for the joy of dance…

Since 1975, School for Swans has been turning Alexandria’s finest little swans into lovely young ballerinas. Founded by Grace Manly Machanic, one of the Washington, DC area’s most respected members of the dance community, School for Swans graduated more than 3,000 swans under her direction.

In August 2017, after the premature loss of “Ms. Grace” as she was known to generations of her swans, her daughter Laura Machanic stepped in to carry on Grace’s vision of introducing children to the world of ballet and dance. School for Swans opened its doors in Grace’s honor in September 2017 for its 43rd year.

Beginning at age 4 and continuing through age 12+, students at School for Swans learn classical ballet, tap, pointe and creative movement. We offer ballet and tap classes three days per week during the school year and end the year with a recital.

Latest Updates

August 7, 2020

Registration is OPEN!

Offering a hybrid approach in Fall 2020, with the first several weeks of classes to be held outdoors before moving to Zoom, and with private and semi-private in-person classes in the studio as supplemental lessons to our regular classes. Learn more about our ballet and tap classes here.

June 21, 2020

Online Summer Dance Workshops for Children

From Monday, July 6, to Friday, July 31, 2020, School for Swans is offering online dance workshops for ages 5 to 12+.  See details here.

May 26, 2020

Congratulations, Swans!    Recital Success!

Coppélia’s Imaginary Stage:  Virtual Swans Come to Life!

The 45th Annual School for Swans Recital, inspired by the classical ballet Coppélia, occurred online last week due to coronavirus social distancing requirements.  Stay tuned for the final video of the event.

© 2020 School for Swans, LLC
Ballet + Tap Classes in Old Town, Alexandria, VA
430 S. Fairfax St.  Alexandria, VA 22314
703-338-1330 | [email protected]

Photos by Louise Krafft