Born 2 Dance was founded in 2007 by Azin Mahoozi Shalan, a dance artist specializing in Middle Eastern Dance, with a passion for an endless variety of dance genres from around the world. Later that year, her then-boyfriend (now husband), Rami Shalan, joined her and the two embarked on a journey to bring their local communities an eclectic mix of dance styles all offered under one roof.

In the decade that followed, the studio has grown to become one of the largest providers of adult and youth dance programs in Northern Virginia, with a main studio located in Vienna, along with two satellite locations in Arlington and Chantilly.

Since 2007, more than 15,000 dance enthusiasts have graced our classrooms, and stage, with their presence. Our reach may have grown over the years, but our mission remains the same as it was on day one: Bring dance diversity to our diverse world!


We provide group classes, workshops, private lessons, and summer camps in over a dozen dance styles. We also produce music videos, semi-annual recitals, and specialty dance events, including the annual Dance Cup.

The high caliber of our dance faculty is our strongest asset, and we’re proud to be home to more than 40 talented dance instructors with extensive dance experience. This superb quality of instruction is integral to our mission of providing the best dance education for both recreational and aspiring dancers of all ages.

B2D is often referred to as a “comprehensive” dance studio, owing to the wide diversity of dance genres we offer, ranging from Ballet, Bachata and Barre to Belly Dance, Hip Hop and Salsa. Many disparate dance styles hailing from many different corners of the globe, but each of them is part of the same magical world of dance!

B2D founder: Azin Mahoozi

B2D founder: Azin Mahoozi