S. Dallas Dance

Guest Blogger

CEO, The DDance Group

Baltimore, Maryland

S. Dallas Dance is the founder, president and chief executive officer of The DDance Group, a Virginia-based professional services consulting firm committed to becoming the premier partner organizations look to in order to accomplish their biggest goals and solve their biggest challenges. Dance also serves as the managing partner of Infinite Solutions Enterprises where he manages the firm’s strategic partnerships, strategic efforts and business development.

Prior to his current positions, Dance served as the superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools in Maryland with over 112,000 students, 173 schools, and over 21,000 employees. As leader of the nation’s 25th largest school system, Dance pioneered equity-centered shifts in teaching and learning to close the graduation achievement gap between Black and White students, while increasing graduation rates overall.

Numerous national awards and board appointments—from institutions including the White House, Microsoft, and ASCD—recognize his impact on organizational culture, rigorous instruction, vibrant leadership pathways, leveraging technology, and dynamic community engagement.

Prior to his appointment in Baltimore County, Dance served as one of three chief school officers responsible for the administration of nearly 300 schools in the Houston Independent School District, the seventh largest school system in the nation. Before his tenure in Houston, Dance served in executive leadership positions at the central office and building levels in Virginia that leveraged his expertise in leadership development and support, curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement and strategic planning.

Dance earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Virginia Commonwealth University. His bachelor’s degree in English is from Virginia Union University.

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