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Local Motion Project brings meaningful dance education to Alexandria.


We believe that by providing a holistic approach to dance education, we expose our community to the social, emotional, mental, and physical benefits of dance. We engage students in learning environments in which they collaborate, communicate, and develop their creative voices and dance technique side-by-side. We use dance to teach skills that extend beyond the classroom, and to create connections to our community and the world at large.




Kelly Beeland, President
Susan Harris, Vice President
Babette Cooper, Treasurer
Hilary Sadoo, Secretary


Sean Kennedy
Angela Norris

Class/Camp Descriptions

At Local Motion Project, our goal is to give your child a fun and supportive place to move, dance, and explore. The curriculum is designed to stimulate both a child’s mental and physical development. Encouraging individual creativity, teaching proper alignment and technique, and placing importance on collaboration are all important building blocks to our well thought-out and fun movement program.


Our approach to dance technique stems from the belief that everyone can dance, and that creating in every class is a major component to developing the “whole dancer”. We offer a supportive and professional environment that encourages the recreational and aspiring professional alike.


Child must be minimum age by September 30, 2016.


Bounce, wiggle, tap, and wave! Music, dancing, props and storytelling will delight both child and caregiver while everyone discovers new ways to move and play! (Currently unavailable. Contact studio.)

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Jump, roll, spin, and play! Children and caregivers will experience the joy of dance and movement alongside one another in this dynamic class.

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Leap, skip, laugh, and twirl! Dancers will develop skills and explore new movements in this engaging and imaginative dance class.

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PRE-MODERN (ages 5 - 7)

Twist, reach, brush, and swing! Dancers will be introduced to modern dance technique, improvisation, and choreography in this class.

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PRE-BALLET (ages 5 - 7)

Plié, tendu, piqué, jeté! Dancers are introduced to ballet while developing technique and having fun.

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MODERN (ages 8-12)

Dancers will explore the use of space, musicality, and quality of movement while developing strength and flexibility. They will learn modern dance technique through warm ups, center work, floor work and traveling steps. Improvisation and choreographic skills are a main focus in this class. This class is open to all levels.

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BALLET (ages 8 - 12)

(Currently unavailable. Contact studio.) Dancers will learn ballet technique at an age appropriate level, with a strong focus on correct terminology, alignment, and movement quality. The class will follow a formal ballet class format, with the addition of the opportunity to create and perform movement sequences at the end of class.

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HIP-HOP (ages 8 - 12)

Dancers will explore a range of hip-hop styles employing elements of space, time, force and body. They will develop self-expression as they engage in choreographed and improvisational activities.

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Local Motion Project and UpCycle come together for Art In Motion, a week of visual art and creative dance making! Children will learn about artists and incorporate materials and processes in their own way. After exploring the elements of dance, children will use their visual arts experiences as inspiration to create original choreography. Our week will culminate in an art show and dance performance for friends and family.

Register for Summer Camp Here

Pricing & Policies



Now enrolling for summer classes! Classes will run meet June 24-August 31. Choose the 8, 9, or 10 weeks that work for you!


Studio will process a non-refundable $40 administration fee ($20 for siblings) for enrollment September 2016-May 2017 (Does not apply to summer classes).


Price for Summer 2017 – 45 minute classes are $144 (8 weeks), $162 (9 weeks), and $180 (10 weeks); 1 hour classes are $160 (8 weeks), $180 (9 weeks), and $200 (10 weeks). 10% discount for siblings and/or multiple classes.


Trial classes are available. Click the Register link above and then select “Trial Classes” for dates and times.




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 – any color leotard with ballet skirt or leggings, or solid color t-shirt and leggings, bare feet. Boys – comfortable pants and solid color t-shirt, bare feet


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


Pre-Modern and Modern: Girls and Boys – comfortable black bottoms (pants, shorts, leggings), solid color t-shirt or tank in any color, bare feet. No overly baggy t-shirts or shorts, as it inhibits full range of movement and the teacher’s ability to see alignment.


Hip Hop: Girls and Boys – comfortable clothes and white soled sneakers to be used in studio ONLY. No street shoes.


Jazz: Girls and Boys – comfortable black bottoms (pants, shorts, leggings), solid color t-shirt, tank, or leotard in any color, jazz shoes. No overly baggy t-shirts or shorts, as it inhibits full range of movement and the teacher’s ability to see alignment.



The studio will follow Alexandria City Public School regarding closings due to inclement weather. If school and/or after school clubs are cancelled due to weather, the children’s programs will be cancelled as well.


There will not be scheduled make-up classes for cancellations. Students may be able to make-up on a different day. See Make-up Policy.




Students can make up one missed classes per session. They are welcome to make up a class before a planned absence. We strongly encourage students to attend their scheduled class. Families are encouraged to plan outside events around their child’s class.


To schedule a make up, contact info@localmotionproject.com. We will make every effort to schedule make ups for the preferred day, but space is limited in many classes. Students are encouraged to make up classes in a timely manner and not wait until the end of the session to schedule make ups.


When scheduling a make up, parents must email the following information:


Child’s Name and Class

Date missed

Preferred makeup day/class

Students must make up an absence in an age-appropriate class.




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.


Our Approach To Teaching


Dance education provides experiential learning opportunities for students and teachers to connect curricula to the outside world. In our creative dance classes, dance is defined not as sport or entertainment but as artistic expression. Students develop dance technique and a creative voice simultaneously.

What is Creative Dance?


Creative dance is an art form in which the medium is the human body. The basic elements of all dance are body, action, space, time, and energy. Understanding and using these five elements in a creative dance setting can open up a range of imaginative possibilities. Creative dance gives children opportunities to move in new ways and helps them learn that there can be more than one solution to a question, a problem, or a task.



Current School Residencies


Mount Vernon Community School – Dance Integration Residency, integrating dance with social studies and science in grades K, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

River Farm School – Creative Dance Residency


Students will participate in active, engaging lessons that connect creative dance with another content area and meet mutually reinforcing objectives in both. Learning comes alive and true understanding is developed in both areas. Teaching artists work with classroom teachers to develop lessons based on classroom content. Professional development is built into the program as teachers participate alongside their students.


This program gives students the opportunity to experience dance classes within their school day. Students will participate in creative movement or modern dance classes which include choreography or improvisation in every lesson. Our teaching artists use the National Core Arts Standards for Dance as a guide for developing meaningful and age-appropriate lessons.


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 standards-based dance activities that can be easily and immediately integrated into any class or content area.

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

scheduling and pricing


Scheduling, cost, and length of residency will be developed between Local Motion Project and your school.


For more information contact kylie@localmotionproject.org

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Let’s Get In Touch

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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  • Head west on Duke Street
  • Pass Diagonal Road and take a slight right on Roberts Lane
  • Take a quick left on Roberts Lane and cross over Duke Street onto South Dove Street. Yes, we are already testing how well you can move in many directions. But trust us and see the map below. It’s easy
  • We are in the second parking lot on the right




  • Pass by the Telegraph Road exit and take your first right onto South Dove Street. We are in the second parking lot on the right


Walking Times


  • 7 minutes from King Street Metro Station
  • 10 minutes from Whole Foods and the Carlyle Club
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