Updated May 24, 2022. When you think of dance classes, you might have memories of pale pink tutus and pointed toes. But as an adult, classes may look different or seem few and far between.
Luckily for Northern Virginia residents, all types of dance classes are available across the region. No matter what you want to try, ballroom dancing, belly dancing, pole dancing, hip-hop, or ballet, there’s a place to find it. Below, find 10 local spots to get yourself back into the rhythm.
Arthur Murray Dance Centers
Established in 2007 by Gabriel and Leigh Gamboa—a husband-and-wife duo that call Loudoun County home—Arthur Murray Dance Centers has taught hundreds of local residents in its 5,000-square-foot studio how to foxtrot, waltz, and salsa. Learn how to ballroom dance with your partner in individual or group lessons, or choreograph a dance for your wedding. 21140 Ashburn Crossing Dr., Ste. 105, Ashburn; prices vary
Cerdafied Dance Studios
There’s something for everyone to try (and love) at Cerdafied, even if it’s getting in a workout on rebound shoes. Try your hand at hip-hop, salsa, bachata, jazz, contemporary, ballet, and more, or just enroll in a fitness-based class for Zumba, yoga, Latin-infused cardio hip-hop, or others. Both co-founders Jason Cerda and Rahna Faddoul are NoVA natives and are ready to help you enhance your life through music and dance for days to come. 6120-A Franconia Rd., Alexandria; prices vary
Chris Collins Dance Studio
If you’re looking for a location with experience and a local reputation, look no further than Chris Collins Dance Studio. The Alexandria-based studio has been teaching dance and serving the community since 1975; over 40 years! Classes are offered for mostly those under the age of 18, except for the adult hip-hop classes held every Tuesday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. What are you waiting for? Go learn to break, freeze, and pop your way back into dance. 5408 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria; prices vary
What’s better than listening to fun, upbeat music while simultaneously burning calories? Coco Fitness, a boutique private fitness studio located in Arlington, specializes in Zumba classes that allow you to stretch your muscles and move your body to Latin, hip-hop, and dance music. There is no dance experience or gym membership required, so anyone can move their body to the beats of Zumba. 1300 N. Stuart St., Arlington; $16 drop-in, package prices vary
Dance Academy of Virginia
Did you miss out on the fouettes and sashays when you were young, or are looking for a way to get back to the barre? The Dance Academy of Virginia can teach anyone of any age to love ballet, and you’ll be pointing your toes in no time. Stop by the studio to take a ballet or tap class, or simply enroll in BarreFit to get a dance-inspired workout that will tone and sculpt your body. 6723 Whittier Ave., McLean; prices vary
Doll House Pole Fitness
Dance, especially for fitness, doesn’t have to fall under the category of hip-hop, modern, or ballet. At Doll House Pole Fitness, owner Neelam Kataria (also owner of Shakti Aerial Yoga and Dance in Sterling) teaches new and experienced students flexibility, strength, and rhythmic dances with a pole. Take an introductory course and work your way up to tricks, spins, and more, or book a party for you and your friends to learn together. 10969 Lute Ct., Manassas; $30 drop-in, package prices vary
Jane Franklin Dance
Dance can cross and intertwine over a variety of mediums, and Jane Franklin Dance is just the place to make it happen. No matter your age, there is something you can find to enjoy at the Arlington-based studio, including a series of adult master classes, the 40-plus group that focuses on intergenerational dance and community connection, and various workshops that take place throughout the year. 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington; $25 drop-in, other prices vary
So, you don’t want to learn recital choreography or try a local hip-hop class; we hear you. Find your rhythm at the ever-popular Jazzercise in South Riding. You’ll be tapping your feet, rocking your hips, and clapping your hands to the beat in no time, and there are even several different classes to choose from. Get in a Strength45 when you’re pressed for time, or a Dance Mixx when you’re really ready to sweat and sway. 42420 Unicorn Dr., South Riding; $20 drop-in, package prices vary
Saanwee Performing Arts
Owner Priti Gupta-Udeshi was born and raised in Mumbai, India, where she found her love for teaching and choreography. Since the late 1990s, Gupta-Udeshi has traveled to over 20 countries through dance and has become one of the top experts of dance in India. She teaches a variety of levels of Bollywood dance and salsa, and is ready to help you move and explore dance in entirely new ways. 43491 Savoy Woods Ct., Chantilly; $20 drop-in
Virginia Dance Center
Maybe your kids are currently enrolled in dance class and you’re peering through the window, wishing you could be in there too. Let your kids have their fun and you can too by enrolling in the adult-level classes at Virginia Dance Center. Summer workshops are held each year, but classes are primarily from September through June. Learn ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, or hip-hop and you’ll be the one looking forward to weekly classes too. 9806 Cockrell Rd., Manassas; prices vary
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