The Academy of Dance Arts, Inc.

1425 West First St. Winston Salem, NC 27101

(336) 724-9041

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The Academy of Dance Arts, Inc. was founded in 1947 and in it's 69th year has established itself by providing a solid foundation for professional dancers, dance educators, and performers, and as the longest standing school in the south east has touched the lives of thousands of families in our community. Many of our present students are our third generation.


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 Richard Englund, Bobby Lindgren, Sonja Tyven, Job Saunders, Fanchon Cordell, Diane Markham, Rodwic Fukino and Marcus Alford.  See more of our History here...


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, Alvin Ailey, Charleston Ballet and more.


Upcoming Events and Dates


Saturday, May 20 at 7:00 pm

and Sunday, May 21 at 3:00 pm

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Summer Camps
June 26 - 30 and July 10 - 14

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Follow this link to see a short film about North Carolina School of the Arts alumnus and ADA owner, Wanda Plemmons, This film was produced by the school as a part of their This School, This City project. We are very proud to be associated with the UNCSA.

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