Open Houses, New Classes, New Website

Our new school year is coming up soon! Classes start August 21st.

For the new year, we have new classes and new teachers, and Open Houses to give you the chance to try out our classes.

Open Houses

You are invited to our Open Houses, with free trial classes, light refreshments and the opportunity to sign up for our 2017-18 classes:

Please reserve spaces in free trial classes: sign up on the sheet at the studio, email studio@italiapa.com, or call 540-504-7263.

New Classes

We have exciting new classes for you:

  • Rising Stars: Movement and Drama for Age 2
  • Musical Theatre Vocals
  • Jazz and Hip-Hop Dance for age 6-8, and age 9-15

See below for more details of these classes.

Laura Gill

New Teachers

We welcome two new members of staff to join the team teaching our classes:

  • Laura Gill is joining us from Michigan to teach dance and musical theatre, mainly at our Edinburg studio.
  • Aundria Roberts, a professional music and voice teacher, will teach Musical Theatre Vocals.

We have a completely new design for our website home page, and some more subtle changes to the rest of our site. Click through to see what we have done.

Rising Stars: Movement and Drama for Age 2

Our new Rising Stars class is an introductory movement and drama class for children age 2.

Students will have the opportunity to experiment and become familiar with movement, voice and self-expression. Activities will include movement with props, vocal exercises and drama games.

This is a 30 minute weekday morning class for children age 2. Parents will be expected to stay in the building but not in the class. The maximum class size will be 8 with two adult staff present.

Initial class times: Edinburg, Wednesdays 10:00 am; Winchester, Thursdays 10:00 am. Extra classes will be added to meet demand.

Aundria Roberts

Musical Theatre Vocals

It is important for our Musical Theatre students to learn to sing well. So, starting in October 2017, we are offering a Musical Theatre Vocals class, for students age 8+. This class will be held in Winchester only on Saturdays at 1:00 pm, taught by our professional music and voice teacher Aundria Roberts.

Admission to this class is by audition only. Auditions will be held in late September. Please contact us for audition details.

Jazz and Hip-Hop Dance for age 6-8, and age 9-15

Our Jazz and Hip-Hop Dance class is a fun, up-beat blend of dance combining jazz and hip-hop technique in one class.

We have added a new Jazz and Hip-Hop class for children age 6 to 8, in Winchester only, on Saturdays at 1:00 pm for one hour. The Monday night class, at 7:45 pm, will now be for age 9 to 15.

The Edinburg Jazz and Hip-Hop class, on Thursdays at 7:30 pm, will continue to be for age 8 to 12.

The Tap class for age 3 to 6 in Winchester has been moved to Fridays at 4:30 pm.

Open House in Edinburg, Sat Aug 12 2017

Interested in dance or musical theatre classes, for yourself or your children? Come and try them out for free! Our Open House at our Edinburg studio on Saturday August 12th, starting at 10:00 am, is your chance for this.

We will offer on the day free trial classes in Ballet (Italian Cecchetti method), Tap, Jazz & Hip-Hop Dance, Lyrical & Contemporary Dance, and Musical Theatre.

We have added a free trial of our new Rising Stars class, Movement and Drama for Age 2.

We are also offering light refreshments and the opportunity to sign up for our 2017-18 classes. Details of these classes will be available at the studio, or in the Student Information on this website.

Timetable for Free Trial Classes and Auditions

Main Room Front Room
10:00 am Ballet, age 3-5 Lyrical & Contemporary, age 8+
10:30 am Ballet, age 8-10 Tap, age 3-6
11:00 am Ballet, age 6-7 Jazz & Hip-Hop, age 8-12
11:30 am Ballet, age 11+ Rising Stars, age 2
12:00 pm Ballet, age 3-5 Musical Theatre, age 8-15
12:30 pm Ballet, age 6-7

This timetable is subject to change depending on demand. Ages are given as general guidelines; we can be flexible if necessary.

To ensure that you have a space in the class you prefer, please sign up on the sheet at the studio, email studio@italiapa.com, or call 540-504-7263. If you can’t make the Open House, contact us in the same way to arrange a free trial class on another day.

