49 Ford Street, Martinsville, Virginia 24112   
Creative Movement   |   Ballet   |   Pointe   |   Tap   |   Jazz   |   Modern   |   Lyrical


Dance Classes For Ages 2.5-18!

The studio is designed to extend to children the benefits that can be derived from an educational and professional dance program. Dance is the most physically and mentally demanding subject within the performing arts field. We strive to instill in our students the knowledge of dance technique and style, feeling of movement and the emotional qualities needed to dance.  Self-discipline, dedication, goal settings and determination are assets gained as the students progress through the dance programs.

The Ray Hollingsworth Dance and Arts Studio offers instruction in many forms of dance including pre-school creative movement, tap, jazz, ballet, classical pointe, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip hop, pom and acro.


Beginning Dance and Creative Movement

Our pre-school and early childhood training program is a wonderful introduction to movement and rhythms and is designed to set the fundamental skills needed to advance to beginning dance technique.

Combination classes are offered for kindergarten and elementary school students consisting of Ballet and Tap and Tap, Jazz, and Ballet Classes depending on age.



(Age 3 and up)

The focus in Ballet is on correct body placement, flexibility, strength and proper technique.



(Age 12 and up)

This class is for the serious Ballet student who wishes to study Classical Pointe. The student must have the teacher's permission before advancing to Pointe and also be advanced in their Ballet training.



(Age 3 and up)

The focus in tap is on learning specific tap techniques and applying the techniques to different rhythm patterns.



(Age 6 and up)

The focus in Jazz is flexibility, strength, and rhythmic movement performed to popular music.



(Age 7 and up)

This form of dance is a blending of Ballet, Jazz, and Modern that requires the student to have a strong technical background and the ability to express emotions through dance. The student must have Ballet training to advance to this class.



(Age 11 and up)

This form of dance is a blending of Contemporary, Ballet, and Jazz that is expressed through abstract ideas and improvisation.


Acrobatic Dance

(Age 3 and up)

Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is commonly referred to by dancers and dance professionals, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context. Acro offered by our Acrobatic Arts Certified Instructor, Mandy Gordon.

When I think of RHDAS, I think of home. A place where I could be free and escape from the realities of life. It’s a studio that wants you to express yourself in movement and grow, not only as a dancer but as an individual as well. One of the biggest things I learned from my instructors was how to have grace and elegance in everything I do, two true representatives of what defines a dancer. I also had the privilege of gaining a second family. Monday nights ended up being what I looked forward to every week, and summers felt incomplete without dancing next to my best friends for a few weeks. The people that I still keep in touch with after heading to college are my friends from RHDAS, proving that the experiences, memories, and friendships will last a lifetime. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was graduate and leave Ray Hollingsworth, and I would do anything to dance in that studio again.
-Morgan Clemons, Class of 2018