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American Academy of Dance was established by Paula Fortner in the fall of 1986 to offer students an environment where they are capable of receiving personal attention in a challenging yet enjoyable atmosphere. We believe it is our job to not only teach the technique and discipline of dance, but to also show each student the joy of performing. Our instructors approach each class with energy and enthusiasm and a true passion for dance. Our goal is to provide an atmosphere that fosters a positive attitude and encouraging spirit felt by, not only our faculty and staff, but also our students and parents. AAD offers a varied curriculum for students 3 years old and up, however it is our belief that Ballet is the firm foundation of all dance and is encouraged to all students.



Our faculty at American Academy of Dance have either graduated from college with a degree in dance or are working professionals with extensive training pertinent to the class they teach. The instructors attend training sessions at least once a year from the leading dance educators in the country, in order to keep abreast of the most current trends in dance. Paula, along with her staff, strives to maintain a school with a well-rounded curriculum. Weither you are new to dance or a striving pre-professional, we offer uncompromising dedication to the ideal of quality in dance and performing arts. American Academy of Dance offers classes for both the recreational and the serious dancer. You can find some of our former dancers performing all over the world on Cruise Ships, Broadway Tours, Disney, as well as Music Videos, TV Specials, and Live Tours with some of today’s hottest artists.


 Our facility has spacious dance rooms equipped with mirrors, ballet barres, and raised stagestep dance floors. We also provide comfortable lounge areas, dressing rooms, and lobbies with viewing windows into the downstairs dance rooms. 


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