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Professional Instruction in a Friendly Environment
Statesville Dance and Performing Arts is Statesville, NC’s premier dance studio! We are devoted to bringing quality dance and performing arts instruction to all ages and abilities in a friendly, family-like atmosphere. It is our mission to instill a strong sense of self-confidence, self-respect, discipline, and appreciation of dance and the arts in our students.
We hope to inspire each student to release the creativity inside of themselves. Whether students are just beginning or are aspiring artists, we have something for everyone. We offer a wide range of dance classes. Plus, we have a strong performing arts curriculum–from musical theater and drama, voice lessons, and piano lessons, our professional instructors are committed to your child’s success.
Meet Our Team
Laura Jane Hanson
Learn About Laura
Originally from England, Laura Hanson started her dance training at three years old at The Florian School of Dance. Discovering her passion for dance, she attended The Royal Ballet School in London Senior Associates Program at 14 years old. At the age of 16, she received two scholarships to attend full-time dance school Central Ballet School in London and Elmhurst School for Dance in association with The Birmingham Royal Ballet. She chose to attend Elmhurst School for Dance and graduated in 2005 with a National Dance Diploma in Classical Ballet and Contemporary and A-Levels in Dance and English Literature. In 2010, Laura gained her Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Dance and Arts Management (Honors) from Middlesex University in London, England. Her dissertation received the Gerry Fowler Award for Achievement in recognition of progress and outstanding result of the Professional Practice Program. Laura has had an extensive dance career performing in entertainment venues worldwide.
In 2011, Laura married Statesville native Eric Hanson and began teaching dance. She has instructed ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap, and more. Soon after her son was born Laura started teaching fitness classes at The Statesville Family YMCA. In September 2015 Laura began a dance program at the Statesville Family YMCA, which quickly started growing. She expanded the program to The YMCA Dance Academy.
Laura loves sharing her passion for dance with all her students and is excited to build a sense of family and community to Statesville Dance. Laura says, “Dance is for everyone. It is good for the mind, body, and soul. I can’t imagine a day without dance!”
Amanda Troutman Wike
Dance Instructor, Personal Trainer
Learn About Amanda
She became a licensed Personal Trainer through AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) in 2012 and keeps current on all fitness classes, regimens, and the latest ways to improve one’s self-care—check out one of her fitness classes! She became an Acrobatic Arts® certified instructor in 2019 and has helped launch the Acrobatic Arts® program alongside Laura Hanson. The program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of Acrobatic Arts: flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering, and tumbling. She is the lead instructor of the hip-hop classes and loves incorporating her styles through a studio-based version of hip-hop—sometimes called “new style”—and a hip-hop-influenced style of jazz dance called “jazz-funk.”
With the many styles of dance today, dancing is her passion and teaching is her skill and she enjoys challenging her students to do their very best.
Learn About Ally
Ally Capehart, originally from Statesville NC, started dancing at three years old and began teaching at 16 years old. She danced competitively for eight years of her training and cheered on her high school varsity cheer team for four years. Once Ally graduated High School from Terry Sanford High School she began teaching full-time while earning her business degree. She began to travel across the east coast to teach and take part in many conventions to broaden her teaching and choreography abilities.
After earning her business degree, Ally got married to her husband Casey Capehart and moved back to her hometown of Statesville NC. Ally has a passion for teaching dance and loves connecting with her students. She loves teaching, sharing her love for dance, and helping her students reach their goals!
Dance Instructor & Studio Assistant
Learn About Charlie
Charlie believes that dance extends far beyond physical health benefits. “Dance offers a creative outlet and the opportunity to make life-long friends. It also teaches discipline, confidence, poise, and so many more life lessons. When you grow up dancing, it isn’t just something that you do, it is part of who you are.”
She is so honored and excited to share her passion with the staff and students at Statesville Dance and Performing Arts!
What do I need for class?
Almost all of our classes have a dress code. Our dress code can be found in our Studio Handbook and all shoes and uniforms can be purchased at the Statesville Dance Store.
When is tuition due and how do I pay?
Can parents observe?
Do you still accept students for registration after the season has begun?
Do you have a recital each year and are all dancers required to participate?
wonderful opportunity for dancers to showcase the skills they learn throughout the year.
What are the costs of costumes?
Hear From Our Happy Families!
“My girls have taken dance with Laura and Amanda since they were 3 years old. They have learned so much and different types of dance in the years they have been dancing. Statesville Dance is awesome–they learn and they have fun. All of the instructors are the BEST and they care so much for all the dancers. We always recommend Statesville Dance to anyone looking to start dance. We love our Statesville Dance family!”
“My daughter loves Statesville Dance! Her skills have grown 1000 percent since she started, and this is only her second year of dance ever. She looks forward to going, and she wants to get better. I think it’s important for kids to learn to put the work in to get where you want to be, and I’m glad to see her grasping the importance of working hard to achieve goals.”
“Inclusive, well-managed, professional dance & performing arts center. We commute from out of town so my daughter can have a strong, supportive dance experience. Owners/instructors have been accommodating and flexible throughout the Covid situation. They care about their participants’ experience.”
“Laura and Amanda are very passionate about dancing and teaching others to dance. They work incredibly hard, but they make it look effortless because they genuinely love what they do. My daughter now loves dance because of them! I highly recommend Statesville Dance!”
“We absolutely love Statesville Dance! My daughter has been taking classes with Laura and Amanda since she was three and her confidence level and knowledge have grown so much. They are professional but so fun with the kids. There are opportunities to try all genres of dance to see what fits best. Love all of the smiles and positive energy that I see from all the kids at dance and the instructors.”
“We love Ms. Laura and Ms. Amanda! True professionals who are passionate about dance and all their students’ success and love of dance. They are committed to quality instruction while keeping it fun for their students and instilling confidence, compassion, and community values. ”