July 2020

Here are some safety measures and precautions we will be implementing for the fall 2020.

Our final safety precautions will be posted soon.

  • Smaller class sizes 
  • Face masks will be mandatory for staff
  • All students ages 3 and older will be strongly encouraged to wear face masks
  • 6 ft separation practiced on-site
    • The dance studio is taped off into 6 ft squares for reinforcement
  • Disinfecting props and equipment before and after use
  • All common surface areas frequently wiped/sprayed with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitizer stations throughout the building
  • Please help us by screening your children at home and keeping them home when they are sick or have any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

June 2020

At Halestone our mission is to provide access to quality dance experiences and education in nurturing environments and to foster the creative process, artistic excellence, and joy. We recognize that access to and inclusion in arts education and artistic experiences is often not equitable. We recognize that the students of all ages (toddlers through adults) that we serve and seek to serve have different lived experiences and different entry points to artistic experiences and education. Halestone is committed to fostering an inclusive community of dance and dancers that honors people of all races, body types, abilities, ages, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and ethnicities in both words and actions.

We want to share the following words from the National Dance Education Organization: “Racism has no place in the dance world, yet we know that it has profoundly affected dance educators, administrators, choreographers, and students of color for generations. We acknowledge that many of the dance styles taught and practiced today are rooted in the history and current artistry of the Black diaspora, yet that connection is often overlooked or outright erased in the practice of teaching dance in studios, schools, and universities. We recognize the vast contribution of Black dancers, educators, and choreographers, yet we know that they are often marginalized in dance degree curricula, neglected in funding, left out of the textbooks, the course syllabus, the canon, and representation in leadership.”

We are moved by recent national events to recommit ourselves to equitable arts programming. Some actions that Halestone has been taking and will continue to take include:

  • Review our curriculum to reflect diversity in the dance world and dance history, recognizing the contributions of artists of color.  We will continue pursuing resources and best practices for our teachers to meet the different needs of our students, and foster classroom communities that are inclusive, loving, and effective.
  • Promote our scholarship program, providing assistance to students who seek support
  • Provide dance education in the public schools and preschools of Rockbridge, Lexington and Buena Vista
  • Work to find solutions to transportation barriers for students

As we strive to serve our community through the arts, we always welcome dialogue on our educational approaches and programs.

Mauri Connors, Artistic Director & the Halestone Board of Directors

Classes

Join us for Halestone’s 41st Season of Dance! It’s not too late to sign up for any of our classes, serving ages as young as 18-months and as old as adult dancers!

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722 S. Main Street, Suite B.
Lexington, Virginia 24450

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Scholarships

Scholarships are available!

We want everyone in Rockbridge County to experience dance. If you would like to attend classes but cannot due to financial reasons, please contact us at 540-463-7444 or director@halestone.com.

Mailing Address

Halestone Foundation
PO Box 1583
Lexington, VA 24450

Mission

The Halestone Foundation enriches the Rockbridge area by providing access to quality dance experiences and education in nurturing environments. We foster the creative process, artistic excellence, and joy.  We empower individuals and communities to make, perform, and experience original dance as a theoretical, technical, and expressive art.

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Halestone is supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts

The Halestone Foundation

The Halestone Foundation is a non-profit organization that houses Halestone Dance Studio and its community outreach.

We are led by a volunteer board: Ann Courtney - President, Joel Kuehner - VP, Jessica Sullivan, Don Henk, Daniel Hinkle, Stephanie Hodde, Jessica Dixon, Robb Zahm, Erin Graves - members at large.
If you have questions about being a member of the board please contact the board at board@halestone.com

Accessibility

Halestone Dance Studio is handicap accessible, with a cement ramp to the door and a wheel-chair accessible bathroom.

We endeavor to make all of our events and classes accessible to all who desire to be there. Please contact us if you need a particular accommodation for one of our events.

Get in Touch

Artistic Director, Mauri Connors
director@halestone.com

Contact the Board of Directors
board@halestone.com

Studio Manager, Elizabeth Becker
studiomanager@halestone.com

Phone: (540) 463-7444

Mailing Address: 
P.O. Box 1583 
Lexington, Virginia 24450