Washington’s Best Dance Schools:
The top rated Dance Schools in Washington, DC are:
- The Dance Institute of Washington – is the leading minority-led, pre-professional dance equity organization in Washington
- CityDance – is a nonprofit dance institution dedicated to developing the next generation of dance artists and innovators
- Joy of Motion Dance Center – is a nonprofit organization that provides dance instruction and performances in the community
- Séber Method Academy – is a professional ballet and dance school in the heart of Washington
- Dance Place – offers dance classes for adults in modern dance, African dance, hip-hop dance, and other dance forms
The Dance Institute of Washington
The Dance Institute of Washington was created by the late Fabian Barnes in 1987. Barnes started the organization with the goal of using the arts to improve the lives of impoverished children in Washington, DC. He left his prestigious job as a professional dancer in 1996 to focus on this objective. DIW is now the DMV’s foremost minority-led dance equity organization, assisting students from marginalized communities and receiving top DC arts foundation funding. Physical treatment, dietary seminars, and career development training are just a few of the extracurricular activities DIW provides to help their students.
Ballet, Modern, African, Hip-Hop and More
“My Grandson participated in the virtual Theater Workshop on October 3rd, 2020, and he had so much fun. The ladies of Teatro La Bolsa did an excellent job of keeping the students engaged while they provided education in language, culture, dance, and geography. Thank you.” – Daisy F.
CityDance is a non-profit dance organization dedicated to nurturing the next generation of dance innovators and artists. CityDance promotes talent and achievement through dance and seeks to enhance the field of professional dance by training young dancers for professional careers. CityDance seeks to develop opportunities that encourage equal access to dance education and performance, based on the belief that diversity promotes quality. They create programming that is informed by the diverse cultures, histories, and perspectives of the communities, artists, and students with whom they collaborate.
Mommy and Me, Creative Movement, Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Umfundalai, Contemporary, Tap, and More
“My first-grade daughter has enjoyed her beginning ballet classes at Citydance POP. The instructors are wonderful at connecting with the young dancers. I’ve also attended an adult workshop, which was great as well.” – Kathleen S.
Joy of Motion Dance Center
Joy of Motion Dance Center is a community-based nonprofit that offers dance instruction, performance opportunities, and performances to children and adults. They’ve grown from a small Cleveland Park studio with three instructors to the area’s most comprehensive dance institution, with 60 faculty members and teaching artists, 8,000 unique students, 300 weekly classes, and locations in Near Northeast DC, Friendship Heights DC, and Bethesda, as well as a dozen school and partner sites, since their founding in October 1976. Its underlying idea has remained strong and stable as its numbers have expanded. Dance is not the exclusive domain of the wealthy or gifted few at Joy of Motion.
“Great energy from Coexist Group on the Atlas Stage, at the Annual H Street Festival. Thousands ascended on the H Street Corridor in NE Washington, DC, for a day of music, dance, food and more.” – James W.
Séber Method Academy
Séber Method Academy is a premier ballet and dance school located in the center of Washington, that provides a comprehensive training approach to help students reach their full potential. The school hires and trains instructors who are well-versed in both traditional and contemporary training systems and techniques and are dedicated to providing a nurturing and productive learning environment and are certified in their corresponding cross-training specialties.
They are able to provide the utmost individual attention and hasten students’ progress through its custom-created training method, while also providing an adaptable timetable and flexible options to enable dancers to maintain a well-rounded and balanced life.
“My daughter went to Seber Method Academy just for an evaluation and we’ve been there ever since. The owner, Lilla, was able to quickly identify my daughter’s areas for improvement and her development over the past year has been eye-opening. Great, friendly atmosphere, talented staff, and individual attention to help each dancer reach her/his potential. And flexible classes for serious to non-serious dancers. Most importantly, my daughter can’t wait to get to dance each day. Highly recommend.” – Courtney P.
Dance Place offers adult dance courses in modern dance, African dance, hip-hop dance, and other styles. Dance Place provides work/study and internship options for aspiring dancers who want to take free dance classes. While training the next generation of arts administrators, educators, theater technicians, and leaders, their Internship program provides free dancing instruction and lodging.
Dance Place, a non-profit organization formed in 1980, brings artists, audiences, and students together through high-quality performances, commissions, training, and educational activities. On a local, national, and worldwide basis, they are committed to improving the field of dance.
Modern Dance, African Dance, Hip-Hop Dance, Tumbling, Tap Dance, Ballet, and More
“The Dance Place Studio team is awesome to work with! I worked with Sarah G at Dance Place for a special event they hosted. She was friendly, professional, and a great communicator! Highly recommend this Studio and their team.” – Ryan D.
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