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A True Community Arts Resource
The Mid Shore Dance Story

With a focus on community rather than competition, our family-friendly dance studio provides a wide range of high-quality experiences in dance for all ages and levels.

Whether they are pursuing a career in dance, or looking for a fun recreational experience, all of our students develop their artistry, confidence, and self-esteem, as well as their balance, strength, and agility. They build healthy, enduring relationships through supportive group interaction in a positive atmosphere.

Engage your child in dance and watch them soar!


 
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Our Founder
Meeting Challenges to Achieve a Vision

Owner and director Shari Smigo started in one room, with small groups of students, and a big vision of bringing professional quality dance instruction to our Eastern Shore community.

The 2020-21 Season marked our 25th anniversary, a year that brought unprecedented challenges for public gathering spaces, which we met with the very grace, poise, and discipline that dance instilled within us.

Most importantly, no matter what the circumstances, we keep dancing! After all... DANCE. IS. ESSENTIAL.


"Dancers must be flexible in every meaning of the term."

- 'Mrs. Shari'

 
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Awards and Accolades
Leaping Beyond the Local Stage

Our dancers have been scholarship award winners at the Maryland State Dance Festival, and have participated in prestigious Summer Intensive programs, including with:

Joffrey Ballet
American Ballet Theatre
Washington Ballet
Delaware Dance Company
Nashville Ballet
American Dance Festival


Many of our dancers have also continued their dance training at the pre-professional and university level, including at these great schools:

Washington Ballet School, Baltimore School of the Arts,
Manhattanville University
Towson University, UMBC, DeSales University, AACC, UNC-Greensboro, James Madison University, Mercyhurst University

 
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Meet Our Founder & Director

SHARI SMIGO
Shari Smigo is the passionate owner and director of The Mid Shore Dance Academy, a role she has held since 1996. Her dedication to dance began early, nurtured by local eastern shore studios and furthered through intensive training in the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet exam syllabus at the prestigious School of the Baltimore Ballet and Peabody.

Shari pursued a dual major in Psychology and Dance, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Ohio University after completing her studies at Jacksonville University. Her university productions showcased her talent and versatility, including performances in the Royal Ballet version of the Nutcracker, works by dancers from Martha Graham's dance company, and restagings of classic pieces like Pas de Quatre and Doris Humphrey's Air for the G String.

After graduation, Shari returned to Maryland's Eastern Shore, where she not only delved into community mental health in Annapolis but also danced professionally with Kinetics Dance Theatre in Ellicott City, under the guidance of artistic director Alvin Mayes.
In addition to her extensive studio work, Shari served as dance faculty at Queen Anne's County High School, bringing her expertise and passion to young dancers. She also lent her choreographic talents to Centreville Middle School's musical productions and contributed to aerial choreography for Peter Pan. Shari's created expressive liturgical dances for Our Mother of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church, showcasing her ability to blend spirituality and movement seamlessly.

Her dedication to the dance community is further evidenced by her years of service on the Board of MD Council for Dance, where she held roles such as Secretary and Festival Registrar. Currently serving as the Executive Director, Shari is focused on expanding the organization's offerings to support and nurture dance across the region.

Outside of her busy dance schedule, Shari finds joy in spending time with her husband and four children, as well as renovating their charming turn-of-the-century farmhouse.

With the most qualified staff in the area, your child receives the very best.

 

Meet Our Amazing Staff


All of our instructors are adult dance professionals with pre-professional and university training, professional performance credits, and years of teaching experience.

Our staff are dedicated to providing amazing experiences in dance, and empowering our students
to develop their inner grace, confidence, poise, and discipline.

Partnerships and Professional Affiliations

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