Formerly Hearts in Motion
A Word from Our Families
(We couldn't have said it any better)
We love HeartBeats Music & Dance! The teachers are
kind, warm, talented and award-recognized!
This is our second year attending classes yet it seems like
just yesterday that our daughter came home after her first
class doing plie’s at bedtime under her quilt while she told
me how “very” much she loved her teacher, Ms. Windy!
Since then our daughter has attended a 5-day Fancy
Nancy summer camp and had so much fun that we
decided to sign her up for this year’s winter camp and
today, look forward to more camps in the future. Last
summer, she came home each day having learned a new
French word and ballet technique. I, for one, cherished
the time we spent chatting about her memories from
the day’s activities. And, on the last day, families were
treated to a precious presentation by the children!
We loved the recital too! I love that it not only
showcased the techniques and forms the children learned,
but that it also left a memorable and meaningful mark
on their hearts. The story illustrated how we are all
disabled in some way or another and that even though
some disabilities are more serious and visible, that each
and every one of us has been given gifts that outweigh
our disabilities. Our family still talks about the exciting
ending when a character from the show emerged to dazzle
everyone with a dizzying and inspiring breakdancing
routine despite having an artificial leg. Just a few days
ago, our daughter asked to watch the recording of the
performances yet again!
All in all, HeartBeats is aptly named! Not only is the
dance education solid, but the life lessons are lasting.
Katherine Loos 1-10-2013
What a welcoming and warm place you have carved out at HeartBeats!
Ann Hoyt 9-19-11
We have loved HeartBeats! The princess summer camps are magical. Windy is a great teacher! They are creating wonderful artists here.
The Good Family 5-17-2011
Great studio! Our daughter really loves it here. Ms. Windy is great!
HeartBeats is a fantastic studio, and if you are interested in dance for your child look no further! Windy Queen is like no other ... thanks for creating such a wonderful environment for my daughter.
Kara Marsh 11-22-10
After our first day at Princess Camp, I asked our daughter if she would like to return and she said, "YES! I love my teacher Windy, she is AMAZING."
Ava Good (age 4) summer 2010
Is it the day for ballet yet? I want it to be Saturday.
Jillian E.C. (age 3 1/2) summer 2010
The Best Camp Ever!!
Nicole Paz-Jimenez (age 8) 7-21-10
Since moving to the area last summer we have loved our time with Ms. Windy in the preschool ballet class! Having experienced a lovely dance program in a different state, we could never have imagined just how special Ms. Windy makes these dance experiences for our little ballerinas! To see eight to ten otherwise active, spunky little ones give their complete and utter attention to Ms. Windy for 45 minutes to an hour each week is one thing. To see the joy in their faces as they become ballerinas, animals in the jungle, and whatever else Ms. Windy's imagination conjurs up is even better. We lovingly refer to it as the Ms. Windy Magic!
Tina Wilson, Maria's mom (age 4) 3-12-10
I would like to thank you so very much for the wonderful program that you coordinated for my son's school. I am looking forward to seeing it on the website. Strider had a great time and I truly appreciate it. I am interested in enrolling him in music lessons. Is there an age requirement? He is three years old and loves music, especially the drums.
Joanne Christian (9/1/09)
We are looking forward to this year! The summer session was very good for Joy. Her dancing skills improved a lot.
Tonya Gibbs (8/30/09)
"Mom, I just love dancing here."
Emma (age 5, 8/26/09)
My two children have grown so much musically at HeartBeats. My daughters have been taking 3 years of piano and 2 years of violin. The teachers and staff have been fantastic and flexible. It is such a pleasure to listen to the children practice every day.
Mary Cummings (8/25/09)
My family and I love HeartBeats! First impressions count and when we dropped in to make inquiries and were greeted with warmth and friendliness and treated to a tour by owner Rockley Miller who took time to answer our questions...well, we were sold! What an amazing variety they offer from dance to vocal and instrumental lessons! However, it is the excellent instructors that have kept us coming back even though we must drive an hour each way to attend! My daughter Tatiana who enjoys acting and theater was thrilled to find tap and jazz classes that cater to this interest. I even joined an adult tap class and am having a blast finding that "old dogs can learn new tricks!" The instructor and fellow classmates are so encouraging! We are all having fun and benefiting from great exercise too! Above all I am most impressed with the genuine interest and care demonstrated by the HeartBeats faculty and staff toward their students. Thanks for being there, HeartBeats...I'm glad we found you online even from Germany!
Tammy & Tatiana (8/11/09)
I just want to leave a note to say how much my daughters liked Katie Packa as their piano teacher the past few weeks. She was patient and communicated very well with my young (4 & 6) girls. We can't wait 'til she joins the staff full time!