Open House in Winchester, Sat Aug 19 2017

Interested in dance or musical theatre classes, for yourself or your children? Come and try them out for free! Our Open House at our Winchester studio on Saturday August 19th, starting at 10:00 am, is your chance for this.

We will offer on the day free trial classes in Ballet (Italian Cecchetti method), Tap, Jazz & Hip-Hop Dance, Lyrical & Contemporary Dance, and Musical Theatre. We will also hold auditions for our new Musical Theatre Vocals class (see below). Our partners at Southern Academy of Irish Dance will offer free trial classes in Irish Dance.

We have added a free trial of our new Rising Stars class, Movement and Drama for Age 2.

The Musical Theatre Vocals auditions have been postponed to a later date. This class will now start in October, with auditions in September.

We are also offering light refreshments and the opportunity to sign up for our 2017-18 classes. Details of these classes will be available at the studio, or in the Student Information on this website.

Timetable for Free Trial Classes and Auditions

Main Room Front Room
10:00 am Ballet, age 3-5 Lyrical & Contemporary, age 8+
10:30 am Ballet, age 8-10 Tap, age 3-6
11:00 am Ballet, age 6-7 Jazz & Hip-Hop, age 9-15
11:30 am Ballet, age 11+ Jazz & Hip-Hop, age 6-8
12:00 pm Ballet, age 3-5 Rising Stars, age 2
12:30 pm Ballet, age 6-7
1:00 pm Tap, age 10-15
1:30 pm Musical Theatre, age 8-15 Irish Dance, age 3-6
2:00 pm Musical Theatre Vocals
Auditions, age 8-15
Irish Dance, age 7+

This timetable is subject to change depending on demand. Ages are given as general guidelines; we can be flexible if necessary.

To ensure that you have a space in the class you prefer, please sign up on the sheet at the studio, email studio@italiapa.com, or call 540-504-7263. If you can’t make the Open House, contact us in the same way to arrange a free trial class on another day.

HOT Summer Sale 2017! Save up to 15%

Hot Summer SunToo hot for outdoor activities? Get ready now for dance classes in the fall!

HURRY! These special HOT sale prices are only available July 4th to 20th.

Meanwhile, try your children in the second session of our summer classes, starting again July 17th in our air conditioned studios.

Save up to 15% on Dance Tuition

For two weeks only we have brought back our best deals of the year on classes in ballet, taplyrical & contemporary dancejazz & hip-hop dance, musical theatre and ballet/Pilates combo. These classes start August 21st.

  • Pay now for the full year’s tuition 2017-18 (10 months) and save 15%.
  • Pay now for a half year’s tuition (5 months) and save 10%.

These offers are for advance payments made by July 20th. Registration fee also payable: see the special offer below.

These offers are not recommended for new students under 5, as we prefer to take things month by month at this stage.

Please first register your student for classes (with no commitment until you pay). We will then contact you with a quote for a full year or half year’s tuition.

A reminder for parents of continuing students only: Any tuition payments made by July 31st will be at the 2016-17 prices.

Save $5 on Registration Fee

Register your student by July 20th for the new school year starting August 21st, beat the last minute rush, and pay $25 (normally $30) for the first student in a family, $12.50 (normally $15) for subsequent students. This offer is for new and continuing students.

Register Now

10% Off Uniform Leotards and Tights

Get your student ready for our fall dance classes by ordering their uniform leotard and tights from us in advance, and save 10% off our regular prices, until July 20th. This applies to items we will order for delivery in early August, and to our limited current stock.

Click the links above to order through our Online Store. If you are looking for a size or color that is not listed, or a black leotard, please contact us and we will try to order for you.

All prices subject to 5.3% Virginia sales tax.

For all the above offers:

Please pay by July 20th in one of these ways:

  • for tuition and registration: through our Student Portal
  • for leotards and tights: through our Online Store, which accepts cards through PayPal
  • by PayPal to studio@italiapa.com
  • at our Winchester studio during our summer office hours
  • at our Edinburg studio on Monday July 17th only, 4:00 to 8:30 pm

We can also accept checks by mail if they arrive at our Winchester address by July 22nd.

