Talented, creative and caring instructors are the backbone of Wilson School of Dance.
Our inspiring teachers know how important it is to give individual attention to each student at all levels whether they are a new beginner or experienced dancer pursuing dance in college or as a career. The teachers here amazingly have over 90 years of collective teaching experience!
Our director, Juanita Wilson Duquette continues with her passion for teaching everyone from the little Princess Ballet students to the advanced ballet , jazz, or tap classes. The numbers barely seem real but when we got to calculating it’s true -- Juanita has taught over 11,000 students, and choreographed over 1200 dances! She leads and mentors the staff of quality instructors.
The kids love Miss Lynn's discipline and warmth as she continues with us for 11 years. Miss Lindsay and Ms. Ashley have been teachers with the school going on 4 years and are inspiring, expressive choreographers as well as energizing teachers. Alison grew up and trained right here at WSD for over 20 years and has been teaching jazz for almost 10 years. Stephanie is a UVA graduate with a minor in dance and has awesome technique which she uses to inspire students while teaching ballet, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical. Dustin, one of our tap teachers, has performed on Broadway and toured with world renowned tapper Savion Glover in "Bring on Da Noise, Bring On Da Funk" and teaches cool rhythm tap. Becca, our Theater Dance, jazz and tap teacher has experience as a professional actress/ singer as well in dance. Most of our teachers have college dance majors or minors and all have experience performing locally or regionally.
Our teachers love kids and have a passion for sharing their love of dance with each student. Their dedication and passion for teaching is what parents and students comment most on and remember long after the classes are over. It’s this positive impact that helps students develop confidence and build a healthy lifestyle, plus a love for dance they can enjoy through college and beyond.