Tahoe Dance School

About Tahoe Dance School

A Brief History

Tahoe Dance School was founded by Molly Story Arbogast in 1993 where the school’s modest beginning started in a small room under her garage. The school flourished and moved to Incline Village Recreation Center and the Lake Forest Creative Center , Tahoe City. Molly’s professional career began with the San Francisco Ballet where she danced from 1982 – 1986. She also danced professionally with Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Reno Ballet. While expecting her first child, she handed directorship over to Dee Dee Terzian. Molly continues her teaching while living in Reno and often returns to Tahoe Dance School to teach Master classes during the summer months.

Dee Dee Terzian has been owner and director of Tahoe Dance School Since May of 1996. Dee Dee is a Registered Teacher of Royal Academy of Dance and under her direction the school has grown to offer classes for Pre-school ages through Adults in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Modern. Performances, RAD Exams, Summer Camps and Intensives are all part of the curriculum.


Dee Dee Terzian – Ballet, Registered teacher of Royal Academy of Dance
Suzanne Holmes - Ballet, Registered teacher of Royal Academy of Dance
Marla Richardson – Jazz, Hip Hop
Lisa Woody - Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro

We believe there are many artistic, educational and social benefits to be gained through regular dance classes. Ballet and related forms of dance allow children to explore their natural love of movement. Not only does it strengthen bodies, improve co-ordination and sharpen minds, it teaches patience, discipline and determination, all skills that can be applied to other aspects of life.

Junior School is for the younger child entering the world of dance. Children are accepted from 3 1/2 years of age and classes focus on group participation, awareness of music, self-expression, spatial awareness and simple dance movements all in a fun, imaginative setting.

Classical Ballet classes Elementary through High School follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus that emphasizes correct placement and strong technique, both of which allow for greater artistic freedom. The syllabus progresses students through a series of levels that focus on co-ordination, musicality, grace, discipline, poise, self-confidence and an appreciation of the arts. The levels are attainable by those who dance for pure enjoyment while still providing a challenge for those considering a career in dance.

At Tahoe Dance School early training focuses on traditional academic correctness. While classical technique is the cornerstone of dance training, at a certain age (or stage) it is great to branch out into different styles and different approaches as long as the basic classical classes are continued. The somewhat slower, precise practice on basics should continue throughout a young dancers training.

Classes in other forms of dance should be seen as an addition to the RAD training. They provide the dancers with different ways to move and are highly encouraged. In addition to Classical Ballet we offer Beginning through Advanced Jazz, Hip Hop and Tap.


Students in Classical Ballet participate in the annual December performance. The June performance showcases the work of Tap, Jazz, HipHop and Modern classes and includes all current works of the Tahoe Dance Competition Company. Junior School (3 1/2 years – Kindergarten) has their very own performance early June.


Tahoe Dance School students 1st Grade and up are entered for yearly Royal Academy of Dance exams that progress them through comprehensive well structured levels. In preparing for the exams students are given the opportunity to thoroughly learn and refine their current curriculum to the best of their ability before moving to the next level. Exams provide a sense of achievement that comes from mastering a goal and moving on to the next challenge. Above all, the exam syllabus is designed to be enjoyed. Students 1st Grade and up are expected to participate while students 9th – 12th Grades may choose depending on their level of commitment. Extra coaching is sometimes necessary beforehand. Parents are invited to the final rehearsals and enjoy seeing the progress their child has made during the year.

Competition Company

Tahoe Dance Competition Company is an audition only company that provides dancers with an additional opportunity to perform. Auditions are held in September and the group travels Northern California and Nevada in the spring competing against other dance companies in the region. Dancers with experience in ballet, jazz, hip-hop and tap are welcome to audition.

Summer Classes

Tahoe Dance School “Beach and Ballet” offers a variety of dance camps for all ages and abilities. Lunch break is always taken at Skylandia Beach. Early evening ballet classes on a drop in basis are offered throughout the summer vacation. Guest teachers are invited to work with intermediate and advanced TDS members enabling students the opportunity to try other dance genres not usually covered during the regular school year. E-mail info@tahoedanceschool.com if you wish to receive information when the current year schedule is confirmed.


All items can be purchased through Tahoe Dance School. The Dance Shoppe is only open at certain times and shoe fittings can be made by request. There are often good used items available.

Ballet Beginning with Kindergarten Ballet each level progresses to a different uniform every year. Hair is to be worn pulled back away from the face and fastened securely. Long hair is to be worn in a bun. Soft stretch hair bands are acceptable for shorter hair styles. Character shoes and skirts are rented at a yearly fee of $25.00 per student. They are to be kept at the studio at all times.

Jazz Leotard, tan tights, black jazz shorts, jazz shoes can all be purchased through Tahoe Dance School. Hair is to be pulled back away from the face.

Tap Beginning levels wear white tights and black leotards with patent leather tap shoes. Students progress to tan tights and lace up leather tap shoes. All items can be purchased through Tahoe Dance School. Good used tap shoes are available.

Pride in ones appearance carries over into ones work. Students are expected to arrive in class dressed correctly. Parents are asked to provide their dancer with the items necessary to achieve a neat and tidy appearance. Bun pins and hairnets are available at the Dance Shoppe. Absolutely no jewelry other than stud earrings is to be worn in class. This includes watches.