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Sarayah Smith - Jazz, Ballet
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..
Dominique Thomas (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, Africa, 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 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 as she enjoys spreading her passion and knowledge of dance to aspiring young performers.
Bisi Fannoh - Drama, Musical Theater
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; Commercials: Verizon Wireless, Circuit City, Toyota, JC Penny, Boston Market and Loriel Cosmetics. She is The Performance Arts Group Leader for Zion Woodbridge Church and a talent chairpersons for Westridge PTA Talent Showcase.
Greta Schorn - Art
Greta Schorn graduated out of the University of Mary Washington with a Degree in Art History, Art Studio and Art Education in 2008. Greta began her first two years of teaching for the D.C. Public Schools at Scott Montgomery Elementary School in 2008. In 2010, she was award a grant fund from the D.C. Commission on the Art & Humanities to continue her education on the Reggio Emilia approach in Reggio Emilia Italy. She is currently in her 6th year teaching at Amidon Bowen Elementary School in the D.C. Public School System. In 2014 Google flash funded all of her DonorsChoose.org art projects and she was surprised by NBC news and a DonorsChoose representative. One of the challenges of teaching is getting money for our classrooms for the supplies the students need. Google was inspired by Gretas grant write ups and currently she has 100 projects funded totally up to $50,289 of supplies for her classroom and other teachers classrooms.
Quinton Nelson - Director of Hip Hop
Quinton Nelson began dancing at age 5 and continued throughout his childhood and teenage years. He studied and performed with several community Hip Hop dance troupes in the DMV area. While attending Norfolk State University he furthered his dance education at the Evelyn Ott School of Dance in Chesapeake, Virginia where he trained extensively in Hip-Hop and Jazz. Quinton was a loyal member of the NSU Dance Theatre, where his love of dance flourished through inspiration of multiple genres. He was also the Founder/Choreographer and Captain of NSU’s Elite Hip Hop Dance Team,Xclusive. Under his leadership, the team attended and won numerous Hip Hop dance competitions along the east coast. He began substituting Hip Hop classes at Dance Etc. in 2012, became full-time in the Fall of 2013, and took head of the department in 2017. This life-long journey of dance education has been full of strenuous obstacles and phenomenal accomplishments. At the end of the day, Mr. "Q" Lives to Teach.
Sarah Crain grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and began dancing at the age of 3. She earned a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and had the privilege of choreographing numerous productions during her time as a student. In 2013, Mrs Crain earned a Master’s Degree in Literacy from George Mason University and currently works for Prince William County Public Schools. She is thrilled to join Dance Etc. and combine her love of dance and passion for teaching.
Heidi Spence - Ballet
Mrs. Spence began her training at Lascu School of Ballet in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where she performed for seven years in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s production of the Nutcracker. At twelve she attended American Ballet Theater’s four week summer program studying under such artists as Wes Chapman, Cynthia Harvey, and Megali Messac. A year later, Mrs. Spence attended, on scholarship, the Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. She studied privately with American Ballet Theatre’s soloist, Yan Chen, while also studying under such accomplished teachers as Alla Chernova, Irina Depler, Vadim Fedotov, Fernando Bujones, Peter Stark, Nathalie Krassovska, and Gelsey Kirkland. With Southern Ballet Theatre School and Company, now the Orlando Ballet, Mrs. Spence performed solo and corps roles in numerous ballets including Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Le Corsaire, Dracula, Carmen, A Midsummer Nights Dream, Nutcracker, Cinderella, Don Quixote, Swan Lake,Faust, and Bolero. While in Orlando, Mrs. Spence taught Vaganova floor barre classes and creative movement at the Orlando Ballet School, while also teaching at a private school in the Orlando area. Mrs. Spence has been teaching ballet in Northern Virginia for the past twelve years to children of all ages.
Mietta Solliday - Art
Mietta Solliday holds a BFA from Slippery Rock University with a concentration in photography. After earning her teaching certificate from Mary Washington University she began teaching at Forest Park High School in 2002. She is currently the Art Chair at Forest Park while teaching Photography 1-2 and Pre-AP Art Portfolio Prep.
Liesl Rinke Balatsenko - Ballet
Originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Liesl Rinke Balatsenko began her training at Lascu School of Ballet where she had the opportunity to study under many famous dancers and continued training and performing at Orlando Ballet, later joining the professional company under the direction of the late famed Fernando Bujones as well as other well-known directors. She competed in Youth America Grand Prix and was awarded a scholarship as well as competing in The Paris International Ballet Competition. Liesl performed with Russian Ballet Orlando before moving to Indianapolis, joining Ballet Internationale and working with world renowned Irina Kolpakova and many other international ballet stars. With Ballet Internationale, she toured China dancing in several different ballets. Moving to Virginia led to joining Manassas Ballet Theatre where she performed numerous principal roles. In 2005 she and husband, Nickolai Balatsenko, also a professional ballet dancer, were invited by Russian Ballet Orlando to tour South America performing Cinderella. She has danced in all the major ballets, from Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle and Nutcracker, to A Thousand and One Nights and so many in between. She has taught at several ballet schools in the Northern Virginia area and is beyond blessed to be the mother of six beautiful, crazy children.
Analeah Stamps - Director of Contemporary, Ballet
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.
Larrissa Henderson - Piano
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.
Eyan Williams-Hinton - Jazz
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.
Candice Ramsey - Ballet, Lyrical
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.
Danielle DuFore Garcia - Director of Tap
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.
ANN BOYLE - Artistic Director
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. Dance Instructors in Woodbridge Dance Etc. School of the Arts in Woodbridge