ABOUT THE DDANCE GROUP
The DDance Group is a minority-owned, registered, and licensed educational consulting firm based in Richmond, Virginia. The firm’s President, Dr. S. Dallas Dance, a nationally known educational leader, brings over two decades of educational leadership experience at all levels within a school system - from the classroom to the central office - in numerous diverse school systems of all sizes encompassing urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Our mission is to provide unmatched customer service to every client, further allowing them to improve educational outcomes for every student through a deliberate focus on people, leadership, and equity.
We are client-focused and we customize services to the specific needs of each client, which results in maximum outcomes. The DDance Group is a powerhouse in its leadership development and strategic planning offerings due to the strong reputation of its founder as well as our emphasis on a strategic partnership and a genuine relationship with each of our clients.
The firm believes that organizations, schools, and school systems will ultimately be successful when they exhibit a commitment to the work that is evident through a “no-excuses” mantra. Bottom line – your success is our success, and we deliver the solutions to make it happen.
In the near-decade of our existence, we have a proven track record for providing solutions and delivering results. We have a 94% approval rating from our leadership development session participants because we combine our proven method with client-specific customization to meet both individual and organizational needs.
DDG has a 100% success rate on our leadership retreats with a keen focus on personalized solutions for our clients. 100% of our strategic planning clients decided to enter into an additional two-year agreement after the initial term of the development plan. 83% of the Assistant Principals we’ve trained have attained Principalship within two years.
Dr. Dance is supported by a team of 44 industry experts with over 500 years of combined experience in all levels within a school system in a variety of locations and school sizes. Our partners have extensive educational experience in leadership development, school transformation and turnaround, culture and climate, and blending and digital learning, among other areas, and include former principals, district leaders, superintendents, and university professors.
MEET DR. S. DALLAS DANCE
One voice can transform lives. Internationally renowned leader, speaker, author, and coach, Dr. S. Dallas Dance envisions and leads change that creates opportunities for all leaders and driven people to thrive as critical thinkers, thoughtful leaders, and lifelong learners. His calling is motivating teams of all sizes to develop, grow leaders, and be a resource for them to do greater work for all of the individuals within their community. Dr. Dance is the President and CEO of The DDance Group, Inc., a Virginia-based professional services consulting firm, as well as the Managing Partner for Infinite Solutions Enterprises.
Dr. Dance is the humble recipient of numerous national awards and board appointments. Institutions from the White House, Microsoft, to the ASCD recognize his impact on organizational culture, rigorous instruction, vibrant leadership pathways, leveraging technology, and dynamic community engagement. His 2018 released book, Deliberate Excellence: Three Fundamental Strategies that Drive Educational Leadership, inspires leaders from all backgrounds and levels to anchor and sustain organizational shift and student improvement through leading for equity, leading the change, and leading through communication.
Prior to starting The DDance Group, Dr. Dance served as the Superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland with over 112,000 students, 173 schools, and over 21,000 employees. As leader of the nation’s 25th largest school system at the age of 30, Dance pioneered equity-centered shifts in teaching and learning to close the graduation achievement gap between black and white students, while increasing diploma rates overall.
Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dr. Dance served as one of three chief school officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the nation. Before his tenure in Houston, Dr. Dance served in executive leadership positions in Virginia that leveraged his expertise in organizational development & improvement and strategic planning.
Dr. Dance earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. His bachelor’s degree in English is from Virginia Union University.
Dr. Dance enjoys traveling, music, reading, and all sports — especially golf. He is the proud father of one son, Myles Dallas Dance.