Encuentros: Open Class Program
(Ages 6-18)


Encuentros: Open Class Program

Enriching young dancers with cultural excellence and diverse training

Providing the young dance enthusiast with cultural enrichment alongside excellent dance training, the Encuentros Program at Ballet Hispánico offers something for everyone. Developed with the highest level of artistic excellence, our program supports dancers interested in taking anywhere from one to multiple dance classes per week.

Offering a wide array of classes including Ballet, Flamenco, Hip-Hop, Latin Rhythms, Afro-Caribbean, Salsa, Jazz, and Tap, our students can create a tailored schedule to fit their needs.

School Year 2024-2025

September 16, 2024 - May 17, 2025

Students must be the required age by October 1, 2024 to enroll.


Afro Caribbean

Through complex rhythms, vivid stories, and rich history, students develop dance fundamentals while exploring the artistry of Afro Caribbean traditions. Drawing from modern, contemporary, and Afrocentric dance practices, this class develops core dance principles such as balance and coordination while introducing students to intricate rhythms and vibrant expressivity. Afro Caribbean prepares students for ongoing studies in a wide range of dance forms including modern, contemporary, and African based styles.


The ballet program encourages students to enjoy the challenges and practices of learning ballet technique. Students work with experienced teachers that focus on ballet fundamentals emphasizing placement, execution, precision, clarity of line, dynamic movement, musicality, and freedom of artistic expression. Students will feel a sense of accomplishment through the discipline and mastery of technical skills, while enjoying moving to music, all in an inclusive and nurturing environment.


Pre-Pointe/Pointe is for the beginner pointe dancer. This class will focus on strengthening the muscles of the legs, feet, ankles, and core in order to support pointe work. Dancers will continue to improve their overall alignment and the control necessary to dance on pointe. When the dancer is ready, they will start working on pointe, facing the barre. Students must have a solid foundation in ballet technique (intermediate level proficiency) and approval from the Program Advisor to register. For best results and advancement, Encuentros dancers are required to take the Tuesday Intermediate ballet class immediately prior and at least 1 additional ballet class per week to be on pointe. Students aspiring to go on pointe are highly encouraged to take this class in flat shoes for pre-pointe training.

DO NOT buy pointe shoes before the class begins. The instructor will work with each student to make sure they find the appropriate shoe and fit before making this big investment.

Please note that this class does not perform in the end of year recital.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance centers self-expression, creative freedom, and the conveyance of emotion through movement. Literally meaning “dance of today,” this genre is inspired by all movement sources and the experiences the teacher and students bring to the class. As such, students will get to call upon genres they may have tried previously (such as ballet or jazz) as well as gain exposure to new genres or styles (such as hip-hop or floorwork) through the class material. Students may experience a variety of benefits from this class, including increased body awareness and reduced stress, as well as improved balance, flexibility, and core strength.


Spanish Dance has been the backbone of the School of Dance since its founding in the early 1970’s. Students in the Encuentros Program focus on flamenco, studying the roots and history of the art form, alongside the technique and artistry.


Explore the culture, history, and evolution of hip-hop! Students learn various styles, including locking, popping, house, breaking, and freestyle; building their strength, skill, and technique. Classes pay homage to the hip-hop pioneers, creating a safe learning space and a sense of community for students to engage in this social dance form.


The fundamentals of jazz technique build strong body alignment, increased flexibility, and muscle awareness through its form and style. Students develop musicality and retention skills as they perform combinations and learn the artistry of various jazz repertoire. Stretch and conditioning is an important element of the class structure, along with the exploration of historical jazz roots.

Latin Rhythms & Salsa

Designed to teach students the history, culture, and social etiquette of Latin dances, these classes sharpen skills in musicality, dance terminology, footwork, body actions, arm styling, floor craft, and partnering. Classes increase in complexity throughout the year, with mucho sabor!

Modern Fundamentals

Modern Fundamentals introduces students to movement principles from modern dance masters such as José Limón and Martha Graham. Classes focus on developing core dance concepts, such as strength, balance, and coordination, while exploring diverse movement principles such as opposition, spiraling, fall & recovery. The curriculum includes work on spinal articulation, floorwork, dynamics, use of weight, and complex rhythms.


Students will learn tap fundamentals as they develop footwork precision, movement coordination, balance & weight shifts, and rhythmic accuracy. Emphasis is placed on developing the students’ artistry and improvisational skills alongside the history of the artform.


Welcome to Our Exciting New Dance School Classes!

We are thrilled to introduce a new class leveling model, designed to optimize learning by incorporating both the age and proficiency level of each student. This innovative approach replaces our previous age-based system, ensuring that every dancer receives the most effective and enjoyable training experience possible.

Why Our New Leveling Model is Exciting and Beneficial for Students

Tailored Learning Experience: By considering both age and proficiency, we can create more personalized and engaging classes that better match each student's unique abilities and learning pace.

Enhanced Skill Development: Students progress more effectively when grouped by skill level, allowing them to master foundational techniques and build upon them with confidence and precision.

Motivation and Encouragement: Our new system fosters a supportive and challenging environment, inspiring students to reach their full potential while having fun.

