Kim Teachout Thomas, Owner and Director, is the heart of Prince William Dance Academy (PWDA). It is because of her vision for a neighborhood place where families and students could gather, learn and perform that the Academy became a reality.
At PWDA, your 3 or 4 year old will love our fun, imaginative Twinkle Star/Baby Ballerina classes! Your pre-schooler (5-7 yr) can explore ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop, and we offer many classes for elementary, middle and high school age children, including beginner, intermediate or advanced levels. Our dedicated team of teachers will encourage and nurture your child during their dance journey, and whether your child chooses to participate for fun, or wants to pursue more serious dance study,we hope PWDA will become their home away from home.
PWDA opened in the little town of Nokesville with a one room dance studio in 2002. We quickly outgrew our space, and
in 2006, Prince William Dance Academy moved to its current location in a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century church (formerly St. Anne’s Episcopal Chapel) . Dancers enjoy the exquisite cathedral windows that flood the dance studios with natural light, gleaming hardwood floors, and elegant architectural details, such as the belfry, that make the building special and unique. The town of Nokesville was established in 1865 and prospered as a rural village with dozens of homes, a general store, public school, bank, The Hebron Seminary, and a train depot. In the early 1920's, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church was consumed by fire and was rebuilt on the same site as an exact replica of the first church. It changed hands and denominations several times through its history, and has now been lovingly restored as the Prince William Dance Academy.
Today, Nokesville still retains its sense of nostalgia and country charm .
Prince William Dance Academy embraces the small town community pride of Nokesville and we offer a unique, caring environment for all of our dance students. We take pride in our warm and welcoming atmosphere where we focus on creating a fun and positive experience, while helping children develop those old fashion values that will last a lifetime.
“My daughter has been enrolled in classes at PWDA for the past 3 years and I've been impressed since day one. My daughter is young so I was unsure of what to expect when a dozen or so little girls attempt to learn where to stand and how to move their feet while wearing funny sounding shoes that they can't even tie themselves. But when we met director Kim Thomas during registration, she spoke to my daughter at eye level and simply told me not to worry. I have not actually seen Ms. Kim's magic wand, but somehow the students listened, learned and put on a recital performance that brought tears to my eyes. Ten years from now when I'm sitting in the audience watching my then teenager dance with the grace and skill I've applauded the older dancers for, I'll have PWDA to thank for strengthening her body and building her confidence; and I'll have Ms. Kim to thank for tying her first pair of dance shoes.”
“Just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done for Kate and me. The dance studio was her home away from home. She loved going there and I didn’t have to worry, I always knew she was safe and with her friends. Dancing was such a big part of her life growing up and you gave her many lessons in dance and in life. They say it takes a village to raise a child. I say it takes a village and a dance studio! Many thanks!”
Courtney absolutely LOVES your ballet/tap class! Thank you for your patience with her learning and for providing a fun way for her to learn to dance. Every day she asks us, "is it dance day yet?!!" Thanks again!
I highly recommend Prince William Dance Academy in Nokesville !! Hannah has taken classes there for years. Eli has taken classes there too! The director of the studio is fantastic!!
Prince William Dance Academy is great! Kim Thomas owner/teacher is such a kind and loving person. She loves what she does and it shows.
Carolyn Grimsley Lopez
“My (our) heart is here at PWDA!”
My daughter has now completed two years at PWDA and I am very pleased with the effect that this Dance Academy has had on her. I love the self confidence and self discipline that she has gained. When my daughter is dancing she plunges into another world where she exudes a happiness that warms my heart & soul. Best decision I have made for her growth and physical development!!
My daughter has really grown as a dancer and in self confidence since joining PWDA. She tried out a couple studios in the area, but when we visited PWDA, Ms. Kim was so warm and welcoming, we signed up. Initially, Kylie started out with private lessons with the goal of making her high school dance team. Ms. Kim and her staff not only helped her succeed in her goals but Kylie also had a lot of fun while improving her dance skills. This led us to sign up for the group classes the next year and again this year, and we couldn't be happier. Kylie has improved so much and also really enjoys going to classes each week, now she is taking 4 classes and loving it. The recital last year was the perfect showcase for the studio students and a very well put together production! I highly recommend PWDA to beginners and skilled dancers.”