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


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


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: $120, $160 aerial
5-pack: $70, $90, aerial
Single: $16, $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


  • 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 programs cancellations that are made 30 days before the start of classes, camps, workshops, or special events will receive a refund. After that all youth program sales are final.



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

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


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

Private Group Aerial Classes

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

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.


Giving Tuesday is December 3, 2019

Local Motion Project has been generously supported by:

Office of the Arts

Proud member of: