Welcome to Step 1 Dance 2!

YPAD CertifiedStep 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. Our dance program is exciting and challenging – grounded in all styles of technique, along with a proper knowledge base – and taught by professionally trained, college-educated dance instructors. S1D2 is a place of encouragement where students will learn and grow in movement, performance, and self-assurance.

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

The dance world is competitive…and small! Learn every style, stay challenged, pursue your technique, grasp the entertainment industry, and dive into your performance qualities, while building your resume and work ethic. Never stop learning…competitive or not…grow from what you learn!

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 that is what makes S1D2 special.

Please contact our staff by email or (443) 758-3249, and we can help place your child in the appropriate class.

Our studio is located at 1557 Postal Rd in Chester, MD, and our summer office hours are 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday and 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday through Thursday.  

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

Celebrating our 10th season at S1D2 this year, it has been a remarkable and humbling journey to be able to reopen our doors after being closed for six months. Our Dance Families and my STAFF have always been our WHY…we needed to find creative ways to keep them dancing, whether on screen, in person, outside, we had to be innovative, we had to be safe; and we did it TOGETHER!

If this year has taught us anything…it is to STAY STRONG, to never give up!

It is an extraordinary honor and recognition to be nominated as an empowering woman, in 2021 women to watch! I have a full team of extraordinary, inspiring women who are empowering to me to lead them!

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2020 Best Tween Fitness Class

The best NEWS to receive on a day where you need some positivity and LIGHT. And this time we WON and were voted for BEST TWEEN FITNESS CLASS. YESSS we go hard as dancers….and we create and educate artistic athletic dancers!!! S1D2+Artist+Athlete=Dancer.

Thank you for voting for us, thinking of us, supporting us and being the best DANCE FAMILY! ????

We love you all!

2019 Golden Anchor Award

VOTED 2019 Best Dance Studio, Favorite Business Owner and Local Shopaholic ? …feeling all the support, incredible positive vibes ✨ and outpouring of LOVE from this Community and our S1D2 Families!!!

If we can keep INSPIRING, LOVING, and building self confidence in today’s youth by actively keeping them in involved, especially in the arts and off the streets…then we are impacting!!

Thank you to The Update for awarding this recognition! And for their hard work in advertising for our community.

Thank you to my Staff for making WORK FUN and for truly showing up in all areas professionally and inspiring thru your own passion! You are APPRECIATED!

To all dancers of all ages and those interested in dancing…you can do it, just believe in yourself, work hard, don’t give up, and trust your body to be able to do things you never thought possible. SHINE YOUR LIGHT!

2019 Best of the Eastern Shore

THANK YOU! THIS IS INCREDIBLE! Thank you again for all that not only voted, but who also support, love, encourage, bring positivity, and who trust us to not only properly educate our dancers, but also trust us to instill love, confidence and allow us to give our community and these children opportunities and inspiring experiences!!! THIS IS WHAT THIS REFLECTS!

Proud of my staff and I. Now we will continue to share our light so bright!

Thank you!

Ms. Jess

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S1D2 Spirit Week 2021

Want to dance with Kathryn McCormick, Teddy Forance and Nick Lazzarini? We are excited to announce that we have partnered with CLI Studios to give our students access to the dance industry’s top choreographers. Register with our studio this season and you’ll be able to take online master classes from world-renowned choreographers!


(443) 758-3249   |   1557 Postal Road,  Chester, MD 21619

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