About Us

Please view our Registration Form for specific school policies.

Swan Ballet Offers...

  • Quality instruction with small class sizes and individual attention
  • All levels of ballet, jazz and tap, beginner through advanced for ages 2 1/2 to adult
  • Special family and seasonal tuition rates
  • Year-round enrollment
  • Annual school-wide June recital
  • Annual Company production of "The Nutcracker"
  • Parent observation days
  • Two convenient locations
  • Dance apparel shop

Locations

Fairfax Studio (Swan I)
(703)425-9400 -- (703)425-7847
9416 Main St., Pickett Shopping Center, Fairfax 22031

Swan I, the main studio, is located between Fairfax City and Annandale. Serving Fairfax, Burke, Vienna, Oakton, Springfield, and Annandale, it has two large studios with 3000 square feet, as well as a comfortable reception area.
Click here for directions.

Chantilly Studio (Swan II)
(703)803-8877
13655 Lee Jackson Mem. Hwy., Chantilly 20151

Swan II is a brand new free standing studio with 2200 square feet, marley floors, and a reception area. Located in Chantilly, it serves Fair Oaks, Fair Lakes, Centreville, Greenbriar, Brookfield, and Franklin Farms areas. Click here for directions.

Philosophy

Swan Ballet believes that dance is one of the most beautiful and expressive art forms ever conceived. Our school combines the discipline and technique of dance in a joyful, supportive, and creative environment. We are proud to provide dance to all students in a pleasant family atmosphere. We believe that years of individual attention devoted to the students are extremely important and will have a tremendous effect on their lives in later years. Students graduate from the Swan Ballet experience enriched and enhanced by the exposure to and participation in the creative and cultural world of dance. In addition, the technique and accomplishments derived from the Swan Ballet experience provide our students with essential skills and attitudes necessary to be successful in higher educational and career endeavors.

History

Swan Ballet was established by Lilie K. Pour, or Ms. Lilie as her students know her, in 1980. She has an exceptional background in Classical Ballet. Her training began with William Doller, former head of the New York City Ballet. Additional training followed with the Royal Academy of Ballet in London and Russian technique under various Russian instructors. Ms. Lilie is also an active member of Dance Educators of America. Our highly trained faculty come from reputable institutions and companies, many with college degrees. Thanks to our popularity with students and their friends, Swan Ballet has now expanded to two studios in Fairfax and Chantilly with over 800 students.

Class Descriptions and Curriculum




Swan offers three primary styles of dance: Ballet, Jazz, and Tap. In addition to these, Swan offers classes in Lyrical, Hip Hop, Pilates, Belly, Swing, and Latin. Class sessions are offered on a trimester schedule (Fall: September-December; Spring: January-June; Summer: July-August) and schedules are finalized about one month prior to the start of a new session. Classes are offered Monday through Saturday year-round for students of all ages. Classes are structured based upon age, skill level, and area of interest. Students range from ages 2 1/2 to adults, beginners through professionals.

Occasionally, special workshops or master classes are offered featuring visiting guest artists and choreographers. Additionally, to take advantage of the summer school recess from the traditional learning cycle, and to provide students with refreshing educational activities relating to the arts, Swan offers summer dance camps and intensive workshops.

The Swan Ballet Dance Company performs year round. With its annual presentation of "The Nutcracker" in December and the annual spring recital in June, students and faculty are kept very busy. Admission into the Advanced and Intermediate Ballet companies are by the Director's invitation only and is a recognized honor.

Due to high demand and class enrollment limits, persons interested in participating in the offered classes are encouraged to contact us immediately for more information or to register for the class sessions of their choosing.

Please view our Registration Form for specific school policies.


  • Baby Swans (ages 2 - 3 1/2)
Very young children are introduced to the basic concepts of creative movement and dance, giving the students a heightened sense of body awareness and an exciting outlet for self-expression. The group class settingpromotes a healthy learning environment and assists students with the development of vital social skills. Classes consist of approximately 30minutes of movement and 15minutes of story telling with dress-up on occasion.
  • Pre-Ballet & Tap (ages 3 1/2 - 5)
These classes offer practice of dance and movement tools such as imagery, music, rhythm, and patterns. Students learn basic ballet movement with a creative spin in order to promote learning in an exciting fashion. Students are also introduced to basic tap movements. Classes consist of approximately 30minutes of ballet and 15minutes of tap.
  • Basic I,II,III Ballet & Tap (ages 4 - 7):
These classes begin to offer a more structured environment. Children learn ballet and tap technique, terminology, and basic movements. In addition, students begin to learn barre exercises. Classes consist of approximately 45minutes of ballet and 15minutes of tap.
  • Elementary I,II,III Ballet & Tap
  • PreIntermediate Ballet & Tap
  • Low Intermediate Ballet & Beginning Pointe
All Pointe students are required to take at least two hours of ballet per week. Note: Pointe work may be started only with Director invitation, once the student has developed sufficient technique and strength.
  • Beginning Jazz & Tap
  • Intermediate Ballet & Pointe
All Pointe students are required to take at least two hours of ballet per week.
  • Intermediate Jazz & Tap
  • HiIntermediate Ballet & Pointe
Company membership is by Director's invitation only. All Pointe students are required to take at least two hours of ballet per week.
  • HiIntermediate Jazz & Tap
Company membership is by Director's invitation only.
  • Advanced Ballet & Pointe
Company membership is by Director's invitation only. All Pointe students are required to take at least two hours of ballet per week.
  • Advanced Jazz & Tap
Company membership is by Director's invitation only.
  • Beginning & Intermediate Adult Ballet
  • Beginning & Intermediate Adult Jazz & Tap

Dress Code

Ballet: pink or black leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers, hair secured away from face.
Jazz: any color leotard and tights or jazz pants (no bare midriffs), black oxford shoes, hair secured away from face.
Tap: either ballet or jazz dress codes, plus hard soled shoes or black tap shoes.