Early Years Program
Early Years Program
Grace and Memories Start Here
Welcomes children ages 2-6.5
Learn the fundamentals of ballet and dance through the magic of the imagination, storytelling and music.

Key Benefits

  • Small class size
  • Progress Reports
  • Family class observations
  • Curriculum regularly updated with the latest innovations in dance education
  • Program encourages creativity, musicality, gross and fine motor skills, listening and working together
early years key benefits


On-going enrollment and free trial class with level placement. Browse the schedule by level and learn about each course.
ages 2 to 2.5 (45 min)
Interactive experience for parent and child to enjoy the first introduction to dance. With teacher and parent guidance, students learn the dance class structure and behavioral expectations to prepare for independent dancing in the Little Elves level. Ballet is taught using sing-a-long songs, props, costumes, and storybook-themes to engage students while achieving developmental goals.
Little Elves
ages 2.5 to 3.5 (45 min)
In this first level that students participate without parents, dancers learn how to follow directions and build attention span while developing body awareness, coordination, gross motors skills, and creative thinking through the storybook ballet curriculum. Props, costumes, and engaging music bring the imagination to life and support the learning goals.
little elves
Little Fairies
ages 3 to 4.5 (45 min)
Students continue to build confidence and listening skills during structured class lessons, learning ballet barre exercises, traveling steps, stretching, jumps, and musicality while absorbed in creative storybook-themes. By the end of the school year, students will be ready to perform in their first recital on a theater stage.
little fairies
Dancing Princess
ages 4 to 5.5 (45 min)
Students advance their ballet knowledge with more time spent at the barre, while developing strength, flexibility, and coordination of upper and lower body. Musicality and spatial awareness are highlighted through change of rhythm, counting, formations and patterns. Students are eligible to perform in the annual Spring Concert.
dancing princesess
Tiny Ballerinas
ages 5 to 6.5 (45 min)
In this level for Kindergarteners, students work to properly execute ballet technique through use of imagery and muscle control. Students memorize longer sets of movements and are able to adapt to change in tempo, spacing, and dynamics. Students work to achieve the final level goals of the Early Years Program, before advancing to Beginning Ballet I in the Youth Program. Students are eligible to perform in the Spring Concert.
tiny ballerinas
Tiny Tappers
ages 5 to 6.5 (45 min)
Kindergarten-aged students learn tap fundamentals developing rhythm, coordination, muscle control, and tempos using props and learning games to engage the mind while completing repetitions for muscle memory.
Tiny Tappers
Boys Dance
ages 5 to 7 (45 min)
Build muscles, coordination, rhythm, and creative thinking through a fun fast-paced class just for boys in kindergarten and older.
Please contact school for more information
Boys Dance
Ballet & Tap Combo
Ages 4-6.5 (45 min) for Dancing Princess and Tiny Ballerina levels
Students learn both ballet and tap fundamentals through the storybook curriculum. Tap and ballet shoes are required. Students are eligible to perform in the Spring Concert.
Please contact school for more information
Ballet & Tap Combo
Early Years Program
Early Years Program
Learn dance through storytelling, costumes and music

How to Join

Call (703) 527-8900 to register free trial class


  • Based on child's age
  • Time of year entering program
  • Any previous or related dance experience


  • Students are required to stay in the same class level for an entire school year. This is the best way to reach all of the program's goals.
  • If joining after the Fall Session your are strongly encourage to complete a Summer Session course to better prepare to transition into the next class level.

To Register

  • Contact us for level guidance or visit school
  • View schedule and register online
  • Per session and full year registration available
  • Follow the Calendar located in the Student Portal for important dates.
Early Years Program
Early Years Program
Your child's happiness and growth is our top priority
unique advantages

Unique Advantages

  • Free Trial Class
  • Guidance on level placement and progression
  • Story Dance curriculum designed by Adagio’s founding director
  • Weekly lesson plans
  • Our faculty receive annual training and professional development courses in pedagogy and child development
  • Inclusive year-round admission
  • Classes offered 7 days a week with optimal flexibility in scheduling
  • Opportunities for involvement in school and community events organized by Adagio Ballet and Dance School
  • Students benefit from Adagio’s years of experience in teaching dance to young children, where we offer the most advanced program in dance education in NOVA.


  • Perform in our Annual Spring Concert (eligible for Little Fairies level and up)
  • Participate in themed Camps with a final performance- Summer, Spring Break & Winter Break and Federal Holiday camps
  • Meet and learn from the older student ballerinas during camps, special events, visits to your classroom, and performances.
  • Bring the family to Adagio’s production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.
  • Celebrate National Dance Week with us and participate in free activities- including a drawing contest, camp activity fair, Adagio Dance Company open rehearsals, and Company Danzante’s black box performance (resident professional company).
  • Attend Adagio Dance Company’s annual showcase, highlighting our talented students in the Intensive Program in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap.
  • Join us for free performances- Annual Spring Concert, December Youth Program Black Box Showings, Intensive Program showings, Adagio Dance Company’s community events.

Early Years Gallery

Partners in Dance Education

Maya Georgieva,

National Certified Counselor in Mental Health Specializes in child and adolescent counseling and has served as a consultant to Adagio’s faculty.

Danelle Dickson,

Doctorate in Physical Therapy specializing in Orthopedic Sports, Dance, Injury Prevention and Dry Needling Conducts annual on-site pointe assessments for intensive ballet students eligible to go en pointe and supports Adagio’s faculty with injury prevention workshops and students with therapy and consultation.

Company Danzante,

Professional Dance Company-in-Residence Offers free and discounted performances at Adagio’s Black Box space and at local theaters and includes Adagio’s advanced students in an annual Trainee Program.