The Differences Between Classical Ballet & Modern Contemporary Dance Classes
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The Differences Between Classical Ballet & Modern Contemporary Dance Classes

Dance is a beautiful way to express yourself to music, whether it be a classic waltz or with modern hip-hop steps. However, there are quite a few differences between classical ballet dancing and today’s more modern and contemporary styles. Virtuous Dance Center offers all types of dancing and they’ve collected some facts for you based...

Choosing the Best Tap Dance Classes Near You
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Choosing the Best Tap Dance Classes Near You

Are you considering joining a dance center but aren’t sure where to start? Perhaps you’re looking for tap dance classes near you that both you and your child can enroll in. Virtuous Dance Center knows that there are a lot of dance centers in the area, so how do you whittle down the list? They’ve...

Things You Need to Know About Hip Hop Dance Classes for Kids
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Things You Need to Know About Hip Hop Dance Classes for Kids

There are all kinds of benefits that hip hop dance classes for kids offer, from helping them increase flexibility and gaining better balance to increasing coordination and helping in the development of muscle. There’s also the sheer joy of dancing to this incredibly energetic music. As a sub-genre of music, hip hop offers a lot...

Sarah Law
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Sarah Law

  Ms.Sarah Law began tap dancing at the age of 7 and has barely taken her tap shoes off since. She has experience with contemporary, Jazz, and Modern dance but tap is where her heart belongs. After 10 years of dance classes she began teaching and has taught tap for four years to students ages...

Hip Hop Dance Classes for Kids: Learn a New Style
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Hip Hop Dance Classes for Kids: Learn a New Style

More and more people are waking up to the benefits of hip hop, and not just for the sheer joy and energy that this dancing inspires. Hip Hop dance classes for kids are a great way to introduce them to a new dance that’s entertaining while offering them all kinds of benefits. Simply put, it...

Here Are the Benefits of Joining A Dance Class in Stafford, VA
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Here Are the Benefits of Joining A Dance Class in Stafford, VA

There are a lot of very good reasons for joining a dance class starting with the fact that dancing really does make us happier. There are all kinds of other benefits too, and here are just some of the reasons why you should look for dance classes in Stafford, VA and consider getting on board...

Dance Classes for Adults Near Me – Choosing a Dance
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Dance Classes for Adults Near Me – Choosing a Dance

Dancing is a great way to spend times with friends if you want to go out and have a fun night out on the town. It’s even better when you know what you’re doing. Searching for dance classes for adults “near me” is extremely popular. Some people join classes for the workout, while others just...

Stafford Dance Classes for Adults
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Stafford Dance Classes for Adults

If you are looking for dances classes for adults in the Stafford area, Virtuous Dance Center is well-known for its positive atmosphere and experienced instructors. Each instructor is well-trained in the techniques and movements of the dances they teach, as well as being knowledgeable about their history and variations. The studio offers a wide variety...

Diontey Michael
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Diontey Michael

Diontey Michael was born in Richmond, Virginia and began his studies at the Richmond City Dance Theatre for modern and jazz. He immediately joined The School of Richmond Ballet on a full scholarship under ballet masters Malcolm Burn, Jerri Kumery and school director Judy Jacob for his classical ballet training. As a teenager he attended the prestigious Virginia School of the Arts on a full scholarship, where he trained closely with Adam Sage, Dominique Angel and Tyrone Brooks. He's also attended summer programs at The Royal Ballet School, The Jofferey Ballet and River North Dance Chicago. Upon graduating high school he attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with another full scholarship from former Dean of Dance and American Ballet Theatre Principle, Ethan Stiefel.

His professional career began as a trainee with the Richmond Ballet, later he went on to perform as a Guest Artist with the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Nomad Contemporary Ballet in NYC and Missouri Ballet Theatre. Diontey has performed in The Nutcracker, Giselle, George Balanchine’s Rubies, many original works and has been featured in Mark Morris’s Gloria, Stephanie Martinez’s Transport and Salvatore Aiello’s Sanza Fretta. He was featured as a dancer in ABC’s Holiday Movie “A Christmas Kiss” he's performed with Disney Cruise Line, pop artist Lady GAGA and was also a contestant on season 8 of the hit Fox television show "So You Think You Can Dance". He’s also performed in musicals such as “In the Heights”, "Beauty and the Beast” and in the Off-Broadway production of “The Wild Party. He’s worked with artist such as Virginia Johnson, Keelan Whitmore, Christopher Huggins, Alonzo King, Jennifer Medina, Lorraine Graves and Desmond Richardson. He's choreographed works for Longwood University, Missouri Ballet Theatre, Virginia School of the Arts and has choreographed for "The Wiz", "Seussical", "Fiddler on the Roof”, “Rock of Ages” and “Meet me in St. Louis" at Stagedoor Manor. Diontey's aesthetic is very Neo-Classical with a flare of Contemporary Ballet. He's influenced by Limon, Cunningham, Nikolai, GaGa, and the Balanchine style. This summer he will appear in Virginia Repertory Theatre’s “West Side Story”