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Directors/Owners (L to R):

Jennifer Murphy, Kerry Parisi, and Jess Bamberg

The Dancing School was established by Leone Simkins in 1976.  ​We have been a top dance studio in the North Reading area for over 40 years.  At TDS, dance is taught as personal training and inspiration in grace, coordination, health, confidence, and art education. We try to preserve and cultivate the student's natural creativity in class and make learning enjoyable while teaching proper technique. When teaching children, it is important to us that their first experience with dancing, an art form, be positive and lasting. We take direct action to foster creativity in our classes. We encourage our students to learn, think, recall, create and solve problems.  Our qualified and experienced teachers are engaging and creative while maintaining control and balance in the classroom. 


We strive for our students to experience and have a love for several styles of dance. TDS is a perfect fit for students who want a quality dance education while being involved in other activities. Students from ages 2-18 will love our range of classes and most of our graduating students each year have been with us since they were in preschool. Many of our students and families have told us that TDS feels more like a family than just a school.  This is a wonderful compliment that we take very seriously.  We also take pride in how many families rave about our age appropriate music, costumes, and dancing.  Most importantly, we want students at every age and level to love coming to class and to learn far more than just dance steps.  



We have 3 spacious, fully mirrored, and air-conditioned studios. They are custom built for dancing with no columns or other movement obstructions.  Both studios have brand-new Marley flooring.  Our downstairs studio has a viewing window inside the waiting room.  We also have a small shop within the studio for your convenience, offering dancewear, shoes, accessories and gifts.



Available Class Genres

  • Wiggles: age 2 w/ adult

  • KinderDance: ages 3-4

  • Ballet/Tap or Jazz combo class

  • AcroJazz

  • Ballet 

  • Jazz

  • Tap

  • Lyrical/Contemporary

  • Hip Hop 

  • Acro (w/ ballet and/or jazz)

  • Pointe (teacher approval)

  • Musical Theatre Dance

  • Performance Team (audition in May)

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