About Us

Dayton Dance Conservatory (DDC) was originally established as Jeanette Popp School of Dance, Inc. in 1976 under the direction of Jeanette Popp. Upon her retirement summer 2010, she transferred ownership and direction to her daughter, Audra Kucharski. Audra and her accredited faculty plan to continue the tradition of excellence began by her mother, 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 will 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; a performing ensemble, Dayton Dance Conservatory Ensemble (DDCE); and The Mini Dugout Dancers who perfrom approximately 16 games at Fifth Third Field each season.

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 newly refinished wood floors in our other two studios.

DDC will hold ongoing monthly events to spotlight our students. We have Student of the Month Awards, birthday recognition and a tuition lottery. End of the season trophies are awarded for five, ten and fifteen consecutive years of school enrollment.