Take a FREE TRIAL CLASS in any dance style at The Dance Academy!


If you were unable to attend The High Impact Competitive Dance Team Auditions due to a previous obligation, please call Shari Furnstahl at (253)848-8876 for a private audition.



Dance Classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical/contemporary, and combination classes during the school year. We also offer musical theatre classes. Classes meet once a week. All classes begin with a very important warm-up and stretch. During the first half of the year, emphasis is on technique. The latter half is spent preparing a routine for the annual dance celebration performance. This routine utilizes the technique learned during the year.

Pre-dance classes are for students ages 3 through 4, Level 1 is for students ages 5-6, Level 2 classes are for students ages 7-8, Level 3 is for students ages 9-10, Level 4 is for students ages 11-12, Level 5 is for students ages 13-15, and Level 6 is for students ages 16-18. We also are offering Adult classes.

The age recommended for each level is a suggestion. However, skill level will determine final placement. Skill level will be evaluated by an instructor during the first class, and students may dance up or down a level in a class the best fits their experience level and interests. The goal is that the students will be challenged, but still enjoy the experience of learning.


The Dance Academy offers Pre-Dance classes. Pre-Dance classes are for students ages 3 through 4 years old.


Classes combine primary ballet and tap, or ballet and jazz for new dancers.  Hip Hop and Musical theater is also offered. Level 1 is for 5-6 year olds.  Level 2 is for 7-8 years old.  Basic technique is emphasized.  Children are prepared for future classes by learning to follow and perform combinations, while maintaining a strong focus on the enjoyment of dance


Level 5 is for students ages 13-15, and Level 6 is for students ages 16-18 years old.


We offer Adult Classes at the The Dance Academy.



Ballet is a theatrical art form using dancing, music, and scenery to convey a story, theme, or atmosphere.


To ensure aspiring ballerinas are ready for pointe, many schools require students to take pre-pointe, a class separate from regular ballet technique.  The curriculum allows teachers ample time to help students build the strength and alignment necessary for pointe work.  It also helps them assess readiness, which lessens the risk of injury once students are in their shoes.


Pointe teaches students to learn to be able to get on a position on the extreme tips of the toes.


A style of contemporary, modern or jazz dance that has emerged from the fusion of one of those three types of dance with ballet and pop music (mainly). It combines simple choreographic vocabulary with technically difficult moves, in an expressive style that follows the lyrics of songs and is often interpreted in the short solo format.


Jazz is a form of dance that builds on the technique of ballet but adds a more rhythmical tone and allows opportunity for personal expression and style throughout. Jazz is always evolving, but also maintains roots within the classical jazz style.technically difficult moves, in an expressive style that follows the lyrics of songs and is often interpreted in the short solo format.


Flexibility can be improved with stretching exercises. While stretching does not increase your muscle strength, it is an important part of reducing injury risk and soreness that results from activity.


Tumbling class is the act, practice, or art of performing acrobatic tumbles, especially on a mat or on the ground.


Tap dance is a rhythmic dance done with small metal plates attached to the bottom of the dancer’s shoes that make a “tapping” sound when they touch a hard floor.  Tap involves rhythmic patterns and percussion along with many technical moves.


Hip hop is a high-energy form of dance that incorporates much individuality and rhythm into the executed movements.  There is a lot of room for personal style and creativity to come through in hip hop, and it is  much more diverse rather than structured when compared to most other varieties of dance.


Adaptive Hip Hop teach the latest hip hop moves while working on body awareness, strength flexibility, concentration, self confidence and social skills.


I have been dancing at the dance academy for almost 8 years

I have been dancing at the dance academy for almost 8 years and it is literally my second home. Shari and Dave put every effort in to making the studio a comfortable place. Throughout my years as both a competitive and recreational dancer, Shari has not only taught us how to be the dancers we are today, but she has also set an expectation on how to treat others. I love my dance team, because we are more than a team, we are a family, and I thank Shari for encouraging us to stick together as a team/family no matter what! The amount of kindness and support the Furnstahls provide is amazing. I love the dance academy and I highly recommend it if you are looking for a studio that will provide your son or daughter with great instruction and an amazing experience!

Kaylee Eidson

My daughter has been at the dance studio for 3.5 years…

My daughter has been at the academy for 3.5 years. This is her third year on the high impact dance team. My daughter has grown so much since being here. It has changed our life. She loves her dance academy friends and family

Best Dance studio in Puyallup!

Best dance studio in Puyallup! Great teachers, staff and owners!

Rebecca Douglas Garrison

Changed my son’s life!

The Dance Academy changed my son's life! Boys who like to dance are "different" and that can be painful....until you channel them in a way that supports and challenges their gift to grow. Our children come to know that they are special, and they learn to embrace discipline, make goals, and strive for excellence. The culture at the Dance Academy is like no other. If your child wants to dance, I cannot recommend The Dance Academy of Puyallup highly enough.

Gretchen Stockman

Faith Based

They are currently at a new location on Canyon I believe.  They are a great faith based organization that does great things for our young girls.  I give them a 4 out of 5 starts.

Rob R

Thank you

Thank you so much for the amazing birthday party. It was set up beautifully. Better than I ever thought. This was the first time I have ever got to just enjoy the party and not have to worry about anything! You kept the party going from one activity to the next. The kids were never bored. Everyone was so impressed! I can't thank you enough. Also the price can't be beat! We called a number of places looking for a party space. Everywhere wanted almost double for less than they provide. Truly life savers.       **************************Also I will add that my daughter recently started dance classes here. We came from another school. I'm so glad we changed to here. My daughter loves class. She has a huge smile the entire class period.

Stephanie P


Ballet & ballet related classes: Black ballet leotard, pink or black skirts, pink leather ballet shoes. Tumbling, Tap, Hip Hop, Fitness classes: Appropriate shoes for the dance discipline. No combat boots or black heel/sole shoes on floors, please. For hip hop please wear clean or new shoes. Do not wear any street shoes on our floors. This is a requirement.

Please wear fitted clothes that are comfortable and appropriate. Do not wear jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, or other loose fitting clothing for tumbling.

We recommend Bloch shoes (tap, ballet, and jazz) and professional ballet tights. Tights should be pink.

You can purchase introductory shoes at Payless Shoe Source, but the better shoes are online at Discountdance.com (read sizing charts carefully) or at the Dance Collection in Tacoma and Federal Way.

Please wear your hair in a bun for ballet and ballet related classes.

Wear your hair up and completely off of your face for all other classes.