DanceArtTheater is a professional dance company whose mission is to inspire, encourage, and enlighten students and audiences through dance. DanceArtTheater welcomes a diversity of people and wants to work with other artists in the community to enhance the joy that comes from training, performing and observing the art of dance.
The company was established in April 2014 and is directed by Meredith Barnes. Since its beginning, DanceArtTheater strives to contribute a unique voice to the dance community of Northern Virginia, and to foster deeper partnerships with companies and dance schools that also call Northern Virginia their home. DanceArtTheater is a member of the Virginia Dance Coalition where Meredith serves on the board.
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.
She 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.
Meredith Barnes is the director of Fairfax Academy's dance program for Fairfax County Public Schools, teaching and making dancers for the next generation.