Jones-Haywood Dance School

"A Legacy of Excellence"

Welcome to Jones-Haywood Dance School (JHDS), celebrated in the nation's capital for seventy-five years for its commitment to providing high-quality dance training and arts education to students of all races and socio-economic backgrounds.

Founded in 1941, JHDS has trained students who have gone on to celebrate careers in dance as members of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Philadanco Dance Company, Royal Netherlands Ballet Company, The Washington Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, on Broadway, and as choreographers; actors of stage, film and television; and dance educators. Others have used the discipline, grace and focus gained through their training to excel in a broad range of professions.

Whether students are interested in pursuing a career in dance, or just experiencing and enjoying the art form, Jones-Haywood Dance School offers the best possible training at all levels to help them grow and become more confident about themselves as dancers and responsible citizens.

Our Vision

The vision of JHDS is to be a preeminent dance arts institution that fosters an environment where students are peerless in their endeavors and fearless in their pursuits. JHDS will be a dominant force and leader in offering students of color and other racially diverse students the highest calibre of training and exposure to dance possible.

Our Mission

The mission of JHDS is to utilize art of dance to instill discipline, self-esteem and strong character in its students--enabling them to develop to their full potential. Thus JHDS students will excel in their preferred endeavors. The school will maintain its legacy of excellence by training the next generation of dance artists, inspiring youth through visionary community outreach programs, and building new informed and appreciative audiences of arts consumers through strong educational programs.


JHDS Class Registration 

To register, contact the school via the contact us page on our website or by telephone to schedule a meeting with the Artistic Director.

*Student's class placement will be assigned at the time of registration by the Artistic Director.

** New Applicants must complete the Registration Form (click here) before meeting with the Artistic Director.

*** Returning Applicants must review student's file for accuracy at the studio before meeting with the Artistic Director.

Kennedy Center

REACH Opening

September 21, 2019

Voice of America 

Voice of America visited the Jones Haywood Dance School to chronicle the school's history and legacy.

Master Class with Anthony Burrell

Our JH students welcomed the opportunity to participate in a Master Class with Anthony Burrell. Anthony is renowned for his ability to blend classical and commercial dance styles and choreography.