Monday, June 17, 2024

Hometown: New Dance Academy Programs, Head Instructor at WISC

The Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex has created a new dance academy program with instructor Arianna Heck at the helm.

The program will consist of progressive dance training in various genres including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical and ballroom, starting Sept. 3. Classes will be offered in four- or five-month sessions for ages 3 years to adult, with a public performance at the end of the fall/winter term and a recital in May to end the winter/spring term.

“The kids in her baby ballerinas classes love her and her adult dance classes have really grown in a very short time,” according to WISC General Manager Chris Scrofani. “We receive a lot of compliments about Arianna from parents and we know she’s going to do a great job.  She will be a great fit here at WISC.”

A  Williamsburg resident, Heck has been dancing since age 3 and began training under Sandra Balestracci at age 9. As a student at Eastern Virginia School of Performing Arts, she received instruction in ballet, jazz, modern and lyrical dance and continued her study of modern dance at the College of William & Mary.

Heck trained in and taught ballroom dance at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, earning recognition as a top instructor in many competitions. Her work on “CATS The Musical” earned her a Best Choreography Award at the European Tournament of Plays “Toppers” Awards in 2010. In 2011, she earned another Best Choreography in the world-wide All-Army Festival of Performing Arts for the musical “Crazy For You.”

“I love to watch my students as they grow in both their technique and confidence,” Heck says.

“I cannot wait to see the looks on the faces of the parents and dancers as the students come off of the stage having experienced the adrenaline rush of performing and seeing their eyes light up as they now believe that they can do anything they put their mind to.”

For more information about the program or to register, visit the WISC website.

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