The Dance Refinery            8335 Shelby Street          Indianapolis, Indiana 46227           phone: 3178811905

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Effective January 1, 2008, the legal structure of The Dance Refinery, Inc. changed.  All of the assets of The Dance Refinery and The Dance Depot were donated by Lynn Herrick to Artist in Motion, Inc., an Indiana nonprofit corporation that has been deteminded by the Internal Revenue Service to be a tax-exempt organization as described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.  Artist in Motion, Inc. now owns and controls all assets of The Dance Refinery, Inc. but because of the strong reputation and name recognition of The Dance Refinery, the executive director and board of Artists in Motion, Inc. decided to retain The Dance Refinery as the name that the business would continue to operate under.  The primary reasons behind creating Artists in Motion, Inc. were (and still are) to allow for the expansion of educational opportunities to students, and to solicit donations and grants so that additional aid can be offered to student scholarships. Lynn Herrick is the new Executive Director, of Artists in Motion, Inc. We continue to be located at 8335 Shelby Street with the same outstanding employees and curriculum. 





Dear Parents, Students, Friends and Family,


Among my blessings as the Executive Director are the many talented, dedicated and loyal people that have or are a part of The Dance Refinery history.  Most of my lifelong friends come from within The Dance Refinery walls.  I’m proud to say that many of them are former students and/or staff who have helped make TDR what it is today, one of the top dance studios in the country! 


The most important ingredient of The Dance Refinery is our students.  Our lives are entwined with theirs as we grow and learn together.  As they have progressed and their needs have changed, so have ours.  In the course of thirty-five years, The Dance Refinery has gone through all kinds of transitions – location, logo, performing groups, competitive gymnastics, all star cheer, etc. (the list goes on, as does the beat).


One thing above all remains constant – all of us strive to provide our students with a quality education in whatever discipline they wish to pursue and aim to instill within them a love and appreciation for that art form.  This is what makes us so proud of how far we have come together.  The training that students receive at TDR is the perfect academic supplement as it promotes physical activity and provides students with valuable life lessons in teamwork, discipline, dedication and time management, ultimately helping to shape them into confident and successful young adults. 


There have been some amazing memories for me, as well as for the staff and students involved.  The Dance Refinery has grown because of all of our students, family and friends past and present.  Thank you for believing in the dreams of your children and trusting us to refine your most precious jewel!  We look forward to thirty more years and what they may bring with all of you.




Lynn Herrick

Executive Director


 « About our Staff «

« 2 original members of The Dance Refinery
« Over a half dozen staff members have been at The Dance Refinery for 10 years or more
« 5 USAG safety certified coaches (2 of whom were former directors of gymnastics facilities)
« 1 ballet/gymnastics instructor trained in Beijing, China in the Vaganova ballet method.  He has performed professionally in China, in the USA
        for 4 American presidents, and toured internationally.
« 1 Indianapolis Colts cheerleader
« 1 former Indiana Pacemate
« Some are currently pursuing college degrees, a few with dance degrees, several degrees in education, 1 attorney, 1 with a degree in music 
       and others with professional dance backgrounds


«Where are they now?«


« Many graduates have gone on to pursue dance and musical theatre degrees at American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), Butler

        University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Julliard, Indiana University, Millikin, New York University, Pointe Park College, and  

        University of Arizona. 


« Others have gone on to minor in dance and pursue other degrees at University of Illinois, Indiana University, Ball State University, University

        of Indianapolis, Purdue University, IUPUI, Marion College.


« Other former members have eased out of the collegiate role and into the professional world, pursuing opportunities such as; Hubbard Street 
        Dance Company and River North Dance; performing in films (American Beauty); dancing for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular;
        touring as a dancer for Christina Aguilera; Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader, Indiana Pacemate, Cincinnati Bengal’s Cheerleader; Principal
role in the National Tour of Bye Bye Birdie, and teacher and studio owner in Canada.     


Congratulations TDR! 

2009 A-List Winner 3rd year in a row! 

Best Dance Studio in Indianapolis 



«Our A-List Comments«

"Lynn Herrick and her staff have done an extraordinary job of helping our shy little girl become a confident young lady. We have been very pleased with our years at TDR and the experiences that we've had. TDR is beyond A-List material."  -- Jennifer F.

"The Dance Refinery is an awesome place to take dance, gymnastics, and cheer. There is something for everyone here. My four children have taken classes here since they were babies,even the boys. TDR is a great studio for boys too! There is a high quality of instruction. The staff is so friendly and helpful but very professional. And, I must also say that the adult classes are a fun way to get a great work out from some very talented instructors.....we have a lot of fun! TDR is the best dance studio and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a dance/ gymnastics/ cheer studio. The facility is beautiful and very accommodating. We love you TDR!" -- Michelle H.  

"My children love to take dance and the teachers make them want to keep dancing! Lynn is a wonderful and caring person. She really takes care of the children and the parents. Thank you and your staff for everything that you do."  -- Ivy H.

"I drive about forty minutes each way to take my daughter to The Dance Refinery because I truly believe it is the best place for her to learn and grow as a dancer and individual. The staff members are caring, as well as amazingly talented, and my daughter has come to love every teacher she's had. I'm sure we'll be part of the TDR family for many years to come!"  -- Lindsey S.

"We have only been a part of the TDR family for a couple of years. We have always been treated a well as the veterans. Not only are my girls learning to dance, but they are learning confidence which they will carry with them for a lifetime!! Thank You!!!"   -- Amanda B.

"The level of professionalism runs high, regardless of the age level being taught, but with the students skill level in mind."  -- Brian B.

"I work with many dance schools in the Indianapolis area. The Dance Refinery sets the standard that other strive to reach."  -- Gary A.

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 Artists In Motion, Inc. (d/b/a The Dance Refinery) is an Indiana nonprofit coporation that has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be a tax-exempt organization as described under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.


Welcome to The Dance Refinery

Indiana’s Largest Dance, Gymnastics & Cheer Facility

Celebrating our 40th Anniversary


Established in 1976, The Dance Refinery is Indiana’s largest dance, gymnastics and cheer facility with complete recreational and competitive programs in all three areas. In our beautiful 25,000 sq. ft. facility we offer classes for students ages 18 months through adult, as well as private lessons in voice and classes in acting. We have 6 dance rooms, a complete gym, snack bar, study hall, voice room and a complete dancewear store.

Congratulations TDR!


2009 Parents' Pick Winner!

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