Hip-Hop Dance Teacher Vacancy


Italia Performing Arts is looking for a teacher of hip-hop dance who can raise its teaching of this style to a higher level. Ability to teach other dance styles would be a bonus. Teaching will be at our studio at Creekside, Winchester. This is a paid contract position for one or two evenings a week, to start in mid-August 2014. We can offer $20/hr, or possibly more for an experienced teacher.

If you are interested, please send your resume to:

Peter Kirk, Italia Performing Arts, 3031 Valley Avenue Suite 108, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone: 5405047263
Email: studio@italiapa.com
Website: http://italiapa.com/

Apple Blossom Sale at our Online Store

To mark the Apple Blossom Festival here in Winchester, and to celebrate the opening of our Online Store, we are holding our

Apple blossom (Malus domestica) 09APPLE BLOSSOM SALE

10% off Summer Show Tickets
(Adults $10.80, under 16s $9.00)

10% off Summer Camps
(full pre-payment only)

Discounts apply to sales made at our Online Store from April 25th to May 4th with coupon code APPLEBLOSSOM.

Discounts also apply to sales made at the Italia Performing Arts studio from April 25th to May 1st (as the studio is closed May 2nd to 4th). Special price summer show tickets are excluded from this offer.

Studio Photo Shoots for the Holidays

UPDATED 11/12/13 with details of a second session and some minor changes to the package on offer:

Looking for cute pictures of your little ballerina, or other dancer? Looking for holiday season gifts for your family? Now is your chance for another professional quality photo shoot at the Italia Performing Arts studio!

Amazing Grace 02-11-2013Michelle Padgett, the mother of one of our students, has a photography business Amazing Grace Creations. She is offering photo shoots at out studio on Thursday evening November 14th, 6.00 – 8.00 pm, and on Saturday morning November 23rd, 10.30 am – 12.30 pm.

A basic package consists of one 8″ x 10″ photo, two 5″ x 7″ photos, four large wallet photos, and your choice of:

  • one more 8″ x 10″ photo, or
  • two more 5″ x 7″ photos, or
  • a credit for one 8″ x 10″ class photo, to be taken later.

We are offering this package for $55.00. Additional photos are available at further cost.

Please register in advance and reserve a time for the photo shoot, at our studio or by telephone 540-504-7263 or e-mail to studio@italiapa.com. On the shoot date parents will be asked to sign a waiver for the photos, and the full cost will be payable.

We will not be taking group photos at this time. We will arrange photos for each class individually within the next few months.


This photo package is being sold by Amazing Grace Creations. Payment for the package will be collected by Italia Performing Arts, which will retain a small part to cover studio use costs and remit the balance to Amazing Grace Creations.

Adults! Dance Hip-hop and Jazz in Winchester!

Italia Performing Arts is offering a new hip-hop and jazz combo class for adults, on Tuesday evenings 6.45 – 7.45 pm starting on November 5th. No experience is necessary. $20 per class, or $80 for five classes paid in advance. The minimum age for students is 16.

This class is offered initially for a trial period as a drop-in class with no registration fee payable. If there is sufficient demand we will make this a permanent class with the option of monthly payment.

We invite you to register in advance for this class, free of charge, by clicking “Register Now!” below and selecting “Hip-hop/Jazz Combo for Adults” from the list of classes, near the bottom. (The online system may inform you of a registration fee but you may ignore this.) Alternatively you may register on arrival – under 18’s require a parent’s signature or online consent.

Preferred dress code, for men and women: White T-shirt, black sweatpants and black dance sneakers.

Register Now

Give the Gift of Dance: Early Bird Bonus

It seems far too early to think about the holiday season. But some of our parents have already been asking about advance payment options. So we would like to announce, for the second year, our special offer for the holidays, together some special bonuses for anyone who would like to pay in advance.

