Shirley McPhail School of Dance

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SMSD was originally founded in 1970 by Shirley McPhail.  We are a family business proud to celebrate a legacy of quality, traditional dance instruction.

For five decades, we have educated thousands of dancers in coordination, poise, grace, and mental and physical growth. Operating a family friendly, multi-generational studio, SMSD continues the philosophy and dance standards of founder Shirley McPhail through the directorship of her daughter, Edwina McPhail Worley.

Our three main goals consist of creating an enjoyable and fun dance atmosphere, nurturing and safe educational environment, and helping students develop proper dance techniques.

SMSD is also home to an extensive adult dance program, as well as Cotillion Austin Style.

  • Mesa Trails Branch

    8018 Mesa Dr, Mesa Trails, Austin

Courses offered by Shirley McPhail School of Dance



A combination of both jazz and ballet, lyrical uses the technique and discipline of ballet with the freedom of jazz. Students must be enrolled in at least one ballet class in addition to the lyrical class

by Shirley McPhail School of Dance


A stylized theatrical form of dancing that promotes good posture, strength, technique, and rhythm

by Shirley McPhail School of Dance


Students develop better coordination, rhythm, timing musicality, and strengthens the feet and legs

by Shirley McPhail School of Dance


For 9 year olds and up. Students learn the basics of ballet barre and center work, and they are exposed to French terminology that forms the basic universal language of ballet. Emphasis is on proper placement, correct body alignment, and development of poise and grace

by Shirley McPhail School of Dance

Hip Hop

A high-energy class that introduces many styles of urban street dance and teaches students how to find the rhythm and groove of different styles of music. Classes encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements

by Shirley McPhail School of Dance

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