About Us


Our mission is to support our community by instilling the love of dance and performance through teachers who value, nurture, correct and encourage student potential.

We will accomplish our mission by encouraging:

  • Students to become better dancers in discipline, technique and artistic expression;
  • Students who grow to be confident, ambitious, poised and creative individuals;
  • Students to develop an appreciation for community enrichment by improving the health and quality of life of those they meet.

Take my hand, I’ll teach you to dance.

Institute for Dance, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Our Faculty

Kathy Palmo

Lisa Carducci-Deringor

Shannon Howell

Amy Haley

Malory Demcheshen

Our Staff

Studio Director
Kathy Martin-Palmo

Artistic Director & Director of The Movement Dance Company
Lisa Carducci-Deringor

Director of The Movement Ballet
Amy Haley

Community Performers Outreach Coordinator
Malory Demcheshen

Business Administrator
Olivia Gunter

Office Staff
Katie Knaul
Nicole Davis
Katie Cooke
Grace Allan

Board of Directors

The Institute for Dance, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dance school governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. The energy and commitment of our board members are the foundation of the success of the Institute for Dance.

Shannon Rickert, President
Tara Stratton, Vice-President
Helen Nguyen, Treasurer
Rebecca Latourell, Secretary
Rhiannon Ellis
Samantha Forsyth

Jesse Goodrich
Amy Hughes
Heidi Pfister
Princess Walls

Ex Officio Members:
Kathy Palmo, Studio Director


At iDance, we believe passionately in the power of dance to develop artistic expression, technical skill, confidence, poise, and discipline in the students that we reach. We strive to reach as many dancers as possible and to minimize barriers to participation as much as possible. To that end, we are pleased to introduce the iDance Scholarship Fund, which serves to mitigate the tuition cost of dance classes for families with demonstrated financial need.

Rent the Studio

Institute for Dance is a 5,000 sq. ft dance studio located at 3356 Ironbound Rd. #501, Williamsburg, VA. With 3 large dance studios totaling over 3,000 square feet, this space features sprung wood floors, mirrors, sound system, central air, changing rooms and restrooms. High ceilings and windows create a well-lit, airy space for rehearsals, events, workshops, and more.

iDance is interested in developing long and short term partnerships with dance companies, independent choreographers, musicians and non-profits to support rehearsal, workshop, meeting, program space and event needs.