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Advanced Placement

As an industry-leading Dance Company, DESOD believes in engaging with the community and embracing the talents of our local aspiring artists. Our goal is to offer audiences nationwide a chance to experience a large variety of dazzling productions and to provide our AP students a higher form of dance education.


Is your child ready to explore all forms of movement and challenge themselves....are you ready for a greater commitment to dance? If so, we would love to invite you to consider our AP Competition Program.

AP dancers attend multiple classes each week and dance with local civic groups, in numerous dance competitions and every night in our end of the year recital production. DESOD is proud to be a member of Dance Master's of America, which provides us the opportunity to bring quality dance instruction and to educate each dancer in a nurturing and self exploring environment.  Our staff believes that the lessons of determination, teamwork and dedication learned in the dance studio will help them become well-rounded individuals.


Auditions for the 2024-2025 season coming soon!

Dancers auditioning for our AP Program are required to attend our Summer Intensive- The Diana Evans Dance Experience. 

Find out more about our intensive here.

Season Highlights

We are so excited for another amazing season with our talented dancers! 

In the fall we were thrilled to take some of our soloists to NUVO, Ohio Dance Masters, and NYCDA

Fall competition recap- we were thrilled to take some of our solos to several competitions this fall. 

At Nuvo- Avery, Tate, and Kyler all received class awards! 

Ohio Dance Masters- we were thrilled that all our dancers who participated in scholarship classes received an award! Congratulations to Savannah, Chloe, Paxton, Haley (5th in 3 disciplines) Kendall (4th in 3 disciplines) Clare (3rd in 3 disciplines) Hadley, Briley, Jennifer, Shelby, Afton, Kyler (1st in 3 disciplines) Tate (1st in 4 disciplines) Hadley, Sophia (4th in 3 disciplines) and Taylor (2nd in 3 disciplines) 

In the solo portion of ODM all our dancers were beautiful! Congratulations to Paxton, Clare, Kendall, Haley, Kyler, Jennifer, and Taylor on your special awards, and congratulations to Afton, Kyler, and Taylor on receiving High Point Ribbons 

Our last competition for the fall was NYCDA. We were so proud of all of our soloists- including Taylor who placed 20th in Senior solos and was Outstanding Dancer Runner-Up! Another congratulations goes to Reece, Kendall, and Paxton who were Outstanding Dancer Finalist, and Elizabeth Sweat who received a Tap class award. 

Congratulations to all our amazing dancers who participated in solo competitions this fall! We can’t wait to bring solos and groups to competitions this spring!!

Season Highlights

In such difficult times for our dancers and families we are so proud of the determination and perseverance our dancers showed all year long, and we are amazed at the growth in our dancers over this difficult year. 

Nationals at Beyond the Stars
Cincinnati, OH
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We hit the ground running during the Dance Masters of Ohio Regional Dance Competition in November! All of our groups and soloists had a very successful weekend and we are so proud of all our AP dancers!  

Our group numbers were awarded Platinum Awards and our Duet,

"Girl From the North Country" with Stephen Davis and Sophia Cooper, was awarded First Overall in the Regional Championship! 

In January, some of our AP Dancers traveled to Cherry Valley, Ohio for the Dance Masters of America Title and Scholarship Competition.  We had so many wonderful moments with our dancers and they all danced beautifully.  We could not have asked for a better weekend with many being their first Solo Competition! 

Our cherry on top of such a successful weekend was Nate Krohmer winning Ohio Dance Master's Teen Mr. Dance 2020! 

Afton Cornelius was awarded Most Talented Non-Finalist in ODM’s Junior Miss Dance Title Competition! 

Stephen Davis participated in ODM’s Scholarship auditions and was awarded a full ride to Point Park University’s Summer Intensive from Point Park faculty member Kiesha Lalama plus a scholarship to Tremaine Workshop!

Hadley Roach received the Shining Star Award in Kiesha Lalama’s energetic Musical Theater Class!! 

We can't wait to see what else our DESOD Dancers will do this Competition Season!