Why Put Your Child in Dance?

At age 2, 3, 4…

We believe that movement at this young age can establish a lifelong love of dancing and being active. If your child is energetic, learns by doing, and is expressing themselves through their body, dance class at Halestone is a place where they will be seen for who they are. Our classes in Movement Awareness (a parent child class), Kinder Ballet I & II and Creative Movement I & II will challenge your young mover with new movement tasks, impart basic dance vocabulary (both physical and verbal vocabulary), and provide a nurturing environment to explore the world through their bodies.

At age 5, 6…

At this age children can begin to learn more complex patterns and expand the movement they can imitate and repeat. Our Kinder Ballet III and Creative Movement III classes are designed for the kindergarten and first grade student to be challenged and to support their development if they choose to continue dancing. Five and six year olds have moved into the stages of associative and cooperative play, and our Halestone classes begin to give group tasks that require children to hone their cooperation, patience, and ability to take turns in social situations.  

At age 7, 8, 9, 10…

Our elementary aged classes (including Beginning Ballet, Dance Lab I & II, Jazz I, and Tap I) are designed to challenge our dancers while still providing a nurturing and fun environment for dancing. All of these classes are suitable for children who have never danced before, or for students who have been with us from a young age and are continuing their dance education from their Creative Movement or Kinder Ballet experience.

At this age we begin to place more attention on proper technique, alignment, and dance studies/ history as the child can begin to understand the difference between different styles of dancing and express that difference in both words and movement. We also value developing the inner artist in each child and provide opportunities for students to create their own movement and choreography, and giving them the chance to verbalize in class discussions.

At age 11, 12, 13…

Throughout middle school dance can be a valuable source of social support and affirmation. At Halestone we promote the idea that anybody and everybody can dance, and we encourage your middle schooler to come join us in class, regardless if they’ve taken dance before. We promote healthy a body image and group social dynamics by presenting diverse ideas of who dances and who can be a dancer in the wider world.

Our middle school classes (Dance Lab III, Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Clogging and Junior Company) continue to provide a solid foundation in dance studies: healthy and robust technique (physical skills); intellectual engagement with dance composition and theory; and nurturing group dynamics and space for individual expression.  


Our high school classes are designed with the advanced dancer in mind. Your high schooler can expect to be challenged physically and mentally and be exposed to evolving ideas about dance in the wider world. We offer an Advanced Seminar in Modern Dance, an Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet class with the option to study Pointe work, Tap, Jazz and Clogging for advanced dancers, and the option to refine and push choreographic and performance skills in our Senior Company class. Halestone dance classes at the high school level prepare dancers for a future career in the dance world or for a lifelong appreciation of dance and a love of moving.

For the teen who has never danced before we will this year be offering a beginning level class for teens (ages 14 +) and adults on Monday nights. This class will rotate quarterly (every 9 weeks) through different techniques.  


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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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, Jess Sullivan, Don Henk, Daniel Hinkle, Stephanie Hodde and Nina Whitehead - members at large.
If you have questions about being a member of the board please contact the board at halestonedance@gmail.com


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

Main Email

Phone: (540) 463-7444

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