About Us

Donna Smith is the founder and owner of A Time to Dance. She has been teaching dance in the Houston area since 1983. 
"From fifth grade through high school I studied dance at the Academy of Ballet in the Royal Academy style. Occasionally, I would take classes at Margo Marshall School of Dance. In college I studied under Stanley Hall at the University of Texas and the Austin Ballet Theater and also the Austin Civic Ballet. In 1983 I began teaching dance for Susan Bates of Super Stars Dance. Eventually, I formed my own dance program called A Time Dance. I love teaching children to dance and want very much to provide dance classes that are wholesome and God honoring."
Donna and her team (see below) are happy to offer to you and your child a dance program that is progressively age appropriate, wholesome and fun! Our goal is to provide quality dance classes that incorporate fun and discipline to help develop a stronger body, self-esteem and confidence.
The name "A Time to Dance" comes from Ecclesiastes 3:4 in the Bible, referring to the fact that dancing is a delightful part of life. As a woman who is devoted to a biblical Christ-centered life, Donna wants her classes to be a joyful, God honoring experience for the students. 

Let them praise His name with dancing...Psalm 149:3 

A Time to Dance Staff

Cat Wood



Cat studied and danced at the Margo Marshall School of Ballet for 12 years and the Vero Classical Ballet in Florida. Her dance teaching career includes the Little Gym Activities for Kids and Super Stars Dance with Donna Smith and Susan Bates for over 8 years.  She is now the owner of Super Stars Dance and works with A Time to Dance on a part-time basis.


We are grateful to have her on staff. She brings a love for dance and the children along with a great amount of experience to our classes. 

Scarlett Kelley



Scarlett began her ballet and tap training at age 3 with the Texas Tap Ensemble. Her dance experience spans across the Houston area, including time at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, West University Dance Centre and the Tribble School of Musical Theatre and Dance. Scarlett graduated from Incarnate Word Academy in 2012 and went onto Loyola University New Orleans. There she received her Bachelor's of Arts as well as a Minor in Ballet in 2016. Scarlett has taught with Banbury's School of Dance (Houston), Articulate Motions Dance Academy, and Loyola University’s Ballet Prep School (New Orleans). Scarlett studied Psychology in college and enjoys expanding her knowledge on similar subjects in her spare time.


This is her fourth year to work with Ms. Donna. She is grateful for Scarlett's great rapport with the children and excellent teaching skills.

Lily Chavarria


Kelsey Johnson


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