AVA Dance Company (Arlington, Virginia Dance Company) offers adult dance classes to dancers of all levels and backgrounds. Founded by former professional dancer Leah Mariner, her vision is to offer a fun and motivating community for adults to exercise their passion for dance. AVA Dance Company's mission is to provide adult dancers the opportunity to enhance their technique, learn cutting-edge choreography, and stay fit and active.
Founder and Director Leah Mariner has been dancing and sharing her passion for dance with others for over 20 years. Leah danced professionally for the Washington Wizards for three seasons, serving as co-captain of the team during her third season. During her time with the Wizards she had the opportunity to dance in Rio de Janiero, Brazil at the NBA 3x Events; Atlanta, Georgia for the annual All P-R-O Dance Convention; as well as New York City for the 2015 NBA All Star Events. Leah has also performed in the Cherry Blossom Parade alongside renowned artists such as Lance Bass of N'Sync, Jay Sean, and Elliot Yamen. Leah was featured on CBS-affiliate WUSA9 discussing her career as a professional dancer and has performed live on FOX5 News.
Leah was born and raised in Long Island, NY, where her dance career started. Throughout her 22 years of dance experience, Leah has taught several genres of dance to both children and adults. Her choreography has won leading scores in competitions, and under her mentorship, dancers have grown to superior levels. Leah has always loved sharing her passion of dance with her students and is thrilled for the opportunity to help dancers fulfill theirs!
AVA Dance Company offers a variety of dance styles and levels to all adult dancers.
The classes available are outlined below:
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique movement and technical elements such as leaps and turns. Class typically consists of stretching, warm-ups, across-the-floor, and learning a combination of choreography.
Hip Hop is a popular form of dance usually characterized by "funky" movements such as popping and locking, breaking, etc. Hip Hop often incorporates loose or structured, upbeat and energetic movement set to popular music. Class typically includes: stretching, conditioning, warm-ups, and learning a combination of choreography.
Contemporary and Lyrical dancing is a more relaxed, expressive style of dancing that allows for more fluid, graceful movement rather than structured steps, as in traditional ballet dancing. It combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Class typically consists of stretching, warm-ups, across-the-floor, and learning a combination of choreography.
Heels class infuses sultry jazz movements with street jazz vocabulary leaving you feeling strong, sexy, and empowered! Wear your heels and get ready to get sweaty!
Turns & Leaps
This class will focus on dance technique. Class will consist of deep stretching, conditioning, across the floor, working on leaps, jumps and turns!
AVA Dance Company's Performance Series Showcase
Saturday, April 13th
Our first Performance Showcase was a HUGE success!
Check out some of the highlights from this amazing showcase
View our schedule to sign up for a class today!
Sunday, November 17
12:30pm Hip Hop with Christie
Sunday, November 10
12:30pm Hip Hop with Marielle
Sunday, November 24
12:30pm Hip Hop with Christie
Wednesday, November 13
7pm Contemporary with Leah
8pm Hip Hop with Shannon
*Classes will be filmed*
Wednesday, November 20
7pm Jazz with Leah
8pm Hip Hop with Renee
Wednesday, November 27
WHAT OUR DANCERS SAY
Absolutely LOVE AVA Dance Company! I grew up a cheerleader so I was very new to technical dance. Leah wasn't just friendly, but she always made sure I felt comfortable, and went beyond her "duties" to provide support and positivity when I needed it the most. Nonetheless she makes sure we have FUN! I recommend AVA Dance Company to anyone living in or visiting the DMV area.
I love AVA Dance Company! They offer a variety of dance classes from professionals, so I am able to improve my dance skills in hip hop, jazz, technique, heels, etc. Everyone in class is always so friendly. Also, I love that they take videos of every dance so that I am able to see what I look like and notice areas of my dancing that can use improvement. I highly recommend these affordable dance classes!
Leah is a well-rounded dancer whose love for the art genuinely shines through during every conversation and every part of dance class. She gives detailed instruction and she works to ensure each dancer leaves a little bit better and a little bit stronger. I can always count on Leah and Ava Dance Company to offer fun choreography, professional instructors, popular tunes, and a darn good work out.
I’ve loved AVA’s weekly classes since I discovered them this past spring. There is a pretty wide range of offerings, so there’s really something for everyone. Also, I appreciate how AVA brings in professional guest instructors just about every week. It’s cool to see and learn from different choreographers. Leah, the studio’s director, is also a super encouraging and friendly teacher, so no matter how much dance experience you have, she welcomes everyone with open arms. Can’t recommend this place or the people enough!!
I’m so incredibly happy I found out about Ava Dance Company! I’ve danced my entire life and stopped shortly after college, and have been looking for convenient adult classes to take weekly ever since. Leah and her team provide classes for all levels! From beginner to advanced, each class provides the opportunity to challenge yourself and to simply have fun filled sessions with an abundance of positive energy and dancers who are looking to improve their skill set while having fun! I look forward to Wednesday’s every week to experience a new style of dance, from hip hop to burlesque to heals class... there’s something for everyone. It’s worth every penny and then some!! Thank you for being so amazing Ava Dance Co!
I have been dancing for a long time and I am in awe of every aspect of AVA!
Starting with the founder/director Leah. Leah is one of the nicest people I've ever met! Her love and passion for dance is beyond inspiring. She genuinely loves every single dancer and she supports you in and out of the studio. No matter your dance level, she makes the class fun. I feel as if some studios are not an inclusive environment, but I can say I have never felt that vibe while at AVA.
Contact/ Visit Us
Classes are located in Arlington, VA at Theatre on the Run
Enter through the door that says "Cultural Affairs" in the back parking lot. The back of the building is yellow. There is free parking in the parking lot behind the building.
3700 S Four Mile Run Dr
Arlington, VA 22206
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