We are celebrating 30 years of excellent dance training in Northern Virginia!

The mission of our academy

Our mission is to provide serious classical ballet instruction, while providing an environment that inspires creativity, artistic self-expression, excellence, and self-discipline. We firmly believe while the body is receiving the finest dance training, the heart is being taught how to dance. 

our directors

Grace burkhart

Artistic Director
Dance Teacher

daniel faudree

Director, Asaph Ensemble
Dance Teacher

About NVDA

NVDA is a classical ballet academy. Its purpose is to pass on the art, passion, discipline, expression, and joy of the art form. It not only provides quality training for those who dance strictly for recreational purposes, but the Academy grooms the serious – minded dancer with the finest training to be fully equipped with stellar technique, expressive artistry, and a strong character of integrity and the pursuit of excellence.

Ballet also requires dancers to be versatile in a variety of dance styles. Therefore, the Academy offers exceptional classes in modern, jazz, and tap. Providing our students with all the necessary tools to be fluent in their language of dance.

Everyone, young or old, learns many things besides dance at NVDA. They learn tenacity, devotion, conscientiousness, responsibility, teamwork, confidence, self- discipline, hope, how to encourage others, while working to improve their own weaknesses, and how to do it all while enjoying every minute of it. Add to all of that the strength, stamina and flexibility one acquires from dance, and you end up with a winning combination that can’t lose!

We are dedicated to teaching the whole person, not just the legs and feet, of every student who walks through our door. They know that they are loved, appreciated and highly valued. Not everyone will want to become a professional dancer, but all will be given the tools that can help to make them achievers in all that they do. Every student at the Northern Virginia Dance Academy takes with them a positive experience that will impact them for the rest of their lives.

Our Talented and Qualified Instructors

We are very proud of our talented team and the enthusiasm they bring to teaching.
Click on a button to see their bios!

Grace Burkhardt

Director and Faculty


Daniel Faudree

Asaph Ensemble Director and Faculty

Susan Shumaker



Carrie Pflepsen



Taurie Mitchell



our class offerings

Students are placed in appropriate levels based on their comprehension of the required skills, strength, and age for the different levels. Audition classes are free of charge, and the teacher can see the students in a full class atmosphere

Please contact us to setup an audition class, you can reach us by phone 703-330-5227, or by email Artistic Director, Grace Burkhardt at: [email protected]

Ballet for All Ages


Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet


Making a Difference in Our Community

Academy Dance Ensemble

Contemporary Classes

modern and jazz

Tap Dance for All Levels


Academy Dance Ensemble and The Asaph Ensemble

Advanced / Professional

Coming this Summer: Fun Dance Camps for Your Kids!

Request info or audition


Northern Virginia Dance Academy
10484 Godwin Ct, Manassas, VA 20110


(703) 330-5227

[email protected]