Lora Strum-Vaitsas brings 18 years of dance experience
to The Ballet Studio as
Interim Instructor for tap, ballet,
modern and jazz
classes for children ages 3-16.  A ‘studio
baby’ from the age of 18 months, Lora’s early dance
education included ballet, jazz, tap, flamenco and ballroom.

While training at The Ballet Studio, at age seven Lora
began pre-professional instruction in ballet, attending both
The Arlington Center for Dance (
BalletNova) and The
Washington School of Ballet. In 2011, she expanded her
dance education as a selected participant in The Kennedy
Center’s Dance Theatre of Harlem Pre-Professional
Residency program.    

Boasting more than 14 years stage experience as a dancer,
Lora performed  principal roles  in TC William’s productions  
of ‘Chicago’ and  ‘Crazy 4 You’. She performed in The
Washington School of Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker
at the Warner Theatre and with the Donetsk Ballet of
Ukraine’s 2014 Nutcracker production in Philadelphia.  

As a ‘triple threat’ dancer for the Ballet Studio, Lora
performed locally for
Alexandria’s First Night, the
Scholarship Fund of Alexandria annual telethon, Art on the
and the Ballet Studio’s Student Dance Concerts.

Lora is a graduate of Temple University School of Media
and Communications. In addition to teaching at The Ballet
Studio she is a Science and Social Media News Assistant
for PBS Newshour.

Lora Strum-Vaitsas
Lead  Instructor
Ballet. Tap, Jazz, Modern