A Dance Class at the Inn at Little Washington

Patrick O’Connell and Septime Webre first connected while collaborating eight years ago on a benefit with the Washington Ballet. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Webre, here with Debbie Bringes, Chad Heddleston, and Christopher Maloney, moved the students through classic ballet positions. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Over the hour-long course, Webre handed out tiaras and tutus to men and women who best mastered the moves. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

About 30 front-of-house staff gathered for the class. Few had a background in dance, though most had played team sports or practiced pilates or martial arts. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Chef Patrick O’Connell helped coach students during a mock service following the dance class, pointing out preferences and pet peeves. Photograph by Jeff Elkins

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