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2022 Spring Dance Schedule PDF[661KB]

All classes will be held in the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center new Dance Studio! City resident registration begins August 9 and non-resident registration begins August 23. Please call 540-433-2474 to register or if you have set up an online account, you may register online.

The Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Dance Program provides students with the utmost quality in dance education within a positive and nurturing learning environment.

The Dance Program promotes the art of dance by reinforcing proper technique and a sense of individuality. Our faculty strives to provide students with the experience to express themselves artistically while exploring movement in conjunction with the fine arts and humanities. We offer diverse dance pedagogies that connect to each student’s development, and all students will learn classical and contemporary dance technique.

Classes are offered year-round in the areas of Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Hip-Hop, Pre-School Dance, Modern/Lyrical, Musical Stage, and Irish Step for a variety of levels. We serve ages 3 ½ through Adult.

Our current dance instructors are Dance Program Coordinator, Cynthia Marafino, and Dance Program Instructor, James Marafino.

For information on dance program specifics contact Cynthia Marafino at  

For registration information contact Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation at 540-433-2474.

PDF[661KB] Spring 2022 Dance Class Schedule 

PDF[201KB] Dance Class Descriptions

PDF[19KB] Dance Attire and Dress Code

PDF[86KB] Dance Recital Permission Form 

Cancellation Policy for Bad Weather:

Dance Classes will not be held whenever Harrisonburg City Schools close due to inclement weather including school early dismissals for snow, sleet, or ice. If the Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Activities Center closes due to inclement weather, classes will not meet. Saturday classes will not meet when Harrisonburg Parks and Recreation Activities Center closes due to inclement weather. Please watch for closings on social media. Be sure your instructors have an up to date email to notify you of emergencies. The instructor will make up cancelled classes at later dates throughout the semester. 

Dance classes DO NOT close when city schools close for elections or teacher workdays.



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