Sarayah Smith began her formal dance training at Dance Etc. School of the Arts at the age of seven. After graduation she attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she was a member of the Gold Rush Dance team for four years. She also danced for two arena league football teams in Richmond. Since moving back to Northern Virginia in 2009, she has been a cheerleading coach for Dale City Sports Club and is currently the Head JV Cheerleading Coach at C.D. Hylton High School. She has been on the faculty at Dance Etc. since 2011..
Eyan Williams-Hinton has appeared in motion pictures, on TV and on stage as a dancer, singer and actress. She has been an assistant choreographer to notables such as Michael Peters and Pam Rossi. Ms. Williams choreographed James Brown’s World Tour from 1992 to 1994. Her formal training was at the California Institute of the Arts in all disciplines. She taught in New York City at the New Dance Group and Broadway Dance Center.
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Danielle DuFore Garcia earned her Bachelor of Performing Arts from Oklahoma City University, where she studied dance (ballet, tap, jazz), voice, and acting. She continued her post-graduate studies at the Alvin Ailey Dance Center in New York City where she expanded her knowledge base learning Flamenco, Horton, and Dunham Techniques. Danielle performed professionally in numerous musicals at Lyric Theater, Music Theater of Wichita, and Theater-by-the-Sea as well as the national tour of the musical “Chicago”, and Papermill Playhouse production of “Dreamgirls”. She has traveled the world choreographing and performing in such places as Taiwan, Beijing, and Germany. She holds a Master’s in Special Education from George Mason University and currently teaches in Prince William County Public Schools. Reflecting her passion for teaching and commitment to her students, she has been the three-time recipient of the Virginia Governor’s School Award for Outstanding Educator of the Year and has been nominated for the Agnes Meyer Outstanding Educator Award and the Dale City Civic Association Teacher Award. She continues to actively participate in opportunities for community outreach and performance collaboration, while teaching at Dance Etc. School of the Arts. Danielle was certified in Progressing Ballet Technique in 2017.
Mrs. Boyle’s extensive teaching and choreography experience spans more than 30 years. She received her training in Dayton, New York, and London. In London, she studied at the Rambert School and was accepted into the Royal Ballet School of Teachers. She has been a guest performer with numerous regional ballet companies in the United States and London. She established 4 other schools prior to opening Dance Etc. School of the Arts in 1981. She has served on the board of directors for 5 ballet companies. In 1990, she received the prestigious “Choreographer of the Year Award” from the Alliance of Community Theaters (ACT). She is also a 6 time recipient of the Virginia Governor’s School Award for the Outstanding Educator of the Year.
Bisi Fannoh earned a degree in Film and Television Communication from the University of Houston and a Minor in Theater Arts Performance. Her experience spans over 30 years in the industry as an actor, teacher and talent scout. Credits include: TV: The District, The West Wing, & Divided City; Theater: Shaking the Mess out of Misery and Outdoor Recess at the Arena Players in Baltimore Maryland and the Vagina Monologues at Howard Community College Playhouse; Commecials: Verizon Wireless, Circuit City, Toyotam JC Penny, Boston Market and Loriel Cosmetics. She is The Performance Arts Group Leader for Zion Woodbridge Church and a talent chairpersos for Westridge PTA Talent Showcase.
Dominique D. Vasquez has a BFA in Dance from Temple University Philadelphia. In 2007 she was accepted into the City Dance Theatre Junior Company. She was trained in Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, African, and Ballet under the direction of Annette Holt, Rodney Williams, and Talita Jackson. Dominique had the privilege of playing the lead role of Dorothy in the City Dance Theatre of Richmond’s version of The Wizard of OZ in 2009. Dominique’s choreography has won awards at various competitions including “Best Choreography” and “Creative Concept” in 2016. Dominique has been active in the dance community for the past three years teaching at various studios throughout the tri-city area. She has also been the Head Dance Team Coach for Varina High School and Assistant Cheer Coach for Dale City Sports Club. Her love of dance continues to grow and enjoys spreading her passion and knowledge of dance to aspiring young performers.
Mrs. Henderson earned her Masters of Music at the Music College of Moscow. She has instructed hundreds of students at all levels from beginner through college for 20 years. She also teaches musical theory and performance and is a member of the American College of Musicians.
