New Ballet Studio Opens for Tiny Dancers

Studio One Dance Will Offer Classes at Rooted Pilates on Capitol Hill in January

Rebecca Ward, owner and director of Studio One Dance. (Photo: Rebecca Ward)

Rebecca Ward remembers her first recital as a three-year-old ballet dancer: her mom took her and she danced on stage in a snowflake outfit. After years of studying ballet and teaching, Ward wants to now share more moments like those with young aspiring dancers on Capitol Hill.

Starting in January, she will offer ballet classes through her new program Studio One Dance at the Rooted Pilates studio (511 11th St. SE). Rooted is owned by Randi Moore and opened up November (read the Hill Rag’s story here).

“I always thought the space was so nice, and I’ve been looking for a space to rent in the Capitol Hill area for about a year now,” Ward said. “She [Moore] was just so wonderful and the space is just perfect for little dancers.”

Ward is hosting a Nutcracker Ballet Open House on Dec. 11 from 1-3:15 p.m. at Rooted to get a sense for what times and days would work best for interested local families. To reserve a slot, email her at

Studio One Dance winter classes will include:

  • Dancing Together — a 45-minute class for two year olds that introduces them to ballet through creative imagery, props and instruments.
  • Creative Ballet — a 45-minute class for three and four year olds that introduces them to beginning positions, terms and traveling steps.
  • Primary Ballet — a 45-minute class for five and six year olds that introduces them to a more traditional class structure with ballet warm ups, stretches, technique and more.

Ward moved to the District in 2009 after growing up in northern Virginia and has taught at studios in Woodbridge, Va., and Alexandria. She said she’s always wanted to teach and held her first solo class when she was only 18.

Now on Capitol Hill, she hopes to open a space for small-sized classes that give her a chance to work one-on-one with the young dancers. She knows the local Capitol Hill Arts Workshop offers ballet classes, but she plans to keep her own capped at a certain number for those students who need quieter spaces to feel comfortable learning.  

“I want them to have the same instructor each week, me, and I also want the space to be cozy and small,” Ward said. 

To learn more about Studio One Dance, visit the website at