Classical Ballet Theatre | Ballet and Contemporary Dance Classes | Reston/Herndon/Northern Virignia and Greater D.C. Area Founder•Artistic Director•Executive Director | Cynthia Donavin 320 Victory Drive, Herndon,VA 20170 • (703) 471-0750 •


As students move into the uppper levels of the lower division modern dance technique is incorporated into their training program. The curriculum continues emphasizing a strong classical technique, flow of movement and the challenge of complex modern techniques based on the movement patterns and techniques of Horton, Graham, and Taylor.

Students in Ballet 3/4 and the Pinky/Cavalier Program are introduced to basic modern techniqes, inspired by Graham ad Taylor technique, in the Fundamentals of Modern. Total body coordination, strength building, musicality, and work ethic development are the staples of the Fundamentals of Modern.

After mastering the Fundamentals of Modern and receiving the recommendation of the Director of the Contemporary Division - Meghan Rudorfer students advance to Modern 1. Focusing soley on Horton technique, students are challenged with a 2-hour beginning-intermediate Horton Technique class led by former Alvin Ailey dancer and certified Horton Technique teacher, Tara Henderson.

Upon graduating from Modern 1, students advance to Modern 2 and continue their Horton Technique training. Under the continued instruction of former Alvin Ailey dancer and certified Horton Technique teacher, Tara Henderson, students intensify their study of Horton Technique with a challenging 2-hour Advanced Horton Technique class.

Participants and graduates of Classical Ballet Theatre's Contemporary Division receive annual scholarships to internationally-reknowned summer intensives such as Alvin Aliey and Hubbard Street, and have gone on to dance with Hubbard Street 2, Martha Graham 2, Alvin Ailey, and many more nationally and internationally-known professional modern & contemporary dance companies.


To enroll in Classical Ballet Theatre's Contemporary Division please contact us at (703) 471-0750 or via EMAIL to schedule an audition for level placement.