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About SONdance

SONdance Christian Dance School, centrally located in Manteca, offers quality dance training in an uplifting and encouraging Christian environment. All of our teachers are professionally trained and certified in order to offer the highest quality training possible. All of our students will be instructed in the Cecchetti Syllabus during their technique class time. Classes are available, beginning through adult. 


In addition to weekly classes, SONdance offers its students the wonderful experience of performing in two yearly productions. Our Christmas and June productions are done with excellence. It’s a great opportunity for the students to share their talents with family, friends and the community.





About Cecchetti Ballet

Founder Enrico Cecchetti believed it is more important to execute an exercise correctly once than to do it a dozen times carelessly.  We believe that by pairing a structured syllabus class with quick study classes, we can offer our students both a firm technical foundation as well as development of their artistic abilities and expression.  Syllabus students are required to learn French terminology, theory, musical application as well as a basic understanding.  

The History of SONdance

SONdance Christian Dance School grew out of Jolynda Lyon’s desire to express her heart-felt praise to God. in 1989 she started to share this idea with other women who had the same desire. Jolynda had experiences in other ballet schools, but felt there was something missing. She wanted to protect the innocence of young people and maintain modesty. As the idea grew more and more, dancers discovered Jolynda’s vision which was and is “…to make His praises glorious…”. In the beginning Jolynda was the only teacher and classes were held  in a shared portable at New Hope Church. In 1988 in order to raise the standard of instruction, Jolynda enrolled in the Cecchetti Council of America (CCA) Organization. This is an internationally recognized ballet method. Now with an Advanced Level of CCA certification and the inspiration of God, Jolynda is the director of SONdance Christian Dance School where there are over 35 classes of ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical and more from beginner to advanced now offered. In January 2007 we moved to 612 Commerce Ct. where we operated until June of 2022. Then in  a series of miraculous events we moved to our new location at 967 Lifestyle St in the Bass Pro- Shop and J.C. Penny Shopping center opening Oct. 2022. 

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