Candice Ramsey started her formal dance training at the age of four. While training at Dance Etc., she had a knack for choreography and started choreographing for local productions and competitions while in high school. She danced professionally at various companies in the DC Metropolitan area before deciding to further her education at Norfolk State University where she received her BS in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. While in college, she continued her training to include dance, voice, and drama and continued performing all over the East Coast and overseas. She has often taught at various workshops, competitions, and master classes as a guest artist in jazz, ballet, hip- hop, fitness, and musical theater styles. She holds certifications in Personal Training and Group Exercise and developed stretch and agility clinics for football and basketball organizations on middle school, high school and collegiate levels. Her latest endeavors include coaching a dance team in Prince William County and studying Ballroom dance. Candice was certified in Progressing Ballet Technique in 2016.
Jennifer Fitzpatrick began her dance training with The Lexington Ballet in Kentucky at age 6. She attended The School for the Creative and Performing Arts from primary through high school in which she studied violin, voice, drama and art in addition to her dance training in ballet, jazz, and modern. She began performing professionally as a teenager with Lexington Ballet and Syncopated Inc. under Rosemary Miles (Royal Ballet) and Keith Lee (American Ballet Theatre) while continuing her studies. Jennifer attended Virginia School for the Arts on a full scholarship under Petrus Bosman (Royal Ballet) and David Keener (Ballet Met), graduating in 1997. She went on to perform professionally in New York. Although injuries forced a career change, Jennifer was able to use her extensive dance background at Capezio, a dancewear company. As Vice President of Retail, Jennifer oversaw the national retail chain, worked on product development, and guided advertisement for the world-renowned company. A relocation to Virginia with her husband and two children allowed Jennifer to return to her first love and begin teaching ballet, jazz, and lyrical for local studios. Jennifer added to her knowledge recently by becoming certified as a group fitness instructor and Pilates instructor which has brought a higher level to her dance teaching by focusing on proper anatomy and muscle development. Jennifer was certified in Progressing Ballet Technique in 2017.
Mr. Colbert earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA where he studied with the legendary clarinetist Harold Wright, former principal clarinetist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Subsequent study was with Robert Genovese (National Symphony Orchestra), Anthony Gigliotti (Philadelphia Orchestra) and Master Classes with Marcel Moyse. Graduate studies were taken at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Mr. Colbert has served as principal clarinetist with the Prince William Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Chamber Players, Richmond, VA., Newton Symphony Orchestra, Newton, MA., Virginia Reed Trio, Richmond Symphony Woodwind Quintet, Richmond, and Classical Inventions, Manassas, VA. He performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis, IN., and the Prince William Symphony Orchestra. He has also been featured in performances of the Mozart Symphonia Concertante with the Prince William Symphony Orchestra and Virginia Commonwealth University Orchestra and wsa featured in The Brahms Clarinet Trio and Dvorak at the Claremont Music Festival, Pomona, CA. For the past 20 years, Mr. Colbert's students have consistently achieved highest honors in annual solo and ensemble contests, All District, All County and All State Band, University and Conservatory music programs. His previous teaching positions include adjunct instructor of clarinet with Boston, MA. public schools, Portsmouth, New Hampshire public schools, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, University of Virginia, and Brown University.
After studying at St. Stephen International Boarding School in Rome, Italy as a senior in high school, Greta studied art at a college in Mannheim, Germany from 2000-2002. She moved back to the United States in 2002 and continued her studies at the University of Mary Washington. She graduated in 2007 with a degree in art education, art history and studio art. While at Mary Washington, Greta studied photography, textiles, ceramics, watercolors, printmaking, acrylic painting and drawing. She studied Art History in Italy and Germany and while in Amsterdam she took a course on Van Gogh. Ms. Schorn is currently a Reggio art teacher in Washington, D.C.
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Analeah Stamps holds a BFA from Wright St. University. She has danced with Gregory Hines, Ben Vereen, Gus Giordano, as well as several ballet and contemporary companies. She was named a Kentucky Artist in Residence where her choreography was filmed for a PBS special. Ms. Stamps has choreographed throughout the U.S., most recently with Capital Movement in Washington D.C. She has been on faculty with Creighton University Dance Dept. Numerous students danced with Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre and the Virginia Governor’s School for Performing Arts. Analeah was certified in Progressing Ballet Technique in 2016.