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

JULY 19, 2019

Registration for 2019-2020 ballet and tap classes is NOW OPEN.

Swan Moms (and Dads)…
We’ve added Adult Ballet this year.  Join us!

© 2019 School for Swans, LLC
Ballet + Tap Classes in Old Town, Alexandria
430 S. Fairfax St.  Alexandria, VA 22314
703-338-1330 | info@schoolforswans.com

Photos by Louise Krafft