About us


our story

Mrs. Trudy sharing words backstage with granddaughter Ms. Tiffany

photo by Grace Beahm

View a 4 minute Trudy's Video  to learn more about who we are!

Trudy's School of Dance was established in 1939 by Mrs. Trudy Oltmann Hammett. It is the oldest dance studio in South Carolina and one of the longest running studios in the country! Now in it's 77th year, Trudy's is still run by the Oltmann 's resulting in three generations of a successful family dance business.

In the mid-1980's, the studio was turned over to Mrs. Trudy's two daughters, Linda Oltmann Walker and Judy Oltmann Bennett who have been involved in their mother's studio since early childhood.  In 2008 Judy retired and Mrs. Trudy's granddaughter, Tiffany Gauch DiPrima, came on board to help run the family business with her mother, Linda. Tiffany is a third generation dance teacher and now Co-Director of the studio.

Trudy's prides ourself on the close family ties in and outside of the dance studio which have been the key factors to our success. The one benefit Trudy's holds above any other dance studio in Charleston, is its unending ability to make our students and their parents feel like a part of the family.

The Trudy's staff consists of well trained and experienced dance instructors specializing in various styles and techniques. Our instructors hold either bachelor degrees in Dance Education and Performance, have professional experience or have grown through the precise teachings of the studio.

We believe in continuing education. All of our staff members continue their training and education through seminars, master classes, and dance conventions to keep abreast of the latest dance styles, techniques, and teaching methods so we can provide our students with cutting edge dance stylizations and new choreography.

Trudy's School of Dance has two fully equipped dance studios. Catering to dancers of all levels, ages 2 1/2 through adults, classes span the Classic & Rhythm Tap, Jazz and Ballet regime. In addition to these traditional disciplines, classes are also offered in Hip Hop, Broadway Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Pointe, Creative Movement and Shag. Also offer specialty private group lessons for wedding dances, wedding party group dance, birthday parties and more.  

Every instructor that is a part of the Trudy's family has developed a sense of love for their students, instilled by the core values that thrive from the longevity of the Oltmann family traditions. Teaching from the heart and with love that only comes from deep seeded roots is the treasure and allure of dancing at Trudy's.

We hope you'll join our family and embark on a dancing adventure that will last a lifetime!


Linda, Tiffany, Judy and Mrs. Trudy

our mission

"Our mission is to provide each student with a professional, well-rounded dance education. We feel it is important that each student have the opportunity to reach their highest potential. We strive to help them achieve personal goals, as well as dance goals and to develop confidence and self-esteem, through positive reinforcement."

Keeping It In The Family...

Welcoming a New Generation!

In 2008, Trudy's  welcomed our teachers' babies!

Congratulations Ms Erica and Ms Kristine!


 In 2012, these studio babies made their official Trudy's Stage Debut!!

Congratulations Blake and Madeline!


 With their mommies before showtime 2012.