Sharon's School of Dance opened its doors in 1980, and has provided quality dance instruction, performances, youth and community engagement and semi-professional entertainment ever since! Sharon Arnold and her mother, Kay, created a space for expression, arts, and passion. The school has grown into a well-known, trusted establishment in Shelby County, and continues to grow every day. When Sharon retired in 2018 she sold the studio to her successor, Molly McFarland. While Sharon may not be in the studio every day, her passion for the students and her dedication to the highest standards of dance education continue to thrive and develop through her work as a Board Member for Sidney Dance Company, and her numerous contributions to the school.
Sharon, Molly, and the entire studio staff share their passion for the arts with the community on a daily basis. We provide an outlet for children of all ages, and allow students to have a home-away-from-home at Sharon's School of Dance. We strive to make every student feel wonderful about themselves, have purpose, and know that each and every one is beautiful inside and out. Dance and the arts provide this very outlet and atmosphere, which is why the arts are so important for this generation, and generations to follow.
Now more than ever with today's ever-developing technology, many children are in sensory “overload” and benefit greatly from a physical outlet such as dance. Moving the body rhythmically to music or using simple breathing rhythms is therapeutic, not only physically but also mentally and emotionally. Dance and movement provide benefits to all children and in a time when funding for the arts in schools is being decreased and in some cases eliminated entirely, especially for music, drama, and dance programs, the opportunities provided by Sharon's School of Dance help fill that gap and bring the arts to children throughout Shelby county and elsewhere.
Our staff knows the importance of movement and creativity. We as educators understand the learning process never ends, and we continue to educate ourselves to better our classes, whether it be reading articles, taking master classes or going to teacher seminars. If we stop growing as artists, so will our students. We all need to continue learning. We are privilaged to be able to share all we learn and our joy for movement and the arts, with the community.
Today, Molly and the staff at Sharon's School of Dance continue to provide dance education to Shelby County and surrounding areas. We offers classes for all ages ranging from ballet, tap and jazz, to hip-hop, modern and musical theatre. There is something for everyone, and we hope that you will join us on our never-ending journey to spread arts around the world, starting right here in Sidney, Ohio.