MISSION

Our mission is to bring meaningful experiences to people’s lives through the art of dance and movement.

VISION

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

WHAT WE DO

At Local Motion Project, we strive to elevate dance in Alexandria through education, participation, and observation. We truly believe in the power that collective movement experiences can have on well-being, and we center dance as a means for expression, connection, and human understanding. Founded in 2016 as a youth dance program, we have grown to provide programming for youth and adults alike.

 

Dance has the ability to share stories, bring communities together, and create spaces for multiple perspectives to be heard and seen. We are committed to sharing these opportunities with Alexandrians of all backgrounds and encouraging people of all ages to find movement they love.

At the Movement Arts Center

Adult Programs

Inspired classes and workshops that are open to a diverse community of movers.  Our teachers are committed to providing space to investigate, discover and take risks. We value positive experiences, encourage multiple ways of moving, and strive to support you on your personal movement journey.

 

Our classes include Pilates, strength & conditioning, ballet, modern dance, tap, belly dance, Aerial and more. We offer variety of workshops and series that provide opportunities for new movement experiences and space for exploration.

 

For schedule, descriptions, and registration view our calendar.

 

Drop-in Class Pricing
10-pack: $135, $160 aerial
5-pack: $80, $90, aerial
Single: $18, $20 aerial
See calendar for workshop/series pricing.

Youth Programs

The year-long dance program offers classes in creative dance, modern dance, and ballet. Our progressive dance curriculum teaches technique and creative voice side-by-side. Our approach to choreography and performance is dancer driven. We use a process of improvisation and idea investigation to generate movement, which allows each performer to connect with the material and to verbalize why choreographic choices are made. This program culminates in a Spring Showcase.

 

We aim to expose children to a variety of styles of dance and movement arts by offering summer camps, workshops throughout the year, and organizing annual field trips to see a professional performance.

 

For schedule, descriptions, and registration view our calendar.

Important dates and other info for our year-long dance school may be found here

Policies

  • Adult drop-in class packages expire 6 months after first use.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Youth camps, workshop, special events: Cancellations made 30 days before the start will receive a refund. After that all youth event sales are final.
  • Youth Dance School: Prorated tuition and showcase fee are refundable within the first 4 weeks of the start of classes. Written notification is required to withdraw (info@localmotionproject.org).

FACULTY & STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

IN THE COMMUNITY

PERFORMANCE

ADULT ENSEMBLE

PERFORMANCE:
SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2020

 

 

Our adult dance ensemble is comprised of a diverse group of women in various stages of life, both personally and professionally. The ensemble work is rooted in a passion for creating live art in which artists’ ideas are integral to the work. Giving women a voice in later stages of life and a place to be creative is one of our values as we expand the idea of who gets to dance.

YOUTH ENSEMBLE

Guest artists in
“Performance Art”
Alexandria Choral Society
Saturday, March 7, 2020 – 7:30pm
George Washington Masonic Memorial

Tickets Available Here

 

Our youth dance ensemble is comprised of dancers aged 9-14 who are students at the Local Motion Project Movement Arts Center. This ensemble embodies the progressive, comprehensive, and collaborative approach of the curriculum of the dance school, while challenging dancers to find new ways to express themselves and go deeper into their training.

DANCE INTEGRATION RESIDENCIES

Our dance integration program annually serves 500 students in Alexandria City Public Schools in grades K-5. Dance integration is an approach to teaching in which students demonstrate understanding of classroom curriculum through dance making. It engages all students including English Language Learners and students with special needs. Teachers participate in all parts of the program and receive continuing education credits for recertification.

 

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.

For more information on brining dance integration to your school, contact Kylie Murray at kmurray@localmotionproject.org.

Youth 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.
$345 – 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.
$345 – 9 children maximum

 

Girl Scout Badge Classes
We welcome you into the dance studio! Earn your Dancer Badge by learning a dancer’s warm-up, trying out new dance moves, and creating your own dance with your friends!
$150 – 15 children maximum

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

 

 All rentals require a Local Motion Project Rental Agreement.

Private Aerial Classes

 

Aerial classes are a great way to spend time with friends or co-workers. Contact us for more information.

For more information on rehearsal rentals, parties, and special events contact Sarah Craig at scraig@localmotionproject.org.

SUPPORT THE PROJECT
Local Motion Project has been generously supported by:

Office of the Arts

Proud member of:

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