Our Story

Operating since 1940, Evelyn Ott School of Dance is the longest running studio in Tidewater. Our legacy has included many generations of families who have supported a professional studio with a caring environment. Evelyn Ott School of Dance offers a supportive and safe environment, with excellent instruction to develop technique, poise, self confidence and a love of dance. Evelyn Ott School of Dance has been recognized for many outstanding professional achievements in the dance field, as well as for many charitable community contributions throughout the Tidewater area.

We are incredibly proud to be one of the oldest, continuously running dance studios in not only the Tidewater area, but in the United States. Owner Denise Ott Land was a long time member of The Dance Masters Association, Chapter 45, and was the founder of Dance Teachers Association of Virginia, Chapter 45. Most recently, we have become lifetime members of DEA (Dance Educators of America)

EOSOD has been featured in several publications, including Dance Spirit & Dance Teacher, notably recognized as part of the "50 Studios on the Move" feature.

Here at EOSOD we don't just work hard in the studio, but community involvement and support takes a major priority. We have been proud to support Relay for Life, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Alzheimers Association, Senior Center performances, Navy & Coast Guard activities, For Kids organization, National Young Leaders, Tidewater Food Bank, SPCA, Portsmouth Humane Society, and most recently Spikes K9 Fund.

Evelyn Ott has proudly been a continuous winner for Best of Norfolk & Chesapeake since 1998.