PLEASE NOTE: Our schedule has currently shifted to serve our virtual needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are new to darlingspace, please email before registering so we can provide you with the most up-to-date information regarding our virtual class offerings!

darlingspace is a boutique dance education experience currently serving students ages 2-8 virtually and with socially-distant private and pod lessons. Registration for our Winter 2021 session (January-March) will be announced shortly. Please email us with questions in the meantime.

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:

  • 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, MFA is a choreographer, performer, curator and dance educator in Washington, DC. She is the founder of darlingdance, a feminist dance company currenty in its tenth season, and darlingspace, her home for youth teaching and outreach. Hayley is a freelance dance educator for a range of populations including university dance majors, adults with intellectual disabilities, professional dance artists, pre-professional youth, and children in transitional housing. Hayley is a four-time recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) and is recognized for her inventive dance works, both site-specific and for the theater, and holistic teaching style.

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