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. As Sharon enters her well-deserved retirement years, she passes the administration and day-to-day oversight of the dance studio over 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 want nothing more than to share their love for the arts with the community, and through movement, we are able to do so. We want to provide an outlet for children of all ages, and allow students to have a home-away-from-home at Sharon's School of Dance. Here at Sharon's, we strive to make every student feel wonderful about themselves, have purpose, and know that each and every one of them 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 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, d
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, Sharon (Arnold) Eikenberry continues to provide dance education to Shelby County and surrounding areas. Sharon's School of Dance 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.