For 45 years, Sugar Land resident, Ann Moody Sill has had a simple philosophy when it comes to owning and operating a dance studio; “To provide the very best professional instruction in technique and performance in a family-oriented, non-competitive atmosphere; to inspire passion for the art of dance giving every student, regardless of ability, the opportunity to excel, perform and progress; and to instill confidence and sell-esteem in every dancer that passes through our doors”. Ms. Sill opened the dance studio in a former 7-11 store in 1971 in the Alief area as the sole instructor. In 1976, she built her own studio, and in 2002 moved the studio to the Sugar Land area, where it now operates with a staff of 12. AMSDS has seen thousands of students in its 45-year history and now boasts many 2nd generation students.
Classes are offered in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, musical theatre, and tumbling (being “the only dance studio in the Houston area that sill teaches tumbling’, Ms. Sill said). “I am so proud of the students who have gone on to dance or teach professionally. But our main goal is to build self-confidence, which I believe is the most important characteristic a child can possess, and teach life skills like teamwork, hard work, and positive attitudes; skills that can be applied to any line of work or activity. Our Senior Performing Company is a fabulous group of performers containing different strengths and physical characteristics that work together to present amazing pieces of different genres in all kinds of settings”.
A Houston native, Ms. Sill began dancing at 3 years old with the Virgie Lee Emmons School of Dance and continued there into her college years. She credits her learning experience there with influencing her career choice and the qualities of her teaching and business attitudes. 45 years later, Ms. Sill says she still loves her job!
Students perform for various events in the community, including annual Christmas performances at various area locations which include several assisted living centers. The bi-annual Recital is unlike any other; a professionally produced, multi-faceted, entertaining show performed at Houston’s Wortham Center. This year’s show will be held on June 11 and all are welcome!
Ms. Sill concluded by saying, “God blessed me with a gift, and my goal has always been to use it in the way He would want me to. I have met so many amazing kids and parents over the years and had the opportunity to influence so many lives through dance. Not very many people can say that they have had a job for 45 years that they loved going to every day – but I can!”