At Terry's School of Dance and Gymnastics,
we love how the expressive arts enriches lives.
Our trained staff is dedicated to providing students from every level the opportunity to experience the technical skills and discipline of dance and gymnastics. We are committed to offering classes that provide a positive and self-rewarding environment to help each student reach their full potential. We strongly believe that our success comes as a result of providing solid technical training, commitment to each and every student and quality service.
Focusing on quality instruction by teachers with years of professional performing and teaching experience, we aim to provide superior dance training in all levels to children and adults, ages three and up.
Our facilities include two spacious dance studios plus a gym with professional dance flooring and full-length mirrors, dressing area, large waiting area, and ample parking facilities.
TSD's fun studio provides what we think is the best dance instructional facility in the Alexandria area. We are not a chain. Our focus is on providing our dancers with unique performing and training opportunities both locally and throughout the United States. With only one location, we can assure you of the highest quality and integrity in dance training.
As one of the area's oldest competitive dance studios (something many local studios can't claim), TSD has provided generations of area kids and adults a way to grow in confidence and physicality. TSD offers your family superior instruction, a friendly and safe learning environment and the self-confidence to reach for the stars -- and maybe even grab a few!
TSD Skill-Level Concentrations and Course Curriculum
Combo (3-8 years)
Young TSD Dancers love to learn the most important skills in ballet, tap and jazz. Our instructors go with the student's naturally gifted abilities and help them explore the exciting world of dance.
Principled techniques and focused mind-body connections are established in TSD's ballet classes in this age group. This substructure the student builds during this time is foundational to their advancing in both intensity and creativity.
Pointe (teacher approval needed)
TSD's Pointe Program awakens the true artist in the student. Dexterity and physical capacity are paramount at this level to develop deep muscle memory. TSD stresses the student's overall mental focus on their body as they develop themselves using various Isokinetic and Isotonic strength conditioning regimens. Also known as pointe work, the dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet using a pointe shoe, a special dance shoe that consists of a hardened box and a stiff-shanked shoe. Beginning pointe students begin at the barre, learning proper foot placement and becoming confident in shoes with exercises in releve, sauté and echappe. Students with increased pointe experience learn center combinations and turns, such as chaine, pirouette and fouette are introduced. Due to the demands that pointe work places on the body, students must have the necessary strength in their core, legs, ankles and feet, as well as meeting the necessary class requirements and passing a studio evaluation to be considered for this advanced class. In certain circumstances, a doctor examination of the feet may be needed to ensure proper growth plate development. Students are required to take Advanced Ballet and to be assessed by a teacher before dancing on pointe.
East Coast. West Coast. It's all good at Terry's -- we take the latest techniques to a new level to develop daring and confident dancers. We concentrate on fundamental techniques like Freestylin', Lockin', Poppin', breakin', tuttin' and boogaloo -- often all combined with a hint of jazz, tap and even ballet. Our goal is to get our students in touch with the music they choose and to build on those abilities.
TSD Students love to demonstrate their techniques and artistry as they interpret their creativity for all to enjoy. Blending elements of ballet and jazz dance, TSD's contemporary dancers are guided as they acquire strong connections with their emotions.
TSD's Jazz instruction puts the student right into the world of musical theater, Broadway-styled leaps, traditional and modern jazz turns and improvisational jazz all with a big splash of artistry. We teach our jazz dancers how to employ Isolations, creating a low center of gravity and to acquire stylizations like inverted limbs and a hunched-over posture, made famous by Bob Fosse and Jack Cole. We focus our jazz students on foundational jazz techniques and encourage them to move forward to more challenging musical selections and presentations as they grow in aptitude.
TSD's tap instruction builds a foundation of rhythmic sequences, base stepping and proficiency in their basic dance skills -- then, it's on to challenging tap combos and routines. Our tap instructors guide the student through learning the interpretive flow techniques that are so basic to all of jazz and help them hone their control abilities.
Don't forget that TSD's gymnastics training is a great accompaniment to any dance conditioning regimen. In fact, there's no more robust gymnastics programs in the area than TSD's