Laurels
Best Ballet Teachers
in Washington DC
2017

Why These Ballet Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored ballet teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best ballet teachers in Washington DC.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Adagio Ballet School of Dance

Adagio Ballet and Dance School is a dance instruction academy in North Arlington, Virginia with a 12-year history of serving over 1,400 students yearly in their community. The school was built on the belief that children and adults of all ages can benefit from dance education with specially designed programs tailored for different levels of commitment, expectation, and future goals. The ballet program curriculum is based on the Vaganova Method, and other dance disciplines offered include modern, jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. The facility features seven dance studios and a black box performance space. All Adagio faculty are experienced professionals with careers as dancers and recognized degrees as dance educators.

Arlington, VA(703) 527-8900

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Ballet Nova

Ballet Nova Center for Dance is a dance instruction provider in Falls Church, Virginia dedicated to nurturing dancers of all ages and offering super community performances. BNCD opened in the Fall of 1981 as the Arlington Center for Dance and has been committed to co-founder Kathryn Fredgren's mission of training the whole student ever since. The center offers a wide range of classes including ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop for dancers of various ages. Their facility features six state-of-the-art studios with sprung floors and high ceilings that are available for rehearsals, performances, and special events. BNCD also emphasizes general fitness instruction with classes in Pilates, Stretch, Yoga, and Floor Barre. Past BNCD alumni have gone on to audition and perform with internationally renowned companies, including The Royal Ballet, the Boston Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, and the Dresden State Opera Ballet.

Falls Church, VA(703) 778-3008

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Bella Ballet

Bella Ballet is a dance studio in Gaithersburg, Maryland committed to building confident ballerinas one twirl at a time. Director Hope MacDonald believes that every girl deserves to be a princess and bases her teachings on an original character named Bella to give each lesson a hint of magic and inspire her students with confidence and self-esteem. MacDonald is a four-time nominee and recipient of the prestigious Cappie Award for Best Female Dancer and Best Choreographer presented at The Kennedy Center. She's a member of the Living Your Dream organization, an association that assists children victimized by human trafficking. With over 400 students served, Bella Ballet offers a wide variety of classes for students of all ages, in addition to hosting birthday parties and summer camps. Bella Ballet has been the recipient of Best Dance Studio and Arts Program in Virgina, Washington, DC, and Maryland.

Gaithersburg, MD(301) 977-7300

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Centre De Danse

Centre De Danse is a full-service professional and classical dancing school located in the heart of Washington, D.C.'s historic Georgetown neighborhood. Theresa Kramer first founded the school in 1983 and has a long and varied professional dance career that has taken her around the globe to perform and study with ballet luminaries such as Arlett Castiner, Jose Ferran, Dame Margot Fonteyn, and Rosella Hightower. In the past, she taught a Master Class and studied with Maya Plisetskaya, the Russian Bolshoi star performer, and was an invited guest artist interviewed by Marie Bélert of Radio France Fréquence. Center De Danse offers ballet classes to students who range in age from three to sixty-six. The center's mission is not just to teach ballet steps but to encourage students to appreciate all aspects of the art form.

Washington, DC(202) 337-0268

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Classical Ballet Theatre

Classical Ballet Theatre is a non-profit dance training and performance company in Herndon, VA that has been nurturing Northern Virginia dancers for over 25 years. Recognized as a go-to organization for hands-on, intensive training, Classical Ballet Theatre emphasizes pre-professional achievement and provides high caliber instruction for all ages and abilities, offering master classes, YAGP coaching, summer intensives, and choreography camps. Upon graduation, CBT students are professional level artists fully prepared for auditions with prestigious dance companies and universities. Founder and Director Cynthia Donavin established the school in 1991 after performing with the Joffrey Ballet Concert Group, the Washington Ballet, the Washington Opera, Milwaukee Ballet, Louisville Ballet, and others.

Herndon, VA(703) 471-0750

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Conservatory Ballet

Conservatory Ballet is a premier dance academy located in Reston, Virginia that has been training young dancers in the Washington, D.C. metro area since 1972. Their nationally recognized curriculum ballet program, led by artistic director Julia Cziller Redick, promotes a three E's approach: Excellence, Experience, and Earnestness. It exposes students to the intellectual, emotional, physical, and visual aspects of dance while instilling the joy of movement in dancers of all ages. Classes for beginning dancers include Baby Ballet, Pixie Ballet, and Ballet Princesses. In addition to their traditional adult ballet instruction, the conservatory also offers Pilates classes and Flamenco dancing lessons. Past alumni have gone on to dance in numerous national dance productions with the Boston Ballet and Miami City Ballet, among others.

Reston, VA(703) 860-4560

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Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy

Metropolitan Ballet Theatre & Academy is a non-profit organization in Gaithersburg, Maryland dedicated to the instruction and celebration of numerous dance disciplines, including ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and hip hop. First founded in 1989, MBT provides structured training in a nurturing environment that encourages dancers to experiment with their own creativity. Many past students have pursued dance careers and studied with the American Ballet, the Joffrey Ballet, Masterworks, The Rock School, the American Academy of Ballet, among others. MBT gives young dancers the opportunity to perform alongside professional artists in community productions throughout the year. In addition to offering classes, the academy also provides free performance tickets to underserved or at-risk members of the community and is involved in a number of community outreach programs benefitting the Girls Scouts of America and other organizations.

Gaithersburg, MD(301) 762-1757

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Perfect Pointe Dance Studio

Perfect Pointe Dance Studio is a performance instruction organization in Arlington, Virginia that has been teaching dance to area residents and their children since 2007. Classes offered include tap, jazz, ballet, acrobatics, hip hop, modern, and music theater dance. The programs range in age level from 18 months to adult. Perfect Pointe features two studio spaces, offers 52 classes per week, and serves over 400 students in the community. The studio believes in smaller than average class sizes for more focused and specialized instruction. Perfect Pointe is involved in a number of green living initiatives and was recently nominated for the Best of NoVA Awards by Northern Virginia Magazine.

Arlington, VA(703) 533-8830

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Studio Bleu

Studio Bleu, located in Ashburn, Virginia, is one of Northern Virginia's premier centers for dance and performance. The studio's motto is "Believe, Lead, Excite, and Unite," and it's committed to providing a healthy and positive learning environment for all of its dancers. Studio Bleu offers traditional dance instruction for all age levels and showcases students' accomplishments in annual recitals, dance marathons, DC TapFest, and performances of The Nutcracker. The studio also offers a competitive team program for more advanced dancers, which was named number one in the nation by the Federation of Dance Competitions. Past Studio Bleu alumni have received scholarships to some of the nation's top university dance programs and have even gone on to star in Broadway performances. Studio Bleu is proud to announce the recent launching of its ballet conservatory in partnership with The Art of Technique headed by Mr. Troy Brown, who attended the School of American Ballet in New York City and performed with the Chicago City Ballet and the Washington and Baltimore Operas.

Ashburn, VA(703) 729-9293

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The Ballet Studio

The Ballet Studio, located in Alexandria, Virginia's historic Del Ray neighborhood, provides dance education and instruction with a progressive curriculum of ballet, jazz, tap, modern, musical theater, and hip hop dance disciplines for school-aged children and tiny dancers, ages three to five. The studio also offers open classes for adults in ballet, jazz, and tap as a fun alternative to the gym. The Ballet Studio instructors are passionate about dance and committed to upholding its therapeutic benefits in support of their students' physical, social, and cognitive development.

Alexandria, VA(703) 379-1649

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