Owner of Royale Ballet Dance Academy in Dallas, Texas
For Angela Sham, ballet is a lifestyle. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, she began dancing as a child — a passion shared by her daughter, now a choreographer and instructor for the studio. For nearly four decades, Angela has been teaching ballet to dance lovers young and old. She has maintained her teaching certification through the Royal Academy of Dance in London for 35 years.
From her studio in Dallas, Angela and her team teach ballet, modern jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, and contemporary dance to students as young as age 3 and continuing well into adulthood. A 78-year-old ballerina who dances with Angela was recently featured in the Washington Post for her continued practice, and that is the exact mentality Angela seeks to inspire in her students.
She also works to prepare her students to enter the world of professional dance and inspire them to use the techniques and discipline from ballet in other aspects of their lives.When Angela and her family needed capital to continue growing the studio, they came to DreamSpring.
“I like DreamSpring's communication," says Angela. "It was always helpful."
The studio persevered through the pandemic and is planning summer and winter productions. They are now also offering need-based scholarships to families, so the love of ballet can reach children regardless of financial status.