Give the Gift of Dance: Holiday Gift Offer

Italia Performing Arts - give the gift of danceSix months’ classes, January to June 2014, for the price of five. This is valid for all ballet, tap/jazz, hip-hop/jazz, Irish dance and ballet/Pilates classes, for age 3 to adults. Available for new students (who must also pay the registration fee) and existing students.

For this offer full payment is required no later than January 8th, 2014.  Gift cards available on request.

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

Early Bird Bonus

For existing students, and those wanting to start classes before January:

Save 10% on your November and December tuition if you pay for both of these and a holiday gift offer (for the same classes) by November 8th.

Save 10% on your December tuition if you pay for it and a holiday gift offer (for the same classes) by December 8th.

Credit Card Payments

We can now accept credit and debit card payments through our Jackrabbit Online Class Management Software (Visa, Mastercard, Discover – sorry no American Express at the moment). This will gradually replace our current PayPal payment system. You can enter card details and make payments now through our Student Portal. Soon we will have a swiper for card purchases and payments at our studio.

If you have an outstanding balance for October, which is payable today, you may enter your card details online (on the “My Account” tab at the Student Portal) and click “Make a Payment” (on the “Fees and Payments” tab), or contact us asking us to charge your card. As of November we will be taking automatic payments from those who request this.

Automatic Payments Now Available

We invite our parents and adult students to sign up for automatic monthly payment of dance tuition with a credit or debit card. We are currently waiting for this facility to be completely enabled, but you can already sign up for it through our website. Unfortunately we cannot as yet charge directly to a bank account.

If you would like to take part, the first thing you need to do is to enter your credit or debit card information, if you have not already done so. You can do this through our Student Portal. In this case we will not be able to see your full card number as the details are stored in a secure database. Or you can give us the details, or your card, when you are at our studio, and we will enter them by hand.

Then we just need your confirmation that we can charge your outstanding balance on the first of each month. This will be your monthly tuition plus any other balance that you have agreed with us, and we will inform you of the amount each month by e-mail in advance. You should also receive an e-mail confirmation when the charge has been applied.

We will try to charge your card for the first time on or after October 8th, if the payment features are set up by then, and then on the 8th of every subsequent month until you ask us to stop this.

Please bear in mind that this is a new feature that we are working on. So we are not quite sure yet how it works. If there is an issue at our end we will let you know, and please let us know if you have any difficulties with this.

We hope that this will be more convenient than monthly checks or charges, for us and for you.

Order Your Sweats and T-Shirts Now!

UPDATE 11/21/13 with the deadline for a new order

Cooler weather is on the way. So for the next two weeks we are putting together a new order for

Hooded Sweatshirts, Sweatpants and T-shirts with the Italia Performing Arts logo!

Youth and adult sizes available.
Sweatshirts and T-shirts have the logo on front and back, as in the picture of T-shirts below. Sweatpants have small logo on front only.

Don’t delay! The deadline for this order is Tuesday October 8th Saturday December 7th.

Hooded Pullover Sweatshirt $24.99

Gildan 18500/18500B Heavy Blend 7.75 ounce 50/50 poly/cotton.
Colors: Maroon, Light Pink, Sport Grey. Sizes: Youth S-XL, Adult S-5XL (Maroon only S-3XL).

Marie modelling our hooded sweatshirtHooded Full Zip Sweatshirt $34.99

Gildan 18600/18600B Heavy Blend 7.75 ounce 50/50 poly/cotton.
Colors: Maroon, Light Pink, Sport Grey. Sizes: Youth S-XL, Adult S-5XL.

Sweatpants $19.99

Gildan 18400/18400B/18400FL Heavy Blend 7.75 ounce 50/50 poly/cotton.
Colors: Sport Grey, Black. Sizes: Youth S-XL, Adult S-5XL, Ladies’ S-2XL.

T-shirts $9.99 (White), $11.99 (Pink/Grey)

Italia Performing Arts T-shirtsGildan 5000/5000B/5000L 5.3 ounce 100% cotton.
Colors: White, Light Pink, Sport Grey. Sizes:
Youth XS-XL, Adult S-3XL, Ladies’ (not Pink) S-2XL.

