General Information

BalletNova Center for Dance (BNCD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization who's mission is to provide a center of dance excellence in Northern Virginia, nurturing and training dancers of all ages, and offering superb community performances.

Since it's founding in 1981 (as Arlington Center for Dance) BalletNova Center for Dance (BNCD) has earned a reputation as the premier dance training center in Northern Virginia.

BNCD offers year-round classes designed for dancers of all ages and levels, serving over 1,300 students per year.  Classes include:

  • Ballet
  • Modern Dance
  • Contemporary Dance
  • Jazz
  • Hip Hop
  • Tap
  • Conditioning (Pilates, Stretch, Floor Barre, Dance Cardio, Yoga)

BNCD operates on a semester basis for adult and enrichment divisions, school year basis for Pre-professional training program. The Center accepts children and adults at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels into a year-round program. We also offer one of the most comprehensive adult dance class programs in the metropolitan area.

Housed in a beautiful, 20,800 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Bailey's Crossroads, VA (about 15 minutes from Washington, DC), students enjoy six spacious studios equipped with sprung floors, non-stick Marley overlay, sound systems, high ceilings, and mirrors.

We are proud to have assembled a highly qualified and professional international teaching staffWashington Dance View has acknowledged our working knowledge of injury prevention and care of the body by stating that, "If you send your children to [BalletNova Center for Dance], you're sending them somewhere where people care about their bodies, and [have a working] knowledge of what young dancers can and cannot do."

At BNCD, we are committed to the traditions started by school co-founder, Kathryn Fredgren: training the "whole student."  We believe in treating every dancer with dignity and respect, and we're firmly committed to the belief that the training of all dancers is possible in a caring atmosphere with mutual respect between teachers and students. The Center for Dance is dedicated to educating and mentoring dancers in a positive, nurturing environment and preserving the traditions of classical ballet through quality dance productions and education.  We continue the tradition with Our Philosophy.

Due to the quality of our faculty and staff, serious dance students receive individual attention and some of the finest training available. Individuals seeking personal enrichment and exercise are able to attain their goals in a comfortable, enjoyable environment. Many young dancers training at the Center have auditioned for and performed with internationally known companies, including The Royal Ballet, Boston Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Sarasota Ballet, and the Dresden State Opera Ballet.

BalletNova is a community-oriented dance company committed to presenting quality productions and choreography that people can understand, respect, enjoy, and afford.  Check out our upcoming performances! 

The organization is based on elements from the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum™ syllabus (nationally and internationally recognized systems that provide a certification program in classical ballet) across all levels of children's pre-professional classical ballet curriculum.