STUDIO ARTS for dancers has been located in the Rocky Shopping center is west Knoxville since its' opening in 1990. This updated, high tech facility includes three large studios with a spacious lobby, dressing room and three bathrooms for both dancers and parents. Each studio is equipped with raised, floating floors with marley-type surfaces, large mirrors, portable barres and high quality stereo equipment.
TVs, whiteboards and anatomy posters are in each studio to be used as educational aids. With video camera capabilities in each studio, classes can be observed from the lobby by parents and siblings. For added security, external video cameras are positioned outside the building to record parking lot activity.
SAFD has a large office with a full-time office manager who is always available during operating hours to answer and help both parents and dancers, Free Wi Fi is available and children's books and coloring activities are close at hand to keep young siblings occupied while waiting.
Our mission is the encouragement of youth to explore the wonders, challenges, and rewards of dance while developing technical excellence and an individual artistry within each dancer.
Whether you are pursing dance as a professional or for recreational purposes for either you or your child, SAFD offers classes designed to meet your goals. SAFD offers classes in pre-ballet, classical ballet, pointe, variations, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, musical theatre and adult fitness. The highly qualified instructors are committed to each student at each level, and follow a specific syllabus designed by artistic director, Lisa Hall McKee. SAFD produces a high caliber of artistic and technical excellence in it's young students and many haven been accepted to prestigious summer dance programs including Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Lines, Jacobs Pillow, the Rock, Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Ballet and Ballet Magnificat. Some have continued to professional status, gaining their degrees from dance programs such as George Mason University, Point Park, Radford University, Cincinnati Conservatory, New York University and many others. SAFD performs annually at the Tennessee Theatre and is the home of GO! Contemporary Dance Works, a non-profit contemporary ballet and aerial arts dance company.
From the Director
"Dance is for everybody. It's for the young, old, big, small. Our philosophy is to teach it correctly and motivate our students to love dance and the work that it entails. We focus on providing superior instruction in an energetic, encouraging environment. Every individual is different, and we encourage our dancers to celebrate that, discover what their body is capable of, and help them achieve their goals without worrying where their peers are. Dance is an individual sport taught in a group environment. It does not matter to me if a student only takes dance for recreation. I still want them to learn dance correctly and safely, love it and appreciate it. It is something that will carry with them their whole life. It is a discipline that is a life skill. What is great and unique about our program is that we have a highly qualified staff which ensures correct, safe and creative teaching methods. We are dance educators. The majority of our students dance just because they love it, but many have professional aspirations, and it is our job to ensure they are prepared."