Our History

The Academy of Dance Arts, was founded in 1947 and in it's 73rd year, has established itself by providing a solid foundation for professional dancers, dance educators, and performers. As the longest standing school in the south east, it has touched the lives of thousands of families in our community. Many of our present students are our third generation.

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Wanda Plemmons now serves as Director/Owner of the Academy. She began her early training with the Academy and continued to UNCSA. She danced with the Winston-Salem Civic Ballet, Governor's School and UNCSA productions. Wanda has served as President of the Alumni at UNCSA and currently serves on the Board of Associates. Wanda was awarded "Outstanding Teacher In the Arts 2009" by UNCSA at the 2009 Graduation Ceremonies where she was also a speaker. Wanda has taught for Wake Forest University, Salem College and has been a guest choreographer for Disney, RJR and Paramount.

The Academy has been actively involved in the community over the years, serving as Business Partner for many schools, helping with productions and costuming. The Academy students have performed for the annual Christmas tree Lighting for Winston-Salem, the Vantage Tournament, Paramount Studios, Hanes Mall, Disney Productions and many other venues.

The Academy has a large professional faculty and has been host to many respected guest teachers including Nina Danilova, Richard Englund, Bobby Lindgren, Sonja Tyven, Job Saunders, Fanchon Cordell, Diane Markham, Rodwic Fukino and Marcus Alford. 

Many of the Academy's students have gone on to professional careers in the Arts as Company members and soloist with such renowned companies as the New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Alvin Ailey, Charleston Ballet and more.