Local Motion Project | Where Dance and Ideas Collide
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Our mission is to bring meaningful experiences to people’s lives through dance and other movement arts.


We do this by:

  • Offering a progressive dance curriculum in our dance school that emphasizes the creative and collaborative processes.
  • Teaching mission-driven classes that ignite curiosity and encourage personal movement choices.
  • Providing adult dance and fitness classes that are accessible and affordable.
  • Offering need-bases scholarships to our dance school.
  • Implementing dance integration residencies in Alexandria elementary schools.
  • Presenting meaningful work by our youth and adult dance ensembles.
  • Facilitating creative experiences for adults of all ages and abilities


Our vision is that all people will engage with dance and other movement arts to expand and deepen the human experience.


Matthew Stensrud, President
Elizabeth Watson, Secretary
Karen Tolusic, Treasurer
Kurt Huffman
Andrew Watson


Youth Programs

Dance School

Modern – Register here

Spiral, swing, fall! Our modern dance classes teach traditional and contemporary modern dance styles through technique, improvisation and composition. New dancers welcome in all levels. Classes available for ages 5-12. 


Ballet – Register here

Tendu, jeté, balancé. Classical technique is taught with an emphasis on correct, unforced alignment. Technique is explored through improvisation and dance making. Classes available for ages 5-12.


Creative Dance – Register here

Leap, roll, spin! This class inspires imagination and builds movement vocabulary with dance-making, improvisation, and storytelling. Independent classes for ages 3-4. Classes with caregiver for ages 2-3.


Workshops and Series


Kids Aerial, age 9 and older

7 week series
September 13th – October 25th

Fridays 5:30-6:30pm

5 Week series
November 8th – December 13th
Fridays 5:15-6:15pm


Shadow Theatre, ages 5-9
November 5th (No school)
Learn how to work with light, create shadow dances, puppets and sets, make short improvisations with shadow puppets.

Kids Aerial, age 9 and older

November 5th (Student Holiday) 12:00-1:00pm
January 20th (MLK Day) 11:00am-12:00pm
February 17th (Presidents’ Day) 11:00am-12:00pm
April 13th (Student Holiday) 11:00am-12:00pm


Family Dance @ Lost Boy Cider
November 10th 10:30-11:30am
January 12th 2020 10:30-11:30am
March 15th 2020 10:30-11:30am

There are no refunds on workshops and series. Cancellations made 72 hours before the start of workshop or series will receive studio credit.

Adult Programs

Dance and Fitness Classes

Creative and effective classes that are open to movers of all kinds and levels. We encourage multiple ways of moving by offering a variety of formats to improve overall body and brain function. Each teacher brings their unique knowledge base and approach to their classes.

Our classes include Pilates, strength & conditioning, barre, yoga, ballet, modern dance and more.


Single Class: $16

5 classes: $70
10 classes: $120

Class packages expire 6 months after first use.


$5 Classes-Fridays 6:45pm

10/4 – Strength & Conditioning

10/18 – Ballet

11/1 – Bellydance

11/15 – Modern Dance

Aerial Classes

Soft fabric hammocks suspend you while strengthening and lengthening your entire body. Classes incorporate stretching, strengthening, and balance work, as well as fun aerial challenges. Each teacher brings their own unique style and energy to their classes.

We require shirts that cover the underarms and ask that you refrain from wearing zippers or buttons.
Students must take the “Intro to Aerial” workshop before attending these classes. See workshop schedule for dates.


Single class: $20
5 classes: $90
10 classes: $160

Class packages expire 6 months after first use.


Private Aerial Class: $360

Email scraig@localmotionproject.org for more info.


Aerial class reservations must be cancelled 24 hours in advance, or you will be charged. No exceptions. Cancellations must be made online, and will not be honored through email or phone call.


Joyful Bellydance

Wednesdays, 10/2-10/30 8:00-9:00pm


Restorative Aerial & Sound

Saturday 11/2 5:00-6:30pm


Sound Healing in Hammocks
Saturday 11/2 6:45-8:00pm


Beginner Tap for Adults/ Teens
Sundays, 10/6-10/27 6:00-7:00pm


Beginner Ballet

Sundays 10/6-11/10 3:00-4:30pm


Intro to Aerial Hammock

Sunday 10/27 5:00-6:15pm

Sunday 11/17 4:00-5:15pm


Intro to Contact Improv

Saturday 11/9 5:00-7:00pm


Playful Pilates + Pints @ Lost Boy Cider

Sunday 12/8 10:30-11:30am

Sunday 2/2/20 10:30-11:30am


We reserve the right to cancel workshops or series because of low enrollment. Should this occur a full refund will be given. You must cancel 72 hours before workshop/series is scheduled to begin to receive account credit. There are no refunds on workshops/series.


A look inside our dance integration professional development workshops.

Local Motion Project and Alexandria City Public Schools


Our dance integration program serves annually between 500-700 students in ACPS elementary schools. Thanks to the generous support of RunningBrooke and individual donors we are able to provide 1:1 funding to bring dance integration to ACPS elementary schools.


Contact kmurray@localmotionproject.org to bring Local Motion Project to your school.



Now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. Learn more and print application here:

ACPS Application
Independent Schools Application

“Some of my English Language learners were able to express themselves through dance in a new way that I had never seen before!” -1st grade teacher, Mt. Vernon Community School


“My students loved this experience, and I definitely saw a deeper understanding of the content. My class and I are excited to keep using dance integration.” -2nd grade teacher, John Adams Elementary

Parties & Rentals

Rehearsal Rentals

Our studio space is 1000 sq. ft. with padded wood flooring, a marley floor covering and equipped with 1 mirror wall, ballet barre, and sound system.


Rates per hour:
Group Rate: $50
Nonprofit Group Rate: $30
Individual Practice Rate: $25


Please contact SCraig@localmotionproject.org for more information and scheduling. All rentals require a Local Motion Project Rental Agreement.

Birthday Parties

Creative Dance Party
Join us for a creative dance class followed by cupcakes! Independent class for ages 4 and older. Caregiver class for age 3 with one adult per child.
16 children maximum


Kids Aerial Birthday Parties
Give your kids and their friends the gift of flight and enjoy cake in the lobby afterwards. For ages 9 and up.
9 children maximum

For scheduling and more information contact SCraig@localmotionproject.org.

Local Motion Project has been generously supported by:

Office of the Arts

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