All prices subject to 5.3% Virginia sales tax

Please order by Tuesday October 8th Saturday December 7th, in time for Christmas we hope. Order forms are available at our studio, or please e-mail your order to us at studio@italiapa.com, specifying style, color and size.

Irish Dance at Italia Performing Arts

The details given here were current in September 2013. For up to date information see Irish Dance.

Irish Dance (Shamrock image from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shamrock_of_Ireland_(Heraldry).svg)We are pleased to announce that Italia Performing Arts will be offering Irish Dance classes, on Monday evenings starting October 7th.

There is currently no specialized Irish dance school in the Winchester area. Students have to travel to Northern Virginia to take classes from a certified teacher. In response to requests from parents, Italia Performing Arts has asked Sarah Armstrong, a teacher with long experience, to teach these classes. She is not yet a certified teacher (TCRG) but hopes to take the exam soon, which will allow her to present her students at Irish dance competitions.

The following classes will be offered every Monday from October 7th:

  • 5.15 pm – 6.15 pm: Beginners (age 5+)
  • 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm: Intermediate (age 10+)
  • 7.45 pm – 8.45 pm: Adult

The Intermediate class is for children who are experienced in some form of dance, not necessarily Irish. The normal minimum age is 10 but some younger students may be accepted at the teacher’s discretion. The Adult class is for beginners as well as more experienced dancers.

The price for each of these weekly classes is $59/month. They may be combined with other Italia Performing Arts classes, and the normal multiple student and multiple class discounts apply – see our Prices and Payment page (also for current prices).

For more about this style of dance, see our Irish Dance page.

To register and enroll in these classes, click Register Now!
Register Now

Some Minor Pricing and Timetable Changes

The prices given here are no longer current.

(Note: This is not the major announcement we promised yesterday. It is some tidying up which we want to do first.)

Pricing Changes for 3 or More Classes

We are tidying up the prices for students taking 3 or more classes each week. We will keep the old prices until June 2014 for classes in which students are already enrolled. Other prices remain unchanged.

Here is the complete price list, excluding Zumba® Fitness which is not affected:

Pre-Primary, Primary and Tap/Jazz Combo classes (45 minute classes):

  • 2 classes per week: $69 per month.
  • 1 class per week (not recommended for ballet): $39 per month.
  • Additional weekly classes: $20 each.

Other classes for children and adults (60 minute and longer classes):

  • 2 classes per week: $99 per month.
  • 1 class per week (not recommended for ballet): $59 per month.
  • Additional weekly classes: $30 each.
  • One 60 minute class and one 45 minute class: $84 per month.

The reduced prices for additional classes are partly to take into account that make up classes will not always be available for students taking more than two classes.

Drop-In Class Payment Option for Adults

We are also introducing a new drop-in class payment option for adults taking our Ballet for Experienced Adults and Ballet/Pilates Combo classes. These prices are an alternative to paying monthly, prices as above, and are in addition to the $30 registration fee.

  • One Drop-In Class, paid on the day: $20.
  • Five Drop-In Classes, paid in advance (by the first class day): $80.

Timetable Changes

The Tuesday 8.15 pm Grades 4 and 5 Ballet class and the Saturday 2.30 pm Standard 3 Ballet class have been cancelled.

The Tuesday 5.45 pm Hip-hop/Jazz Combo class for age 12-17 has been cancelled. The age range for the other Hip-hop/Jazz Combo classes has been broadened to 7-14. Soon we expect to split the Tuesday 4.30 pm class into two, by ability rather than by age, with one group at 4.30 pm and the other at 5.45 pm. We will be informing enrolled students and parents of this individually.

We are not currently offering Zumbatomic® classes.

We will also soon be announcing some exciting new classes starting in October. These will include an additional Primary Ballet class. So keep watching this space!