Welcome to Showcase Dance Studio! My name is Crystal Carfagno and I’m the proud owner and founder. My love for dance started when I was three years old. I was very fortunate that my local dance training afforded me the opportunity to turn my love for dance into a professional career. I had the honor of dancing for both the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NFL’s Washington Redskins for four years. I gained incredible performance experience and danced internationally all over the world. Unfortunately, I also saw the dance industry change as it became grossly hypersexualized and, at times, demeaning.
As I became a mom and wanted to provide the same incredible dance experience for my children, I was saddened to see that much of the children’s dance experience was headed down the same path and was not upholding standards of safe best practices or age-appropriateness. From inappropriate costumes to hypersexualized movements, young dancers were being exposed to adult content at a very young age. In addition, kids were being taught to win at any cost, which oftentimes was accomplished by dance studios using demeaning instruction to get the results they desired. For those who know me, you know it isn’t like me to idly stand by. I wanted to provide the same positive experience I had in Prince William County that made me the person, not just the dancer, I am today. I created Showcase Dance Studio with a very specific mission:
Our mission is to equip kids to excel in dance and in life by encouraging community service, leadership skills, and academic success.
We know not every student will choose to go on to a professional career, so we strive to teach character and life skills in dance classes that students can go on to use in any career. We offer an age-appropriate dance program, inclusive of music, costumes and choreography….a studio where KIDS CAN BE KIDS! It’s my personal mission to revolutionize the dance industry for the better, one dance lesson at a time.
The types of dance classes we offer include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, acro, musical theatre, lyrical, and pointe. We specialize in time-honored Broadway styling, including Fosse jazz and theatre tap. Our style of dancing is similar to what you would see on a Broadway show in NYC: We love white gloves, musical theatre heels, Broadway music, and movement that is elegant and classy!
Our excellent dance instruction is led by background checked, YPAD (Youth Protection Advocates in Dance) Certified, and CPR-certified dance professionals. Our clean, well-maintained, tech-enabled studio is equipped with state-of-the-art StageStep sprung flooring for your dancer’s safety. We pride ourselves on offering excellent customer service while providing a happy, healthy, safe place for kids to dance.
We are dedicated to providing our families a More Than Just Great Dancing experience. From participating in monthly studio led community service projects, to celebrating academic success with report recognition, to training the next generation of leaders through our National Honor Society for Dance Arts Chapter, monthly student of character recognition, and Student Teacher Program, to our amazing kid’s dance classes, our goal is to use dance to make great kids.