About Us

Dayton Dance Conservatory (DDC) was originally established as Jeanette Popp School of Dance, Inc. in 1976 under the direction of Jeanette Popp. Today, DDC is owned by Kate Schneider. Kate and her accredited faculty have continued the tradition of excellence began by Miss Jeanette, enriching the lives of our students through quality dance education and training.

DDC’s mission is to guide and support young individuals in their discovery, understanding, development and application of the tools necessary to thrive in and outside of the performing arts community. DDC faculty strive to challenge our students, both mentally and physically, to facilitate further development of creativity, self-confidence, self-discipline and good sportsmanship in a safe and positive environment.

We offer comprehensive dance training through a progressive curriculum designed for ages 3 through adult. Our performance opportunities include an Annual Spring Recital Performance and Dayton Dance Conservatory Company, a pre-professional dance company.

Our facility offers 3 spacious studios with professional wood sprung floors, a dressing room for our dancers, and a spacious reception area. We have a Marley floor in our 1500 sq. ft. studio and wood floors in our other two studios. DDC will hold ongoing monthly events to spotlight our students. End of the season trophies are awarded for five, ten and fifteen consecutive years of school enrollment.

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