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Lyrical and Contemporary Dance in Woodbridge, VA

​Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.

At Dance Etc. School of the Arts, we start students in Lyrical which teaches the basics of fluid movement and weight changes and they then progress into Contemporary. We require a strong classical ballet background and a minimum of 1 ballet class weekly for Lyrical 1 and 2 and a minimum of 2 ballet classes weekly for Contemporary (multiple levels). Our program uses all the basics of classical ballet, including terminology, as well as introduces dancers to a variety of modern techniques such as Horton, Graham, and Ailey. 

CONTEMPORARY PROGRAM - A Letter from Analeah Stamps

Welcome to the Contemporary Program. Unlike other classes at Dance Etc, you must be invited to join the Contemporary Program. Since this is an invited program , you can be asked to withdraw if you are being disruptive or not meeting the requirements/expectations of the program. If you are asked to withdraw, you must wait until the next enrollment session before asking to rejoin contemporary.

All contemporary students must also take a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week (exception-adult students with permission of instructor)
If student is in Progressive Program, they must meet their ballet class commitment per their program


  • Be 5-10 minutes early for class to allow for proper warm up.
  • Let me know if you are going to miss a class (graded school function, fever, audition...)
  • Follow dress code
  • Treat yourself and others well/appropriately (if it comes to my attention that you are treating others badly, you will be asked to leave)
  • Be willing to try new things
  • Do occasional homework (both written and physical)



any color leotard, convertible tights (flesh tone or pink) optional black dance shorts
Teens: any color leotard, convertible tights (flesh tone or pink) optional black dance shorts
Adults: any color yoga shirt/form fitting t-shirt, yoga pants or jazz pants - black or gray (Capri or ankle length)
any color leotard, optional convertible tights (flesh tone or pink), black dance shorts or black or grey leggings (capri or ankle length) in place of tights
top and bottom; may choose from the following:
Top: leotard, form fitting athletic shirt, or bra top - any color
Bottom: flesh tone or pink convertible tights (with leotard or shorts), black dance shorts or black or grey leggings (capri or ankle length) in place of tights

*Hair must be securely fastened away from face in bun, ponytail, or braid.
No jewelry ! Only small earrings are allowed, please leave all the rest at home.
*Please note that in Lyrical 1 through Contemporary 3 dance shorts may NOT be worn without tights.
**If child has a ballet class immediately before or after lyrical/contemporary: Girls are required to be in a black leotard, pink tights (may add optional dance shorts), hair in bun in order to have a quick transition between classes.

Dance knee pads
Contemporary shoes (optional)
Ballet shoes
Baby wipes
Hand sanitizer
First aid kit (instant ice pack, band aids, ace wrap, etc.) Hair ties

We will have 1 big 4-5 hour rehearsal before “zoo week”; this typically happens in May on the Sunday between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day; you will get a notice in January/February and then a reminder in April

Contemporary 4, 3A, and 3 are eligible to audition for Winter Concert; most of these rehearsals take place on Saturday afternoons, outside of regular class time

Dance Etc. School of of the Arts
13590 Minnieville Rd. Woodbridge, VA 22192 US
Phone: 703-878-1000 Website: