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Boyle School of Irish Dance

Manassas, VA 20112
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Boyle School of Irish Dance holds classes in Alexandria, Chantilly, Manassas, Herndon, and Reston, Virginia. It welcomes dancers who want to compete, perform, or just have fun. The school is operated by the Boyle sisters, award-winning dancers and the daughters of Irish immigrants. They have danced all their lives, performed all over the world, and won numerous competitions across North America. Their School is a certified Irish Dancing School and a member of the An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha (The Irish Dancing Commission). Its dancers regularly perform in the community, and the school has won "Best Irish Dancing School", "Best Dance School", and "Best Performing Group" in the Washington DC and Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day parades. The Boyle School is almost 500 students strong, and it has seen dancers qualify for the North American Irish Dancing Championships as well as the National and World Championships of Irish Dance. The school is highly regarded by both children and their parents; they praise the nurturing and positive environment here, and they are impressed by the hard work and dedication of the teachers. Boyle School of Irish Dance welcomes students as young as four.

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Buffa's Dance Studio

Burke, VA 22015
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Buffa's Dance Studio has provided expert dance instruction for more than 35 years. Its students benefit from a state-of-the-art dance facility wth 8,000 square feet of space, as well as from expert instructors with knowledge of ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and modern dance. Students at Buffa's are very fond of the school; they say that they have lots of fun here and that they like the sense of community. Buffa's welcomes children as young as 3, and it provides plenty of performance opportunities for its students.

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Center Stage Dance

Fairfax, VA 22030
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Center Stage Dance offers tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, and hip-hop dance classes for children and adults, as well as providing voice classes, drama, and musical theater for children of all ages. It welcomes students from beginner to professional levels, and the students love the studio for its supportive and caring atmosphere. They also speak highly of the skill and talent of the instructors here. The studio offers plenty of local and national performance opportunities -- its dance teams perform at competitions such as Legacy, Headliners, and Showstoppers, as well as at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Some students even performed at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia in 2000. Center Stage Dance is located on Lee Jackson Memorial Highway. It is a member of the Fairfax County Dance Coalition.

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Crown Dance Studio

Fairfax, VA 22031
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Crown Dance Studio caters to social and competitive dancers in Fairfax, Virginia. It welcomes adult and youth dancers, to whom it offers expert instruction in a friendly and fun environment. The studio provides private and group lessons, as well as practice parties, guest coaching, wedding dance instruction, youth programs, and medallist dance programs. Students here speak highly of the quality of the education they receive at Crown Dance Studio, and they are grateful for relaxed and cheerful atmosphere.

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DC DanceSport Academy

8315 Lee Hwy Suite 210, Fairfax, VA 22031
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Led by internationally renowned performer and adjudicator Lydia Petrigova, DC DanceSport Academy is a boutique performing arts and dance studio that caters to students in Fairfax. With a focus on Latin and ballroom dancing, the studio offers group and private dance lessons to children and adults of all ages and at all dance levels. For more than 20 years, beginners and advanced dancers alike have trained with Lydia and her team of world-class coaches to unlock their greatest performance potential and to achieve both U.S. and World recognitions. DC DanceSport Academy provides its students access to best-in-class coaches and classes to build a personalized path to achieve dance goals.

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Elegant Dancing

Fairfax, VA 22030
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Elegant Dancing provides private, one-on-one lesson programs for dancers, as well as offering group classes, semi-private lessons, practice dance parties, and wedding dance preparation programs. Elegant Dancing has 15 highly experienced teachers on staff. All teachers are certified, and many hold championship titles in Latin, rhythm, smooth, standard and hustle. The studio teaches waltz, tango, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, cha-cha, rumba, triple swing, samba, merengue, bachata, hustle, quickstep, and mambo styles. Students appreciate the sense of community at Elegant Dancing.

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Forever Dancing Ballroom

Falls Church, VA 22040
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Forever Dancing Ballroom offers a broad range of group dance classes -- including ballroom, Latin, Argentine tango, salsa, bachata, merengue, aerial arts, Zumba, Ethiopian dances, and capoeira dance fitness. There are also special programs for children, wedding couples, and dancesport competitors. The professional dancers here are available to perform at special occasions; they specialize in ballroom dances, Latin dances, aerial dances, and much more. Dancers here are surprised at how quickly they have been able to improve under the guidance of the instructors. They appreciate the beautiful dance studio, friendly atmosphere, affordable prices, and free parking.

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In Step School of Dance

Fairfax, VA 22301
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In Step School of Dance provides group classes, walk-in classes, private lessons, workshops and dance parties for dancers in Fairfax, Virginia. It specializes in teaching the foxtrot, waltz, tango, Viennese Waltz, cha-cha, rumba, bolero, swing, samba, and mambo, merengue, bachata, west coast swing, and Argentine tango. Special discounts are available for students of George Mason University and NoVa Community College.

