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Saphira, the matriarch and founder of Saffron Dance, didn?t even exist 20 years ago, much like ?I survived Y2K? bumper stickers. Saphira was known as Rachael Galoob-Ortega, a lawyer who practiced in DC and Florida for a decade. But her high-power career and hefty paycheck couldn?t extinguish her passion for dance. And so she became Saphira, an international belly-dance artist and instructor with numerous accolades, including being featured in American Belly Dancer, a documentary about belly dance in the United States.

Saphira opened Saffron Dance six years ago, and along with 18 fellow instructors, channels her years of expertise into dance courses that get progressively more challenging from week to week. Welcoming all levels, her classes teach both Egyptian-inspired belly dance and community-focused tribal belly dance. Regardless of the class type, Saphira and her teachers encourage pupils to express their unique voices through dance, all while keeping proper alignment, mastering precision, and having fun.

3260 Wilson Blvd
Arlington,
VA
US

Converted from a historic 1930s art-deco theater, the modern iteration of the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse is a combination restaurant, movie theater, and performance space. Besides screening blockbusters, the venue also hosts regular comedy shows featuring standups who have shared their skills on The Tonight Show, David Letterman, and Conan O'Brien. Between laughs, audience members can take bites from a complete menu or sips of selections from a full-service bar.

2903 Columbia Pike
Arlington,
VA
US

Established as the Washington Shakespeare Company in 1990, WSC Avant Bard is dedicated to updating classic theater for modern audiences, revitalizing well-worn drama with challenging interpretations. Under the leadership of newly appointed artistic director Tom Prewitt, the theater treats audiences to daring productions of established classics, new works, and little-known Shakespeare fan-fiction about him teaming up to fight crime with Queen Elizabeth I.

601 S Clark St
Arlington,
VA
US

Since opening Dance Factory in 1976, Dennis Schroeder and his staff of instructors have taught more than 500,000 people how to cut a rug across the studio’s spacious, 3,500-square-foot cushioned ballroom floor. Many of the instructors are competitive dancers, and they use their expertise to teach a full range of traditional dance styles, including the bossa nova, tango, and samba. During both group and private lessons, they teach students of all levels how to perform in social settings—a skill they can flaunt at board meetings or during holiday balls and weekend dances. The staff also coaches bridal parties, and leads four-hour weekend workshops to delve into more complicated dance techniques.

954 N Monroe St
Arlington,
VA
US

Family-Friendly Studio offering Music Lessons and Dance Classes for ages 3 to 93. Most instruments and voice along with string ensembles and Putting the Band Together. Recreational and Competitive Dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Lyrical, African and Acrobatics

Saratoga Center
Springfield,
VA
US

For almost 50 years, Virginia Ballet Company and School has borrowed from the rich, centuries-old traditions of Russian ballet to mold fledgling tip-toers into strong, agile, and graceful dancers. Following the expertly adapted choreography of the studio's late co-founding artistic director, Tania Rousseau, a cast of professional dancers prepares students ages three and up to participate in school-run classical productions, granting them the opportunity to twirl into important roles such as The Nutcracker or The Helicopter Propeller. The company hosts classes of varying difficulties in a studio with raised, spring-loaded floors that reduce injury, fixed and portable handrails, and wall-length mirrors for checking and correcting posture.

5595 Guinea Rd
Fairfax,
VA
US