DVDs of Once Upon A Time: Nearly Ready

We hope you enjoyed our Summer Show “Once Upon A Time”. We are preparing DVDs of the show, for any of you who missed it, or as as a keepsake for you. These are still available for ordering from our online store or at our studios, $25 each. The quality is much better than in previous years: see below.

Please order quickly, by July 9th! We will be finalizing our order quantity on that date, and after that we will have only a few extra copies available.

The DVD package will consist of two DVDs in one case, one of each performance of the show, at no extra cost.

We have now nearly finished editing the video footage. We are pleased to say that this year the quality is much better than in previous years, because we used a professional videographer, Dan Shaffer of Shaffer Films. Here is a sample of what you can expect to see and hear (click Full Screen for the best quality):

The DVD quality will be a little lower than this because of inherent limitations of the DVD format. If anyone who purchases the DVD also wants access to downloadable video files at the same quality as this clip (720p AVCHD format, 1.6 to 1.8 GB for each of 3 acts of each performance), we will work on making them available.

Order your DVDs now!

Mural Right

Register Now for Our 2017-18 Classes

Registration is NOW OPEN for our 2017-18 dance classes in Winchester and Edinburg, beginning August 21st:

Register Now

For full details of our classes, see our Student Information Pack. See also our Timetable 2017-18 – Winchester and Timetable 2017-18 – Edinburg, and our Prices and Payment page.

To register for Irish dance, see our Irish dance page.

Contact us to arrange a free trial class (for students under 18) in your chosen dance style.

Special Tuition Deals 2017-18

We are offering the following special deals for tuition for our 2017-18 school year:

  • Whole School Year for the Price of Nine Months! Get a month’s free tuition, or save 10%, if you pay in advance for the year (ten months’ classes).
  • Half School Year 5% off, if you pay in advance (five months’ classes).

These deals are available only if paid for in full by September 8th, or by the student’s first class of the school year (excluding any trial class) if later. They are not available for new students under 5.

Save an additional 5% (15% off whole year, 10% off half year) if you pay in full by June 17th, the day of our Summer Show Once Upon A Time.

Memorial Day Special Offer on Registration Fee

Register by May 31st extended to June 3rd and save on your registration fee for 2017-18 (if paid by that date): $25 (usually $30), additional student $12.50 (usually $15).

Summer Classes

You don’t need to wait until August to start dancing! This year we are offering a special six week program of summer classes: two weeks in late June, then a break and four more weeks from late July into early August. Register for these classes through our regular Registration page.

Summer Show 2017 Request for Sponsorship

Students, parents and friends, please pass this on to small businesses and any others who might be interested in advertising in our Summer Show program.

Summer Show 2017 Once Upon A Time: Request for Sponsorship

Nearly five years ago we opened our Italia Performing Arts dance studio in Winchester. Last year we opened our second studio in Edinburg. Our mission is to promote the performing arts in the northern Shenandoah Valley and beyond. We specialize in teaching classical ballet in the Italian style of our CEO and School Principal, Lorenza Manara Marchi.

Since we opened we have grown rapidly to become one of the region’s leading schools for children and teens to study ballet and other styles of dance. Our Summer Shows 2015 Cinderella and 2016 Snow White were widely appreciated by audiences of more than 700 paying guests each.

We are now preparing over 100 students to take part in our Summer Show 2017, Once Upon A Time, our own compilation of dances taken from favorite fairy tale ballets. This will be performed on Saturday June 17th, at Millbrook High School, Winchester. This year again we are offering two performances, and we expect to sell between 800 and 1000 tickets, mostly to family and friends of students at both our studios.

We are asking local businesses and others, in the Winchester and Edinburg areas, to sponsor our Summer Show by advertising in the show program. We will be giving this program to everyone in our audience, It will be printed in full color on folded letter size paper (5½” wide, 8½” high).

