Welcome to SSDC

Dream to Dance? Dance with Us!

Silver Spring Dance Conservatory is a nonprofit community school of dance founded by Colleen Schmidt and Nancy Nehr in 1997.  When the partners established SSDC, they did so with the belief that a positive and supportive setting lends itself to superior physical, emotional, social, and artistic development.  SSDC proudly maintains that philosophy to this day. 

SSDC originated with a focus on Modern and Ballet technique.  Today SSDC offers classes in Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Jazz, Theater Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, and Yoga.  Our instructors are some of the best in Lancaster, having studied and performed all over the world, from London to Las Vegas and New York to New Zealand. 

Our season runs from September until May, and we offer summer classes from June through August.  Private lessons and studio rental are also available.  Please contact our director for more information. 



  Our Mission

"SSDC is a community based school of dance providing professional dance education that nurtures the student's physical, emotional, artistic, and social development. As a non-profit studio we ensure that all who dream to dance, can."
  • We want dance to be a fun and nurturing experience for our youngest dancers. As the dancers get older we encourage body awareness, movement to music, fun, social skills and fitness as part of the entire package at SSDC.
  • Through our Work-to-Dance program we are able to offer affordable dance classes to ANYONE and EVERYONE. See our Director for more details.
  • This is YOUR community studio, so to make your experience at SSDC all it can be, please feel free to call us, e-mail us, or stop by and see what we have to offer.