*Hopi Indian Saying

Sonya’s Dance Zone began as a dream of a 7 year old girl who would rather dance than do anything else. In 2005, Sonya Denney started the Dance Zone at a local gymnastics facility with nearly 20 dancers, and only 6 competitive. By 2008, Sonya’s Dance Zone out grew the space they leased at the gymnastics center and they moved into her new location in Fashion Shop Center on National Road in Columbus. In their first year at there new location they doubled in size and began looking for more space. In 2009, they expanded their program to include ZUMBA, Cheerleading and Tumbling. Sonya’s Dance Zone moved into their current location in 2011 and currently has over 300 students, 100 of which dance at a competitive level and 4 dance rooms.


Sonya’s Dance Zone offers dance to everyone: To those who dance for fun, to those who dance to compete and to those who dance for fitness.  SDZ has a class for everyone!

Quality Instruction

All of our instructors are highly accomplished and professionally educated in both dance and coaching; many with over 20 and 30 years of experience.

We Love What We Do

No one gives their lives to the art of dancing who does not possess a love for it. We are committed to what we do and love every minute of it.

Family Oriented

We place a core value on family and believe that it is our job to create an atmosphere that supports a family-friendly environment.


Sonya’s Dance Zone Competitive team has won 7 World Dance Championships as well as numerous Regional Competitions. Some of SDZ’s highest accomplishments include:

  • 2019 National Champions – Sr Line
  • 2013 World 13 & Up Small Group Champions
  • 2013 World 13 & Up Overall Champion
  • 2013 Creational Regional Technical Excellence Award
  • 2013 Creation Regional Super Studio Award
  • Creation Regional Studio Sportsmanship Award
  • 2012 World 12 & under Duet / Trio Champions
  • 2012 Applause Choreography Award
  • 2012 World Large Group 13 & up Champions
  • 2011 World Large Group and Overall 13 & up Champions



Owner / Director / Instructor / Choreographer

Miss Sonya realized a dream when Sonya’s Dance Zone was started in 2005.  Dance and Children have always been a passion of hers.  She studied at Dixon Dance Studio, Battin School of Dance and Ball State University where she was a member of the Ball State Dance Theatre.  She has choreographed two national winning routines.  Miss Sonya teaches Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Lyrical, as well as tumbling classes.   She is also actively involved in her church and has two daughters.


Dance Instructor / Choreographer / Assistant Team Director

Miss Sarah has been involved in dance since she was 8 years old. She received most of her training at Dance Plus Studio. She was a member of Columbus North High School’s dance team, Pepsteppers all 4 years, being the captain her senior year and choreographing routines her Sophomore- Senior years. Miss Sarah has been a SDZ staff member for 12 years, teaching all styles of dance! Her choreography has won many choreography awards, overalls and special awards. Outside of SDZ Miss Sarah has been a TA in Lifeskills for 4 years. She is also a proud mom of a 19 year old son, Jacob and proud aunt of her niece and nephew, Brelin and Preston!


Dance and Acting Instructor / Choreographer

Miss Steph started her dancing career at Dance Time Studio at the tender age of 3.  With a degree in Secondary Education Theatre, being a former collegiate cheerleader at University of Indianapolis, and a former Chill Girl for Indiana’s hockey team, Miss Steph loves the stage.  Teaching primarily competition and recital hip hop, along with creative movement, acting, and jazz, she has been passing on her love for dance to DZ students since 2010.  Miss Steph is also the Director of Catering and event planning at the Clarion Hotel as well as a devoted wife and mother.


Dance Instructor, Choreographer

Miss Amber has been teaching with us since 2010. As a former student at Sonya’s, Miss Amber teaches hip hop, tap and jazz classes. Miss Amber likes to Work Hard and Play Hard during her classes. Miss Amber draws inspiration for dances from all aspects of her life. She is a mother of 2 and is a Billing Account Manager for a local Ambulance company. She enjoys listening to e-books during her work commute and loves sewing and crafting.


Dance Instructor, Choreographer

Bio is coming soon


Dance Instructor / Choreographer

Catharines passion for dance and choreography started at a very young age watching musicals and dance performances whenever she could. When she finally got an opportunity to show her parents her natural ability and passion for dance at Southside Dance Team in fifth grade they immediately set her on her journey to find her passion within dance……




Dance Instructor / Choreographer

Candice has been dancing since age 3 and has had a passion for it ever since.  She started taking tap and jazz classes at Beth’s Dancecenter where she had the pleasure of working with Beth Thayer for 10 years.  When Candice is not in the studio teaching, she is a busy mom of two girls, a wife, and works as a medical assistant at a Family Practice.  Candice has been part of our dance family since January 2018 and loves sharing her passion with everyone she meets!


Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Jessica started her dance career at 4 years old and hasn’t stopped since! Jessica has been teaching dance for nearly 10 years. Jessica studied dance at Beth’s Dancenter and Christie’s Dance studio before joining the Crimsonettes Dance Team at the University of Indianapolis. Jessica loves passing on her passion for dance related to tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and Irish step dancing! When Jessica is not teaching dance she works as a Marriage and Family Therapist and enjoys spending time with her family! Jessica loves being a part of the dance family at Sonya’s Dance Zone!


Dance Instructor, Choreographer



Dance Instructor, Choreographer