darlingspace is a boutique dance studio in Shaw, Washington, DC serving children ages 2-8!

Our location: 1311 Naylor Court NW inside Shaw Yoga!

darlingspace is a unique introduction to movement exploration, self-expression and dance technique. We balance creativity, fun and rigor to help young dancers fall in love with movement and themselves at an early age. Our curriculum prepares students for whatever dance will mean to them as they grow; whether they see dance as a fun outlet or go on to train in pre-professional institutions in DC and beyond. We present critical dance education in a safe and joyful environment and utilize advanced learning tools like improvisation and choreographic techniques to give your child the best well-rounded dance education. By age 6, darlingspace students will have the technical tools and competitive edge to succeed as young pre-professional dancers and the life skills to thrive in any environment as they grow.

darlingspace offers classes in the following techniques for the following ages:

  • Mini Movers: 2-3 years old (Caretaker participation required. One caretaker per child only.)
  • Creative Movement: 3 years old
  • Intro to Technique: Ballet/Modern: 4 years old
  • Ballet Technique: 5 years old
  • Ballet/Jazz Technique: 6 years old
  • Ballet/Modern II: 7&8 years old
  • Tap Basics: 5-8 years old
  • Tap 2: 6-8 years old (must have taken Tap Basics or comparable)

Hayley Cutler, M.F.A. has been a freelance dance educator in Washington, DC for eight years. She has taught at Joy of Motion Dance Center, Dance Exchange, The George Washington University (GWU), Ballet Teatro Internacional, Imagination Stage, Little Flower Montessori School and for arts education non profits including ArtStream, ProjectCreate DC and SchoolTalk. Hayley specializes in dance education for students aged 2-6, but has and continues to teach dancers of all ages and levels, from university dance majors to profession dance artists to beginning adult students. In addition to her teaching career, Hayley is the Artistic Director of darlingdance, a feminist dance company currently in its eighth season. She received her MFA and BA in Dance from GWU and a postgraduate diploma from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK.

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Questions? Need help with registration? Want to know more? Email us at darlingspacedc@gmail.com.