The School of Theatrical Dance

The School of Theatrical Dance


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Wanted to share The Art of Yoga Project's YouTube page. We're getting up loads of new teen oriented yoga classes. Hope these can be helpful for dancers as we anticipate returning to our studios!
Hi Dancers! Whatcha doin ‘ Saturday? I am teaching a free contemporary lyrical class on Instagram 1pm warm up 1:45pm combo EST/live from NYC 😍
Thank you Karen Mcphail for the reminder. If you don't know dance, you don't know how far it goes beyond tippy toes and tutus...It's a discipline, a joy, a release, a challenge, a personal journey to expression like no other
Good luck with your Show
Dance Family! Don't forget while out and about shopping for those last minute Thanksgiving items to think about those in need! If you get a moment grab an item for the LAWS wishlist and drop it in the donation box at the studio!
The school of Theatrical is performing "Charlottes Web" at the Waddell Theatre on the Loudoun NOVA campus Sat June 17th and Sun the 18th. Tickets are still available! Private msg me for more information

Theatrical School of Dance is a local dance school in Great Falls Virginia.

We specialize in children's dance, pre-professional dance training, performance opportunities, fitness classes, aerobics, beginner dance classes, private dance instructions and workshops since 1980. Located in Great Falls we service the areas of Fairfax, Herndon, Reston, Sterling, Vienna, McLean and the greater Fairfax County Metro area. If you are searching for children's dance, pre-professional

Operating as usual 08/27/2022

Under the Directorship of Ashley Castro! Fall enrollment 2022 is OPEN 💖 Dance is for EveryBody 760 A Walker Road | Great Falls, VA 22066


Coming up soon! we missed 2020 Hope to see you this July! 🇺🇸

Representing SOTD on July 4th!


Finale Kickline

Our girls could do this any day!


New York at Christmas


2019 Parade Rehearsals

Photos from DaVinci Art Studios, Arts For All, Loudoun's post 11/14/2020

Photos from DaVinci Art Studios, Arts For All, Loudoun's post


I will always remember you Ann Jacobs . A wonderful lady who was a part of our studio for many years. Ann was a lovely and talented dancer❤️ she remembered studying under Mary day and seeing her do the chicken dance (Mary day founder of the Washington school of ballet). when I taught my adult tap class, she was always in for anything! we did “diamonds are a girls best friend “and other classics. Here’s to you Ann❤️


Keeping things monster mashing along!🎃 helpers Miss Lindsey and Charlotte. With our lovely new Director, Ashley in charge


Miss Ashley! Virus buster!

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, read more... - The School of Theatrical Dance 06/01/2020

Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, read more... - The School of Theatrical Dance

Dear SOTD Family,
I have been doing research and keeping up with the science. Here is some information that is guiding me in the next several months from report by the Washington post. With gyms closed, exercise enthusiasts across the nation have kept up with their fitness regimens by switching to online workouts, running and making use of household objects. Now that gyms have reopened in more than two dozen states, some fitness buffs will be able to return to in-person instruction and commercial-grade equipment.
But should they?
Right now, the gym is a “high-risk environment,” says Jose Jimenez, a University of Colorado at Boulder chemistry professor who studies coronavirus transmission. Being in a densely populated space for a significant period increases your risk, he says, particularly if the ventilation is suboptimal.
Many Americans, too, remain leery of the gym; a recent Washington Post-University of Maryland national poll found that 78 percent of respondents think gyms should remain closed.
White House guidelines permit gyms to operate “if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols.” However, the details are unclear, leaving much room for interpretation by state and local governments. In Florida, for example, gyms can operate only at 50 percent capacity and as long as they adopt “appropriate social distancing measures”; in Arkansas, there is no capacity rule, but patrons must be 12 feet apart.
As with states, gyms’ own policies will vary. Life Time, with 152 fitness clubs across the United States, created a 400-plus page safety manual under the guidance of a physician who has served as a state epidemiologist, according to Life Time spokesperson Jason Thunstrom. Although Pennsylvania hasn’t yet allowed gyms to open, Dana Auriemma, the owner of Freehouse Fitness Studio in Philadelphia, is taking cues on how to proceed wherever they’re available — watching guidelines coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania governor, other states, and studios with a national presence. “It’s really such a moving target, as things roll out, that it kind of requires our full-time attention,” Auriemma said.

Cases in your area

Consider avoiding the gym if coronavirus cases are escalating in your region. “[If] you’re seeing a big spike, maybe wait that one out,” says Saskia Popescu, senior infection prevention epidemiologist at George Mason University. She stresses that we all play a role in stopping the spread. “Staying home is important if you have a lot of community transmission,” she said.

Your own health

No matter what policies your gym adopts, show up only if you’re completely healthy. If you are feeling sick, experiencing any flu-like symptoms, running a fever, short of breath, or frequently coughing or sneezing, Dreher says to “stay away,” particularly if you’re over 60, are immunocompromised or have chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or high blood pressure.
Taking care of yourself during the pandemic, from head to toe
Additionally, you should avoid the gym if you have a greater chance in your life of being exposed, Popescu says. That includes living or working with someone who has tested positive for covid-19.

