the Ice Cream Parlor. Kellye Parks is the owner and has been for over 25 years. She has produced some amazing talent through the years and is such a warm and welcoming friend to us.

The boys get a lot of exposure to this fine arts.  They love to watch the girls dance both in and out of the studio.

My girls take ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatics. We spend a few evenings a week at the studio which leads to much more time in Southern Pines than we normally would since we live in Pinehurst. I love that it gets us down to that quaint area often so we can explore while the girls are in class.  Classes are available September through May for ages 3 and up!  Registration is typically held for the upcoming year in May.  You will need to call the office at 910-695-1116 for information on classes and to sign up.

 Terpsichore does an amazing performance of the Nutcracker each December, has a beautiful Spring Concert and holds summer camps and intensives in the off-season. Dance keeps my girls active year round and it is great to know they’re getting physical activity while having fun in a safe & positive environment.


I have friends with children at other studios and they seem to love them as well. Like many things, the right dance studio for you depends on so many factors. Finances, location, class times, teachers, students you may know and more!  I’ve linked to a few of the other studios I know of in the area at the end of this blog.  I’ve provided a short description to give you a little insight into what I know about each one based upon friends reviews.  If you’re new to the area I always encourage you to check out Terpsichore and join our dance family!  We love it there!


The thing I love the most about dance is the confidence my girls have gained by being a part of a group and performing.  They have grown so much by being active in a studio.  Registration for Summer camps & classes is currently open.  Fall Registration may be as well.  Give them a call!

Seven Lakes Dance:  Located in West End/Seven Lakes this studio is owned by sisters with a strong focus on competition & preparing dancers for pageants.  You can get a well-rounded exposure to many forms of dance in a fun environment.  “The program is a very strong tap studio and is increasing the program to have more ballet and strengthening classes to compliment the tap, jazz, hip hop and tumbling that they offer.” -Dori Darby; Thank you Dori for the info!

Carolina Performing Arts-Southern Pines:  A non-profit off shoot from the Carolina Performing Arts, CPAC focuses on classical ballet.

Taylor Dance:  A satellite studio from their parent company in High Point, Taylor offers a more contemporary approach to dance focused on theatrical performance.  There is also a theatre portion of the studio offering camps and training in theatre acting.


Elite Academy of Dance:   The newest studio in town.   Elite emphasizes learning dance in a fun environment while developing and refining their students’ dance skills and technique.  Students range in age from 3 year olds to late teens in a variety of dance genres from classical ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary to hip hop.  They have a small but developing competition team.  – Thank you to owner, Kevin for the description

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