About Us


Now in its 35th year of operation, Denton Dance Conservatory (DDC) was founded in 1988 by Owner/Director, Lisa Racina-Torre, DDC  has become THE place to educate your dancer in Denton, Texas!  Dancers, ages 2+ have found their dance “home” at DDC no matter what their dancing goals!  We have graduates of Denton Dance Conservatory that have gone on to major college dance programs throughout the country, as well as pursuing professional careers in the dance arts.

Denton Dance Conservatory subscribes to teaching through positive reinforcement and nurturing in order to produce a life-long respect and love for dance as well as very happy and well-trained young dancers.  The studio’s Owner/Founder, Lisa Racina has developed a classical ballet curriculum based on the Vaganova and Cecchetti techniques, as well as a highly respected Modern dance program that gives young people the strength, technical knowledge, flexibility, and creativity to dance to their fullest potential.  DDC offers classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and pilates.

When you become part of DDC’s dance family, your dancer will have the opportunity to perform in Racina’s holiday ballet, “A Gift for Emma,” (see more under Performance Information) sponsored by Denton Dance Conservatory’s resident non-profit dance company, The Denton City Contemporary Ballet and youth company, the Denton Youth City Ballet (see more under Performing Companies).  Your dancer will also perform in the studio Annual Recital Showcase held in early-mid June annually.  DDC’s dancers have also performed in everyDenton Arts and Jazz Festival during the last 20 years!  Other community and area performances have included the Denton’s annual Blues Festival, the Selwyn Fall Festival, Dance for the Planet in Dallas, Oktoberfest in Ft. Worth, Denton Community Theatre and Music Theatre of Denton productions, as well as participating individually in school activities and talent shows.

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of Events

The Studio tries to follow the Denton Independent School District closures bad weather days.  Check email and/or call the studio for a  approximately 2 hours prior to your class to see if the studio is open.

Tuition Fees

and Policies

2022 – 2023

Fees are monthly and based on the number of hours per week.

Dress Code

For Students

Please shop our ONLINE DANCE WEAR BOUTIQUE. You will be able to select your particular class list, and see recommended items from there


Hours and More

In the spring of 2007, DDC expanded to include another  1800 square feet for a total of 4800 square feet

Assistant Teacher


DDC’s Assistant Teacher Training Program started back in 1995 and has been going strong ever since!  DDC dancers who have trained with us a minimum of three years and who are at least 13 years of age are eligible to apply.

Frequently Asked


Find a list here.  We help you as much as we can!

 Shelly Joyner

“The most wonderful dance education environment around. Professional teachers teach superb dance techniques but also leadership, discipline, creative thinking, and other skills that aren’t taught in school. I’ve been involved with this school and dance company for 25 years and feel like it’s a home.”


Bonnie North

“We have been at DDC for the last several years and I have nothing but positive things to say! The perfect balance of fun and firm in the studio, the kids have fun and get excellent instruction! I have truly enjoyed a dance studio with no drama and great communication. Love the instructors and staff, we will be there until our daughter quits dancing!”

Sally Baker

“Love DDC! We’ve been a part of this school for 9 years now. It’s been a great place for my daughters to grow as dancers, and a great family for them to be a part of.

Josey Nawrot

“Thank you for another amazing year of dance!  We are truly blessed by the talent and passion for dance displayed by Lisa Racina-Torre and DDC’s outstanding faculty and staff!  You bring out the best in our children and make a difference in all of our lives by enriching us all with the art of dance!”

Laurie Griffin

“Thank you so much for such an awesome, welcoming, positive place for my child to dance.  Annie loves DDC and really identifies herself as a dancer!  You have such a gift with embracing and inspiring young girls.  Believe me, we know that is rare.  Dance has been so wonderful for Annie!  You are appreciated!”

Kate and Emma Tyler

“Thank you for the email checking in with us. We are so happy with Denton Dance Conservatory. Emma loves her teacher Ms. Hannah and after trying several different schools we feel like this will be our dance home for her future. We appreciate the professionalism and also the obvious care and kindness we have been shown. We look forward to many more years at Denton Dance Conservatory! “

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