Deborah Pyle (8/11/09)
We had tried Parktakes for a year but my son wasn't learning much new week to week. However, after just his first class here at HeartBeats, he learned so much more. In jazz, tap, and ballet the HeartBeats teachers taught him more in one class than he learned in a whole year at the Rec Centers. I'm so happy here.
Rebecca Maylum (7/11/09)
Thank you SO much! Kathryn had a marvelous time at camp this week and we look forward to being back in the fall for some more dance classes. I really appreciate the videos on YouTube. My husband will be thrilled.
Julie Hopkins (husband deployed in Afghanistan, 8/7/09)
My daughter participated in the full day dance camp this summer. She absolutely loved every day of the camp and spoke very highly of her dance instructors as well as the general atmosphere of the studio. The staff is very friendly and always willing to take the time to talk with clients. Certainly this is a breath of fresh air!
April Conti (7/24/09)
I am writing this note to express my deep satisfaction and fondness for HeartBeats! My daughter takes a combo dance class and my son takes an electric guitar course. The teachers and staff are phenomenal. They are all so personable, learned and enthusiastic about all facets of the arts! Rockley Miller is a warm and vivacious director who cares deeply about his students and families. I recommend this fantastic facility to all who are interested in a wonderful music/dance/theatre experience!
Laura Yarvis (2/20/09)
With much regret, we had to cancel our lessons with Miss Jackie. She is a wonderful teacher who taught my nine-year-old son. He gained quite a lot from his weekly lessons. The staff was always flexible with us -- we really appreciated that. Without reservation, I would highly recommend music lessons at HeartBeats Music & Dance!
My 17-year-old son has been taking guitar lessons with KC for "a while." KC has taken him from beginning acoustic to electric. In Jonathan's words, KC had a band which made him "totally awesome" and he's "the coolest teacher"!
What a delightful recital. My grandaughter, Chloe Baker, has developed so much confidence and rhythm. Thank you for caring about each and every child in your program.
Joyce Baker (6/20/06)
HeartBeats is awesome! Thank you for being so cool!
Mikhail Barysnocav (jk 5/7/05)
My children think George Sheppard is the greatest teacher. As you know, children can be the harshist critics! It's not only his great skill as a teacher, but also his kindness that brings out the best in my children. We love George Sheppard!
The Israel Family (2/26/05)
I booked my daughter's 6-year birthday party at HeartBeats this past Saturday and I highly recommend it to anyone. We had ten kids (7 girls, 3 boys) and they had a BLAST !! The two young women who led the group even helped to keep the kids focused and in line during cake, ice cream/and present opening. Thanks, HeartBeats we have fabulous memories and pictures of a great dance party (and I didn't need to clean my house!!).
Lisa Queeney ( 2/14/05 )
I love taking dance at HeartBeats . It is really good and I meet a lot of friends and I learn new dances and I learn new stuff. I love having Miss Linda for a dance teacher and I love having Miss Hedy and Miss Ellen as my dance teachers. I have learned so much in dance this year. Love,
Dancer Girl ( 2/10/05 )
My son has been taking piano with Mr. Martinez since November. His progress has been wonderful. My son is very motivated to excel.
Anonymous ( 1/27/05 )
My daughter has been taking voice lessons with Tracy for two and a half years now and it has been wonderful! She has made tremendous progress in her lessons. She also started taking a hip hop class this fall and she absolutely loves it! It is always a pleasure to come to the studio due to the wonderful staff here. Thank you HeartBeats .
Anonymous ( 1/7/05 )
Annie has just loved her summer sessions with Miss Linda. The program was flexible, which allowed us to miss some days and not worry about throwing money away. Thanks for having great teachers and great classes.
Elise DeWitt ( 8/11/04 )
Dr. Farago is a wonderful teacher who obviously loves what he is doing and passes that love of music on to his students.
DDB ( 8/31/04 )
My daughter is taking both piano and dance classes and we are thrilled with her progress!! The teachers are wonderful. They are both loving and professional in their approach. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend HeartBeats . Everyone from the front desk, to the owners put the Heart in HeartBeats.
Susan Lang ( 11/16/04 )
Our family went to Disney World this summer so the girls could dance there with the HeartBeats dance teams. It was a wonderful experience for us all.
Leigh Anne Park ( 9/21/04 )
We've loved being with Barbara Owen for two years. She's given Yvonne confidence, poise and a great foundation for dance.
Hilaire R. Henthorne ( 9/15/04 )
We did the all day dance camp. Erin had a great time. We will definitely be back next year. Erin loved the variety. It kept three pre-teen girls interested, entertained and excited.