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Mudra Arts Center

Sterling, VA 20164
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Mudra Arts Center is a Washington, D.C. facility that specializes in Indian music, dance, performing arts, literature, and philosophy. It provides a range of dance, vocal, and instrumental classes, as well as offering arts & crafts, yoga, and much more. The Center has been serving the local area for more than 15 years; it welcomes students of all ages, and its programs run all year round. There are also free classes available for people to try.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Many young people dream of becoming dancers when they grow up, but what if you're already grown and are just coming to the realization that dance is your passion? It's never too late to start, and while selecting a dance studio for lessons or even choosing a dance style to train in might seem like a daunting task, it's the start of an exciting journey that will nourish your mind, body, and soul.

How can you become a good dancer without taking lessons?

Some dance styles, such as classical ballet, require professional training to master. However, if you can't afford or don't have time to take classes, consider immersing yourself in as much dance-related content as possible. Watch dance videos, tutorials on YouTube, and read anatomy books to learn about proper alignment. You should also exercise regularly to improve your stamina and strength.

How much are wedding dance lessons?

The average cost of wedding dance lessons in the United States is roughly $75-$150 per hour and can be up to $2,500 for packages of 10-20 sessions. The exact pricing will vary based on the city you live in, the studio, and potentially even the style of dance you're learning for your wedding.

Can you deduct dance lessons from taxes?

If your child is taking dance lessons, and you're using the dance school as an after-school child care alternative to daycare, then you may be able to write off up to $3,000 of the expense as a tax credit. In some cases, adult dance classes taken at an accredited post-secondary institution may also qualify for a tax deduction.

How do you write a dance lesson plan?

A good dance lesson plan should have a focus or intention, a clear set of skills that the students will be developing, and methods for having students achieve those outcomes. Typically, you draw up a lesson plan chart that breaks down the class into sections, indicating what you plan to do at each stage of instruction.

What shoes do you wear for dance lessons?

The shoes you need depend on the dance style. Ballet or tap classes require properly fitted ballet or tap shoes. Jazz classes sometimes require jazz shoes, but bare feet or foot thongs may be acceptable, which are also used for contemporary or lyrical dance classes. Ballroom dancers need an appropriate heeled shoe. Musical theater dancers may wear tap, character, or jazz shoes depending on the piece.

How many lessons will you need for a choreographed wedding dance?

For a choreographed wedding dance, you can typically purchase a package of 10-20 classes where you learn your dance over several weeks. However, if you're on a budget, you might consider taking three to five classes to learn your steps.

What shoes do you wear for ballroom dance lessons?

For ballroom dance shoes you can either wear a heel or a sneaker that hugs your foot nicely. Ideally, you should opt for shoes that have smooth, thin soles and low heels for optimal comfort.

When should you start dance lessons for children?

Kids can start formal dance lessons at three to four years old. Many dance schools have "kinderdance" programs where children have the opportunity to learn the basics of ballet. At five to six years of age, children can begin studying other forms of dance, such as jazz, tap, or musical theater.

How far before your wedding should you take dance lessons?

You should begin taking dance lessons at least a month before your wedding to ensure there's sufficient time for an instructor to choreograph your dance and for you to learn it. However, you need to book the lessons well before this date.

Are private dance lessons worth it?

In many cases, private dance lessons are worthwhile for individuals who want to accelerate their progress with the personalized attention of an instructor. However, it's beneficial to participate in group lessons simultaneously because there are skills you can't learn individually, such as teamwork.

Are you supposed to tip for private dance lessons?

You generally don't need to tip a dance instructor for private lessons, unless you want to because they've gone above and beyond in some capacity. However, most dance instructors charge high rates so they're making an excellent wage without tips.

Can you use copyrighted music for dance lessons?

Dance studios in the United States are required by law to have a license from the ASCAP and BMI which enables the use of copyrighted music in classes. Without this license, a studio faces a hefty fine per song.

Can you wear leggings to dance lessons?

You may be able to wear leggings to some dance lessons. However, some classes have strict dress policies so you should double-check about the proper attire for your lesson ahead of time. While leggings may be appropriate for ballroom or contemporary lessons, they won't be acceptable for a classical ballet class.

Do football players take dance lessons?

Yes, many football players are taking dance lessons because the transferable skills they gain can help them on the field. Pittsburg Steelers player Steve McLendon is quoted as saying, "It's harder than anything else I do," when asked about his ballet training.

How old is too old to take ballroom dance lessons?

It's never too late to start dance training, regardless of your age. Many studios offer ballroom dance classes for adults at all levels, including beginners. As long as your physical fitness level enables you to dance, there's always time to learn.

How do you warm up before dance lessons?

Some of the best ways to warm up your body before a dance lesson are taking a brisk walk or doing jumping jacks, lunges, and push-ups. These exercises will get your muscles moving and your blood pumping so you're ready to start dancing when you arrive at the studio.

What is the difference between dance therapy and dance lessons?

Dance lessons involve learning dance steps for the purpose of improving your technique or preparing for a performance. Dance therapy uses dance movements as a means to express emotions, potentially enhancing your self-esteem and mental health, and improving your body's motor functions.

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