About Stage Door Dance Arts - Studio and Faculty

The Stage Door Difference

The philosophy of Stage Door Dance Arts is simple and clear: dance education empowers and defines self-esteem, discipline, creativity, self-confidence, respect, and a sense of community.


We desire to make dance a fun experience for all involved, but we also endeavor to provide a holistic dance program which may include training in voice, theater, choreography, dance history, dance health, and employability.


Our fundamental mission is to maximize the physical, social, emotional, and academic benefits of dance in the students we educate, in a loving, encouraging, yet professional environment where mutual respect is of utmost importance.


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Our Founders

Co-founders, Michelle Knell and Haley Harmon-Ashford, are the best and brightest mother-daughter team in the dance community.


Michelle spent years as a professional ballerina and more than 25 years as a master teacher of technique across multiple disciplines.  Haley, a professional tap-dancer and teacher of master classes, is considered by many to be the best young tap, hip-hop and modern/contemporary teacher and choreographer in Central Arkansas.


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