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Our mission is to bring meaningful experiences to people’s lives through the art of dance and other innovative movement arts. We offer a progressive dance curriculum that emphasizes the creative and collaborative processes. We provide increased opportunities for children to participate in dance through our residencies and professional learning programs. We present meaningful showcases and performances that strive to make authentic connections with its audience and its participants.



Kelly Beeland, President
Susan Harris, Vice President
Hilary Sadoo, Secretary
Angela Norris, Treasurer
Tara Egresits
Sean Kennedy
Geoff Livingston

Class/Camp Descriptions


Bounce, wiggle, clap! Music, dancing, and storytelling will delight both child and caregiver while everyone discovers new ways to move and play.


Jump, roll, spin! Exploring new ways of moving, developing physical skills and creating original dances are all part of your child’s first independent dance class.


Leap, skip, twirl! This class inspires imagination by introducing different dance styles, exploring new ways of moving, and encouraging original dance making. With its focus on dance fundamentals, this class is a perfect start to the future study of any dance technique class.

PRE-MODERN (ages 5 - 7)

Twist, brush, swing! Dancers will be introduced to basic modern dance technique and tools for improvisation. Creativity and skill development are equally important building blocks to this class.

PRE-BALLET (ages 5 - 7)

Plié, tendu, jeté! Dancers are introduced to basic ballet positions, barre work, and traveling steps. Creativity and dance making are still large components to the curriculum.

MODERN (ages 8-12)

Reach, spiral, fall! Dancers are introduced to traditional disciplines of modern dance as well building on the contemporary movement styles introduced in pre-modern. Additionally, dancers will work on complex floor patterns, partnering, and deepening artistic expression.

BALLET (ages 7-10)

Balancé, passé, piqué! Dancers build on the introduction of ballet technique in pre-ballet, with a strong focus on correct terminology, alignment, and movement quality. Dancers continue to have an opportunity to create original dances, and improvise based on work of influential ballet dancers and companies, as well as the instructor’s choice of stimuli.

TAP (ages 7-11)

Shuffle, hop, dig! This class focuses on understanding rhythm, improvisation and combining simple beats to create an intricate tap masterpiece.


New for 2018 - “Create a Ballet” pre-ballet and “Movement Alphabet®” pre-modern mini-camps for ages 5-8. “Choreography Lab” modern dance mini-camps for ages 9-12. Returning in 2018 - “Art in Motion” summer camps presented by Local Motion Project and UpCycle Creative Reuse Center.

Pricing & Policies



September 10, 2017-May 19, 2018
Thanksgiving Break: November 20-26, 2017

Winter Break: December 20, 2017-January 2, 2018
Spring Break: March 26-April1, 2018
Spring Showcase: Sunday, May 20, 2018 – GW Memorial Masonic Temple
(all classes except Creative Movement with Caregiver)


45 minute classes: $576
1 hour classes: $640


Enrollment is currently closed for all classes EXCEPT Creative Movement with Caregiver. Pro-rate available for enrollment after the start date.
Non-refundable $40 administration fee will be processed at enrollment.
10% discount for siblings and/or multiple classes.
Trial classes are available.



We do not allow costumes or tutus in children’s classes. Hair should be pulled back and out of face. No watches, jewelry or gum.


Creative Movement: comfortable clothes and bare feet.

Creative Dance: Girls – leotard with ballet skirt or leggings, bare feet. Boys – comfortable pants or shorts and solid color t-shirt, bare feet.

Pre-Ballet: Girls – pink leotard, pink tights, and pink ballet shoes. Optional simple pink ballet skirt.  Boys – black pants or shorts and white t-shirt, black ballet shoes.

Ballet: Girls – black leotard, pink tights and pink ballet shoes, or tan tights and tan ballet shoes. Optional simple black ballet skirt. Boys – black pants or shorts and white t-shirt, black ballet shoes.

Pre-Modern and Modern: Girls – black leotard, black leggings or dance pants, bare feet. Boys – black pants, black t-shirt, bare feet.  

Tap: Girls and Boys – solid gray top with black pants, tap shoes. 



Class cancellations will be announced by email and posted on our website and Facebook page. There will not be scheduled make up classes for cancellations. See make up policy below. 




Students can make up three classes per year.

To schedule a make up, contact sara@localmotionproject.org.

No make up classes are allowed after March 3, 2018.




Cancellations made 30 days before the start of classes, camps, workshops, or special events will receive a refund. After that all sales are final. Yearly administration fee is non-refundable.


Creative Movement with Caregiver and Creative Movement Sept 2017-May 2018 classes only: Program withdrawal requires 30-days notice via email. Pro-rated refund will be granted. 



Students will participate in active, engaging lessons that connect creative dance with another content area. Lessons are based on both the National Core Arts Standards for Dance and Virginia Standards of Learning. Classroom teachers earn continuing education credits through professional development workshops and by developing and implementing their own dance integration lessons.


The Local Motion Project Ensemble will create an original work that weaves together theater and dance. Students will learn modern dance technique and beginning acting skills, participate in improvisation exercises, and develop a performance piece to share with their community. To start an ensemble group at your school contact kylie@localmotionproject.org.


In our experiential sessions, teachers will be introduced to dance concepts and how they can be integrated with any curriculum area to provide deeper learning opportunities. Teachers will develop tools for creating controlled classroom environments in which students can explore movement in a safe and productive manner. Through active participation and colleague collaboration, teachers will come away with dance activities that can be easily and immediately integrated into any class or content area.

  Current Residencies

Mount Vernon Community School
Cora Kelly Elementary School
John Adams Elementary School
St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
Hammond Middle School – Higher Achievement
Alexandria City Public Schools – LINK Program



Past Residencies and Professional Development

Polk Elementary School
Saint Clement Episcopal Day School
River Farm
Valley Drive Preschool
ACPS Elementary School Physical Education Workshop

It was wonderful to see how active and engaged the students were, especially my shy and more reserved students. There were techniques I could apply in my everyday instruction. The students worked cooperatively to apply dance movements to create a group Solar System dance. It was amazing to see the students apply their science learning in such a creative way, and they had so much fun! --Ms. Pittman 4th grade, Mt. Vernon Community School

For more information contact kylie@localmotionproject.org

What People Are Saying

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If you have any questions about our classes we are here to help.


We can’t wait to meet you!


2377 South Dove Street, Alexandria, VA 22314



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