With dance classes, theater, dance camp, and even a Fairytale Class for tots, a variety of dance forms are explored at SHPA. Featuring hip-hop, jazz, ballet, musical theater, cabaret, and break-dancing classes, there is something for everyone, no matter what age or level of experience.
For tip-top hip-hop lessons, look to Debralyn Press, who’s been dancing for more than 36 years and teaching for 20. She takes hip-hop as seriously as classical dance forms like ballet, hiring instructors who have choreographed for Ludacris and danced with Janet Jackson. Today, SHPA—a not-for-profit that moved to a new 3,500-square-foot studio last year—has its own company of teen hip-hop dancers, and students even perform a one-of-a-kind hip-hop version of The Nutcracker each year.