Class Levels Overview

Ages 6 & 7: At this developmental stage, beginners and experienced students alike benefit from training together. Our classes focus on mastering foundational skills over multiple years, promoting control, coordination, and retention in a fun and nurturing setting.

Ages 8-10: These classes review foundational skills for both beginner and intermediate students, supporting technical progression. With a faster pace, students build coordination, strength, and consistency, laying the groundwork for more advanced techniques.

Ages 11-18: Our higher-level classes are designed for more experienced pre-teens and teens. These levels challenge students individually, focusing on refining consistency, musicality, and artistry over multiple years, preparing them for advanced training.

Class Levels and Requirements

Beginner: No prior experience necessary.

Beginner/Intermediate: No prior experience necessary; classes move at a faster pace than beginner classes.

Intermediate: 2-3 years of experience minimum, depending on dance style. Placement is based on faculty recommendation, along with assessment and approval by the School Directors and Program Advisor.

Intermediate/Advanced: 3-5 years of experience minimum, depending on dance style. Placement is based on faculty recommendation, along with assessment and approval by the School Directors and Program Advisor.

Please note: While years of experience are considered, we also assess physical and social/emotional maturity, ability to learn and retain material, and overall mastery of foundational techniques.

New students interested in higher levels should reach out to Georgina Greenleaf, Programs Advisor, at ggreenleaf@ballethispanico.org to request an assessment for eligibility.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a dynamic and supportive dance community where your child's growth and development are our top priorities. Enroll now and watch your dancer thrive!



To enroll in a class follow these easy steps:

  • Log in or create an account on our Mindbody site.
    • Accounts should be under the student name and birthdate.
    • For more than one enrollment: Create a separate profile for each student by clicking the dropdown arrow next to your name in the top right corner and follow the steps to “add family member”.
    • For help or questions, please email school@ballethispanico.org.


AGES 6 & 7
September 16, 2024 - May 17, 2025

  • VIP Tuition Price: $1,125.00 | through July 1, 2024
  • Early Bird Tuition Price: $1,190.00 | July 2, 2024 - August 1, 2024
  • Regular Tuition Price: $1,250.00 | August 2, 2024 - September 8, 2024

AGES 8-10 & 11-18
September 16, 2024 - June 13, 2025

  • VIP Tuition Price: $1,200.00 | through July 1, 2024
  • Early Bird Tuition Price: $1,270.00 | July 2, 2024 - August 1, 2024
  • Regular Tuition Price: $1,335.00 | August 2, 2024 - September 8, 2024

Please be aware that Ballet Hispánico has a no-refund policy. We offer Pay-in-Full or Quarterly payment options.

For any questions, please email: SODAccounts@ballethispanico.org


Full Year Payment Schedule:

  • First payment due: At Registration
  • Second Quarterly Payment due: October 25, 2024
  • Third Quartertly Payment due: January 25, 2025
  • Fourth Quarterly & Final Payment due: March 25, 2025

Late Fees: All payments that are made 7 days past the due date will incur a $30.00 late fee.

Want your quarterly payments processed automatically? Sign up for this free service by completing this form here and emailing it to SODAccounts@ballethispanico.org for automatic payment scheduling.

Account Credit:
Existing account credits may be applied to student accounts at the time of a new enrollment purchase. Families wishing to use a previous credit from their accounts must do so through the MINDBODY website, here.

Please contact the School of Dance at school@ballethispanico.org if additional assistance is needed.

For those interested in learning more about our Scholarships & Tuition Assistance opportunities, click:
Financial Aid Scholarship Form
Formulario de Ayuda Financiera

For any questions, please email: SODAccounts@ballethispanico.org


New Referral Program

When you refer a new student to our school, both you and the new student will receive a $50 discount. It's our way of saying thank you for helping us grow our BH School of Dance family.

More Classes, More Rewards

For every additional class you sign up for after the first one, you'll receive a $50 discount. This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich your child's dance education while enjoying added benefits.


  • Referral Discount: To activate, when enrolling on Mindbody, type "AMI24-25" in the “Enrollment Notes” section and the referring student’s first and last name. The $50 discount will only be applied to families enrolling in quarterly payment plans. Credit is granted only if the referred student enrolls in at least one class. Parents can refer up to ten students. Referral credit can only be applied if referring and referred students are not on full scholarships.
  • Multiple Class Discount: To activate, type “BUN24-25” in the “Enrollment Notes” section for every class after the 1st one you sign up for.
  • Other Rules: Referral and Multiple Class Discounts can be combined. Valid only for 2024/2025 school year. Discounts cannot be retroactively applied if the instructions are not followed.


2024-2025 DRESS CODE

Coming Soon

The School of Dance partners with Corps Dancewear for custom, logo-printed dress code items. Logo branding is required for all leotards and male shirts. If purchasing from CorpsDancewear.com, enter coupon code KD_BH212 at checkout to receive the required logo-branding and a discount! All logo printed items are considered custom and cannot be returned/exchanged. Families are strongly encouraged to review sizing charts for all items available on the Corps Dancewear website before finalizing purchases. Email school@ballethispanico.org with any additional questions or concerns.

Ballet Hispánico is an accredited institutional member of the:

National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Ste. 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248 | (703) 437-0700


Contact the School of Dance Office at school@ballethispanico.org

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