Imagine being part of a passionate, organized and current center for dance with a mashup of opportunities for the entire family
Our mission is to provide positive, healthy and enriching dance experiences to the people of the South Central PA region. Students of all levels, ages and abilities may choose programs of interest according to their dance priority with no regard to their ability to pay. Captivating audiences through performances and dedicated outreach activities that promote a lifelong enjoyment of dance are at the core of our purpose.
We are committed to enriching lives with dance
We are committed to enriching the lives of others on a regional scope and strive to be an artistic anchor and a charitable constant in our community and a bridge to fulfillment in the arts. We wish to link arts, education and community.
We love to produce multi-faceted dancexperiences for everyone that we are able to reach. We pride ourselves in the diversity of the experiences we offer (i.e. style of music; genre of dance; intensity of training).
Our Story beings in 1971 when the school was founded by Shana Garling in Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania under the name “Shana Garling’s School of Ballet”. Mrs. Garling was the only instructor and also served as president, administrator, choreographer, secretary/treasurer, and more. The first dance performance was held in 1972 at Northeastern High School, Manchester and featured approximately 40 students who studied once or twice a week. Many things have changed over the years, but Shana Garling’s dream of exciting the heart, mind, soul, and spirit through dance remains.
Today, we are grateful for our 45 years of sharing what we love…DANCE
Our 16th annual Nutcracker Ballet had record attendance with two nearly sold out productions. Our focus is on serving our community through Dance It Forward, an educational outreach and scholarship endeavor. Dance It Forward offers dance to everyone with no regard to their ability to pay and seeks to assist gifted students. This was solely dependent upon available funds.
In 2015, a Creative Impact Award was granted by the Cultural Alliance of York County to create a culturally diverse production, The Hip Nut.
In 2016, we performed at Disney World on St. Patrick’s Day, performed with the York Symphony Orchestra and set several new ballets. With Dance Your Life as our new tagline, we are ready to reach all people with our love of dance.
What will be next?
May we have the next dance?
“My daughter has been taking classes at the studio since age two, and now at age seven, is finishing her first year in the Midstate Ballet. I’m amazed at her growth through the many performance opportunities available to her at such a young age. The older students in the company have been so inviting and supportive, and it’s a true reflection of the entire Greater York “family” of instructors, parents and volunteers.”
“My daughter has grown up here! The directors have created a nurturing, well rounded curriculum emphasizing proper technique and safe training. Their approach encourages personal growth along with expert training. The directors are very well connected to the ballet world and routinely bring in teachers from outside of the area.“
“As my child is preparing to perform in her third Nutcracker ballet with Greater York Dance I can’t help but reflect on our journey so far. I have watched my child grow from a timid, shy, anxious little girl into a confident, mature, happy young lady. Dance is her passion and I trust the staff at Greater York Dance to nurture that passion and to help her continue to grow into a dance professional. She is getting a well rounded dance education from a group of talented artists and professionals who share her passion! I highly recommend Greater York Dance for both recreational and pre professional training. I look forward to continuing our journey through dance with our dance family! ”
“Greater York Dance = Outstanding Dance Training! Greater York Dance fosters a love for dance. They provide a well-rounded dance education and provide a variety of dance styles for all ages and levels. They specialize in classical ballet and can take you to the next level of your dance training (professional dance level as well as college level). They provide the highest standard of dance education for everyone. Dance training provides creative thinking, well-organized children, increased time management, increased self-esteem, as well as a community of friendship and a love for dance. This is the place to be if you are looking for top-notch dance training as well as lots of fun!”
“Taking dance and participating in the company saved me emotionally, many, many times and is why I direct and choreography musicals at my school. I want to provide my students with the joy and fulfillment that I felt from every practice and performance I was able to have. Dancing has always made me feel alive!!!”
“I took dance class for many years with Shana, and I loved every minute of it! This is why I love music and dance even now, years later.”
“GYD has taught me the values of life through the discipline and passion of dance. My dance teachers Shana, Lori & Mindy not only taught Ballet an Jazz technique but life skills, and helped me grow as a performer, choreographer and dance educator. Studying at GYD empowers you to dance beyond the physical body, to dance from the heart, and educates you how to move efficiently to achieve the technique. Dance is a gift, and GYD shared that gift with me. I am thankful beyond words to give back, as a dance teacher under their wings. Inspired by the professional teachers that taught me, I dedicated my life to pursuing a dance career. When you study at GYD, you discover you are the architect of your dreams. Together, we can start building your dreams one plie at a time.”
- The Nutcracker Ballet, Dec 9 & 10, 2017July 24, 2017 - 2:17 pm
Tickets starting at $14 for children and $18 for adults Since 1999, Greater York Dance has produced this York County favorite. Enjoy Tchaikovsky’s beloved masterpiece, a spectacular annual holiday tradition for families. The magic comes alive as Clara’s dream unfolds when her Nutcracker comes to life. Enjoy the fantasy as she sails into the Kingdom […]
- The Hip Nut… Fri, Dec 8, 2017July 24, 2017 - 2:08 pm
Tickets starting at $14 for children and $18 for adultsLove Wins! The Hip Nut is a multicultural dance production to the story of the Nutcracker with the morale that “LOVE WINS”. Watch Clara as she jams to a contemporary music mashup as this Nutcracker story takes place in present times. The performers will post LIVE […]
Mon-Thr: 4-8 pm
Sat: 10am-1 pm
Office hours and schedules are always updated on the Calendar as we dance many more than our office hours.
Greater York Dance
3524 E Market St
York, PA 17402
(717) 755-MOVE (6683)