Whether you’re at a big-box facility or a boutique studio, plenty of space is key, particularly because exercise requires vigorous breathing. According to Dreher, the more force behind your exhalations, the greater the distance your respiratory droplets can travel — potentially farther than six feet.
A recent CDC research letter reviewed data on covid-19 spread in dance and fitness classes. The authors hypothesized that both the turbulent airflow generated by intense exercise and the density in dance classes contributed to virus spread. Given what we know about coronavirus transmission, Jimenez says, the findings are “not surprising.”

You can also limit your exposure by shortening your stay. “I recommend avoiding as much shared space as you can,” Dreher says. Consider queuing up your playlist or podcast before entering the building, stretching outside, or substituting your indoor warm-up or cool-down with an outdoor jog or walk. Many states that have allowed gyms to open are keeping locker rooms closed; even if yours is open, he suggests changing clothes and showering at home to lessen your risk of exposure.


If you must work out indoors, proper ventilation is crucial. According to Popescu, HVAC systems should have adequate air turnover rates and appropriate filters. Ask your gym whether its HVAC system is operational. “Places like garage gyms with limited ventilation and, like, a single fan lack true ventilation and filtration that comes with HVAC systems,” Popescu says.
Jimenez emphasizes the distinction between ventilating and mixing. A well-ventilated space circulates fresh air; mixing circulates the same air, such as when a fan blows air through a room with no outside ventilation, and “is actually worse than zero ventilation or fan.” He cites a covid-19 outbreak documented by the CDC in which a restaurant air-conditioning unit was thought to have spread the virus, suggesting that poor ventilation was a factor.


While masks offer some protection, they’re “really about source control,” Popescu says. In other words, they prevent the wearer from spreading the virus but are less effective in guarding the wearer from infection.
All three experts recommend masks when exercising indoors but understand that there are drawbacks.
The N95 mask gives the most protection, but when worn correctly, it’s extremely tight, making breathing during exercise very difficult. Moreover, Popescu says, it’s designed for medical professionals and requires specific testing to ensure a proper fit.

A cloth mask should cover your mouth and nose. Popescu recommends an adjustable mask “to make sure it’s snug and not falling down.” Dreher suggests exercising at about half your normal intensity as you get accustomed to a mask. Reducing your effort may also reduce moisture levels in the fabric. According to Popescu, a wet mask is less likely to function effectively.

While touching surfaces and objects is not considered high-risk, proper cleaning is important. “I’m not really worried about the sweat on your bike. I’m more concerned about if you were coughing and sneezing on your bike,” Popescu says. That said, there’s a lack of data on whether the virus is transmitted through sweat.

Theresa D' Alessandro
" My heart lifted my feet, and I danced"
Director, School of Theatrical Dance
(O)703.759.5652 (C) 571.271.8294

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Thank you to Ashley Castro for organizing an SOTD movie night for the girls! 


Dance, Dance, Dance 🕺🎶🙏


The Online Global Dance Event of the Year 💥


IG Live Workout Class - Ep. 4

Faust PDD (Chenchikova-Neff) 04/23/2020

Faust PDD (Chenchikova-Neff)

Thank you sharing Florian Rouiller

Faust PDD (Chenchikova-Neff) Olga Chenchikova and Eugeniy Neff (Kirov Theater) in Maurice Bejart's Faust, 1987.


IG Live Workout Class - Ep. 3

Timeline photos 04/04/2020

Timeline photos

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The School of Theatrical Dance Receives 2019 Best of Great Falls Award

Great Falls Award Program Honors the Achievement

GREAT FALLS December 21, 2019 -- The School of Theatrical Dance has been selected for the 2019 Best of Great Falls Award in the Education & Training Services category by the Great Falls Award Program.

Each year, the Great Falls Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Great Falls area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2019 Great Falls Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Great Falls Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Great Falls Award Program

The Great Falls Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Great Falls area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.


From the SOTD Family to the Ehle family. Our deepest sympathies. Our hearts go out to Oksana, Zoe and Max and family. You have been, and will remain in our hearts and prayers.🌈


thank you Ashley for documenting ❤️ this is where I am during the show

Photos from The School of Theatrical Dance's post 11/30/2019

Join us for an original Holiday treat! December 14 and 15, 1pm at Waddell Theater NOVA Loudoun. tickets at Our Christmas Eve at the Nutcracker Club is a fanciful yet reverent sketch of Christmas Eve, set in a 1940’s USO Hall, in the imaginary town of Rockwell. Featuring the talents of our youth and advanced dancers, as well as guest artists and singers, the show contains a variety of Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern dance; and a range of music from Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman to Mannheim Steamroller.


Happy Thanksgiving all! we are closed 11/27 -12/1 ( except for aerobics!)


Reminder! We are closed on Halloween. Our dancers will be "Thrilling" on the Green at 5:45 and 6:15! Bwahahahahahaha🕷

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Tomorrow's master class will begin at 9:30. Walk-ins welcome!
Aladdin class
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760 Walker Road
Great Falls, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 8:30pm
Tuesday 9am - 8:30pm
Wednesday 9am - 8:30pm
Thursday 9am - 8:30pm
Friday 9am - 8:30pm
Saturday 9am - 5:30pm

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