The School of Dance

The School of Dance at
the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts

The School of Dance at the Columbia Institute of Arts provides creative dance training and refreshing exercise for all ages in a fun, nurturing family atmosphere.  It is offered in an enjoyable, safe, and supportive environment in our fully-equipped dance studio.

The goal of our School of Dance is to inspire and motivate the very best in our students to help them reach their full potential, developing a love for dance and enjoyment of expression through movement.  Because of the excellent training and experience of our instructors, as well as the natural progression of our curriculum, we provide a path for a high degree of achievement in dance, including preparation for performance and competitions.  Within the School of Dance, students participate in recitals and also have opportunities for performance.


Training and development in classical ballet is the core of our curriculum.  As ballet skills are mastered, they may then be applied to such related forms of expression as sacred dance, lyrical and interpretive dance, jazz dance, tap and character/folk dance. Students and parents must meet with the instructor before enrolling.

AGES:   boys and girls age 5-6
            boys and girls age 7-8
WHEN:  (ages 5-6) Friday 5:00 – 6:00, ballet/tap
             (ages 7-8) Friday 6:00 – 7:00, ballet/character

     (ages 5-6) Saturday 6:00 - 7:00, ballet

     Prospective new class on Thursdays

INSTRUCTOR: Tamara Manukovskaya
COST: (1 hour class) $324.00 (18 classes at $18.00)     (90 minute class) $432.00 (18 classes at $24.00)
    Girls –
black leotard, pink tights, pink slippers.  Hair should be away from face, or in a bun
    Boys – white dance T-shirt, black leggings or thigh-length shorts, white socks & ballet slippers.
    Tap -Black tap shoes with secure laces
    No jewelry except stud earrings


Students develop dance skills, receive biblical teaching through creative movement and drama, and learn choreography set to Christ-centered music.  Students are given the opportunity to communicate God’s love to others through outreach dance offerings.

AGES: boys and girls grades K-4  
WHEN: Thursdays, 5:30
INSTRUCTOR: Jeannine Lacquement
COST: $270.00 (18 classes at $15.00)
    Girls –  any color leotard or solid color T-shirt: any color dance pants, leggings; pink ballet 
                slippers or ankle socks.
    Boys – solid color T-shirt, shorts or sweatpants.

Joyful Motion

A fun and engaging introduction to ballet technique and creative dance.  Children will work on mastering developmental movement skills, as well as, experience the joy of using their imagination to fuel their dancing.  Boys will enjoy this class as well as girls.

AGES: boys and girls, age 3-5
WHEN: Mondays  2:00 – 2:45 PM
           (For children desiring to learn pre-ballet,
         who are attentive and follow directions.)

          Wednesday 1:30 - 2:15 PM
          (For children who love to move and
        need a less structured environment.)

INSTRUCTOR: Jeannine Lacquement
COST: $270.00 (18 classes at $15.00)
Girls – traditional black or solid color leotards, footless pink tights, thin white ankle socks; 
              pink ballet slippers, hair
secured back
    Boys – white T-shirt, black sweat pants cut to knee length, white socks

For more information, be sure to call the Institute at 703-534-2508,
or e-mail the Columbia Institute of Fine Arts.