Adagio Ballet and Dance School, based in North Arlington, VA, was founded in 2004 and has grown in its 12 year history from a two studio school, to a vibrant organization with over 1,400 students and 20 teachers in a facility with 7 studios and a black box performance space.
Built on the belief that children and adults of all ages benefit from a dance education, we designed specific programs with different levels of commitment, expectations, and goals. All dancers have a place at our school where they may experience the joy of dance and maximize their potential for the art form. Whether aspiring for a career in the dance field or enjoying dance as an extracurricular activity, Adagio welcomes you.
Courses are offered in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Hip Hop and the Ballet Program curriculum is based in the Vaganova Method. All programs follow a curriculum with weekly lesson plans, periodic exams, and progress reports.
A uniquely structured program designed to build the ballet fundamentals while incorporating the imagination, creativity, storytelling and music.
Through this rigorous program students train multiple times a week with an intense curriculum, perform 3 times per year, and are eligible to audition for the student company.
The extra-curricular program where students dance 1 time a week in any dance style with 2 performance opportunities a year.
With options for students of all ages, skill, and availability with themed camps, weekly classes, and a Summer Intensive Program.
With classes in Ballet, Ballroom, Contemporary, Tap, and Power-barre fitness.
Birthday Parties, Seasonal Camps during Winter and Spring Breaks, & National Dance Week Events.
The school produces the Nutcracker and Spring Concerts as well as events in the Black Box Theater. Our student company, Adagio Dance Company (ADC), made up of students in the Intensive Program, presents an annual showcase performance and performs in community festivals and events throughout the region. Year-round Adagio families have opportunities to enjoy live performances by professionals in the field and interactive programs for children of all ages with the goal to inspire creativity and curiosity while nurturing a love for the arts in our culturally diverse region.
The Adagio faculty are experienced professionals with careers as dancers and degrees as dance educators, many of whom continue to contribute to the dance field as choreographers and performers. Adagio invests in on-going professional development for the team to encourage innovation in our teaching methods while aligning our curriculum with the most current practices in education and childhood development.
To provide quality dance education in a nurturing environment for students of all ages and aspirations while engaging the community through performances and events.
We value the development of the child as a whole, nurturing:
We regularly enhance our curriculum, maintain small class sizes, employ professional and dedicated teachers, encourage a community of support and constantly invest back into our facility and programs.
Adagio Ballet is located in the heart of the North Arlington community on the corner of Lee Highway and N. Glebe Rd. We are a short drive from Washington DC, Falls Churchand McLean. We service families from the DC area including: Maryland, Fairfax and Alexandria counties The school is a 5-minute drive or short bus ride from the Ballston Metro station on the Orange Line.
Adagio Ballet’s spacious facility includes 7 studios with sprung and marley flooring, floor to ceiling mirrors, wall mounted ballet barres, sound systems, piano, and Ipads in each studio.
Our Black Box Studio Theater presents class showings, camp presentations, winter performances, and professional showcases.
Parents are welcome to observe classes from the lobby on the large classroom monitor or through the 2-way windows on the classroom doors. Dressing rooms, play area, healthy snack vending machine are available to families.
For your convenience we maintain an inventory of dance apparel including ballet, jazz, and tap shoes, leotards, tights, skirts, and Adagio apparel.
Administrators are available to assist with registration, apparel, trial classes, and all other customer support. School Directors are available for conferences by appointment.
Adagio Ballet has a number of reserved parking spaces available to our customers. Additional unreserved parking spaces are available on the Glebe Rd side of the plaza. Please refrain from parking in the neighbor tenant McEnearney’s reserved spots, or they may tow.