DanceArtTheater is a professional modern dance company based in Northern Virginia.

DanceArtTheater welcomes a diversity of people and wants to work with other artists in the community to enhance the joy that comes from training, performing and observing the art of dance. The company was established in April 2014 and is directed by Meredith Barnes.Since its beginning, DanceArtTheater has strived to contribute a unique voice to the dance community of Northern Virginia, and to foster deeper partnerships with companies and dance schools that also call Northern Virginia their home.

Operating as usual


I am excited to announce that DanceArtTheater was awarded a great from Thank you ArtsFairfax!


Upcoming premier! Save the date!


We are now a non-profit and so excited to provide consistent community events for dancers and non-dancers in the DMV. We provide performance and choreographic opportunities for trained dancers who may have chosen to pursue non-dance careers and would not have these opportunities otherwise. We strive to continually build relationships with artists of all disciplines to collaborate on projects and further our educational reach. You can contribute to our mission by donating to our company through the website.


Don’t forget to apply to be in Transformations.


CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHY After our full length show at Capital One, we will be hosting the annual Transformations Dance Festival. This is a wonderful celebration of local and non local dance makers to have their work produced and performed on stage. Choreographers apply now to be considered for performance!


A cool moment at our Open Dance Works event of DanceArtTheater’s new work Counterpoint. This will premiere Nov. 11th at Capitol One in the Vault. SAVE THE DATE!


Transformations applications are now live. Link in bio to apply! Choreography in any style is welcome.

Photos from DanceArtTheater's post 08/01/2023

A few great photos from our Open Dance Works last Sunday. It was so great to speak with the audience and get their input. Thanks for taking the photos.


Come in from the heat and enjoy dessert and dance at Open Dance Works tomorrow. ODW is an informal showing of works in progress. DanceArtTheater along with 4 other choreographers are presenting new, unfinished dances and we need your input. It will be a great afternoon of sharing dance, cake, and conversation. IT’S FREE! Hope you can make it.


Save the date! Hope you can make it. Dessert, coffee, and dance! And it’s free!


Hey dance makers! We just had a choreographer who was scheduled, cancel. That means we have room for someone to show their work and receive audience feedback! Register today! And if you don’t have anything to show, still come and be a part of our rich dance community!


Come spend a Sunday afternoon with dessert and dance. This informal event is free for the audience! Choreographers want your input.


Click on the link in our bio to register to show your creation! All genres and works in any stage of development are welcome.


Hey guys, sign up to show what you are working on this summer. Choreography in any stage of development is welcome! Can’t wait to see your creativity!


There are still some slots available for this showing. What are you working on? Register to take part in this open works-in-progress showing.


If you are going to be around the DMV this summer, come dance with me!


If you are in the DMV this summer, come take class with me!

Join Meredith Barnes of DanceArtTheater for an intermediate level modern dance workshop! This class will include elements of Cunningham and Limon technique, and is for movers who want to explore and enhance their modern dance technique. Ages 16 and up, register at


Sign up to show what you are working on this summer. It will be a fun afternoon!


Calling all creators! If you are working on something new this summer and want to participate in an informal showing to get feedback on your work, then register for Open Dance Works. Let’s make some dance!


Looks like the rain date of May 20 is looking brighter. Fingers crossed we will be able to perform with some other amazing companies. Bring a picnic, blanket or chair, and enjoy an early evening of outdoor performances.


Happy International Dance Day!


In two days. Everybody wish, pray, and send thoughts to the weather gods that it will not rain or be too wet. We really want to perform and see these other amazing dancers!


This Weekend! Check out DanceArt Theater
Check out our Spring Flight Performances. First Flight April 29 at 5pm at Van D**e Park in Fairfax City. Bring a Chair or blanket, dinner and enjoy a wonderful performance outside . Free!
Great performances by Next Reflex Dance Collective, District Tap and Capitol Tap, Ash & Elm Dance Company, DanceArt Theater and Dance AS Dance Academy. It's going to be a wonderful show!

Photos from Fairfax, Spotlight on the Arts's post 04/20/2023

Come watch us dance in the park along with these other beautiful people! .tap


Looking forward to dancing in the open air!

Check out our Spring Flight Performances. First Flight April 29 at 5pm at Van D**e Park in Fairfax City. Bring a Chair or blanket, dinner and enjoy a wonderful performance outside . Free!

Great performances by Next Reflex Dance Collective, District Tap and Capitol Tap, Ash & Elm Dance Company, DanceArt Theater and Dance AS Dance Academy. It's going to be a wonderful show!


Want to know more about DanceArtTheater, our mission, and performance opportunities? Come take company audition class tomorrow night!


We are looking for a couple of dancers!


DanceArtTheater is incredibly proud to have such strong, resilient women in our company. We take a moment to recognize their endless work, tenacity, and artistry that we are privileged to experience. ’s empowerment

Photos from DanceArtTheater's post 03/04/2023

A couple of beautiful moments from Impasse. Want to dance with us? We are having auditions for our upcoming season. PM for more details.


We are looking for dancers strong in modern technique. Must be available Monday nights for rehearsals. Paid performances. Contact Meredith Barnes [email protected]


That’s a wrap. So much fun! We had a great time. Thanks


Show time!

Photos from DanceArtTheater's post 02/04/2023

On our way! Link in bio for in person and virtual tickets to tonight’s show.


Getting ready for our road trip to perform in Illumination Series. Are you a DAT fan but can’t make the trip up? No worries, there is a live stream. Tickets for in person and virtual in my bio. There are going to be some amazing artists performing. We are performing on Sat.


Me and company member supporting local dance artist Gabriel Mata last night . Amazing powerful work! Thanks

Photos from DanceArtTheater's post 12/25/2022

Hope your day is filled with joy! Happy holidays from DanceArtTheater.

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