James School of Dance Arts

The Beginning of a Dream

The story of James School of Dance Arts began with passion for the arts that was shared by James Loizou and his wife Jane. An immigrant from Greece, James met Jane and found they shared a common love of art and dance. They both felt that since dance had brought them together that they should start sharing this love with the world. It was then that the dream of teaching others to dance began to grow, and in 1957, they founded the James School of Dance Arts.

Starting Their Legacy

James and Jane began small, teaching ballroom dancing in their own home. They were well known for their weekly ballroom and social etiquette classes, and their house began to fill up with students. Over the years, they continued to outgrow as they became the number one place to receive dance training in McLean, Virginia. They began adding to their curriculum, including ballet and tap. They established a Ballet Corps and a boys tap troupe, both of which performed on children’s television shows such as Bozo the Clown, Ranger Hall, Caption Kangaroo, and the Claire Coco Sow. Jane also had a spot in her heart for dancers with special needs, understanding that dance was a form of therapy. As an advocate for people with disabilities, she was invited to speak as a panelist alongside dancer Gene Kelly at his “Adventures in Movement” seminar.

Starting Their Legacy

James and Jane began small, teaching ballroom dancing in their own home. They were well known for their weekly ballroom and social etiquette classes, and their house began to fill up with students. Over the years, they continued to outgrow as they became the number one place to receive dance training in McLean, Virginia. They began adding to their curriculum, including ballet and tap. They established a Ballet Corps and a boys tap troupe, both of which performed on children’s television shows such as Bozo the Clown, Ranger Hall, Caption Kangaroo, and the Claire Coco Sow. Jane also had a spot in her heart for dancers with special needs, understanding that dance was a form of therapy. As an advocate for people with disabilities, she was invited to speak as a panelist alongside dancer Gene Kelly at his “Adventures in Movement” seminar.

A Bright Future for JSDA

It’s been over 61 years since then, and the James School of Dance Arts has maintained their reputation for quality dance instruction, while adding styles like competition dance, lyrical, modern, contemporary, hip-hop,and acro to their repertoire. The school is respected in the community for it’s longevity, technical training, award winning instructors and choreographers, and for its inclusivity. At JSDA, there is training for every dancer’s path. JSDA maintains their family ownership, with the Loizou’s son, James Loizou Jr., running the studio. We invite you to visit our facility, and join our dance family!

Join In!

We would love you to join in our expanding family of dancers. Visit our portal and sign up for a new account, or join our online community on facebook or instagram.