See the attached form for ordering instructions, for full, half and quarter page advertisements. Please reserve your space by May 20th.

We hope that in this way you will be able to support our school and help us to bring the wonder of dance to the young people of the Valley.

Lorenza Manara Marchi, CEO and School Principal, and Peter Kirk, Business Manager
4/27/2017

Advertisement and Sponsorship Options

We are offering the following advertisement and sponsorship options:

  • Full page advertisement, full color portrait (4.75” wide, 7.5” high): $180
  • Half page advertisement, full color landscape (4.75” wide, 3.625” high): $100
  • Quarter page advertisement, full color portrait (2.25” wide, 3.625” high): $60
  • Quarter page advertisement, full color landscape (3.625” wide, 2.25” high): $60
    (these will be printed sideways, as far as possible four per page in the same orientation)

Please reserve your space by returning the form at the end of our Summer Show 2017 Sponsor Letter (link to PDF, also available printed at our studios) and your payment by May 20th, 2017 at the latest. We can accept checks by mail; checks, cards and cash at our studios; and online PayPal payments to studio@italiapa.com. We will invoice you if requested, by mail or email.

We reserve the right to refuse any advertisements which we consider inappropriate for our family audience, or if we do not have space for them.

Please let us have all artwork by May 27th, 2017. We can accept PDF files (preferred) or image files in any common format, or we can scan your printed artwork.

Summer Classes 2017

In 2017, instead of summer camps, Italia Performing Arts is offering a program of summer classes. This program will be a cut down version of the regular class timetable, with classes three days a week in Winchester and two in Edinburg, for six weeks in the summer: two weeks in late June after our show, then a two week break before four more weeks in late July and early August. See the dates below.

Timetable (Please choose the same ballet class as taken in 2016-17)

Winchester
Tuesdays 4:30-5:15 Ballet Pre-Primary 1
  5:30-6:15 Ballet Primary
  6:30-7:30 Musical Theatre
  7:30-8:30 Lyrical & Contemporary
 
Wednesdays 4:00-4:45 Ballet Pre-Primary 2
  5:00-6:00 Jazz & Hip-hop
 
Thursdays 4:30-5:30 Ballet Pro 1
  5:30-6:30 Ballet Pro 2
  6:30-7:30 Turns & Leaps
  7:30-8:30 Ballet Pro 3/4
 
Edinburg
Mondays 4:00-4:45 Ballet Primary
  4:45-5:30 Ballet Pre-Primary 2
  5:30-6:30 Ballet Pro 1/2
  6:30-7:15 Ballet Pre-Primary 1
  7:30-8:30 Ballet/Pilates Combo
 
Fridays 4:00-4:45 Tap
5:00-6:00 Musical Theatre
6:15-7:15 Lyrical & Contemporary
7:30-8:30 Jazz & Hip-hop

We regret that the Friday classes in Edinburg have been cancelled because of low enrollment.

All times are pm

Prices

  • 60 minute classes: $100 for full series of 6 classes prepaid, $20 each drop-in if space available
  • 45 minute classes: $70 for full series of 6 classes prepaid, $14 each drop-in if space available
  • No registration fee, regular multiple class and multiple student discounts apply
  • Extra 10% discount for full series of 6 classes if prepaid by April 29th
  • Please register at our studios, or online through our Registration page (for new students) or our Student Portal (for current students)

Summer and Fall 2017 Dates

  • Saturday June 10th: Last day of regular classes
  • Saturday June 17th 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm: Summer Show “Once Upon A Time”
  • Monday June 19th to Friday June 30th: First session of summer classes (2 weeks)
  • July 1st to 16th: Studios closed
  • Monday July 17th to Friday August 11th: Second session of summer classes (4 weeks)
  • Monday August 21st: Start of regular 2017-18 fall classes
  • NEW! December 2017: We plan to put on The Nutcracker, in Winchester and in Shenandoah County. Auditions will be in August. Rehearsals start in September. Details are coming soon.

New Year, New Dance, New Classes 2017

We wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year 2017!

