Dance Instructor: Ms. Barnes
The Dance Program at Fairfax Academy is in-depth instruction designed to explore all dance styles, helping dancers find their artistic voice and providing them with the tools needed to pursue a dance-related career after high school. We offer Dance 1 through 4, Broadway Dance, and Hip Hop. These skills develop characteristics such as strength, discipline, flexibility, teamwork, and individual growth, enabling students to communicate their thoughts, ideas, and emotions through the performing arts, preparing them for success in any career path.
Meredith Barnes has performed for many years throughout the United States and abroad. She received her dance training from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a BFA in dance choreography and performance. Meredith Barnes’ choreography has been showcased in numerous venues.
Besides being the main choreographer for DanceArtTheater, a modern dance company that she founded and still directs, Barnes has choreographed over 20 works for companies like Joffrey Ballet Workshop, Terpsichorean Dance Company, Auburn University "Daunce", Yes Virginia Dance, Black College Dance Exchange, Cora de Vicenza, Co- Motion Dance Company, Lawton City Ballet, Mid-America Dance Network showcase, and many other choreography concerts. Her works “Through the Wall” and “Fractals” received great reviews from DC Metro Theater Arts and The Washington Post for their runs in the Capital Fringe Festival.
Meredith Barnes is also the director of Fairfax Academy's dance program for Fairfax County Public Schools, teaching and making dancers for the next generation. Her mission is to enlighten, encourage, and inspire audiences and dancers through the power of dance.