We work to empower and inspire girls through movement and conversation.


Powergirldance is a fun, judgement-free space created for girls by women. Our mission is to arm girls with physical and mental strength using dance and open conversation. We aim to prepare Powergirls to become engaged, justice-driven, inspired, empowered, confident, joyful, and passionate young women in modern society. 



Powergirldance is first and foremost a safe space for girls to move their bodies and speak freely. Since its inception, Powergirldance has been a fun, judgement-free, energetic environment in which we teach girls how to navigate modern society. Each class includes time in the beginning to talk about girls and women’s issues, including but not limited to gender equality, beauty standards, and societal expectations of young women. After that, class proceeds with a dynamic warmup leading into cardio-centered dance, with time for a stretching cool down. Powergirls leave each class stronger mentally and physically.

Powergirldance was first started in 2016 by Melanie Skinner, former soloist at Pacific Northwest Ballet. Inspired by her mother and seeing the societal pressures put on young women through her own daughter, she had the idea to pair dance and fitness with open dialogue to make young girls feel united and strong.


Powergirldance is growing quickly and we are looking forward to doubling available classes in September!



Sarah Hopkins



Sarah has been dancing for as long as she can remember. Her love of movement is infectious! From impromptu living room dance parties to formal classes to grooving to live music, she can think of nothing more therapeutic, empowering, or just plain fun. Sarah has nearly two decades of experience teaching and working with kids, and she is excited to fuse these passions at Powergirldance. This spring, Sarah will begin helping with our teens class. Sarah cites her mother as being one of her strongest female role models, who you can learn more about and see photos of on the blog.

Melanie Skinner



Melanie is the woman who started it all! With an extensive history working in the dance industry, including 15 years as a soloist with Pacific Northwest Ballet and many years spent teaching hip hop, ballet, and Zumba, she makes our classes fun and varied. Melanie is driven by her goals of spreading the joy of dance, social justice consciousness, and awareness of the inequities of girls and women all over the world. She has thoughtfully made Powergirldance into a safe, judgement-free, fun, comfortable space where girls can move their bodies and speak freely. Melanie cites her mother as being her strongest female role model, who you can learn more about and see photos of on the blog.

Emily Crow



Though she didn't grow up with dance, Emily played soccer competitively for years and grew up in a home that valued physical and mental strength equally. With a certification in business, along with over 10 years of experience working with kids, she  has jumped into all things Powergirldance and is looking forward to aiding its growth. Emily will serve as the Program Manager and is driven by goals of empowering and engaging our females of the future. Emily cites her mother and grandmothers as being her strongest female role models, who you can learn more about and see photos of on the blog.




Getting Here:

PowerGirl Dance classes are held in Dance Underground studio, conveniently located on 15th Ave E in Capitol Hill.

Our Address:

340 15th Ave E

Seattle, WA 98112



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