Ann Van Houten ( 9/14/04 )
We came to HeartBeats from Expressive Dance and Arts. Although I was skeptical of the automatic payment plan, it worked perfectly! It was a great relief to not have to worry about submitting checks by a certain date each month. The studio is run very professionally and it has been a pleasure to have our daughter dance here. We love Miss Ellen as a teacher she's the best.
Jean Wulff ( 8/1/04 )
HeartBeats has been a true answer to prayer for us as we moved to the D.C. area and attempted to make another home. The studio and staff so warmly welcomed us, making it a very easy transition into the classes here. The classes for my daughter far surpass any others she has taken at other studios around the country. The spirit of excellence has greatly enabled my daughter to progress beautifully. I look forward to the next year in dance as well as the upcoming Kindermusik addition to the studio. Keep up the great work. Thanks,
Asheley Underwood (Abbey and Matt's mom 7/13/04 )
My daughter has truly blossomed during Summer 2004 Dance Camp. The professional instruction combined with a great sense of fun and camaraderie has made this a wonderfully positive experience for her. Thank you HeartBeats for your attentiveness toward each child. Your friendly and caring atmosphere and for helping my daughter to continue to grow into the dancer she wants to become!!
Fay Beauchamp ( 7/14/04 )
WOW! In a word, HeartBeats is great. My daughter, Ayanna, has been enrolled for over a year and has taken three classes. She's learned so much in a relatively short period of time. Now we have the privilege of experience and expertise with Linda Bascope. We plan to continue with her guidance and direction for Ayanna. And two thumbs up, Mr. Miller! People generally don't see or tend to overlook the business aspect of a studio. Thank you so much for what you do.
Detra Proctor ( 7/6/04 )
We came to HeartBeats several years ago and my daughter has enjoyed every class. The teachers are accepting of all abilities and learning styles! Thanks so much.
Susan Sanchez ( 7/6/04 )
I loved the recital. The costumes were great and the numbers flowed very well. During the year my daughter's teacher was firm but kind and gave her a great opportunity to rise to her highest level.
The Duklis Family ( 6/14/04 )
Variety is the spice of life! All of the choices in one establishment is quite an advantage. My daughter enjoyed the jazz class and we are looking into future classes in piano and maybe hip hop. The staff at HeartBeats has done a good job.
Brenda Edmonds and Family ( 6/14/04 )
We have enjoyed seeing the studio grow. Although you have had growing pains, I think it is wonderful how you seek feedback from parents and try to implement their suggestions. Keep up your open door policy.
The Saitta Family ( 6/8/04 )
Thank you for a wonderful year. HeartBeats is a second family. You provide wonderful training combined with a supportive environment. My daughter learned more here in one year than in her previous two years of dance. Your teachers are world class and it shows.
Ann Van Houten (6/04)
It has been a blessing having my girls experience dance and music at your studio this year. The quality of the dance recital performance was amazing! It seemed like a professional show. Brittany and Olivia both love ballet and Brit loves studying violin with Dr. Farago. Looking forward to my girls continuing to blossom under your leadership.
Elaine Ward (6/04)
This has been a great experience for us. A fabulous two years. The dance and music options have been great for our family. I hope we can find something as good in our new community. Thanks again,
The Latham Family (4/04)
We looked into this program a few months before we actually enrolled. My daughter (then 4, now 5) would point to the building with pride and tell anybody, That's my dance studio. I had no choice but to sign her up!! Miss Linda does a fabulous job of teaching the mechanics and nurturing the kids while keeping them in line in a pleasant way. We're very happy here.
Anonymous ( 4/13/04 )
George Sheppard is a tremendous asset to your curriculum at HeartBeats . My son has been taught by George for the past 3 years. George really understands how to maximize the talents of his students by understanding their strengths and weaknesses and finding a program that is appropriate for them. We are fortunate to have George as a percussion instructor.
The Battle Family ( 4/4/04 )
My kids love HeartBeats . This is our second year and we love the studio because of its family atmosphere. We are so happy with the learning experience,
The Zoccolie-Rodriguez Family ( 4/2/04 )
My daughter has been taking violin lessons for a long time at HeartBeats . Our daughter enjoys her lessons and has shown great skill in playing her music. As parents, we are very comfortable with the family oriented environment. Thanks.
The Aravind Family (4/1/04 )
My granddaughters' progress has been very great in their ballet lessons and I would recommend anyone to come here for any lessons they desire.
The CG Family ( 4/1/04 )
We came to HeartBeats from Expressive Dance and Arts with Linda this year. Annie loves it! There is such a great variety of things going on, new friends, etc. It has been a welcoming atmosphere for us and I would like to put in a plug for the adult classes they are great fun!
Karen Burnette ( 4/1/04 )
(Note: All original testimonials are available in a binder in the studio waiting area)