Dance Classes We Offer

If you’re new to our studio and unsure of what level your child(ren) should be in, no problem! Just contact us so that we can evaluate and place your child(ren) in the appropriate class.
(*Current students can find their approved class levels by logging into their studio account.)


Pre-Pointe & Pointe


Hip Hop





Musical Theater


Welcome to our studio!

Step 1 Dance 2 Academy (S1D2) is a non-competitive, friendly, fun, family community-based and innovative dance studio whose goals are to help each student build confidence, self-esteem, strength, flexibility, and an appreciation for the art of dance and movement. S1D2 is a place of encouragement where students will learn and grow in movement, performance, and self-assurance.

Classes are designed to help our students develop physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally through a solid foundation of creativity, proper technique, and developmentally appropriate movements. We have a “strong” reliable dance family bond, which makes S1D2 special.

Dance Family Season 12

Favorite Business Owner, A Business with the Biggest Heart & Best Boss

Golden Anchor Award

Golden Anchor Award 2022

Best Dance Studio, Business That Went the Extra Mile, Best Boss, Favorite Business Owner, and Local with the Biggest Heart

Golden Anchor Award


Best of the Eastern Shore & 2021 Nominee for Empowering Women to Watch

What's Up? Media


Best Tween Fitness Class

Best Tween Fitness 2020

What's Up? Media


Best Dance Studio, Favorite Business Owner, and Local Shopaholic

Golden Anchor Award 2019

Golden Anchor Award


Best Dance Class

What's Up Media Award 2018

What's Up? Media


Meet Ms. Jess

Jessica Gallew

Ms. Jess is beyond ecstatic to own S1D2 Academy and to watch the journey and growth of this incredible dance family and the positive environment it has created. She is so grateful to be able to give her amazing students a second home to dance in. Going into the 12th year on Kent Island, her main goal is to share the beauty and knowledge of dance as a sport and an ART FORM throughout the community and give children a fun, safe, and creative learning experience to grow and find themselves through movement.

In addition, she enjoys helping her students and alumni pursue dance professionally.  To be able to give these young dancers professional experiences and opportunities to work with the best of the best in the industry that can lead to doors opening for the future as a professional dancer.  Along with the studio now being CLI Partnered, she is excited to give all S1D2 dancers a better more innovative way to improve and grow by bringing master classes right in our studio weekly. In addition to the studio, she celebrated her dream of opening a dance boutique, Shop 1 Dance 2 Boutique, and she just celebrated its 5 Year Anniversary. Styling all our dancers head to toe on the Eastern Shore!

Meet Our Staff

What is a Non-competitive Studio?

A non-competitive dance studio will generally focus on developing technical excellence, whereas a competitive dance studio teaches technique, but focuses on training dancers to entertain and perform.

  • Prepares students for a career in dance
  • Focuses on individual dancer development
  • Encourages camaraderie
  • Less stressful for students
What’s Happening at the Studio?

Studio Events

Studio Office Hours
Flourish Summer Intensives

Have a Question?

Let us know! If you have questions about classes, events, the studio or our boutique, you can email us or call us at (443) 758-3249 during our office business hours (Monday through Thursday from 3:15 pm-7:00 pm), and we’ll do our best to respond as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!