Discover Art & Soul Dance Company

Art & Soul Dance Company is the leading dance institution in Sarasota/ Manatee/ Bradenton. At our school, we aim to encourage a widespread love of dance, welcoming children and adults who can’t help but feel the rhythm! 

Art & Soul Dance Company was founded in 2017, when our Artistic Director Alana Turner MLDMA, DMA, CDTA, DEA relocated here from Toronto and recognized the  area’s need for a professional, unparalled Dance Education Facility with a philosophy to create a positive, welcoming environment which is encouraging for all.

About Art & Soul Dance Company

Located within the City of Lakewood Ranch, Art & Soul Dance Company is the most comprehensive dance facility within the Sarasota/ Bradenton region. We have 2 spacious studios and 8 styles to offer for students from ages 2.5 – Adult…. at Recreational to Competitive levels.

To ensure classes are suitable for those who attend, we offer a range of options across styles, age groups and abilities. Whether you are aiming for a professional career, looking to stay fit or finally ready to give dance a try, we have a class for you.

The teachers at Art & Soul Dance Company  have a vast range of experience across disciplines. Our collective approach is to share our love of dance while being supportive and encouraging.

Enroll for group lessons or book private lessons at a time that suits you.


The Art & Soul Faculty are committed to introducing new and improved programming to meet the ever-changing needs of our community, and the industry!  With a wide variety of programming, and a diverse and inclusive approach to Dance, Art & Soul is sure to be your family’s best choice for Dance Education.

Our Teachers

Alana Turner

Founder and Artistic Director

Alana Turner, CDTA, MLDMA, DMA, DEA, our company’s founder and Director, has vast experience in Dance Education as well as the entrepreneurial skill set required to own and operate a dance studio …Read More

Danielle Downes

Executive Director

Miss Danielle has 3 daughters who dance, and is therefore an amazing addition to our team! As the mother of dancers, she works with each Art & Soul Family to find the perfect fit of programming. Furthermore, her …Read More

Melissa Dobbs


Melissa has spent the past 20 years enthusiastically innovating, creating and cultivating a leading performing arts school in the Washington DC area dedicated to launching students into the world as extraordinary …Read More

Sofia Petronio


Certified with American Ballet Theater (ABT) Teacher’s Training, Miss Sofia comes to us from Argentina, and is fluently bilingual. She has a Specialized Training in teaching younger dancers, and is adored for …Read More

Marissa Smith


Confident Ballet Teacher creating a welcoming and safe learning environment for all students. Patient professional catering to student needs by incorporating different
learning styles. Promoting …Read More

Natalia Mock


We are so excited to welcome Natalia Mock! Originally from Pittsburgh PA, she is very excited to join get team of Art & Soul! She is an accomplished performer, choreographer, teacher and director who …Read More

Brian ‘BB’ Bristol


Mr. Brian is excited to return to Art & Soul… where is now teaching both Recreational and Competitive Hip Hop. His cutting edge choreography is well loved by all the kids he teaches AND he is excited to …Read More

Elaynne Speckman


We are so happy to have Miss Elaynne join our team! With experience in Gymnastics, Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theater…and a background with the Disney College Program, Miss Elaynne’s wonderful energy and …Read More

Kiara ‘KIKI’ Barnes

Faculty, Camp & Party Director

Miss Kiki is the most beloved of all teachers! Currently a Senior at Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Miss Kiki brings a genuine warmth and authenticity to her classes that no-one can match. Her classes …Read More

Haley Simmons


Haley Simmons was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida where her dance training began at the age of fourteen, at Booker HIgh School’s Visual and Performing Arts Program. There, under the direction of Courtney Smith, …Read More

Trisia Brown Davis


Trisia Davis is an international choreography that has worked with major  artists such as Flo Rida, Trina, Natalie LaRose,  Gladys Knight, Brianna, and City Girls! Her  work has been featured on major television  shows such as…Read More