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

Our Staff

Studio Director
Kathy Martin-Palmo

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

Director of The Movement Ballet
Amy Haley

Business Administrator
Olivia Gunter

Office Staff
Hannah Alexander
Renee Cariño
Abby Lee

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
Alison Broaddus, Vice-President
Rebecca Latourell, Secretary
Helen Nguyen, Treasurer
Michelle Alexander
Samantha Forsyth

Jesse Goodrich
Amy Hughes

Katie SheehanSmith
Tara Stratton
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.