Modern Dance Studio  Specializing in Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Acro and Yoga for Males and Females of all Ages 

ExcelDance is located on Main Street in downtown Cass City, Michigan. The studio is in Tuscola County, but only minutes away from Sanilac County and Huron County and offers a variety of classes for all ages and ability levels.  ExcelDance was formerly known as the Sally Doerr Dance Studio.  In 2002, the studio was purchased by Jeralyn Herp from Sally Doerr and in 2003, the name (ExcelDance) and location of the studio were changed.  The same ideals remain at ExcelDance that were started by Sally Doerr.  We continue to travel outside of the area for further training and bring a new/modern life of dance in to the thumb area of Michigan.  We like to say that we are the “Most Loveable Dance Studio in the Thumb of Michigan” offering classes from multiple instructors at various levels and styles.  Please call or email us today for more information.


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ExcelDance Studio of Arts offers a variety of styles of dance to include everyone. We’re confident you’ll find something perfect for you and your child.



Any type of dance that is done to modern, popular music could be considered “Hip-Hop”. Also a musical genre itself, “Hip-Hop” is derived from an urban, “street” type of movement and is generally performed to funky, upbeat music heard on MTV and today’s radio. However, we do censor our music and in this class there will be NO vulgar music or inappropriate songs played. This style is known for fast, athletic movements including popping, locking, isolations, releases, and contractions, as opposed to the fluid balletic types of dance. “Hip-Hop” is extremely popular these days and can be seen virtually everywhere, from commercials to artists in concerts. Our “Hip-Hop” classes include extensive strength training, coordination skill exercises, flexibility activities, turns and combinations in the center to recognizable, age-appropriate music. This class can only enhance coordination needed for any athletic activity. 


The “Jazz” dance style covers perhaps the most territory of all classes. It encompasses a wide variety of styles. Not to be confused with the musical genre of “Jazz”, this style of dance is not always performed to “Jazz” music, but can often use the popular music of today. Combining the basic techniques of ballet with the more modern steps found in Pop and Broadway, “Jazz” is an upbeat, stylish, and versatile dance form. Our “Jazz” classes include intensive strengthening warm ups, stretching techniques to elongate and encourage muscle strength, across the floor movements, kicks, leaps, turns and center combination work to fun and upbeat, recognizable music. Our students will have great knowledge of their terminology, a visual change in strength and flexibility, and a great appreciation for the dance form. 


Tap dancing is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. The shoes have a metal tap on both the heel and toe allowing for many sounds to come from simple movements of the feet. Anyone who has a good sense of rhythm or would like to have one should take a tap class.
Common tap steps include the shuffle, shuffle ball change, flap, flap ball change, running flaps, cramproll, buffalo, Maxi Ford, pullbacks, wings, the paddle roll, the paradiddle, stomp, brushes, scuffs, spanks, riffs, time steps, drawbacks, and chugs. In advanced tap dancing, basic steps are often combined together to create new steps. In group tap dances, the steps are typically kept simple and easy to control. The group of dancers must work together to create the sound keeping their steps at the correct speed to match each other.


Ballet is the foundation of strong, graceful dancers.  Anyone wishing to look naturally graceful should take ballet.  Beauty, flow and elegance are inherent in the elements of ballet. Ballet is the classical dance form that can be mastered by itself or used as a technical base or supplement to other dance forms. Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work, footwork, balances, turns, leaps and traditional ballet combinations are included in all classes.


This beautiful, expressive style if often performed to slower, gentler music. It is called “Lyrical” because its movements are meant to tell audiences a kind of story through dancing to the lyrics of the song. The form combines Ballet techniques with the Jazz and Modern styles influencing the movements. An emotionally driven dance form, “Lyrical” depends greatly on the passion and interpretation of the performer, and not just the movements themselves. “Lyrical” is added to some advanced Ballet and Jazz classes.

Acro-Tumbling (gymnastics)

We offer many classes in acrobatic tumbling for all ages and levels.  We begin with simple rolls, back bends, extentions, tripods, and strength training, but build our advanced tumblers up to handsprings, limbers, tucks, and aerials.  A lot of people think of gymnastics as a sport that is primarily for girls. However, there are many advantages of gymnastics training for boys that can be translated into other sports and other areas of your son’s life. We have many male and female students active in our tumbling program and we offer lessons all year round. 

Strength and Flexibility

Our strength and flexibility classes are mostly taken by the serious dancer wishing to improve their abilities through stretching and strengthening exercises.  Stretching has been proven to not only lengthen but also strengthen the body.  This class will improve body structure, posture, overall technique and knowledge of body movement.  Competitive team members are required to take this class, but anyone wanting to improve their dance ability can enjoy the experience of a Strength and flexibility class. 
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Competitive Company

Only a handful of our most dedicated dancers get to go to conventions and compitions. We start these dances in the summer and then compete in the spring. They get to enjoy a whole weekend of learning from some of the countrys best choreographers. This is an amazing opportunity that we offer to any dancer who is interested.  


Yoga is a practical aid, not a religion. Yoga is an ancient art based on a harmonizing system of development for the body, mind, and spirit. The continued practice of yoga will lead you to a sense of peace and well-being, and also a feeling of being at one with their environment. The practice of yoga makes the body strong and flexible, it also improves the functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, and hormonal systems. Yoga brings about emotional stability and clarity of mind.