The Northern Virginia Dance Academy

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Our Founder:
Robin Conrad Sturm
Founded in excellence


 NVDA founder, Robin Conrad Sturm, received her training at the acclaimed Washington School of Ballet, under the direction of Mary Day. This style of ballet is based on the Russian style with an American technique, involving flowing arms, strength and fluidity of movement and expression.

Ms.Sturm studied not only under Mary Day, but under the careful eye of some of the best teachers in the country having won full scholarships at the prestigious School of American Ballet and Ballet Theater School in New York City. Ms. Sturm was elevated to principle dancer with the Washington Ballet where she was able to hone her craft and expand her artistry as a professional in her field. Several ballets were created especially for her to take advantage of her skill and artistry.

In 1991 Ms. Sturm opened her own studio, NVDA, while continuing to perform with the Asaph Dance Ensemble. She is also an accomplished author, having written a book on dance Instruction, Breathing LIfe into Dance as well as several children’s books.





NVDA first began in the basement of Mrs. Sturm’s home and after rapid growth; NVDA was moved to its own building in 1991. In September 2017, NVDA was absorbed into the Asaph Dance Ensemble, which brought it to its non-profit status.

The Northern Virginia Dance Academy is the education wing and training center of the Asaph Dance Ensemble, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is operated by Daniel Faudree, Director of the Asaph Dance Ensemble.