to the website of Mount Pearl School of Dance, Mount Pearl's oldest dance studio, entering it's 42nd year of operation. Under the artistic direction of Michele Newhook, Erika Wilansky, Elisabeth Hartling, and Amanda Chretien, MPSD offers enriched instruction in ballet, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, Irish dance, jazz, tap, jazz funk, and heels dance, in a fun and caring environment.

At MPSD, we strive to maintain a low student-teacher ratio which provides more attention to the student. Classes at all levels are carefully designed to develop sound technique and to encourage teamwork, respect, discipline, and confidence. In addition to a solid technical background we offer the students the latest trends in dance set to a wide variety of music styles.



  • Supportive, knowledgeable, professional teachers who nurture each student's potential and love of dance
  • Examination opportunities in Cecchetti Ballet, RAD Ballet, ISTD Tap, Modern Theatre & National Dance
  • Performance opportunities not only in the annual recital, but throughout the year in different community events
  • Student Scholarships


  • Classes available for pre-schoolers, children, teens, and adults
  • Beginner through advanced levels


  • Discounted tuition fees when enrolling in multiple classes (Dance Packages)
  • Convenient payment schedule available
  • Opportunities to make up missed classes

MPSD strives to instill a love of dance through our passionate approach to movement. This is achieved by capturing the student's natural enthusiasm for movement and music with each teacher's distinctive teaching style. MPSD believes in delivering the highest quality dance instruction to every student that walks through the door, regardless of age, dance background, or dance aspirations. We make every class count by setting our goals high and celebrating our achievements. We are committed to providing a high level of instruction that enriches our students' physical and social development, inspiring a life-long love of dance.

Testimonials - Here's What People are Saying About Us

"My girls have just finished their 6th year of dancing with Mount Pearl School of Dance and have loved EVERY minute that they have been there. I appreciate how Michele and her team have been able to find that perfect balance between training, discipline and fun. They have nurtured my girls along and have helped to create a passion for dance and for that I am grateful. It is such a joy to watch your child do what she loves to do with confidence and a huge smile on her face. With all the stages the girls go through the only constant is that when September comes THERE WILL BE DANCING!"

Andrea R. - Paradise

"I really noticed a dramatic difference in Sarah's dancing this year - her style, her posture, her technique seemed somehow more refined and advanced. I attribute much of this growth to exemplary instruction. Thank you!"

John C. - St. John's

"What happens at Mount Pearl School of Dance? Creativity, esteem building, acceptance, nurturance and a love for the dance....These are the reasons that my girls have been dancing there for the past 15 years."

Judy M. - St. John's

"Words cannot express my gratitude to you. Your class has brought me such an increased self respect and so much fun times. Thanks for the wonderful year!"

Claire M. - St.John's

"I have learned more from you in a year than I have in 15 years. Thank you so much for teaching me this year and making me feel welcome. You're an inspiration."

Robyn B. - Mt. Pearl

"You have changed the way I dance. You have taught me to attack the steps without fear, and encouraged me to find deeper emotional connections to the variations I practice. Because of working with you, I saw a tremendous improvement in my dance and performance quality. You are a true gift to the dance world, a creative and engaging teacher, and an incredible friend."

Maisie S. - Toronto