Expanded dance classes at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton


The Workhouse Arts Center is expanding its dance program by launching more classes for children and adults. He organized an open day of dance on Saturday February 16, 2019, where people were able to visit the studios, meet the instructors, taste the “initiation” mini-courses and discover the novelties for 2 year olds and adults. They have something for everyone – from children’s hula (Keiki) and ballet dancing to ballet.

According to Elizabeth “Mimi” Glass, Audience Development Coordinator, “We are starting children’s classes here. Thus, we will have everyone from 2 years old up to 12 years old for our children’s lessons. That’s it, from hula and belly dancing to ballet, tap dance and modern. We want to be a full dance program and we hope to become a full dance academy in the years to come.

She added, “For our adult dance classes, we have a ballroom, hula, belly dancing, a modern corporate class with Next Reflex Dance Collective, and it’s free every Sunday. So we really want to be a place where newbies can reach an advanced level and have something to explore and create and grow.

She said the average cost was $ 15 per class; and the age ranges from 2 to 12 for children; and 16 years and over for adults. They will be adding a teen-centric program in the future, but for now, they’re starting out slow and growing steadily. Visitors can register and take trial classes with free vouchers for anyone who just wants to quit. Classes last 6 to 8 weeks.

BALLROOM DANCE INSTRUCTOR Alan Golombek teaches both beginner and intermediate levels, ages 16-90. “We teach beginners who have little or no experience and we teach ballroom dances like waltz, tango and fox-trot, cha-cha, rumba and swing,” he said. declared. No partner is needed and it is for people who have never danced before and want to learn social skills and dance and be confident enough to hit the dance floor.

“We love teaching people to dance and introducing them to the fun and exciting world of ballroom dancing,” said Golombek, who, along with his wife Thuyle, is the Virginia State Dancesport Ballroom Champion.

“I find belly dancing a very stimulating dance for women; it’s very old, ”said Sonia Monson, a belly dance instructor, who has been dancing for 30 years. “What I do is basically teach the basics of oriental dance. My class that I teach now starts with the warm-up and we do the slowest moves, the drills and the fastest moves, and then we work on the choreography. She started the Bellydance program with the City of Norfolk, with the Norfolk Parks and Rec, and taught there for 20 years.

Hula instructor Cherry Nutting added, “Hula is the epitome of Hawaiian culture. In my hula class, you not only learn dance routines, you learn Hawaiian culture, language, and crafts. and most importantly you gain brotherhood among hula sisters I promote each other’s accomplishments.

Modern dance teacher Roxann Morgan Rowley leads the Next Reflex Dance Collective on Sundays and specializes in teaching 2-year-old adults. “I also teach classes for children here – I teach a creative movement class for 4 year olds, as well as a pre-ballet class for 5 year olds and a dance class with me for kids. moms and kids. , “she said.” I’m excited to start a program here with the folks at Workhouse so it should be awesome. “

Joseph Wallen, Director of Performing Arts at the Workhouse Arts Center, added: “At the Performing Arts Department, we have historically offered dance lessons for the past few years, but with new recruit, Mimi – Elizabeth Glass – we now have the ability to offer a more robust schedule, more offers for a wider age range, especially young people, which we have not been able to offer in the pass.

WORKHOUSE ARTS CENTER is located at 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton. For more information on dancing, visit www.workhousearts.org. Click on the Lessons and tickets link, then Dance. Call 703-584-2900.

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