1016464_810128619047338_6878584068606595717_nLooking for a new indoor activity for the winter, for your children or yourself?

Looking for a wholesome way to spend your Christmas gift money?

Looking to burn off that holiday bulge?

Look no further! Try dance!

At Italia Performing Arts we have the classes you need, in Winchester and Edinburg. We can teach you or your child classical ballet, ballet/Pilates combotaphip-hop, jazz & contemporarylyrical dance, and NEW! Musical Theatre (see below). in classes for children aged 3 and up and for adults. We are open for new registrations in all these styles of dance, for 2017 classes starting on Monday January 2nd.

Note: while we accept registrations all year round, students wanting to perform in our Summer Show in June must register by the end of January, and attend classes regularly from then until the show.

Contact us to arrange a free trial class (for students under 18) in your chosen dance style.

Register Now

New Classes!

We have two new classes for you starting in January:

Ballet/Pilates Combo in Edinburg, for adults and teens

  • Mondays, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm, starting January 2nd
  • $60/month + $30 registration fee
  • $54 or $56/month + $15 registration fee if your child or sibling is already an active student of ours

Musical Theatre in Winchester, for children age 9+

  • Thursdays, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, starting January 5th
  • $65/month + $30 registration fee for new students
  • $39/month as an extra class for our current students

Give the Gift of Dance: Holiday Gift Offer

Italia Performing Arts - give the gift of danceClasses from January to mid-June 2017, for the price of five months (normally 5½ months as we charge for only a half month in June). This is valid for all ballet, tap, hip-hop, lyrical dance, jazz & contemporary, ballet/Pilates and musical theatre classes, in Winchester and Edinburg, for age 3 to adults. Available for new students (who must also pay the registration fee) and current students.

For this offer full payment is required no later than January 9th, 2017, or on the day of the first class taken (except for a free trial class) if after this date.

New students under 5: we don’t accept payment for more than one month in advance for these younger students until they have shown that they can participate well in our classes. For these students only we can accept one month’s payment at the first class and the balance of the offer price after one month.

To take up this offer, as a new student, first register with us and enroll in the classes of your choice (click the button below). We will then contact you to let you know how much payment to send.

Register Now

Give the Gift of Dance for 2017

Looking for a gift for a child with dancing feet?

Looking for dance classes for yourself?

Look no further!

At Italia Performing Arts we have the classes and the gift packages you need, in Winchester and Edinburg. We can teach you or your child classical ballet, ballet/Pilates combotaphip-hop, jazz & contemporary and lyrical dance, in classes for children aged 3 and up and for adults. We are open for new registrations, starting immediately or in January, in all these styles of dance.

We are again, for the fifth year, offering new and current students special deals for the holiday season.

Give the Gift of Dance: Holiday Gift Offer

Italia Performing Arts - give the gift of danceClasses from January to mid-June 2017, for the price of five months (normally 5½ months as we charge for only a half month in June). This is valid for all ballet, tap, hip-hop, lyrical dance, jazz & contemporary and ballet/Pilates classes, in Winchester and Edinburg, for age 3 to adults. Available for new students (who must also pay the registration fee) and current students.

For this offer full payment is required no later than January 9th, 2017, or on the day of the first class taken (except for a free trial class) if after this date. Gift cards are available on request.

New students under 5: we don’t accept payment for more than one month in advance for these younger students until they have shown that they can participate well in our classes. For these students only we can accept one month’s payment at the first class and the balance of the offer price after one month.

Students and parents who have already paid for tuition from mid-August to mid-January and want to take up this offer may claim a pro rata credit for the January tuition.

Buy Now!

To take up this offer, for a new student, first register with us and enroll in the classes of your choice (click the button below). We will then contact you to let you know how much payment to send.

Register Now

Recommend a Friend, Receive a $10 Incentive

Current student families: Recommend our classes to a friend or neighbor and receive a $10 credit towards your tuition, when they register as a new family.

New families: Tell us who recommended our classes to you, and we will give them their $10 credit. Then start recommending us to others to collect your own credits!