March 19, 2014

About Us

Welcome to Gainesville Ballet School and Virginia National Ballet Company!

Just named “Best Dance Studio in Northern Virginia 2017” by Northern Virginia Magazine, Gainesville Ballet School and Virginia National Ballet Company is the rising star of the dance world in Northern Virginia!  An Affiliate Arts Organization of the Hylton Performing Arts Center, a Finalist of the Seefeldt Awards for Outstanding Arts Organization in 2016 and 2017, a member of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Touring Directory 2017-18, and a member of the Prince William Arts Council,  Virginia National Ballet is supported in part by grants from The Dominion Foundation, NOVEC. Wegmans, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Prince William County.

The professional dance company of fourteen international dancers, and the school of over 160 students, are housed in a state of the art, 4,700 square foot facility with two spacious dance studios and a music studio. Guest stars who have appeared with Gainesville Ballet include superstars Daniil Simkin, Isabella Boylston, James Whiteside (all Principal Dancers with American Ballet Theater); Ashley Bouder, Teresa Reichlen, and Ask la Cour (all NYC Ballet Principal Dancers), Aaron Smyth (Royal Ballet, Joffrey Ballet), Aria Alekzander (Houston Ballet, America’s Got Talent), Nour Eldesouki (Munich, Dresden, Essen and Cairo Ballets), Carolina Boscán (Essen, Leipzig Ballets), and more.  The  world premieres of Rafik Hegab’s Carmina Burana, Carmen, Collection, La Boheme, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Snow White received rave reviews, and the annual Nutcracker performances are a holiday favorite in Northern Virginia.

Led by the husband and wife team of Rafik Hegab (Artistic Director) and Elysabeth Muscat Hegab (Managing Director), Gainesville Ballet is an exciting, international, values based arts organization offering world class dance performances, and outstanding dance and music instruction in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.  Students of all ages and abilities are welcome.  We have a great pre-ballet program for young children, an outstanding pre-professional program for aspiring professionals, adult classes, as well as casual dance classes.

The curriculum includes ballet, pointe, pas de deux, variations, character, modern, jazz, jazz/tap, hip hop, adult classes, special needs dance, and private lessons in voice and piano.   Additional classes are often added; check the website to see what’s new. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday.

With the excellent administration, faculty, facility, education, performances, and smoothly run, family atmosphere, Virginia National Ballet is a wonderful place to immerse yourself in the arts!

In a nutshell:

  • Award Winning Organization
  • Beautiful new facility housing two large dance studios with sprung marley floors
  • Outstanding instruction by international faculty with degrees in dance and professional performance experience
  • Friendly and supportive atmosphere
  • Vaganova Syllabus
  • Small classes with emphasis on technique and artistry, not on competition
  • Students are showcased in leading roles in performances at The Hylton Performing Arts Center
  • Dance classes including ballet, pas de deux, variations, modern, character, jazz, jazz/tap, hip hop
  • Voice and Piano Lessons in our music studio
  • Classes offered for all ages, from 3 to Adult
  • YAGP participation for serious students (Youth America Grand Prix Competition)
  • Annual Nutcracker and Spring Recital
  • Professional Dance Company
  • Reasonable tuition and fees
  • Giving back to the community through donations and outreach