The Manassas Ballet Academy began its school season this month, but is still accepting students for instruction.
The academy, the school of the Manassas Ballet Theatre, offers year round enrollment partly because its instructors do not take the mastery of the various dancing techniques lightly, said Amy Grant Wolfe, the theatre's artistic director.
"We’re serious about properly teaching dance,” Wolfe said. “Classes are technique classes, meaning every day of every week, a child can come in and further their technical studies.”
Ongoing enrollment is also an option because the D.C. metro is a transient area, so it is convenient for families who move into the area outside of the September season start time, she said. With ongoing enrollment a student of dance will never, "fall through the cracks," Wolfe added.
Classes are taught on raised and sprung floors with viewing windows for observation. Teachers are professional dancers who know the importance of mastering technique while nurturing the student without concentrating on competition.
Students who start class at the academy before Oct. 1 can choose to participate in this year's production of The Nutcracker ballet. There are also other opportunities for students to participate in professional productions, which are performed at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, where the company is in residence.
Prospective students can try one class at no charge. For information, call the studios at 703-257-1811 or visit manassasballet.org.
Video of Manassas ballet dancers getting ready for the 2010 performance of The Nutcracker is here.
The Manassas Ballet Company will perform, "Dracula" next month at the Hylton. Get more details here.