StudioDNA was founded to provide educational dance instruction at affordable prices while sharing joy, laughter & respect during every dance moment.

We offer dance instruction and celebrate diversity for all types of dancers: social, wedding, competitive, ballroom, and cardio-fit, in a safe non-judgmental environment. It is our hope that you will soon have the passion for dance as we do!

Meet John

John D. Dawson is the CEO, head choreographer & dance instructor as well as a performing artist, DJ and operator of StudioDNA Partners Inc. As member of the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and the Professional Dance Federation (PDF), John has been instructing and teaching dance since 1991.  With his degree in Psychology and work in field of Special Education, John has multiple ways to teach/instruct with techniques, styles & humor that can help any client willing to try.

Dancing in Style!

At StudioDNA, we have a dance for every occasion!  Wedding, Ballroom or Latin, Social Dance, Competition, Freestyle & Club dance, or Showcase performance, StudioDNA will make you top priority with comfort and ease and grace!  Please come join us and DANCE through Life.

Client Testimonials

StudioDNA is proud to have taught many students over the years. Here’s what a few have had to say about their experience!

Please visit Google and see our fabulous client reviews.

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If you are looking for dance lessons in and around the Baltimore area, look NO FURTHER than John at StudioDNA. What a difference one person can make in your life. My partner and I had just moved to the area, and with only four weeks until the wedding, we signed up for 4 dance classes. WOW! It made all the difference not only for our skills (which were extremely minimal), but also in our connection with one another. To know John is to know genuine friendship, compassion, unfiltered laughter, and vulnerability. I’m grateful to have met him, and cannot stress the investment in yourself and your wedding from working with him! I highly recommend!


John is AMAZING! My (now) wife and I were searching for a dance instructor to help us with learning our first dance at our wedding. We started off at a large dance studio that we found to be very “salesy” and not personal at all. When we met with John, we immediately knew we wanted to work him. He is kind, funny, friendly, helpful, a great listener, and of course a fantastic dance instructor. His studio is very warm, welcoming, and personal. His little puppers were an added bonus! John has the perfect balance of teaching you what you want to learn without pushing you any further than you want to go – but he will if you want to, trust me. I cannot recommend John enough for anyone looking to learn any type of dance, not just weddings! We will be returning to John’s classes just for fun because my wife and I loved being there, learning to dance, and spending time with John.


“You are a great instructor! I was nervous about how Louis would do, as I had to drag him. Even he enjoyed the lesson! Kudos to you! I just can’t wait to do some more dancing. “


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