DANCE EVENT: 'Breaking Barriers'


- Dance Instructor: Meredith Barnes (
- Erin Molek, Fairfax Academy News Liaison (

FREE (Donations are appreciated and go directly back into the Academy dance program. (Link for donations below)
Add to Calendar 2021-05-08 17:00:00 2021-05-08 19:00:00 America/New_York DANCE EVENT: 'Breaking Barriers' Academy YouTube Channel (link listed below)

- Dance Instructor: Meredith Barnes (
- Erin Molek, Fairfax Academy News Liaison (



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‘Breaking Barriers’: Spring dance showcase

  • Saturday May 8th at 5pm.
  • (Live streamed from Fairfax Academy YouTube Channel)

he Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a barrier as “something material that blocks or is intended to block passage.” Another definition explains a barrier as “something immaterial that impedes or separates.”  For a barrier to be broken, it must exist and be recognized in the first place—either naturally like a mountain or created by humans and societies.  Throughout history, we have seen barriers in all forms, many that have always been and were recognized for the first time, and many formed by current circumstances, this past year. How did people come up with ways to break, or perhaps more likely hurdle, such barriers? Many artists used the power of dance. 

The entire Academy dance program, led by Meredith Barnes, spent this year learning about dancers and choreographers that broke barriers; whether in the dance community, or in American culture, standing up for justice and equality for all.  

On Saturday, May 8th at 5pm, Academy dancers from 13 different FCPS high schools will live stream their dance performances inspired by artists that we researched and studied this year on the Fairfax Academy YouTube Channel.

This event is FREE, but donations are appreciated, and go directly back into the dance program at Fairfax Academy. To donate, use this ETIX link and/or use the button (that leads to the ETIX website) on the Academy YouTube channel.

This year, the Academy dance program has had the privilege of having guest artist, Constance Dinapoli, from ‘The Paul Taylor Dance Foundation’.  Ms. Dinapoli taught and set a classic Paul Taylor work on some of our advanced dancers, and 6 original dances will be presented during the spring showcase event including, ‘Cloven Kingdom’, choreographed by Paul Taylor. 

Barnes says, “It has been a difficult year for dancing artists. Our Academy dancers experienced learning/dancing during a full quarantine, learned virtually (and then some were able to learn in-person), had the alphabet dictate who would be in class with whom on particular days, etc.; and that, along with numerous other personal and education barriers, created many challenges for myself and students to handle and overcome.  Despite those challenges, our Academy dancers rose.  We rehearsed in groups and worked hard in hopes that we were able to bring it all together in the end. I am happy to say that the barrier that ‘the screen’ (of virtual dance class) created is now shattered.”



  • Erin Molek, Fairfax Academy News Liaison (@email)
  • Dance Instructor: Meredith Barnes (@email)