Our Story

Music in Motion Dance Studio is all about creating a positive, fun, and meaningful space for people in our community to express themselves through dance.

Since 1985, we've been helping people of all ages build their confidence, unlock their creativity, and discover the joy of dance. ✨

But the magic truly happens with our amazing team! Our caring dance teachers and staff are dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment where everyone feels welcome to learn and grow.

Ready to meet the people behind the pirouettes? Scroll down to see the awesome faces who make Music in Motion such a special place!

Meet The Owner

Lauren Kelly

Hi there! I'm Lauren Kelly and guess what? Dance is practically in my DNA!

My mom, Darlene Davenport, founded Music in Motion Dance Studio back in February of 1986. Some people joke they were born to dance, but in my case, I was literally dancing before I was even born – Mom was pregnant with me during the first annual performance of Children's Dance Theater and The Music in Motion Dance Company!

That passion for dance has never left me. I took classes here at Music in Motion from the age of 3 all the way to 18, progressing through the Junior & Senior companies. After graduating with honors from the Shenandoah Conservatory with a BFA in Performance & Choreography, I danced professionally in Philadelphia for 10 years while also becoming a Comprehensively Certified Pilates Instructor with Power Pilates.

But after all those amazing experiences, there's no place I'd rather be than back at Music in Motion. I've been thrilled to be the owner and artistic director since 2016. Since taking the helm, I've focused on making Music in Motion an even more welcoming and inspiring space for everyone. That's why we've upgraded the studio with new flooring, barres, and an improved HVAC system (so you can focus on dancing, not sweating!).

But it's not just about the studio itself! I'm also super proud of our thriving non-profit dance company, Children's Dance Theatre. We've expanded performance opportunities like parades, festivals, and sporting events. We've also welcomed new dancers with the addition of a hip-hop team, mini & junior teams, and a performance team, complementing our talented elite senior and apprentice dancers.

We believe in learning from the best! That's why we bring in incredible master teachers like Lloyd A. Boyd (Alvin Ailey & Michael Jackson the Musical!), Rory Freeman (Shaping Sound), and Angela & Colt Prattes (Aladdin tour) for guest artist classes at least three times a year.

And because dance is more than just steps, we're committed to giving back. Through the dance company, we've partnered with amazing charities like The Oncology Unity at CHKD, Ronald McDonald House, The Food Bank of Southeastern VA, D Feet Cancer Foundation, Roc Solid Foundation, and Connect with a Wish. We raise funds through dance performances, drives, and ticket sales, and seeing the joy we bring is truly rewarding.

So, whether you're a seasoned dancer or just starting out, Music in Motion is your place to move, connect, and have a blast! Come say hi – I can't wait to meet you!

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Meet Our Faculty and Staff

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"Fantastic neighborhood dance studio where kids learn true technique with wonderful teachers!"

-Megan

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Ready to Join Us?

We've made things simple for parents by dividing the schedule up by age and programs below!

Mini-Sessions | Pre-School Division (ages 1.5-6) | Recreational Division (ages 7+) | Training Division (ages 12+) | Boys Classes | Adult Classes 

If you still can't find what you are looking for, please contact the studio. We are happy to help you find the BEST class for your dancer!

Contact Us

EMAIL office@musicinmotionva.com
PHONE 757-340-1534
ADDRESS 629 N. Lynnhaven Rd.
Virginia Beach VA 23452 view map

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