About FSDA

Our Mission

Home of award winning choreography! Over 40 years dance experience!

Welcome to First State Dance Academy (FSDA), Milford's premier dance school serving Kent and Sussex counties in Delaware! We have been in business over 15 years in business, providing Milford's community with successfully trained dancers for many performances and school's acceptances, including our dance company's performances of: Nutcracker Ballet (Delaware Dance Alliance), Duke Ellington's Jazz Nutcracker, Coppelia & Nutcracker Ballet (Delaware Dance Alliance & Diamond Dance Co.), Alice in Wonderland, Pippi Longstocking, Pirates of the Caribbean, Twilight Ballet, Annie the Ballet, and several community events.

FSDA is located in Sussex county, DE, offers dance in a variety of forms for the beginner to pre-professional level (ages 3 and older) or just for anyone who wishes to dance. We have a pre-professional dance company housed at FSDA, Delaware Dance Alliance. Our state of the art facilities is equipped with proper flooring and a viewing area and/or cameras so that you may view the students' classes from the lobby and on line (by invite). The studio offers ballet (mostly Vaganova syllabus), pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, modern, Zumba, and tap offering a free mid year performance and ending the year with a dance concert. FSDA offers scholarships to young men after their first two years studying and continuing their ballet education! We also offer professional master classes with guest teachers throughout the year and especially during our summer programs. Our teachers are committed to providing their students the best training with their dance backgrounds and experience. Your child deserves results with your investment in dance so be assured you are choosing the right place for your child's growth in the performing arts! FSDA is a performance based training facility, preparing dancers for a possible professional career in dance, either it being in a dance company, or for college acceptances and/or scholarship opportunities. Come see for yourself! We are proven successful!

Great dance begins here!

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Michele Xiques


Award winning choreography awarded by Delaware Division of the Arts, 2014!

Vaganova background- Over 40 years of dance experience, Professional Ballerina with the Empire State Ballet, NY & the Atlanta Ballet, GA. Obtained the Actor’s Equity Card and performed in: 42nd Street, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Annie (with Joanne Worley), My Fair Lady (with David Baxter Bernie), Hansel & Gretel Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Macbeth and Die Fledermaus Opera, Wilmington, DE. Training has included: Atlanta School of Ballet, GA, Joffrey Ballet, NYC, North Carolina School of the Arts, NC, Point Park College, PA, Delaware Regional Ballet Company and Marion Tracey Dance Studio with Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith (Vaganova), Teresa Emmons, Tony Purnell, Cheri Noble, Flossie Vogel. Education and teaching experience: Two years Point Park College, Pgh, PA, has developed a full-time dance program at Sussex Central H.S., DE, former artistic director of Diamond Dance Company, DE, former ballet mistress of Delaware Ballet, DE. Choreographed and taught at: Salisbury University, MD, Mid-Atlantic Ballet Company, DE, Central Delaware Dance Academy, DE Ballet, Delaware Technical Community College, Georgetown, DE.