Stage Door Studios (SDS) has designed an excellent dance and theater program of activities to give children a chance to experience the joy of dancing and creative movement in a fun and loving atmosphere. We are committed to providing a stimulation and adventurous environment to enhance children’s social, emotional, physical, intellectual and creative growth.

Our Sarasota dance staff will use music, props, costumes and creative movement to introduce children to the world of dance. Students will develop rhythm, coordination, musicality and creativity, as well as the ability to follow directions, interact with peers, take turns patiently and gain self-confidence. Most importantly, our classes are FUN!

Classes are available for students ages 2-7, and ages 7 and up. We offer dance classes in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, acrobatics, tumbling, modern, lyrical, hip hop, and competition dance teams. All new students are welcome to come try their first class for free. Once you determine your level of study, from basic dance classes to professional dance programs, you can choose a class from our schedule and attend a once week class to unlimited classes per week. At all times, staff is on hand to guide you through our class schedule, and ensure that you have chosen the Sarasota dance classes that meet your needs and abilities.

Our new, state-of-the-art, 8,150-square-foot dance facility in Sarasota is clean and dancer friendly! We have 4 large dance rooms all with sprung floors to help reduce the chance of injury to dancers’ knees and ankles. We also have wooden floors to hear the crisp sounds of tap shoes! Our extensive dance and theater faculty is known and esteemed world wide for their knowledge and experience. You are sure to find a dance teacher and style that will more than meet your needs or expose you to a completely new experience. Our teachers offer either classic teaching styles or new cutting edge methods. Feel free to check out their bios below.

Our Door Is Always Open…

If you have questions or comments, please call us at anytime at (941) 921-1600. We are genuinely delighted to receive your feedback and will take the time to answer your personal questions. Each and every day we are grateful that you have chosen us as your preferred Sarasota dance studio – YOU are the reason that we are here!

Meet Our Faculty

Jill Athridge


Geena Ravella

Artistic Director

Lisa McCarroll


Heather Ripley


Julie Hamilton

Office Staff/Instructor

Karyssa Wong


Oliva Dadig


Maria Leyva


Cynthia Angarola


Andrea Pino


Kiana Knuth


Annabelle Hamilton


Eva Santiago

Office Staff

Patty Manahan


Christine Shebroe


Sue Patchett

Office Manager

Meet Our Studio