Aileron Performing Arts Studio was founded in 2017 to bring the best dance education to the Sandston & New Kent community.
What does “Aileron” mean?
Aileron is located in an area once known as the "Elko Tract", a piece of government land used for the war effort during WWII. Soldiers built a replica of the Richmond Airport (known as the "decoy airfield"), erected fake buildings, and installed lights to mimic the appearance Richmond from above. If an attack was imminent, all power to Richmond would be shut off, and Elko, "the lost city" would light up, fooling the enemy into attacking a ghost town.
To honor this peculiar history, we chose the theme of "flight". Dance is often the pursuit of flight, defying gravity for fractions of a second, always striving to go a little bit higher. It's about never giving up, and always doing your best.
The word "Aileron" means "little wing" in French. It refers to a pair of adjustable flaps on the wings of an airplane. Ailerons work in pairs to stabilize flight and maintain balance. This represents our commitment to teamwork, communication, and a unmatched dance experience for students and parents.