Meet Dr. S. Dallas Dance

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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—from institutions including the White House, Microsoft, and 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.