Who we are
We are experienced dancers ages 18+ in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, Virginia. We are seeking to build a strong network of empowered and skilled performers and grow a professional level dance community in our town.
Our mission is to create opportunities for professional dance artists living in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County to expand their individual voices in their craft. Through live performances, advanced classes, forums, and collaborations with artists in dance and other mediums, HDC enlivens and fosters passionate appreciation for the art of dance in the surrounding community.
Ellie de Waal and Lara Mack met at the Little Grill Collective and soon discovered that each of them had a large heart for dance. They expressed their mutual enthusiasm and need to dance and decided to start meeting up to discuss forming a dance cooperative in Harrisonburg. As they began to do outreach in their networks to find other advanced and professional level dancers the group started growing. Dance Coop classes began in January 2015 and have since continued to grow, evolve, and build momentum as a group that teaches one another, promotes dance in Harrisonburg, and performs works of art.